Hey y'all. Nancy Naigle here. I was asked to start this thread, and I'm looking forward to the discussion we'll have. I'm new at screenwriting, but I've written lots of novels. I've had the wonderful blessing to have three of my novels turned into Hallmark movies. A dream come true! It was such a wonderful learning experience to witness how a 90k novel gets transformed into a 110page/20k screenplay.
I'm so excited to be here to hone my screenwriting skills. Thanks for being part of my journey.
My experience having a novel get noticed by Crown Media was a real blessing. I'd told my agent that it was one of my goals, but she said it was a one in a million and not to get my hopes up. I was tweeting about a new Hallmark movie over the holidays and doing a watch party on my Facebook page. The twitter account for that movie sent tweeted me a thank you for helping build buzz about their movie. The next week I received a private message on twitter from them that read, "We didn't realize you're an author. Maybe someday one of your books will become a movie too." I responded with, "A girl can dream." Well, a week later my agent received a call from Crown Media asking for the Christmas Joy manuscript. It hadn't even been edited yet, although I'd turned it in 7 months prior. We rushed my editor at St. Martin's Press so we could get the ms in shape to send on. It was optioned a couple months later. The following year one a member of the Crown Media production team stumbled across the same novel on the front table at Barnes & Noble and fell in love with it. She didn't even know it had already been optioned. It was put into production on Valentine's Day, which happens to be my new favorite holiday lol.
I've been on set, talked with directors and film team and what an amazing leaning ground. Film is so different from writing a novel. I've been having so much fun learning the new craft.
My next goal is to get one of my screenplays bought.
Hugs and happy writing,