Will that sign stay that way into the season? That’s your Mad Libs assignment. It looks too brand new, and not as beat up as this walker, and everything else a couple of years into the zombie apocalypse. That last part is for you. Or Nicotero may have saved this little premiere scene as a tease for fans.Here’s the brief clip, showing a walker moving past a sign:A post shared by Greg Nicotero (@gnicotero) on May 27, 2017 at 8:44pm PDTThe sign says “Rabbit Season” and the clapboard also says “Rabbit Season,” but is that the name of this particular scene or the episode? Maybe it doesn’t matter, but we love a good tease.Nicotero offered no caption, but at least he gave us something before the official Season 8 photos and sneak peeks start coming out. And we should expect the official trailer at San Diego Comic-Con in July, as usual.So far, AMC has been busy promoting “Fear the Walking Dead,” but pretty soon we should get more from them on the flagship show, beyond this re-post of the Motion Comic for the start of the comic book series:TWD Season 8 premieres in October on AMC.Want more stuff like this? The Season 8 premiere, the 100th episode, seems to be completed by now, so it’s possible this clip from his Instagram is from the second (or third) episode of the 2017-2018 season. Like us on Facebook. Plus, the camerawork is hand-held and shaky, not like typical TWD footage. ‘Cause right now, we got nothin’ but Looney Tunes jokes.Greg Nicotero does everything but the catering for the AMC show, including directing. What exactly are we seeing? Posted May 31, 2017 by Gina CarboneIt’s “Rabbit Season” in “The Walking Dead” Season 8, which must mean ____.
Either way, that’s eight or nine minutes longer than the Season 6 premiere, but not a record. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean all of the episodes will be longer than ever.There’s been some chatter in the fandom in the past few days about the premiere’s running time, which was originally listed by HBO at 58 minutes, then upgraded to 59 minutes. Here’s Business Insider’s rundown of the longest episodes to date:Season 6, Episode 10: “The Winds of Winter” — 69 minutesSeason 4, Episode 10: “The Children” — 65 minutesSeason 2, Episode 10: “Valar Morghulis” — 64 minutesSeason 3, Episode 10: “Mhysa” — 62 minutesSeason 5, Episode 10: “Mother’s Mercy” — 61 minutesSeason 1, Episode 1: “Winter is Coming” — 61 minutesOf those, only the top three would really qualify as “well over an hour,” at least from here.We don’t know the Season 7 premiere title at this point, but it will show up on Sunday, July 16 at 9 p.m. Three GoT premieres have been slightly longer than this one, and three have been slightly shorter, making the season 7 premiere’s running time perfectly normal (so this season will not have the show’s Longest Premiere Ever…). Posted May 31, 2017 by Gina CarboneThe “Game of Thrones” Season 7 finale will be “supersized,” perhaps giving Tormund just enough extra time to perfect his pitch to Brienne (or maybe just wear her down).GoT returns July 16 on HBO, and even though Season 7 will only have seven episodes, we know the main cast will have more screen time than ever. Entertainment Weekly cautioned that the upcoming episodes won’t be longer in general, but the Season 7 finale will be “well over an hour.”Here’s more from EW:”One of the most frequent questions I get on Twitter — especially since officially confirming that the final season of Game of Thrones will be six episodes last week — is whether the remaining GoT episodes will be longer than usual.There are seven episodes in the upcoming seventh season (debuting July 16) and six in the eighth and final season.The simple answer: No, the remaining episodes are not, for the most part, longer. The upcoming seventh season premiere is 58 minutes. on HBO.Want more stuff like this? As is often the case, however, the finale this season WILL be super-sized, clocking in at well over an hour.”When GoT does go over an hour, it is usually for a finale, with the Season 6 finale currently holding the title at 69 minutes. Like us on Facebook.
