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Some Movie Stuff

Lecture on Movie and Television Negotiating…

Kris and I have spent so much time with Hollywood projects, and always have Hollywood projects in one stage or another for our work, we can’t even keep track at times. Not kidding.

We have made so much money from Hollywood over the decades in one way or another, I would be stunned if I even tried to add it up. If we are ever face-to-face over dinner or a drink, I’ll be glad to tell you some horror stories. Some of them are pretty funny.

One thing we hear regularly is the stupidity of writers saying they need an agent to negotiate Hollywood stuff. That makes me shudder every time it is so stupid and deadly. So if you think that, you really need a knowledge adjustment.

(You know the old joke about the actress was so stupid, she slept with the writer? Well New York book agents and Hollywood agents have even less power these days in Hollywood than writers. Not kidding. They need to fix that joke. (grin))

But that myth of needing an agent for Hollywood dies hard and often takes writer’s entire careers with it, sadly.

So for the Advanced Business Lecture Series, we did an eleven vidoe lecture on negotiating for Movie and Television for writers. An attempt to try to put some reality on a very foggy area for most writers.

We do not give legal advice, only awareness of how things work and what you can do. (And we’ll keep you away from Monkey Points.)

We help you try to stay out of trouble and actually have a chance of getting your work made into a television series or a movie.

And yes, we do tell you in one video how to get Hollywood interest. (It is not a secret handshake.)

So if you would like to know how the movie and television side of this business works from the writer perspective, grab the lecture. It is now available along with a lot of other lectures.

Just go to

All the lectures are there as well as some of the classic workshops.

Three of the Advanced Business Lectures are now available. Corporations for Writers, Taxes for Writers, and Negotiating Movie and Television for Writers. Three more coming soon.

And those of you who signed up for the subscription to the Advanced Business workshops should have already gotten the code for the Movie lecture.


My Challenge

I have decided. I will be starting my challenge of writing four novels in one month on Saturday.

And I will start the final three-month training program to run a marathon. So you can watch me do both as well as all the other stuff I do starting on Saturday. I will go back to detailing out my day and my page count and how I am feeling about it all.

One month.



All have openings at the moment. Information at

Any questions at all, feel free to write me. And if you are confused as to which workshop to take first, we have a full curriculum posted on its own page.

Class #1… July 11th … Depth #3: Research
Class #2… July 11th … Author Voice
Class #3… July 11th … Business
Class #4… July 11th … Endings
Class #5… July 11th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #6… July 11th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #7… July 12th … Depth in Writing
Class #8… July 12th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #9… July 12th … Cliffhangers
Class #10… July 12th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #11… July 12th … How to Edit Your Own Work
Class #12… July 12th … Writing Fantasy

Depth #3: Research and Writing Fantasy are both new this month and will fill quickly.


Dark Crimes Bundle

I want to remind everyone that I am in a fantastic bundle called Dark Crimes on

Dark Crimes Bundle has two anthologies and eight crime novels.

Folks, this is some great reading here.

For example, if you have never read any O’Neil De Noux, you are missing some fantastic stories set in New Orleans. O’Neil has been publishing mystery novels and stories for well over twenty years now and is one of the top writers in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.

The bundle is worth it for Fiction River, Year’s Best Mystery Stories, and O’Neil’s fantastic novel alone.

And one of my favorite Kris mystery novels that has gotten very little attention is Spree. Trust me, that is one twisted mystery.


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  • Philip Smith

    Great post! I’m a lawyer by day and my specialty is contracts, so I don’t need no agent to negotiate my writing/rights deals… that’s for damn sure!