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2013 SCWR faculty member Steve Fisher on “Assessing Your Book’s Film Potential”

– as interviewed by 2016 SCWR faculty member Erin Niumata

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“There are several things I look for when assessing a book’s film potential. One is a certain confidence in the writing; does the writer have a mastery of the subject and the world that comes through in the writing?

Another is writing talent. A lot of books are competently written, but I look for a level of excellence that transcends the plot. The best-written books attract the biggest and most talented elements.

Finally there’s the concept. Is it fresh? Dynamic? Can I see the full dramatic or comedic potential? Really fresh ideas just don’t come around that often.” — Steve Fisher

steve fisher-closeupSteve Fisher began his career in television journalism in New York. He worked as the Head of the Research Department at World News Tonight with Peter Jennings for several years. He also produced and wrote anchor copy for CNN
Moving to Los Angeles, Steve worked at ICM, Innovative Artists, and H.N.Swanson. He represents authors, journalists and novelists in the film and TV arena. His client list includes Dorothy Allison (National Book Award nominee for “Bastard Out of Carolina”); Alison Bechdel (author of the acclaimed graphic memoir “Fun Home); Robert Stone (National book Award winner); the estates of Arthur C. Clarke; Patrick O’Brian (“Master and Commander” series) Peter Matthiessen and Truman Capote; Lee Child (“Jack Reacher” franchise); Jim Sallis (author of “Drive”, with Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan ; bestselling suspense author John Saul; John Connelly, and Pulitzer Prize winners Phil Caputo (“Rumor of War”), Gregory Maguire (“Wicked”) , Burrows & Wallace, Tawni O’Dell, Tana French, and Lisa Genova (“Still Alice”).

He is currently a Vice President of Agency for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles.


Erin Niumata, Folio Literary ManagementErin Niumata has been in publishing for over twenty-five years. She started as an editorial assistant at Simon and Schuster in the Touchstone/Fireside division for several years; then moved over to Harper Collins as an editor, and then she went to Avalon Books as the Editorial Director, working on Romance, Mysteries and Westerns. Erin has edited many authors including Leon Uris, Stuart Woods, Phyllis Richman, Senator Fred Harris, Michael Lee West, Debbie Fields, Erica Jong, Brenda Maddox, Lawrence Otis Graham, Joan Rivers, Carolyn Brown, Sandy Robins, Discovery’s River Monsters, Cash Cab, Extreme Couponing, Josh Shipp, Charlotte Cho, WE Tv’s Marriage Boot Camp, TLC’s – The Cake Boss, and many more. She’s worked on 28 NY Times Bestsellers.

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