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Forum: Business Questions and Advice 11-24-2019, 10:36 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,050
Posted By Jake Schuster
Re: New York Is Better Than LA

Setting aside the outer boroughs (the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn), Manhattan is quite small. When I was 12 or 13, my friend and I walked from the Bronx all the way to the Village, taking Broadway and...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 11-22-2019, 09:02 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,050
Posted By Jake Schuster
Re: New York Is Better Than LA

Who hasn't been mayor for a very long time.
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 11-21-2019, 11:09 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,050
Posted By Jake Schuster
Re: New York Is Better Than LA

I agree on all points!
Forum: Television 11-20-2019, 09:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,013
Posted By Jake Schuster
Re: The Crown

I was thinking about this after watching episode 3 last night (the one about the mine disaster). First season was about transition: from being a princess to becoming a queen, so there was an arc...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 11-20-2019, 09:04 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,050
Posted By Jake Schuster
Re: New York Is Better Than LA

She got lucky. Prior to this she shared a house in Silver Lake, then rented a back house in Hollywood, then a friend was getting married and moving out of the Los Feliz property. She took it over.
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 11-20-2019, 09:02 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,050
Posted By Jake Schuster
Re: New York Is Better Than LA

I'm pleased to say that I was born there and grew up five minutes from the Bronx, and was in Manhattan virtually every weekend visiting relatives, going to the theatre and museums, and so on. Later...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 11-19-2019, 12:22 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,050
Posted By Jake Schuster
Re: New York Is Better Than LA

It's a back house, so her landlords (the owners) live in the front house. She's been living there for around four years. Rent hasn't changed since she moved there. And though it's a small house, she...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 11-19-2019, 10:03 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,050
Posted By Jake Schuster
Re: New York Is Better Than LA

As a native New Yorker who grew up there, but now lives out of state, and who knows the real estate market in NYC pretty well, I can say with confidence that NYC is out of the reach of most save for...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 07-30-2019, 10:01 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,212
Posted By Jake Schuster
Re: Should we all be writing books instead?

Because the book is the end product, just as the movie is the end product of the script.
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 07-29-2019, 02:52 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,212
Posted By Jake Schuster
Re: Should we all be writing books instead?

Which is why we earn much more selling film rights to our books!
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 07-29-2019, 08:22 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,212
Posted By Jake Schuster
Re: Should we all be writing books instead?

Yes, writing novels is hard, but getting published is nearly as hard as getting your script read. And that script, of course, may well be rejected, as most are. I started writing when I was in my...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 05-13-2019, 09:48 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,691
Posted By Jake Schuster
Re: Had a bit to drink. Bear with me

I once had a literary agent who did pretty much the same thing, except that after I waited eight months to see if he'd read my novel (by then I'd published four of them, repped by another agent who'd...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 05-04-2019, 09:51 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,899
Posted By Jake Schuster
Re: Time it takes your agent to read material?

Following the retirement of my original agent (after placing four books with publishers), I had an agent who, on one occasion, when after eight months I wrote (this was in pre-email days, when...
Forum: Producers, Production Companies, Studios & Networks 04-20-2019, 10:18 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 12,706
Posted By Jake Schuster
Re: Reese Witherspoon, Pacific Standard email?

My forthcoming novel, out in January 2020, is going to her company in the next few weeks via my book-to-film agent. No rucksacks, but the main character is a 40-year-old bestselling writer. Things...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 03-18-2019, 09:26 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,061
Posted By Jake Schuster
Re: Story Into Screenplay

Though I'm not a short story writer (I've written three, published two), I once sent one to Buford at The New Yorker. I received back a personal letter saying I'd almost made the cut, and there was...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 03-17-2019, 01:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 510
Posted By Jake Schuster
Re: Adapting scripts into a novel series

This is a very good point. Too many authors—even published ones—optimistically launch into a series, have volume one published, watch it die, then hear from their publisher that they're dropping him....
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 03-16-2019, 09:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 510
Posted By Jake Schuster
Re: Adapting scripts into a novel series

Sure. Nothing I've written even approaches an epic post-apocalyptic dystopian story, but what I do first is turn the script inside-out and determine what is it really about?

And then I basically...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 03-13-2019, 09:05 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,061
Posted By Jake Schuster
Re: Story Into Screenplay

Writing here as someone who has been a full-time writer for 40 years, and who's published seven (soon eight) novels, and who's also been writing teleplays (for the UK market) and scripts for just as...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 11-28-2018, 10:12 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,243
Posted By Jake Schuster
Re: Pilot vs Novel and the Author's Rights

I agree with Comic that editing today can be on the shoddy side, especially in the area of copyediting. I have been lucky that all of my books have had first-rate editors, and the one I'm working...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 11-26-2018, 09:31 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,243
Posted By Jake Schuster
Re: Pilot vs Novel and the Author's Rights

Right. Remember that producers and execs see publishing—not self-publishing—as the gatekeeper. If the work is successful in one medium, with decent sales, then half their work is done. It's been...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 11-25-2018, 10:31 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,243
Posted By Jake Schuster
Re: Pilot vs Novel and the Author's Rights

My forthcoming novel, The Drowning, began as a screenplay. My manager shopped it around, had the odd nibble or two, and then we let it drop. But I knew I'd come up with a novel approach to the whole...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 08-02-2018, 08:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 968
Posted By Jake Schuster
Re: Optioning a novel question

Writing as a published novelist (and as a screenwriter) who has twice been optioned, I think it's important to note that authors often appoint their literary agents to be the ongoing overseers of the...
Forum: Films 02-20-2018, 09:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,199
Posted By Jake Schuster
Re: The Witch

And I read that the buildings in the film were constructed using very old timber and built by craftspeople who'd studied how the original structures were built.
Forum: Films 02-19-2018, 02:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,199
Posted By Jake Schuster
Re: The Witch

Ah, but they weren't citizens yet! (There was probably no official designation as such.) Lots of towns in New England have British antecedents. I live in an area north of Boston where our house,...
Forum: Films 02-19-2018, 08:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,199
Posted By Jake Schuster
Re: The Witch

Not at all. After all, the British came to New England and settled there in the 17th century.
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