How A Salesman Can Help You Pitch…

So in a couple of weeks I’m returning to Raindance to run my one day seminar on Writing for Graphic Novels and Screenplays, and part of my seminar is about networking, and more importantly what not to do. They’re rules I’ve used all my career, and now I’m moving into film and TV, I’m finding that they’re even more vital for a screenwriter.

Today, I write about how knowledge in one market can help in another – in this case how being a salesman can help someone be a writer. Not in every manner of sales, but by looking at some of the basic skills that a salesman is taught to do, and showing how it can help you at a convention.

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Vladimir Tod Returns…

unnamedA few years ago, I adapted the Heather Brewer Vladimir Tod books into Graphic Novels for Penguin Teen, and then, as is the way with writers, I sat back and waited for a while. Years, in fact, as I realised this week that I started the first adaptation, Eighth Grade Bites, exactly three years ago this month. That came out almost eighteen months ago, and I have to say I worried that the others wouldn’t appear. And then this week, the second in the series, Ninth Grade Slays came out.

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Houston, We Have A Convention…

unnamedLast week I was at Houston’s ComicPalooza Con, or rather the ‘Texas International Comic Con’, and it had possibly one of the most awesome beginnings that I’ve ever had at a convention, and possibly may corrupt any idea in my wife Tracy’s mind on what to expect in the future on one of these trips, as on the Thursday before the convention, I got to live a dream and travel behind the scenes at NASA Houston.

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Messenger: The Legend Continues…

unnamedSo a few years ago, Sam Hart and I wrote a book for Walker Books called Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood, a retelling of the classic tale for a modern audience. A couple of years later we were asked to write another, this time about King Arthur, and Excalibur: The Legend of King Arthur came out.

After that, we started to think about who could be next. We wanted a female. We wanted a story that people knew, that I could put a new spin on – and within weeks we had it. Joan of Arc.

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The Jigsaw Lady Comes…

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As many of you know, for the last few years I’ve been doing a lot of work with reluctant readers in schools around the world, and it’s become quite a passion of mine. Which was why I was honoured and overjoyed  last year when Danny Pearson of Badger Learning, a division of the Haven Book Group asked me if I’d be interested in contributing to their ‘Teen Reads II’ series of books, a series of books aimed at reluctant readers of 12 – 15 with a lower reading age.

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Vampires vs People of ‘Faith’…

PicfxSo today I was at a school in Hertfordshire and, with a Year 9 class of children, we did a workshop on normal characters in fantastical situations, allowing the students to make the decisions based on what they’d *really* do in a particular setting. The setting in this case was Vampires attacking their school, with the class the only people in the building.

Over the following 40 minutes they worked out what weapons they needed and how they could get them. They fought for control of the group, some betrayed the group to help the Vampires, and some used their faith to save their school friends.

And one of these latter students amazed me today.

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The Bottled Water Tour…

unnamedSo a couple of weeks ago I was in Los Angeles for an entire week, partly due to the fact that I was a guest at the Gallifrey One convention (from Thursday night to Sunday evening) but also for a variety of meetings, catch ups and get togethers across Los Angeles on the Monday night to the Thursday evening. This is my second year of solid meetings on those days, and I thought I’d talk a bit about them, and what I did – and more importantly what I learned.

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