(We don’t know)#PrisonBreak
— Prison Break Writers (@PBWritersRoom) May 31, 2017
However, if there is a Season 6 at some point — if the writers come up with the perfect next chapter — the fans and executive producer Paul Scheuring all know one thing they want to add: More Sucre (Amaury Nolasco). — Stefano B. No, this was all outlined pretty copiously before the season started, so we shot exactly what we intended. So you can stop asking about it on Twitter.Hey! There was tragedy in the loss of poor Whip (Augustus Prew), leading to his dad (still sounds weird) T-Bag (Robert Knepper) getting revenge. (@barchiStefano7) May 31, 2017Sucre’s name also came up at the end of Entertainment Weekly’s Q&A with Paul Scheuring:EW: Is there anything you wish you had gotten to do this season?Paul Scheuring: “That’s a good question. One thing that’s funny is, I will say that a lot of fans are really clamoring for Sucre because they haven’t seen him since episode 1. In one glorious final twist, T-Bag ended up back in the OG prison Fox River, as the new bunkmate of Jacob (Mark Feuerstein).At this point, Fox does not have “Prison Break” on the schedule for this fall, and there are “no plans right now” for the show to return, since the producers and writers have yet to come up with a worthy story. So I guess I wish there could’ve been more Sucre, but that would have been creatively disingenuous to include him more than that, but if there’s another season maybe there’s way more Sucre.”Want more stuff like this? Posted May 31, 2017 by Gina Carbone”Prison Break” just ended its limited return season, and fans want MORE, especially of one particular character.Not all fans are pushing for a Season 6, since the Season 5 finale was darn near perfect, giving Michael (Wentworth Miller), Lincoln (Dominic Purcell), and Sara (Sarah Wayne Callies) their happy endings. Who has a question that is NOT about whether or not there will be a season 6? Like us on Facebook. #PrisonBreakpic.twitter.com/oc90UiKGE1
— jas (@jasminmhernand) May 31, 2017I really wish Sucre had a bigger role in this season though :/ #PrisonBreak
— Olivia (@itsoliviamayo) May 31, 2017PRISON BREAK FINALE GOT ME MAD WHERE DID SUCRE GO WHAT IS HAPPENING #PRISONBREAK@PBWritersRoom PLEASE EXPLAIN
— Caleb (@jahazielcaleb) May 31, 2017Such a good episode but hey where is Sucre??? season 6? Obviously you always want bigger action sequences and more time to film and that sort of stuff, but I feel like given the very tiny window we had to make this, I think we’ve got to do what we want to do, so I feel pretty good about that. so y’all only brought sucre back for two seconds this whole season??? Michel part is over. I love Sucre, I wish he could’ve been in the season more, but again, all characters had to be organically within the series and he didn’t really have a role other than being the sidekick running around in Yemen, which he really didn’t have a skill set for. T-Bang amazing like always… Only if the story is about Sucre. We all need a “Goodbye Papi” #PrisonBreak@PrisonBreak 😍😍😍
— J☇ (@JaazCantelmo) May 31, 2017#prisonbreak Great Season!!
It was a surprise move to begin with, especially with Thursday night football interruptions, but it was part of their plan to bring back “Must See TV” on Thursdays.However, TVLine revealed, “This Is Us” Season 2 will now stay put on Tuesdays at 9 p.m., following “The Voice.” (Hopefully NBC doesn’t change its mind on giving “This Is Us” the post-Super Bowl spot.) Thursdays will now include the sitcom lineup of “Superstore,” “The Good Place, “Will & Grace,” and “Great News.” That’s still Must See TV from here, and a good call to not mess with the good thing of our Tuesday night appointment television.”Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders” was going to follow “This Is Us” on Thursdays and will now follow the show on Tuesdays. Posted May 30, 2017 by Gina CarboneNBC can’t stick with a decision this year — and we appreciate it! “Great News”
10 p.m. After cancelling, then uncancelling “Timeless,” the network has followed up by reversing its decision to move breakout hit “This Is Us” from Tuesdays to Thursdays. “This Is Us”
10 p.m. “Chicago Fire”The rest of the previously revealed lineup should still be as-is. ABC may also be relieved to have “This Is Us” away from its TGIT lineup.Want more stuff like this? Like us on Facebook. Many fans are happy at the “This Is Us” change (if not the “Chicago Fire” change), especially “Scandal” fans who didn’t want to make the tough call between favorite shows on Thursday nights. “Will & Grace”
9:30 p.m. “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders”THURSDAYS
8 p.m. “Superstore”
8:30 p.m. “Chicago Fire” is moving from Tuesdays to Thursdays after all of those sitcoms.Here’s the new fall 2017 schedule:TUESDAYS
8 p.m.: “The Voice”
9 p.m. “The Good Place”
1 choice closely matches what “Grey’s” already did with Meredith, Derek and Addison. Like us on Facebook. Posted May 30, 2017 by Gina CarboneHow will “Grey’s Anatomy” Season 14 play the new love triangle of Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), Nathan Riggs (Martin Henderson), and Megan Hunt (Bridget Regan)? And how should it?The Season 13 finale left us with a few relationship cliffhangers, from whatever nonsense is happening with Japril + Maggie, to the unresolved stuff between Alex Karev, Jo Wilson, and Jo’s ex. And then there’s Mer, who cannot be happy for one full minute without some new drama threatening to take the happy away.Season 13 ended with Meredith telling Nathan that Megan was actually alive, fully supporting that he go off to reconnect with his long missing and presumed dead ex-girlfriend. 32.23%
• Megan rejects Nathan, so he and Mer resume their relationship. (“If this were Derek, I’d already be gone.” TEARS!) Riggs had a complicated relationship with Megan, since he had cheated on her, and that also caused friction in his friendship with Megan’s brother Owen (Kevin McKidd). But she pushes him away, refusing to be the other woman. 12.15%
• Nathan helps Megan recover, and, along the way, they rekindle their romance and reunite. So now, not only do we need to see how Megan affects Mer and Riggs, we need to see what’s next for the bromance of Owen and Riggs.TVLine decided to present its readers with a poll asking what will happen next for the Megan love triangle; here are the results, as of this moment: • Though Nathan tries to stand by Megan, he continues to be drawn to Mer, and ultimately, he and Grey reunite. Should that discount it? “Grey’s” does like to repeat storylines, so that may make it the most likely option.Answers will arrive with “Grey’s Anatomy” Season 14, which premieres this fall on ABC.Want more stuff like this? 46.57%
• Though Nathan tries to stand by Megan, he continues to be drawn to Mer. 9.05% It’s possible none of those options will be correct, but the current No.
