How does this actually work? Do you introduce me to producers?
Our producer board members (a selection of which are listed here) will be regularly looking through the website. If a producer is interested in a book, the Hollywood Book Directory will connect the producer to the writer and any transactions or deals that come about as a result will be between the two parties.
Every quarter, all members will be invited to a virtual pitch summit, where an experienced Hollywood producer will guide them through how to pitch their projects and provide direct feedback on how they can improve.
How do the monthly pitch sessions work?
While our membership base is relatively small, all members who would like may have between five and 10 minutes to pitch their show or movie.
The producer will provide feedback on each pitch that's meant to help refine and improve it.
That producer will not be looking to aquire the rights to any books during those sessions; the sessions are intended to prepare members for a time when they may be required to have a pitch ready.
What if I have more than one book I'd like listed?
While we soon will have the ability to offer multiple memberships for single authors, at the time we are only accepting one book per author.
Couldn’t a producer—or anyone looking at the site—just steal my idea?
While there are numerous cases of people feeling that producers have stolen their ideas, almost none of those cases have merit. Most Hollywood producers have more ideas than they know what to do with and are incredibly unlikely to ever consider passing off another writer's IP as their own. If you’re concerned about protecting your idea, we recommend registering the copyright if you haven't already.
What's the difference between my book getting optioned and it being made into a movie or TV show?
An option, in the simplest terms possible, is when a producer is given the opportunity to sell and set up someone's Intellectual Property as a movie or TV show. While there are no guarantees that an option will result in a book being made into a TV show or movie, a movie or TV show based on the book can't be made without an option so it is an exciting first step.
If a producer does want to option my book, how much money can I expect to make?
The simplest answer is not a lot. The days of big money for book options is no longer. Options can start at $100 or even lower; $5000 is considered an amazing option rate today. The BIG money comes if the project moves forward and the movie is made.
What does "BIG" money mean?
It can literally mean anything. EL James supposedly nabbed $5 million for the rights to Fifty Shades of Grey. If you take "points" in place of money upfront and the movie ends up becoming a massive hit, you could end up making even more than that.But it's safe to say that you can expect to net six figures if your book ends up being made.
Do you take a percentage of the movie gross if my book is made into a movie?
No. The Hollywood Book Directory is merely an introduction service. We are not involved in any contracts that are signed between our producers and our writers.
What are the criteria you use to decide if someone can join?
We base our decisions on several factors—while the general book idea is the most important consideration, we also look at the book’s level of professionalism and the author’s experience as well as the needs at the time. If we’re overloaded with a certain genre, we will want to cap off new members who write in that genre temporarily. If producers are telling us they’re very interested in another genre, we will prioritize accepting members who write in that genre.
If I’m rejected, does that mean you think my book is bad?
Not at all. See above. Please note that our needs are always changing and if you are not accepted, you are welcome to re-apply—though we highly recommend waiting at least 60 days.
I just have a book idea but it would make a great movie or TV show. Can I still apply?
While we don’t have that option available yet, it is something we’re considering adding.
I wrote a script. Can I apply?
This is also an idea we’re developing but it’s not available at this time.
I’m still writing my book. Can I join?
Without a book cover and description, it doesn’t make sense for you to be on the site. If a producer was interested in your book, you’d need your book to be finished.
Why do I have to pay to have my book considered? Couldn’t I just sell my book to a Hollywood producer on my own?
You absolutely could. The site is simply a way for you to know you’re getting your material to certain specific producers. And it’s a way for producers to be exposed to books we believe would make excellent TV shows or movies.
Can I just get the contact information for the producers on your board?
That’s something we can’t provide. If a producer is interested in your material, however, we will put you in touch directly. Per our terms of agreement, if you attempt to contact any of our board members directly, your membership will be immediately revoked.
How long do I have to be a member for a producer to be interested in my book?
There’s no set amount of time. A producer could be interested in your book immediately after you join or you could be a member for years before attracting interest. The longer you are a member, the better your chances are, since not only do a producer’s needs change from month to month but new producers are consistently being added to our board.
What if I’m a member for a while and nothing happens with my book?
Because we make no guarantees, you can cancel your membership at any time. If you would like to re-join at a later date, however, you will need to re-apply and pay the membership rate at that time.
Can you make my book into a script, TV pitch or film deck?
Although we can't do the work for you, we do sell a template pack to members that includes a sample TV pitch and film deck. If you're accepted as a member, you will have an opportunity to purchase the pitch and deck template.
If my book is optioned, can I write the screenplay or TV pilot?
While you absolutely can write a script or TV show based on your book, there’s no guarantee that a producer would want to use it and the chances of the project moving forward increase if a producer can attach an established screenwriter.
Will I get to decide who will be in the movie or TV show?
That’s completely up to the producers.
I was published by a small publisher that wants to be involved in any movie or TV show made from my book. Can I apply?
No. To be considered as a member, you must own the rights to your book and not have an agent.
I only published an ebook. Can that be considered?
While you can join with only an ebook, keep in mind that if a producer is interested in reading your book, wants a print copy and you are interested in that opportunity, you will have to find a way to create a print copy at that time.
I only published my book on Amazon. Can I still apply?
Absolutely. As long as a copy of your book exists, you can apply.
My book is out of print. Can I still apply?
As long as you have copies of your book and could get one to a producer, you can be a member.
I published my book traditionally but retained the movie and TV rights. Can I apply?
As long as you can prove that you own the movie/TV rights to your book, you can be a member.
I have an agent but my agent said it’s okay if I have my book listed here while he also tries to sell it. Is that okay?
It isn’t. Members may not have agents.
Are you telling me I can't have an agent and have to negotiate with a producer myself?
Not at all. In fact, we highly recommend involving either an agent or a lawyer in any negotiation. This site isn't involved with that aspect of the arrangement.
Can YOU act as my agent if a producer is interested in my book?
We can’t. If a producer is interested in your material, you will be able to find a lawyer or agent who will negotiate your contract.
If there are any questions you have that are not answered above, please reach out to us through our contact form.