Would you rewrite parts of the first KD books if they get picked up for tv adaptations before they get turned into scripts?
This crops up a lot, so I decided to burst that bubble.
Amount of influence you have as a writer when you work is optioned for film or tv: Zero.
Zero. None. Nada.
Cases like J.K. Rowling, where she was able to exert a lot of control over the script, are exceptionally rare. She was a runaway bestseller, and her adaptation is the exception, not the norm.
So if KD series went into production, and they decided to mash Magic Bites and Magic Burns together, make Curran into a dragon, and have Kate engage in random sex with every marginally attractive male, there would be absolutely nothing we could do about it. They buy the rights to play in the world as they see fit. If you are very lucky, the studio will respect material, but they might not. We would not be consulted. We would not be working on the script. We would not be able to influence the casting.
If you want to see what happens when the script goes terribly wrong, see Percy Jackson movies. Kid 2 is a fan of the books, and I thought she might go into convulsions in the theater.
We had KD optioned for years, meaning there was a small studio attached to the project, and they shopped it to larger studios, trying to get the budget for a pilot. At some point they sent a summary over. It was so simplified that any traces of what made the world unique were gone, and when I pointed it out, it was explained to me that these were visual people and that the studio only had a few minutes to pitch things.
It is highly unlikely that our work will ever be adapted to screen. As an aside, Patty Briggs’ series was optioned recently. She is a very kind person, and Gordon and I are very happy for her.
I’m curious as to how HA felt about publishing on Kindle Unlimited after they used it for Fated Blades. Did it bring in new readers who weren’t familiar with them? Did it cut into sales? What was the reader response?
That’s an interesting question and the answer to all three is yes. Yes, it brought in new readers; yes, it cut into sales but not by a large margin; and yes, the readers liked the book. Statistically, Amazon accounts for a very large chunk of ebooks sold, and theoretically KU sales offset the loss resulting from exclusivity.
However, it is too early to draw definitive conclusions. Publishing accounting is a long-term thing. We are going to revisit numbers a year from publication and see where we stand. A year is long enough to see what promotions Amazon is running, how they affect sales, and whether or not it is worth it do work through Amazon publishing arm in the future.
Is there any chance Subterranean Press will do special editions for Hidden Legacy?
No. It is my understanding that Subterranean Press is focusing more on publishing original work, and I doubt Avon would be receptive to the collector edition.
Well, I am a negative Nancy today. Heh.
Update: Please do not speculate about other authors’ personal lives on the blog. Thank you.