Stay tuned.”Barbara Kean (played by Erin Richards) is still seen as the obvious choice to be Harley Quinn, but no one is likely to confirm that before next week’s finale.Here’s Fox’s press release on the two-hour season ender:DESTINY AWAITS ON THE ALL-NEW, SPECIAL TWO-HOUR SEASON FINALE OF “GOTHAM” MONDAY JUNE 5, ON FOXJada Pinkett Smith Guest-Stars as Fish MooneyAlexander Siddig Debuts as Ra’s Al GhulWith the deadly virus spreading throughout the city, the search for the antidote continues, as Fish Mooney (guest star Jada Pinkett Smith), The Riddler and Penguin reveal plans of their own. He makes a decision, that decision will influence what he does. I don’t know what’s happening in Season 4 yet, I haven’t had a script or talked to the writers about what’s going to happen, but where I see it going is somewhere I’ve wanted to see it going for a very long time. Bruce meets Ra’s Al Ghul (guest star Alexander Siddig) and completes his last task in order to fulfill his destiny, but realizes he can’t let go of his past. You’ll see what I mean. (GTH-321/22) (TV-14 L, V)Cast: Ben McKenzie as Detective James Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, Morena Baccarin as Leslie Thompkins, Sean Pertwee as Alfred, Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman, Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma/the future Riddler, Jessica Lucas as Tabitha Galavan, Chris Chalk as Lucius Fox, Drew Powell as Butch Gilzean, Maggie Geha as the future Poison Ivy, Michael Chiklis as Detective Nathaniel Barnes, Benedict Samuel as Mad HatterGuest Cast: Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney, Alexander Siddig as Ra’s Al Ghul, Camila Perez as Firefly, Nathan Darrow as Victor Fries/Mr. Bruce is going to be very busy taking on this new role that he assumes at the end of Season 3 and I think it’ll be really cool.”MoviePilot asked if Bruce Wayne’s upcoming decision may involve Harley Quinn. Margot Robbie brought Harley Quinn to life on the big screen, but Fox is about to introduce its own Clown Princess of Crime in the “Gotham” Season 3 finale.It was known that Harley would be coming to “Gotham,” but not if she’d arrive before Season 4. Here’s his answer:”She’s going to be in the finale. Freeze, BD Wong as Hugo StrangeWant more stuff like this? Star David Mazouz (Bruce Wayne) dropped the news about Harley into a new interview with MoviePilot.”Something major happens in the very last scene of Season 3 for Bruce. Like us on Facebook. Meanwhile, Gordon tries to win back Lee, and past alliances within Gotham City are broken, while new alliances are formed in the all-new, special two-hour “Heroes Rise: Destiny Calling/ Heroes Rise: Heavydirtysoul” season finale episode of GOTHAM airing Monday, June 5 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Posted May 30, 2017 by Gina CarboneGet ready, she’s almost here!
One of those heads may or may not have been based on “The Walking Dead” star Andrew Lincoln, in a callback to what TWD did for Depp.Comicbook.com brought up the idea, writing that after their staff first heard that there might be a TWD Easter egg, “additional staff went into Pirates 5 for a second look. Like us on Facebook. Posted May 30, 2017 by Gina Carbone”Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” may have paid back “The Walking Dead” for its own Johnny Depp Easter egg. The “Pirates” crew would be the ones in the know, so fans will just have to wait for official word — or wait for the movie to come out on digital or DVD so they can freeze frame the moment for a closer look.Want more stuff like this? A head for a head!You may recall that “The Walking Dead” Season 6 kinda sorta had a Johnny Depp cameo when TWD created some severed heads for a particular scene, and one was based on a mold of Johnny Depp’s face.Fast-forward to “Pirates of the Caribbean 5,” and one scene — MILD SPOILER ALERT — showed Depp’s Jack Sparrow discovering what happens in the newly invented guillotine, when he sees a basket of severed heads. The moment is so quick that it’s hard to confirm, but it definitely isn’t outside the realm of possibility.”The site added that they reached out to folks at both “The Walking Dead” and Disney, which produced “Pirates.” The “Walking Dead” people they spoke to didn’t know anything about it, and the Disney peeps haven’t responded yet.
