Thursday, November 19, 2015

Literary Agents Seeking Fantasy Novels Now


This will be my last post for today.

7 Literary Agents Seeking Fantasy Novels NOW 
In celebration of my three new books released this September (what an awesome autumn!), I'm doing a lot of special lists of agents seeking queries right now. I've already done lists on picture book agents, thriller agents, and women's fiction agents. Below find a list for agents seeking adult fantasy novels NOW. (Note that this list is for adult fantasy, not fantasy for kids or teens. That will be a different list.) 
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Write a Compelling Short Film Script

Write a Compelling Short Film Script
imageplaceholderJeanne Veillette Bowerman
Online Editor

This week's screenwriting tip is about writing a short film from writer/director
Kim Garland. I've been honored to have Kim as one of our contributors for the
 past few years and am sad to see her move on to other adventures, but her
column,Write, Direct, Repeat, will live on the site. Be sure to catch up on
 her great advice!

There's still time to sign up for Kathy Berardi's online class Creating the Short Film.
 It starts today, but as long as you register this week, you can still have access.


by Kim Garland

For the most part, good writing is good writing, and the skills you’re developing to
write feature scripts will also apply when you write shorts: a three-act structure
 (but for shorts, simply think setup, conflict, and resolution); a universal theme; a
clear dilemma and stakes; and an active protagonist.

But there are challenges specific to writing a great short film that can be overcome
 by understanding what makes shorts — and the audience for shorts — unique.

Create a Dynamic Opening Scene

If asked for just one piece of advice for creating a successful short film, I’d have to go
with the old, “the shorter, the better” mantra. Because it really is true — most short films
can be improved by making them a little shorter.

But the one place where you can benefit from not trying to build in too much information
 is your opening scene. Even though you have a limited amount of time to tell your story,
 you don’t need to front-load your film with all of your setup at once.

Use your opening to establish tone and introduce your characters in a fascinating way,
 but don’t weigh it down with backstory and exposition. Entice your audience to want to
 learn more.

If the opening can double as a “before” shot of your protagonist’s life (i.e. before the
 transformative event of your story), so much the better, but be sure even the most mundane
life is portrayed in a curiosity-inducing way.

Layer Your Storytelling... 

Read more tips on writing short films... 

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New Literary Agents 11/19/2015

Good news for writers.

I got another email listing new literary Agents seeking writers

2 New Agents Seeking Queries 

Click on any name below to see the full mini-profile on the GLA Blog (with submission
 instructions). Good luck querying!

1. Kara Leigh Miller of Corvisiero Literary

She is seeking: - romance for adults or teens or new adult (contemporaries and romantic
 suspense are her forte, but she's willing to consider just about anything as long as it's well
written [except things comparable to 50 Shades of Grey], including paranormal and urban fantasy
- mystery (teens and adults)
- thrillers (teens and adults)
- horror (teens and adults)
- inspirational fiction (open to all forms of inspirational fiction, not just those that are
focused around the Christian faith, for teens and adults).

2. Sergei Tsimberov of Ayesha Pande Literary

He is seeking: As an agent, he represents both literary fiction and nonfiction. He is
 looking for imaginative and polished voice-driven writing, and is particularly interested
 in narratives with historical, political and international themes.

Bonus #3. Elise Capron of Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency

(Unlike the other agents on this list, Elise is not a new agent, but she was interviewed
by WD recently, and confirmed she is open to submissions. Query her.)

She is seeking: adult literary fiction, multicultural fiction, debut novels, story collections,
and, on the non-fiction side, trade-friendly cultural and/or environmental history.

14 Literary Agents Seeking Adult Science Fiction Novels NOW 

In celebration of my three new books released this September, I'm doing a lot of
special lists of agents seeking queries right NOW. My most recent list (on the Writers
 in the Storm Blog) is 14 Literary Agents Seeking Science Fiction Novels NOW.

All the 14 agents listed below personally confirmed to me as of October 2015 that they
 are actively seeking science fiction submissions for adults NOW. (This is not YA/MG sci-fi.
That will be a different list). Some gave personal notes about their tastes while some did not.
Good luck querying!

1. Paula Munier (Talcott Notch Literary)
Notes: "High concept only."
How to submit: E-query editorial [at] with "Query for Paula: [title]" in the
 subject line.

2. Kaylee Davis (Dee Mura Literary)
Notes: "Word count under 120,000."
How to submit: Send query, synopsis, and first 25 pages to query [at]
 No attachments please.

See the full list here.

