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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 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 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.
Spring 2016 PODCAST SCHEDULE
Lee Child – February 18, 2016 – available now!
#1 NYTimes bestselling author of the Jack Reacher novels, on “Creating Momentum” – CLICK HERE to listen!
Steve Fisher – February 22, 2016 – available now!
Film Agent, APA, on “Assessing Your Book’s Film Potential” – CLICK HERE to listen!
David Ebershoff – February 25, 2016 – available now!
#1 international bestselling author of The 19th Wife, on “A Deep Look at Editing” – CLICK HERE to listen!
Kristin Nelson – February 29, 2016 – available now!
Agent, Nelson Literary Agency, on “Query Letters and Loglines” – CLICK HERE to listen!
Robert Goolrick – March 3, 2016 – available now!
#1 NYTimes bestselling author of A Reliable Wife, on “Learning to Take Risks in Your Writing” – CLICK HERE to listen!
Charles F. Adams – March 7, 2016 – available now!
Editor, Algonquin Books, on “Writing Literary Fiction That Sells” – CLICK HERE to listen!
Jacquelyn Mitchard – March 10, 2016 – available now!
#1 NYTimes bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean, on “Creating Heartbreak on the Page” – CLICK HERE to listen!
Jill Marr – March 14, 2016 – available now!
Agent, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency, on “What Literary Agents Want” – CLICK HERE to listen!
Lorenzo Carcaterra – March 17, 2016 – available now!
#1 NYTimes bestselling author of Sleepers, screenwriter, producer, on “Keeping the Reader Turning the Page” – Part One – CLICK HERE to listen!
Lorenzo Carcaterra – March 21, 2016 – available now!
#1 NYTimes bestselling author of Sleepers, screenwriter, producer, on “Keeping the Reader Turning the Page” – Part Two – CLICK HERE to listen!
Téa Obreht – March 24, 2016– available now!
Award-winning author of The Tiger’s Wife, on “Structuring a Novel” – CLICK HERE to listen!
Jeff Kleinman – March 28, 2016
Agent, Folio Literary Management, on “How to Create Vivid Characters”