Screenwriting : Novel rights by David M Hyde

David M Hyde

Novel rights

I have a terrific novel that I want to turn into a screenplay. I've contacted the author's agent and they are very interested. Now for the next step - negotiating the rights. I know I'll need an agent or manager to actually do the negotiating. Anyone have any experience / advice in this area?

David M Hyde

I am writing this on spec, so it is all on me.

Boomer Murrhee

@ David, this is an great question. Unfortunately, I'm in a similar situation with negotiating rights with an author friend. Wish you well. I suppose it's a good problem to have.

William Martell

I don't think you need an agent or manager, what you probably need is a lawyer to put together a contract so that you can option the novel from the writer before you write the screenplay... though there may be some boilerplate contract online somewhere that you could use.

David M Hyde

Thank you all for great input. I have an appointment with the author's agent later this month. Wish me luck!

Scott Whenman

I'm trying to turn my novels into screenplay. Writing a novel and writing a screenplay are two different things. I wish you luck with it all.

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