“At this point it is not a suspicious death and the manner will be determined by the Medical Examiner,” the department told ET. Sending prayers and love to his family and friends. He’ll be missed but not forgotten. We all loved him on Bachelorette. — Sean Lowe (@SeanLowe09) May 30, 2017I will always remember my friend Micheal Nance for his kind and fragile soul. (@ariejr) May 30, 2017Extremely difficult learning the news of Michael Nance’s passing. — Chris Bukowski (@chrisjbukowski) May 30, 2017Sadly, Bachelor Nation is no stranger to early deaths. Posted May 30, 2017 by Gina CarboneBachelor Nation is in mourning, once again, after the death of “kind soul” Michael Nance, 31, one of Emily Maynard’s suitors on “The Bachelorette” Season 8.Nance was 26 when he competed on the 2012 season; the Austin, Texas resident was featured as a musician, with ABC listing his occupation as Rehab Counselor.A spokesperson with the Austin Police Department told Entertainment Tonight that officers responded to a call about an unresponsive male at 2:10 a.m. Addiction is a terrible disease, may he finally find peace. Like us on Facebook. “The cause and manner of death will be determined by the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office.”Emily Maynard, and several of her Season 8 bachelors, reached out with condolences:So sad waking up to the news about Michael Nance. He was a sweet man with a kind soul. Gia Allemand of “The Bachelor” and “Bachelor Pad” took her own life in 2013, at age 29, in just one of way too many examples.Want more stuff like this? — Arie Luyendyk Jr. He was a gentle man with a huge heart. — Emily MaynardJohnson (@EmilyMaynard) May 30, 2017My heart breaks to hear about the passing of my friend Michael Nance. Such a kind heart with so much talent. on Monday; Nance was pronounced dead just before 3 a.m.
However, that doesn’t mean she hasn’t faced rejection along the way. It meant so much to me. And, honestly, for me, I felt so — I felt [like] an actor, in the audition room, hitting Hugh Jackman and [director] James Mangold sitting right in front of me. I was like ‘Oh my goodness.’ I was one of the best auditions.”Yeah, you can’t knock any time you get to spend with The Jackman, even if you don’t get asked to spend even more time with him.As for Millie’s worst audition? I was filming ‘Stranger Things’ and I was like, ‘It’s going to be amazing, I’m going to really prepare,’ and I sat in my room reading the lines. One surprising aspect is that she named a rejected role as her best audition.In a scene from Variety’s latest season of “Actors on Actors,” MBB revealed to ERW that she read for the role of Laura/X-23 in “Logan.” The role ultimately went to Dafne Keen, but Brown was still happy with the experience:”The best audition for me was Wolverine. I watched it, she was incredible. She had to jump up and down and hold this thing, and pretend to play with another girl. Like us on Facebook. I went for ‘Logan,’ I went for the little girl. It was for an “awkward” Barbie commercial. Posted May 30, 2017 by Gina Carbone”Stranger Things” breakout star Millie Bobby Brown recently named her best and worst auditions in a sit-down chat with “Westworld” queen Evan Rachel Wood, and both answers were pretty surprising.Millie has had an incredible year, winning praise and awards as Eleven in the Netflix series, with more to come in Season 2 this Halloween. It was not the best experience.Watch more here:The full interview will air June 13 on Variety’s “Actors on Actors” Season 6, on PBS SoCal.Want more stuff like this?
There is definitely trouble coming, including protests, violence, and even talk of the president’s removal.Whatever threats they face, the scheming Underwoods won’t be caught lying down.”We need to dial up the terror,” Claire says at one point in the teaser.”I will not yield,” Frank promises at another.As you can see in the teaser below, Season 5 promises to be full of suspense, unrest, and conflict.The show has racked up numerous awards nominations over the years, including Emmys and Golden Globes. Posted May 30, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongThe Underwoods are as ominous as ever.With “House of Cards” Season 5 hitting Netflix on Tuesday, the streamer released a new trailer. We’ll see if the latest season is worthy of more.”House of Cards” Season 5 is now on Netflix. It reunites viewers with Frank (Kevin Spacey) and Claire (Robin Wright) Underwood, the president and first lady, and paints a sinister picture of what lies ahead for the country.
When a fan named Sam asked about the night she “exposed Taylor Swift on Snapchat,” he wanted to know if it made things awkward between either her and sister Kendall Jenner or between Jenner and Swift, given that the model seemed to be part of the pop star’s “squad” at the time.As it turns out, the friendship might not have been as strong as it looked on Instagram.”I don’t know if Kendall was a part of her squad,” Kardashian said. Posted May 30, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongUh-oh, we have #squaddrama instead of #squadgoals.Kim Kardashian joined Andy Cohen on his late-night show “What What Happens Live,” and she had something to say that might surprise fans. @caradelevingne @kendalljenner @gigihadid @marhunt @serenawilliams @karlieklossA post shared by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on Jun 27, 2015 at 5:18pm PDTAs for Kardashian and Swift, it seems like there’s still bad blood. “I don’t think she was.”Swift might have perceived the situation differently, though. Count Kardashian as another person not in the famous squad.”Watch What Happens Live” airs Sunday through Thursday at 11 p.m. Oops.The squad in London. According to Kardashian, there hasn’t been any contact between them since she shared the infamous videos of her husband, Kanye West, discussing his controversial song “Famous” with Swift. ET/PT. Before the Snapchat incident (also known as the best night of Sam’s life), Jenner had joined Swift onstage at the singer’s concert in London, along with other famous friends, and Swift later shared a photo with the caption, “The squad in London.” She specifically tagged Jenner, so if it wasn’t awkward before, Kardashian might have just made it so.
