Monthly Archives: March 2013

It’s Spring!


Spring has sprung!
May it bring a glorious bouquet of good luck to all!


Guest Post #1


My first guest post is from Albert Robbins III, host of Free Book Reviews.
And here it is:

Amazon Calls for Submissions from Script Writers

Amazon Studios invites film script writers for submissions.
They will have a chance to earn either $10 000 or $200,000 with their scripts.

Amazon Movie Studios?

Yes, Amazon is accepting scripts and full-length movies from amateur filmmakers, with Amazon intending on producing theatrical films from the winning ideas.

By submitting a script to the program, the writer grants Amazon Studios a free 45 days option on the script (down from 18 months, a steep reduction). If the script is deemed interesting by Amazon, they might then buy an 18 months option for $10 000. If they then decide to turn it into a movie, they buy the rights to a movie for $200 000. All money resulting from prizes won by the movie goes to the writer and if the movie makes over $60 million in US box office, the writer gets an additional $400 000.

If a revised script is selected, the writer keeps the initial $10 000 or $200 000 fee for his script and shares any prize money with the reviser on a 50-50 basis.

For scripts passing the first hurdle, Amazon Studios will run tests with the public to find out it the script generates interest. Based on the feedback from the public, Amazon Studios will decide whether or not to turn it into a movie. The rational behind their system is to create a crowd base selection system for script as opposed to the current selection system through agents and production companies.

For a book writer, this means that they retain all rights on the book and are only selling the rights to the script. When looking for a publisher, being in a position to say that the script based on the book has been shortlisted by Amazon Studios catapults the chances for a lucrative book contract to the top.

But that’s not all:  Amazon is calling film-makers too!

If you can direct, edit, produce or pretty much do anything with a script you can jockey for a position on a film. This is not only a chance to showcase your skills but it is also a chance to make a name in the business.


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more thrills


A friend’s husband let me view one of my books  on his iPad, via the Apple iBooks store, a few days ago.
After hearing some of the challenges other writers have experienced getting their books to translate well through Smashwords, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But mine translated out looking even better than I’d hoped.
Needless to say, I was thrilled and delighted. And inspired!

And then!
Free Book Reviews posted my very first blog interview!
So, one could say that February was a thrill-month of “firsts” for me. I’m still giddy and blushing.
And next!
The host will be guest-posting, here, as my very first guest.

This blog business is still a brand spanking new animal for me. I’m not convinced I’ll ever get the hang of it. But it sure would be nice, if the pegs started to fall into place. (pun intended)

And now I’m off to put a book on sale for Smashwords’ Read an eBook Week promotion. Think I’ll offer up To Touch Ice.  –And keep my fingers crossed.