Resources From Screenwriter's Goldmine

Following is an email from Screenwriters Goldmine.

I want to Share it with you.


If you haven't already entered, you might want to know that the contest moves to its Late Entries phase at 1.00pm today, when the price will go up.

There are now just three weeks to go before we close the doors for 2015, so don't miss out. You still have 21 writing days left, so, if you haven't entered yet, now is the time to really get down to finishing what you're writing. 

Send us your scripts, we want to read them!

Why be a screenwriter?

Last Friday was Robert McKee day in London. Ten hours of lectures, with Mr McKee being his usual, provocative, fiery, ornery, and deeply challenging self.

And I say that in the best possible sense.

I'll report on all that in a later newsletter (there is a lot to process!) but one startling thing is how inspiring the day was: I came out completely charged up with the possibilities.

The passion with which Mr McKee speaks about the craft was immense, and it reminded me why we do this game.

So I've written up up a pretty personal blog post to go over some of the benefits - and unexpected pitfalls - of what it's like being a professional screenwriter. 

You can read that here.

Write to me 

I started this site in 2007 to be a platform for genuine screenwriting and industry information.

Eight years later, there are now so many screenwriting blogs and videos and interviews and podcasts and tip sheets and software tools out there that I wonder whether you may feel you have all the information you need.

And yet. I can't help thinking that there will be gaps. I still see misinformation being broadcast. I've always made sure that people who get platforms on this site are experienced, with multiple relevant professional credits. The goal has always been to cut through that misinformation.

So tell me. What kind of help with your writing, or your writing career, are you still missing? I want this site to serve you better in the New Year, but I don't want to double up on stuff you already know.

Is it more articles? If so on what? Or is it more interactive help in some way? Is it business advice? Is it getting your scripts read by actors? Writing retreats? Short film contests? Script feedback? Or something completely new and radical?

When you get chance hit reply to this email and let me know what you need to get to where you want to be. 

Free courses

Creative Skillset are the industry skills body for the Creative Industries, and well worth a look. They wrote to me this week with news that they have just launched a range of brand new and FREE online courses designed specifically for the Creative Industries.

There are some great choices but (probably because I am in social-media/getting-the-word-out mode at the moment) one stood out in particular:

"Brand Storytelling: How to Use Narrative to Sell" is aimed at people in advertising, design and marketing.

It was developed by design and advertising non-profit D&AD with Creative Skillset and it explores the power of storytelling in creating brand success.

They tell me the course will especially help develop skills in creating narratives, communicating a brand by telling stories, engaging an audience and generally amplifying a message through digital media.

The course contains insight and practical advice from high profile talents (including Sir Alan Parker, Peter Souter and Al MacCuish) on how to create compelling stories that sell products, brands and values. Students get the chance to work on a live brief with a cash prize, with industry mentoring available for the winning project.


Speaking of digital media, we're just getting going on social media at the moment. It's early days, but come and join in:

Twitter: @screengoldmine
Instagram: @screenwritinggoldmine
Pinterest: @screenwritinggm

Till next time,


Producers Seeking Novels For Movies!

Hello, everyone!

This morning I got a very interesting email about a contest you may be interested in if you have written a novel. I won't explain. Read below for yourself.

A message from our trusted partners.


The 2nd Annual Book Pipeline Competition is searching for authors with
 material well-suited for film or television adaptation. The winner receives
circulation to Lakeshore Entertainment (Million Dollar Baby,American Pastoral),
 Energy Entertainment (Extant), Benderspink (We're the MillersA History of Violence),
 Darko Entertainment (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), and other companies
 for potential development.

Building upon the success of the Script Pipeline competitions and a 15-year history
of launching writing careers, Book Pipeline aims to continue discovering new talent
and delivering unique, compelling stories to the industry--with the specific intent of
getting projects on the fast-track to production.

2015 Book Pipeline Competition

Deadline: December 1st, 2015

Entry Fee: $65 per submission

Results Announced: March-April 2016

Acceptable Entries:
  • Novels and non-fiction books (up to first 5,000 words)
  • Plays
  • Graphic Novels
  • Book proposals or pitches (fiction only)
  • Short stories
Feedback: Every entrant will receive brief feedback on their submission once
 semifinalist results have been announced in March 2016. There is no extra fee for these general comments. Feedback will typically cover your story's adaptation
 potential for film or TV, as well as some thoughts on the overall
 writing and story elements.

For additional details, including judging criteria, awards, announcement
 dates, and other FAQs, visit Book Pipeline.