So the experience of seeing the movie through Chris’s eyes, and actually maybe thinking for the first time what that would be like, and gravitating towards the only other black guy at the party, only to find that he is, as you later find out, also a white guy. That’s really exciting. It’s so isolating.That’s where Jordan’s writing and Daniel’s performance really shone through, because it broke through and created this empathic experience for audiences that, in lesser hands, might not have happened as well as it did. So that conversation, initially, we had thought about it — or at least I had thought about it — that Rose would be in character immediately before and immediately after the phone call. Especially after I’d been warned by my agent that it wasn’t a comedy, I was doubly intrigued.Aside from trusting Jordan completely, it was, on its face, a risk, because he, while brilliant and while having had a lot of experience with “Key & Peele,” was technically a first-time writer/director with this feature. First of all, his reputation as a comedic genius, and as a mirror of cultural phenomenon preceded him, so when I talked to him about the script I knew I was in for something interesting. Why me?” Basically the “why this” is explainable by the quality of the script, and the subject matter, and the tone, and Jordan, etc. I knew exactly what they meant, from the shorthand, and they’ve also used the phrase The Sunken Place a lot. I feel really psyched that I get to be part of it, to put it lightly.When the material came your way, what did you see in it instantly, and what gave you the confidence that it was going to work? Worst case scenario, we can shoot it that way, and if it doesn’t ring true, I can just do it in ADR.” Then I went into my trailer, and I practiced a few times in the mirror. and about our cultural background thanks to the movie.” That was the text I got last night.I have heard from people that learned a lot about how little time they’ve spent looking at the world from any other point of view, what it would be like to be the minority at a party. Is that what you are going to keep looking for in the projects, whether it’s film or television?Definitely. You see her kind of out of character, so to speak. That kind of means that “Get Out” has been added to a library of things that, I’m hoping, will stick around for a while.You mentioned flipping the script on your Marnie image in the kind of performance you gave here. I feel really lucky to be part of it. I’ll tell you something that I heard last night. I know that they were thinking, “Wow, it’s weird. It’s very, very independent, as most Blumhouse movies are.And it was nearly impossible to describe — and I know that because I tried describing it to everyone in my life who had been waiting for me to do my first movie, and then when I said “I got it, this is the one, it’s amazing,” they were like, great, what’s it about and who are you playing?” I didn’t want to spoil it, so I just basically said, “It’s ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’ meets ‘Rosemary’s Baby,'” and they would kind of look at me quizzically.And then when they asked about my character, I described the Rose that we see in the first half of the movie. This is a weird comparison, but I felt a little bit like a parrot, because I’ve always been so creeped out by parrots that can talk. Then Jordan said, “I’m picturing it in a new way, where your voice is Rose’s, but your demeanor is just completely flat and dead, and that would be really creepy if you would pull it off.” And he told me that a couple hours, maybe an hour, before we shot it.So I was kind of like, “I don’t know if I can do that, but let me see. The performances that Jordan got out of the actors — Daniel Kaluuya is breathtaking in it, I think, and all of the actors are really, really good. I really wished it could come out more quickly. Why now? I’m just glad it exists. You talk so much about wanting to play someone different from Marnie, and by the description of it, she doesn’t sound all that different.” But I just didn’t want to spoil anything for them.So it was one of those things where it was great on the page, and it was a great experience shooting it, and then the first time I saw it all cut together nearly finished, I just breathed a sigh of relief where I thought, “Oh my gosh, this is so good!” I just thought it was good. People I never would have expected to see it. A friend of mind texted me and said, “I just watched the movie for the third time, and I’m with my family, which is half Puerto Rican and half Italian, and I just want you to know that now we’re all having a big conversation about race in the U.S. So the reactions have been pretty amazing. Posted May 30, 2017 by Scott HuverWhen HBO’s zeitgeist-shifting series “Girls” concluded last month after six seasons, star Allison Williams might have fretted about being pigeonholed in roles in the vein of the show’s Marnie Michaels.But Williams didn’t need to worry, having already preemptively “flipped the script” on any typecasting with her performance in “Get Out,” the low-budget thriller from writer-director Jordan Peele that deftly blended the horror genre with some trenchant cultural commentary on race and sex and went on to become one of the highest-grossing and best reviewed films of the year.With “Get Out” arriving on home video (out now), Williams connected with Moviefone for a deep dive into both the creative and career-minded choices she navigated while making the film, and her hopes that her future projects spark as much conversational back-and-forth as her previous gigs.Moviefone: How cool is it to have made a really scary horror movie that also says something really interesting? So that, when the phraseology from the movie seeps into the lexicon, that’s a real win. I just feel lucky to have been working with them.In terms of knowing that it was the the one and choosing it, but I get asked this question a lot and the answer’s always the same, which is that, when I look at a script or a project, I ask myself a series of three questions. But it’s the rare movie that sticks with you, and begs a second viewing, that you end up actually thinking about longer.I listen to a ton of podcasts — just this last week I was listening to one called “The Read,” which I love, and they were describing something as like an Armitage party. They