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Old 12-31-2010, 08:03 PM   #81
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Esola is a pretty big reason why being a finalist in the Trackingb contest this year would be so sweet.
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Old 01-01-2011, 08:21 AM   #82
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Mike Esola.

Sells a lot of scripts.
I met Mike Esola at the Santa Fe Screenwriter's Conference a couple of years ago. That dude is young!
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Old 01-04-2011, 08:56 AM   #83
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FWIW, I'd condense the two paragraphs about your current film to this:

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My script "House of the Rising Sun" is in post-production and is being distributed by Lionsgate/Grindstone.
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Old 01-04-2011, 10:01 AM   #84
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Since Friday, I've had three managers respond to my query (despite it's shortcomings) and they requested my new book and a couple of scripts (HORS and Dirty Money).

Got my fingers crossed.
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Old 01-04-2011, 10:42 AM   #85
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FWIW, I'd condense the two paragraphs about your current film to this:
Oh, okay, it took a while, but I'm finally convinced this is the way to go, though I still think the cast list is great.

At the very least, if one is trying to blow away the reader with a cast list, you probably shouldn't have to write what they've been in. The names should be all it takes, and the reader may have hated one of the flicks you choose, anyway.

For your IMDB page, it's appropriate, but I do like JL's punchier version. You just go "wow, Lionsgate".
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Old 01-04-2011, 11:55 AM   #86
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After taking in all the advice from this forum, I've revised my query. What do you think of the new version:

Dear [agent]:

My new crime novel, "A Killer Like Me," is set for nationwide release by Leisure Books in August 2011.

I am looking for an agent to represent the film rights.

In "A Killer Like Me," a detective discovers that the serial killer he has been hunting has learned a secret about him that will land him in prison.

My script "House of the Rising Sun" is in post-production and stars David Batista (Scorpion King), Amy Smart (Crank, The Butterfly Effect), Dominic Purcell (Prison Break), Craig Fairbrass (The Bank Job), and Danny Trejo (Machete).

Lionsgate/Grindstone is the U.S. distributor.

Can I send you a synopsis or proof copy of my new novel "A Killer Like Me"?
I still don't see anything here about a script in hand. This is still all about your film and being a novelist. I thought you were going to stop the query process until you had a script to sell.

I do wish you luck though, it's clear this is what you want to do, and you should continue to pursue what's important to you, sincerely. However, I do not think you'll land an agent with this query. But that's just my 2 cents.

Good luck, man.
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Old 01-04-2011, 12:08 PM   #87
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I am going to write the script before querying any agents.

I'm just practicing writing a clean, concise Q letter.

As soon as I finish the rewrite of the script under option, I'm getting to work on adapting KILLER. The book doesn't come out until August, so I have time.
So then your query would not mention film rights to a book, it would mention a screenplay. So it wouldn't be the same query you posted here. Yes?
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Old 01-04-2011, 12:19 PM   #88
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But Rantanplan's right. You're stronger querying with a completed script.
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Old 01-04-2011, 12:24 PM   #89
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For some reason, every time I come on here, I'm left with the impression I have no idea what I'm doing.

I have to keep reminding myself, I just sold a script and had it produced and have an option on a second.
And most of us on this board are nowhere near that. BUT! We may have knocked on some doors that you haven't, and we're usually happy to pass that along to save you the time. There's a little bit of teacher (and critic) in every one of us, and places like this Board give us a chance to get those talents off our chests in between dialogue polishes.

Send me Amy Smart's autograph if you ever get it, BTW!
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Old 01-04-2011, 12:34 PM   #90
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For some reason, every time I come on here, I'm left with the impression I have no idea what I'm doing.

I have to keep reminding myself, I just sold a script and had it produced and have an option on a second.
Don't panic. You're doing fine I think the main thing is that you're confusing two different kinds of literary agents:

-Book agents, who sell book rights, including the film rights to their clients' novels,

-Agents who are called lit reps in Hollywood but who sell screenplays, not books.
They represent screenwriters, as well as actors and directors in most cases. These are the people everybody on this board queries.

So basically:

-if you want to sell the film rights to your up-coming novel, find a book agent (most likely in NY), who specializes in film rights. Your own agent should be able to help you with this.

-If you decide you want to write the script yourself, when it's finished you will query Hollywood literary agents, who represent screenwriters, and who will read your query, sign you immediately, sell it for a 1 million dollars to Brad and Angelina, and make you rich and famous and invite you to fabulous parties.

So you need to decide which approach you want to take. Plan A or Plan B.

Hang in there
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