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Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 14: Hollywood Vs The Author by Stephen Jay Schwartz









Most authors (I will include myself too) want to see their novels turned into a movie or television series. Movies and Television has been the most popular entertainment medium for at least fifty years.  An obscure novelist’s career can change overnight when Hollywood comes knocking at their door.  Well, there has always been a contentious relationship between novelists and Hollywood.

Hollywood vs the Author is a book of essays edited by Stephen Jay Schwartz, a former movie/tv executive and screenwriter.  Schwartz has sat on both sides of the relationship and is the correct person to put a book like this one together.

Essays by famed writers like Michael Connelly (of the Bosch series), Jonathan Kellerman, and Tess Gerritsen share their sobering stories about their dealings in Hollywood.  There is a dark side to getting a book turned into a movie or television series and most of the essays pull no punches in that regard.

Also, I like the fact that Schwartz provides a positive outlook in a few of the essays. However, I believe all authors should have their eyes wide open in dealing with Hollywood and a lot of the authors suggest that you should take the money and get out of the way.

Hollywood Vs The Author is a must read for all authors regardless of where they are in their writing career.  And the biggest lesson for me in reading this book is that Intellectual Property is extremely valuable.  Writers have make sure to protect their IP at all costs when dealing with Hollywood.


RIP Gene Wolfe (1931-2019)

            I found out last night that author Gene Wolfe had died over the weekend. Wolfe has been considered by many in the Science-Fiction and Fantasy Community to be its greatest writer. Many in that community believed his body of work deserved to be mentioned in the same breath with… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 6: The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne

There are a lot of writing craft books out there for writers.  I’m sure many of them are useful for fledging writers to get better at their craft of writing fiction.  However, I realize that a certain writing craft book comes into a writer’s life at the right time. The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne… Continue Reading

Book Review 125: Estate Planning for Authors by M.L. Buchman

Estate Planning is a topic that many people dislike to talk (or even think) about.  That includes the writer of this blog post.  However, Estate Planning is an essential element for personal finances and especially for creative types (like yours truly). I recently heard M.L. Buchman on the Creative Penn Podcast (highly recommended for authors)… Continue Reading

Book Review 95: The Successful Author Mindset by Joanna Penn

Digital Publishing has spawned the rise of the indie author movement over the past several years.  As a result, there is a lot of books these days about how to become a successful indie author and how to make a living with your writing. However, there are only a few of those books dealing with… Continue Reading