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Title: Picture book film option question
Post by: Betsy on December 01, 2011, 03:42 PM
If anyone here has had a picture book optioned and is willing to share details, could you pm me?  I have an option and purchase agreement offer on the table, and I need to know more about what the standards are.  Thanks.  (I don't have an agent for this book, so I have to do it all myself.)  They want to make the book into an full length feature animated film.
Title: Re: Picture book film option question
Post by: Tracy Abell / Vinca on December 01, 2011, 04:07 PM
I don't have any insights, Ellen, but wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS! How very exciting!
Title: Re: Picture book film option question
Post by: JennaWren on December 01, 2011, 04:44 PM
I have no advice, but WOW, ELLEN!!   :hairdude
Title: Re: Picture book film option question
Post by: Betsy on December 01, 2011, 05:41 PM
Thanks, guys!  It's for an out-of-print picture book too.  (So there's always hope.) But it may not happen unless I can get some help on how to negotiate this contract.
Title: Re: Picture book film option question
Post by: Kell on December 01, 2011, 06:14 PM
Wow! I don't know anything about this but it's awesome news, especially for a book that deserves new life!
Title: Re: Picture book film option question
Post by: EllaK on December 02, 2011, 03:04 AM
Again, one of those people who don't anything, and again, huge congrats, but if I were you, I would seriously consider getting an agent to help me through this transaction alone. (Or use this transaction to secure an agent, if you're interested in doing that.) Of course, make sure the agent/agency has experience optioning rights.

Crossing my fingers for you!
Title: Re: Picture book film option question
Post by: KatyD on December 02, 2011, 05:53 AM
Fantastic news, Ellen! Would the Author's Guild be able to help???

Title: Re: Picture book film option question
Post by: Cpm on December 02, 2011, 06:09 AM
 :cheerleader NO help here, but that is soooooooo awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!! :cheerleader
Title: Re: Picture book film option question
Post by: Donna J. Shepherd on December 02, 2011, 06:33 AM
Are you a member of SCBWI? I've heard they have limited resources for something like this. Congrats on the offer! Hope it all works out.
Title: Re: Picture book film option question
Post by: jenniferfisher on December 02, 2011, 10:09 AM
What a wonderful surprise...just in time for the holidays  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Picture book film option question
Post by: tfb3 on December 02, 2011, 10:17 AM
 Awesome, Ellen!  :yay
Title: Re: Picture book film option question
Post by: Betsy on December 02, 2011, 10:27 AM
I AM a member of SCBWI.  I don't ever remember seeing anything on film rights advice, but I'll take a look.  Thanks!
Title: Re: Picture book film option question
Post by: Jean Reidy on December 02, 2011, 10:33 AM
Fantastic, Ellen!!!
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Post by: Anne Marie on December 02, 2011, 10:49 AM
I just sent you an email.
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Post by: CarrieF on December 02, 2011, 11:07 AM
How cool! That is so great. Congratulations!

Carrie
Title: Re: Picture book film option question
Post by: Kawie on December 02, 2011, 01:35 PM
 :partytime
Title: Re: Picture book film option question
Post by: kathym44 on December 02, 2011, 05:37 PM
WOW!! That is so exciting!! Hope it all works out for you! Keep us posted.
Title: Re: Picture book film option question
Post by: rab on December 02, 2011, 06:05 PM
What wonderful and exciting news! I have no advice, but I'll bet JenKlein would, given her experience in the film industry.
Title: Re: Picture book film option question
Post by: Tina Cho on December 03, 2011, 03:28 AM
Very cool, Ellen! Congrats! Hope it works out.
~Tina
Title: Re: Picture book film option question
Post by: Ree on December 03, 2011, 04:17 AM
You rock, Betsy. Keep us posted!

Susan     :hairdude
Title: Re: Picture book film option question
Post by: Alison A on December 03, 2011, 06:01 AM
 :wow :wow

AMAZING NEWS!

I wish I had advice to help you beyond going to SCBWI or Authors Guild. Someone there should be able to point you in the right direction.
Please keep us posted and good luck in the process of making this happen.
Title: Re: Picture book film option question
Post by: AnneN on December 03, 2011, 08:02 AM
Oh, golly, my fingers are SO CROSSED for you!!!  Very exciting! :goodluck
Title: Re: Picture book film option question
Post by: PDM on December 04, 2011, 07:40 PM
Congratulations, Betsy, that's great!

I've heard that some agents would be willing to negotiate a contract for an offer like this on an individual basis, though I wouldn't know who to direct you to. Might not hurt to email an agent or two that you've heard of or respect and just ask them if they'd be willing to do that.
Title: Re: Picture book film option question
Post by: Stephanie Ruble on December 04, 2011, 09:16 PM
Excellent news Betsy! Wish I knew about film options so I could help. Crossing my fingers that you'll get the answers you need and be able to see your PB come to life on the screen!