don’t emote, obviously, but their voices mimic the inflection of the people around them. Even though, playing her at times was incredibly unpleasant, the overall experience was one of the best I’ve ever had.There’s a scene I love in which, on camera, you’re absolutely emotionless, and yet your voice on the phone is filled with a gamut of emotions in that scene. How rare is that opportunity?Allison Williams: Really, really rare. The way I look at it from my vantage point is, by asking the “why now?” and the “why this?” question, will kind of, ideally, always keep me looking at things that in some way, even indirectly, address whatever is happening in a given moment.That can be done by looking backwards or looking forward. One thing that this movie and “Girls” have in common is some real cultural meat to chew on. This is a tricky thing to pull off.To address the second point first, Jordan Peele gave me all the confidence in the world. Long emails from my mother-in-law about things she discovered the second time she saw it in a theater, things that she picked up on. That’s such a tricky technical acting thing to pull off. And then, I brought Jordan in and I did it with him, and he got really giggly and excited so I took that as a good sign. It’s not something that a lot of people experience — a lot of white people, I mean. So it was a little weird, but I was happy with how it came out.You’ve done Q&As for the film, you’ve had conversations with friends who have seen the movie — tell me about those conversations that the movie sparked, and what’s been intriguing and fascinating for you to hear what people said about the film’s themes.Oh my gosh, there have been so many! “Why this? So we both got exactly what we needed out of me playing this role. So their voices actually have a lot of emotion, but it’s just a parrot. And the “why me” was basically that Rose fascinated me, and she needed to be the whitest of white, and very willing and able to step up to the plate in that regard.Funny enough, Jordan needed someone he thought the audience would trust immediately, and I needed a part that would flip the Marnie that people seem to find difficult to extricate from me, on its head. “The Handmaid’s Tale” is a really good example of something that was written a long time ago and is set in the future, but seems to be addressing a lot of anxiety that’s happening right now.So there’s an electricity to it that feels vital, and I look at what I want to do next, and I think if those intentions are executed well, it does have the potential of something like “Girls” and “Get Out” where it becomes a topic of think pieces and articles and people dissecting it and being taken seriously as art, because I think the act of continuing thought, and thinking about it on a daily basis, and talking about it, doesn’t feel fruitless and random, it feels like it’s connected to the things that you’re dealing with and interacting with on a regular basis.Of course there’s still plenty of entertainment for all of many, many people who wants to use those two hours at the movies to check out, and to not think about the anxieties of the world, or, say, on a Monday night, check out and watch Rachel Lindsay’s quest for love on “The Bachelorette.” That is an impulse that is still well catered to.But for the time being, I want to get back into and deal with something that’s confronting what’s happening inside your heart and in your core, I’m very proud to have been part of something that addressed that for women in a lot of ways, which was “Girls,” and sexuality and race with “Get Out.” Like a friend of mine I was talking to recently, he was like, “I realized around a month later that that was an auction.” I was like, “You must have been just really overwhelmed by everything if that didn’t occur to you!” But it’s funny to me how it hits different people in different ways, and in waves, and that’s kind of the greatest testament to the movie.There are so many movies we see, and then they end, and that’s kind of the end of our relationship with them. All kinds of stuff.Every once in a while, I’ll get a text from someone that just has thought of something for the first time since they saw it. He has a real giggle, and it makes me very happy, but it was basically the way he told us when something was crazy in a way that delighted him.So I felt like I’d achieved it, but it felt a lot like sort of patting your head and rubbing your stomach. The cultural reception of it is really hard to predict or have any element of control over. So it was really a confluence of wonderful things, and I felt really, really lucky. Tell me a little bit about that particular sequence.Yeah, it’s funny. The “why now” felt very obvious because it was exactly the right moment for this movie.
Posted May 30, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongBelieve it or not, less is giving us more in “Game of Thrones” Season 7.There are only seven episodes in the upcoming season, down from its usual 10, but we’ll see more of the show’s stars, EW reports. As painful as the myriad deaths have been over the years, they’ve allowed the show narrow its focus to a smaller number of key players.”You kill a couple dozen characters, the people who are left by default need to carry more dramatic weight,” Weiss told EW.On top of that, the characters won’t be flung all around the Seven Kingdoms as they have been in the past. Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) said her first thought upon seeing the scripts was, “Damn, I gotta learn some lines.”Meanwhile, Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) also noticed the uptick, saying he has worked more days than he has in “quite some time.”Suddenly, seven episodes doesn’t sound so bad, does it?[via: EW] Their stories are increasingly colliding, so we’ll see more scenes in which major characters interact than we have in the past.”As the worlds start to converge the characters who haven’t met each other before start to meet each other and there are more main characters together in each other’s storylines than ever before,” Weiss said.The increase in screen time has meant more work for the actors. Although that might sound counterintuitive, there are two reasons why that’s the case, as showrunner Dan Weiss explained.The first is simply the fact that there are fewer stars on the show than there were in the past.
