Debra Holland is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of the award-winning Montana Sky Series (sweet, historical Western romance) and The Gods’ Dream Trilogy (fantasy romance.) Debra is a three-time Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist and one-time winner. In 2013, Amazon selected Starry Montana Sky as one of the Top 50 Greatest Love Stories. When she’s not writing, Dr. Debra works as a psychotherapist and corporate crisis/grief counselor. She’s the author of The Essential Guide to Grief and Grieving, a book about helping people cope with all kinds of loss, and Cultivating an Attitude about Gratitude, a Ten Minute Ebook. She’s also a contributing author to The Naked Truth About Self-Publishing. Full Bio »
The new wave of indie publishing has taken the book industry by storm. Previously unknown and/or unpublished authors are making a living—sometimes a prosperous living--by writing. Traditionally published authors are also developing hybrid careers, where they write for their publishers as well as self-publish. Some successful indie authors are also catching the attention of traditional publishers, who are acquiring their books.
Screenwriters may struggle to find recognition for their work and make a living with their writing. Often screenwriters must have a “day” job in order to survive, which can leave little time and energy to pursue their dreams of success. Adapting screenplays into a books may produce extra income and recognition, as well as provide other benefits to a screenwriting career.
In this Stage 32 Webinar, Debra Holland will discuss her journey from an unpublished author to a NY Times Bestselling author. In her six years of indie publishing, Debra has sold more than a million books and has made a six-figure income for the last five. She’ll introduce you to self-publishing, provide some tips for adapting your screenplays into books, cover basics to get you started in indie publishing, and help you consider whether self-publishing your screenplays as books might be conducive to your career as a screenwriter.
My path from unpublished author to New York Times Bestselling Author
Why Self Publishing a Book or Books Can Enhance Your Screenwriting Career
A bonus to enhance your pitch
Expand your writing skills
Personal satisfaction of controlling your own project and launching it into the world
Building your fan base
Writing Your Material
Why write and publish a book or books?
Differences between writing a script and writing book
Picking your genre
Learning the Publishing Business
Indie or traditional publishing
Wider Distribution, including foreign markets
Using Kindle Direct Publishing
Uploading your book
What to do after you publish your ebook
Managing your expectations
Plugging into the Indie Author Community
Exploring the latest best practices to optimize audience growth for personal/professional work on the world’s fastest growing social media platform, Instagram. Are you harnessing the power of Instagram to promote your latest series or movie? Whether you’re working on a story for TV, Film, or Digital, every storyteller must use the power of social media, to promote and share their work...and currently, the best place to start your outreach is on Instagram. Over the past two years, Instagram has quickly become the fastest growing and most relevant social media platform in the world. In this course, you’ll learn: How to create your personal brand, optimizing #hashtags to be discoverable in search, using 3rd party applications to optimize your reach, fundamentals of tagging and geolocation, best practices for reaching out to Instagram influencers, creating a social posting schedule, and harnessing the power of Instagram stories and Instagram LIVE.
Learn directly from Conrad Sun, TV Lit Manager and Development Executive at Meridian Artists who represents TV writers in all genres for shows such as Blindspot, Two Broke Girls and Bojack Horseman. Conrad has also worked with Epix, Hasbro Studios, Gran Via Productions (Breaking Bad), New Wave Entertainment and Motion Theory Films! After months of development, research and writing, you’ve finally developed your TV series and maybe even written your pilot. You’ve practiced your pitch and are ready to present your show to the world. Now what? Do you call production companies? Hit up a studio? Perhaps reach out to a network? Do you need to attach a showrunner or an actor? How do you approach the next steps of trying to sell your show? Stage 32 Next Level Webinars is thrilled to bring back Conrad Sun to teach you exactly how to sell your TV series! Knowing how to pitch is only half the battle – in this webinar Conrad will explore exactly how the TV space works for both broadcast and cable networks. You will learn who all of the important players are, such as agents, producers, writers and executives, so you can know who to target and how to approach them. Lastly, Conrad will examine previous shows in order to gain an understanding of what it takes to create a successful TV series in the current marketplace, allowing you to make sure you're setting yourself up for success. Conrad currently represents writers on NBC’s Blindspot, CBS’ Two Broke Girls and Netflix’s Bojack Horseman and will ensure you leave this webinar knowing exactly what it takes to sell your TV series!
