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Re: [Durham-Writers-Group] an opportunity for writers interested in transforming ideas into a screenplay

From: user 3.
Sent on: Saturday, December 1, 2012 2:39 PM
No, it's not a self publishing service. The book you reference had a couple bids from boutique publishers but it was given to ProseWorks as their first book publication, and it is a start-up operation. The little firm is currently looking at five or six submissions. The model is similar to Fuze books, which has been around for several years now, and they are father along. There is a huge abundance of experience on tap at ProseWorks, and I am not really "staff" but do advise because these people are on the ball even though it is a WIP. At any rate, PWM is sponsoring this screenwriting seminar to be given by Mr. Boni, who really is an expert on such.

ProseWorks will  only publish the rare book that has serious merit. "The Girl from Ha Giang" certainly does, and is a fine study of current day Vietnam as well as aspects of the Middle East conflict, which the author knows well: having worked as an editor at the national newspaper in Ha Noi and also been a newspaper/magazine correspondent in the Middle East off and on over several decades.


Members should consider the seminar is they have any interest in turning their work into a screenplay!





On Dec 1, 2012, at 2:01 PM, M. David Blake <[address removed]> wrote:

Edification, from Victoria Strauss, of Writer Beware:

On Aug 1, 2012, at 6:53 PM, Victoria Strauss <[address removed]> wrote:
Proseworks looks to me like a self-publishing service with extras...so even though they're coy about this on the website, I'd say it's a good bet that hefty fees are involved. Some of their staff seem to have some professional writing credits, but I'm not seeing the sort of credentials you want to find in a skilled editor or publisher. They also seem to have published just one novel to date (by one of their staff members) so I'm not seeing an abundance of experience or stability here.

Not a scam, but probably not the best option for a debut author.

Also, Martin Love, who sent the original message, seems to be on staff at ProseWorks Media (his novel, The Girl from Ha Giang, is the one referenced by Victoria Strauss in the evaluation above), so his endorsement is not exactly unbiased.

Might this still be a good seminar? Hard to say; make your own evaluation of how best to proceed. Should you elect to do so however, I'd suggest an abundance of caution.

All the best,

M. David Blake

c. Victoria Strauss, Writer Beware


On 12/1/2012 1:26 PM, Peter Denton wrote:
there are seven links on bottom of page. None seem to connect to the
seminar in question. please edify

On 12/1/12, Martin Love <[address removed]> wrote:
DWG members,

I hope this reaches all the members of the Durham writer's group. Someone
let me know if it does.

This is a flier for an unusual seminar, taught by an expert, for those
trying to figure out how to transform a story they've created into a
screenplay. Slots are limited to 10 people, and while it's not exactly cheap
to attend, and will require some time and effort to produce something
decent, it may be worth it. I think so anyway, and will attend myself. This
is being sponsored by ProseWorks Media, a start-up writer's aid and
publishing firm based in Chapel Hill. ProseWorks wants to hear from area
writers who may have written something worth attention!

At any rate, take a look at the attachment here!

Regards, Martin Love





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