one of the best superhero movies of all time… Gadot is a godsend, [Chris] Pine charms, and [Patty] Jenkins delivers old-school thrills with heart and conviction.” — Kevin Harley, Total Film”‘Wonder Woman’ is the best movie Marvel rival DC Comics has put out in its own cinematic universe, and unlike the recent parade of bleak superhero tales from both studios, it makes you feel good while you watch it.” — Kelly Lawler, USA TodayOf course, some reviewers were less enthusiastic:”It’s not perfect, but it’s often good, sometimes great and exceptionally re-watchable.” — Lindsay Bahr, Associated PressThe harshest review is from The Guardian’s Steve Rose, who calls Gadot’s Wonder Woman “a weaponized Smurfette.” Ouch! Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which has a 28% Rotten Tomatoes score; and “Suicide Squad,” which only managed a 25% RT score. The movie, which opens June 2, currently has an impressive 96% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes.Here’s some of the raves for the film, which stars Gal Gadot as the Amazon warrior:”A rollicking action adventure in the tradition of ‘Indiana Jones.’ — Cath Clarke, Time Out”An electrifying, breathtaking cinematic achievement… What promised to be a glass-ceiling-smashing blockbuster actually looks more like a future camp classic,” writes Rose.Despite that knock, it’s an overwhelmingly great critics’ reaction compared to “Batman v. Posted May 30, 2017 by Sharon KnolleThe early reactions to “Wonder Woman” were terrific and now the full reviews are possibly even better. (And who knew Brits spelled “estrogen” as “oestrogen”?) “It’s plagued by the same problems that dragged down previous visits to the DC movie world: over-earnestness, bludgeoning special effects, and a messy, often wildly implausible plot. It is outrageously bold and confident, insanely fun and thrilling, powerfully dramatic and delightfully amusing, all rolled into one epic superhero outing.” — Mark Hughes, Forbes”The DCEU’s game gets raised.
Here are four:1. And many of those who would have bought advance tickets online were likely discouraged by the negative reviews posted at the purchase sites — just a 32 percent Rotten Tomatoes score for “Pirates” and a dismal 19 percent “Rotten” for “Baywatch.” After all, the older audiences that make up the base for both films are the viewers who still care what critics think.Studios would rather have no reviews than reviews like these. That’s why “Baywatch” was his lowest wide-release premiere since 2013, when he released the R-rated “Pain and Gain” (to a $20.2 million debut) and the convoluted thriller “Snitch” ($13.2 million).4. Nearly four years later, in May 2011, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” opened to $90 million. Pundits — and Paramount — had originally predicted somewhere near $40 million for the three-day span, and close to $60 million for the holiday. Last May, hits like “Captain America: Civil War,” “X-Men: Apocalypse,” and “The Angry Birds Movie” helped kick off the summer with a $926 million month; this May is on track to trail that amount by $200 million or more.What lessons can we learn from this weekend’s wide-release debuts? Instead, its three-day debut was just an estimated $18.1 million, settling for third place behind “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. This weekend’s new movies are a case in point.In fact, moviegoers who saw “Pirates” and “Baywatch” liked them well enough, based on the A- grade they gave the former at CinemaScore and the B+ grade they gave the latter. The show, after all, was an even bigger hit globally than in America, and Johnson’s movies tend to earn at least two-thirds of their take abroad. Know Your Audience, HollywoodIn the case of “Pirates,” the audience seems to be aging along with the franchise. Certainly, it won’t be domestic audiences that help the movie recoup its reported $60 to $69 million budget.Next time, if Hollywood wants the numbers to paint a better — and more profitable — picture, they should try making good movies that are worth people’s time and money. (Indeed, that’s why they often release horror movies without screening them for critics.) But until the studios figure out how to do without the publicity value of advance reviews — or until the last newspaper lays off the last movie critic — they’re going to have to live with reviews that influence at least some ticketbuyers at the point of purchase.3. For a brand as tied-in with merchandising and theme-park rides as “Pirates,” the films really need to attract a younger, toy-buying audience.For “Baywatch,” the filmmakers and marketers made the curious choice of targeting women more than men, emphasizing the eye-candy provided by the male lifeguards, Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. Six years after that, the franchise seems to be suffering a serious case of diminishing returns.But then, that’s typical for what’s been a soggy summer so far at the box office. 