Screenwriting : Book Adaptation by Cheryl D. Yeko

Cheryl D. Yeko

Book Adaptation

Hi, everyone. I've been working on turning my first book into a screenplay for a few years now. I'm also contemplating working with some of my others books as well. For fun or profit? Yet to be determined. lol. But either way, it's a good writing experience. I look forward to interacting with this community.

David C. Velasco

As someone who's turned their book into a screenplay can tell you it is both challenging and fun! Good luck.

Cheryl D. Yeko

Yes, that's what I found as well. I've learned that a lot of changes were needed for the screenplay with scenes cut and new scenes added. But, it's all fun!

Phil Clarke

All the very best with your adaptation, Cheryl. Enjoy the process. Here if you ever need any support.

Cheryl D. Yeko

Thank you. :)

Sandra Hildreth

I turned a book I was writing into a screenplay and am ecstatic with the results. Best of luck!

Dan Guardino

I have adapted 12 novels into screenplays. Some are more challenging than others but I guess I like the challenge. Good luck with your adaptation.

Sarit Zadok

That's great! For my next project I am thinking of trying to adapt a book, but first I need to get permission... I am curious about this process as I've only done originals so far.

Sandra Hildreth

Unless the book is in the public domain (published earlier than 1924), getting permission can be complicated and expensive as you truly need to get a lawyer involved. Only the book's copyright owner can grant permissions and those permissions must be completely spelled out and can include front end payments as well as royalties. There are foreign rights, domestic rights, one-time use only rights, etc. Public Domain books can be adapted openly with no agreements needed as the books are no longer copyrightable.

Cheryl D. Yeko

I'm the author of the books, though I'm finding that books don't easily fit into a screenplay, and they take quite a bit of rewriting. I actually updated my novel from the changes I made in the screenplay adaptation, and it made for a better book. lol

Dan Guardino

Cheryl. I found the same thing. Not every book is easily adapted into a screenplay. When I adapt one I often find mistakes the author made. I also have to eliminate several characters and combine location and try to write some scenes so they would be cheaper to film. I just posted some of my adaptations on my profile page.

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