|Skip Press: 1999-2000 Writer's Guide to Hollywood Producers, Directors and Screenwriters' Agents|
Publishing (Paperback), ISBN 0-7615-1484-8
If you, as a published or aspiring writer with no ambitions to see a movie made from your book, think this work offers you nothing, you might be wrong. Press writes knowledgeably of an industry far removed from the daily lives of most writers but provides a valuable resource for everyone.
The book presents itself as "Everything you need to become a Hollywood player--no matter where you live." And one cannot over-emphasize the importance of that idea. Few writers can pack up and move to California on the off chance their latest opus will become an Oscar-winning motion picture. Moreover, the book keeps the promise and gives clear directions for accomplishing that goal.
Not only does Press list producers, directors and screenwriter's agents, he also tells something of their backgrounds, gives examples of their works and explains how to contact them if your book/screenplay seems to fit a need -- or even if it doesn't.
The glossary taught me much. Now I know what "attached, one-sheet," and many more esoteric terms mean. In addition, Press appends a list of recommended resource books.
Press knows his subject thoroughly. He writes from the inside about what he knows, who he knows, and how he knows it. Forward looking for a publication released in 1998, the book embraces the electronic medium. Today another of Press's books, How to Write What You Want and Sell What You Write, a finalist for the prestigious Eppie Award, can be found at Boson Books.
Patricia White is the Sapphire Award-winning author of A Wizard Scorned. Her current book, the contemporary PS, I've Taken a Lover, is available from Lionhearted Books . The Wandering Troll, an electronic magazine, began serializing her novel Prophecy Be Damned in April 2000.
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