Have you ever been to these industry events? Film: The Cannes Film Market, The American Film Market, The European Film Market TV: MIPCOM, NATPE, Real Screen What do you really know about these events? Do you know how projects really get bought, sold and funded? Do you know how to work these markets? Strategically? Do you know how to best position and pitch your projects to the industry - to move your career forward? This Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, How to Work the Film & TV Markets is taught by former IFTA liaison for the American Film Market, Heather Hale. In this jam-packed webinar Heather takes independent filmmakers, television and digital content creators on an online tour of the circulatory system of the global media landscape. She is breaking down the entertainment industry’s trade show circuit – where content is bought and sold around the world, year after year. Heather demystifies these markets, makes them less intimidating, less confusing and less overwhelming. She shows you how to strategize and navigate these events, making them far more accessible, productive – and fun! She contextualizes her state-of-the-art, from-the-trenches insights into immediately implementable practical advice if you’re hitting the markets, and even if you're not. This webinar highlights the most significant annual entertainment industry events around the world, dossiers all the players you will run into. You will learn how to best work with them before, during and after the market. She reveals the elements that establish the market value and predict profitability of entertainment properties – and how you can raise the bar for your own projects to be more successful. You will walk away knowing how to make the most of your investments of finite funds, time and creative energy attending markets. Take the step to optimize your odds for success in this mainstream, business-to-business market ecosystem!
Learn directly from award winning non-fiction producer of 8 films, Jim Young, President of Animus Films: Lovelace (Amanda Seyfried), The Words (Bradley Cooper), Life of a King (Cuba Gooding Jr.) - Exclusive for Stage 32 members! With all the recent success for true story dramas including 12 Years a Slave, The Butler, and Dallas Buyer's Club (among many others), it’s an exciting time in the marketplace for non-fiction. If you have found a story that truly inspires you and know it will make a great film, sometimes it’s hard to know where to start to make that happen. The easy part is finding the right story, the hard part is knowing what to do with it. Whether it’s a book, a newspaper or magazine article, a documentary, or even if it’s a story of someone you’ve met or are related to - If you want to learn how to take the kernel of an idea or acquire existing material and develop it into a feature length film, this is the webinar you need taught by one of the most experienced independent producers on the subject. Stage 32 Next Level Webinars is thrilled to bring you Developing a True Story Into a Film (Acquiring / Developing / Writing / Producing / Distributing), hosted by award-winning Producer Jim Young of Animus Films (Lovelace, The Words, Life of a King). Jim is a leading independent non-fiction producer, with 8 films under his belt. We are honored he is bringing his knowledge exclusively to the Stage 32 community. In Developing a True Story Into a Film, Jim will take you through the steps of acquiring the rights to a particular article, book or other printed material about, or the life rights of, a given person (or persons). From there he will cover writing and developing the script, getting buttoned up legally to avoiding pitfalls in the pre-production and production phases, and navigating the process of releasing and distributing the film. He will provide real life case studies using some of his own films as examples to help you gain real world experience and make the process painless.
We've brought in the Producer of the Emmy-nominated HBO show, "Ballers" to teach you how to master the art of your TV pitch. Who better to teach you than someone who's in the TV trenches every single day? Bret works alongside incredible talent such as Stephen Levinson (Entourage, Boardwalk Empire), Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Ryan Phillippe, Catherine Zeta-Jones and more. So, you have a great idea for a show, now what? How do you get it to the right people? What to do/how to present it to them? What most people don’t understand, is that once they’re in the door they need to think about the other side of the table. Who they’re pitching to, how many pitches that person reads/hears and how best to position themselves to stand out. Just the right amount. Busy producers and executives get pitched all the time. They can tell an experienced pitcher from a novice immediately. Whether oral, written or Skype, you basically have 30 seconds or the first paragraph to keep them interested. And for both, the format matters! Don’t let your great idea fall on deaf ears or eyes! If you’re a writer or someone who works with writers, you need to know how to orchestrate a good pitch.
As someone who has coached thousands of people, one of the biggest struggles I hear is, “Everyone is looking for the new young “It-Guy/Gal.” Yet, there are Baby Boomers working in the industry in all capacities. The good news if you’re a Boomer is, you have an advantage with young Hollywood that other older generations never had before. I will share that advantage with you and how to make it work for your career. In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, students will learn how to create a relevant career in this “next generation” of young Hollywood. The webinar will identify and explain key strategies to circumvent ageism that historically have turned older generations off to pursuing their entertainment career. Students will receive “ageless” tips for making a first impression either in person, by phone or via email. I will also give marketing tips on how Boomers can market online (social media and websites) to stay current. Whether you’re a Baby Boomer who has been pursuing a career for some time, or you’re finally pursuing a long time dream, age is a factor, but it doesn’t have to work against you.