Introduce Yourself : Our books would make great movies! by Michael Davie

Michael Davie

Our books would make great movies!

Hi, I'm Mike Davie, President-CEO of Manor House and I invite film-makers to contact me via Stage 32: We've published truly outstanding works by such authors as Cliff Jackman (compared favorably with Stephen King and now with Random House, we hold all rights to his first novel and 2 collections of short stories); Ian Thomas (2 novels by this popular singer songwriter with mega hits Painted Ladies; Right Before Your Eyes, etc. and who has penned hits for America, Chicago, and other recording giants); Michael Bradley (3 books by this Holy Grail expert-consultant for the DaVinci Code and National Treasure movies); etc. and visit: - thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you soon to discuss - cheers!

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Michael! Nice to meet you! Have you had a chance to peruse the Filmmakers Lounge?

Although, it's producers who are more likely to purchase the rights to IP. Do you typically have filmmakers publish their own ideas with you or do they purchase the IP from your database of authors?

Jerry Dupree


Sharon Curcio

Hi Mike-- recently completed a script and one publisher asked for me to convert it into a book. I am really a dialogue writer and not a novelist. Any suggestions? To me the work of turning a 90+ page script into a 300 page book sounds enormous.

Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Sharon Curcio ! I don't know if this helps, but it was once explained to me that novels have the advantage of expanding on characters' internal thoughts, feelings, and experiences. It also allows for greater details of the environment and the development of context. So, for example, if you wrote a backstory for any of your characters, you could include that in your novel. Or consider taking a scene and write it from two different characters' perspectives, which adds another chapter. I think exploring those little details could fill out into a novel pretty nicely, actually.

But there is also a webinar about adapting a novel into a film - maybe you can reverse engineer it?

Wendy Anne Waters

Why not invite a novelist to write the book for you? Seems to me that these are two very different skillsets.

Michael Davie

Hi Sharon - I'd suggest you first set-up the structure-framework of your book, dividing each change of scene or sequence of events into chapters - and for each chapter, provide a chapter summary detailing what will take place in that chapter so you have a guide to follow to flesh out each chapter with descriptive passages, dialogue, etc. Chapters do not have be be a uniform length - some can be long, others short, but each conveys a change in the story - a new development, a new day, a new location, etc. I'd also suggest looking through any popular novel from a structural standpoint to get a sense of how the writer weaves in background scenery descriptions and narrative to describe what's going on and where it's happening, and then incorporate this approach into your own writing. I'd also suggest visualizing what's taking place as though you're watching a movie that no one else can see, so you need to describe things in good detail for the reader (but not excessive detail as you need to keep the storyline-plot moving along). A key approach in novel writing is to incorporate descriptive details in the narrative in passing in the same sentence. For example instead of: "He drove his car down the street. It was cold and windy out. He was driving to his girlfriend's place to talk." To something more like: "His hands felt cold as he gripped the wheel and drove down the the suburban avenue to his girlfriend's place, the wind blowing leaves across his windshield, as he thought about what he would say to her, and why things could never be the same between them ever again." Karen has also shared some helpful thoughts and should you still feel this is too daunting a task, you may want to consider Wendy's suggestion of hiring a ghost writer to write a novel you can tweak-alter as needed within the framework provided - hope this helps, and best wishes for a successful outcome.

Jack Binder

Good to know! Thanks!

Mike Disa

Fantastic! Looking forward to getting know you. If you have a moment could you check out my Sci-fi podcast and leave a review? The reviews make a huge impact. Thanks!

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