2,” which managed to pull in almost $20 million even though it’s been in theaters for four weeks. Johnny Depp has been on a cold streak for a few years now, but residual good will that fans have for Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow helps explain why the new “Pirates” did the level of business it did..On the other hand, not even a star as likable as Johnson was able to sell the confused new “Baywatch.” He does well in straight action and action-comedy roles, but anything more complex, or more mature than PG-13, is a tough sell to his base. This, even though the old “Baywatch” show targeted a male audience by squeezing actresses like Pamela Anderson into those famous one-piece red swimsuits. So, then, who was this movie for?2. Star Power Has LimitsStars can still sell tickets, but only in the right role. That is shy of the $80 to $100 million the film hit tracking with weeks ago.Action comedy “Baywatch” fell short of expectations as well. At a reported production budget of $230 million (plus a likely similar number for marketing), it’ll have to gross about $1 billion worldwide (before the theater owners take their cut) for this “Pirates” to break even, but “On Stranger Tides” managed to do so, and that was at 2011 ticket prices. It’s looking at a four-day holiday weekend of $22 million, which kills any plans for this would-be franchise.”Pirates” is another victim of franchise fatigue. Then again, who under 25 even remembers the show?The filmmakers apparently figured that, to update it for the big screen, they had to treat “Baywatch” with irreverence and turn it into a raunchy, R-rated comedy that old-school fans wouldn’t recognize, a trick that worked with “21 Jump Street.” But the new “Baywatch” seemed designed to the old fans without giving them, or the young males who tend to drive summer movie traffic, something to look at. Some 63 percent of the new movie’s audience was over 25. There’s Still Hope For the Summer — But Not MuchSome of that is riding on the bare shoulders of “Wonder Woman,” who could start rescuing the summer box office next weekend. In fact, the $139.8 million it debuted with in 2007 remains a Memorial Day weekend record. “Guardians” has been the only highlight; no other summer 2017 release has yet earned as much as the new “Pirates” did in just three days. The third installment, “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” did more than twice the business on Memorial Day a decade ago. After all, the last “Pirates” was the lowest-grossing of the four movies at home (just $241 million) but the highest grossing abroad ($805 million).Like that last “Pirates,” the new one is also earning 77 percent of its take from foreign viewers; it’s already snatched $208.4 million outside of the United States and Canada. But to earn those grades, the movies had to attract paying customers first. Posted May 29, 2017 by Gary SusmanGosh, what kind of summer are we in for when a five-quel and an adaptation of a quarter-century-old TV series can’t rake it in at the box office?Memorial Day weekend used to be the start of the summer movie season; now it’s just another warm-weather weekend where would-be blockbusters just manage to skate by.Take Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” It won the weekend with an estimated $62.2 million debut from Friday to Sunday, and $76.6 million over the four-day holiday stretch. Despite what The Rock says on Twitter, the numbers say that clearly critics weren’t the only ones not having any of this. (It’s more likely that this installment will fall short of that goal and bank $800 to $900 million worldwide.)As for “Baywatch,” it’s earned less than $1 million overseas so far, but Paramount has to be counting on foreign viewers to rescue it, too. And yet, it’s also the internet, through online advance ticket purchase sites like Fandango, that have made that diminished critical voice powerful again. Most of it, however, comes from overseas audiences. Few Movies Are Critic-Proof AnymoreOver the past 15 years, the internet has so devalued movie criticism that there are hardly enough professional critics left to provide a decent sample for a Rotten Tomatoes rating.
(Craig hilariously gets an “Introducing Daniel Craig as Joe Bang” credit.)The film co-stars Riley Keough as the Logan’s partner in crime and Sebastian Stan as a race car driver, as well as Hilary Swank, Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes, Katherine Waterston, and Dwight Yoakam.The movie, which shot on location Charlotte Motor Speedway during the actual NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 and the Bank of America 500, features , six NASCAR stars in cameo roles.The movie opens August 18. But they’ve also got a plan to break him out. Posted May 30, 2017 by Sharon KnolleDaniel Craig as a bleached-blond hillbilly bank robber is the highlight of the first trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s heist comedy “Logan Lucky.” The film stars Channing Tatum and a one-armed Adam Driver as the Logan Brothers, who are trying to beat the family curse that’s brought them nothing but bad luck.They hit on the plan of robbing the Coca-Cola 600 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, but first they need a guy who knows how to blow up bank vaults. That leads them to Joe Bang (Craig), who’s currently in-car-cer-a-ted, as he spells out for them.
She received the honor for her film “The Beguiled,” a remake of the Clint Eastwood 1971 Civil War drama. The movie, which stars Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning, opens June 23.Nicole Kidman, who leads the cast of “The Beguiled,” also received the fest’s 70th Anniversary Award.Neither Coppola or Kidman were on hand to accept their awards in person. Posted May 30, 2017 by Sharon KnolleCongrats to Sofia Coppola, who just became the second woman in history to win Best Director at the Cannes Film festival. Coppola expressed her thanks with this statement: “I was thrilled to get this movie made and it’s such an exciting start to be honored in Cannes.” She thanked her “great team and cast,” and Focus Features “for their support of women-driven films.”Kidman sent a video message saying she was “absolutely devastated” to miss the show. Jury member Will Smith accepted on her behalf, pretending to be overcome with emotion and cry.The last (and first) woman to be named Best Director at Cannes was Russian Yuliya Solntseva, who was recognized for her 1961 drama “Chronicle of Flaming Years.” Jane Campion is still the only woman whose film has won the top prize at the glitzy fest: “The Piano” won the Palme D’Or in 1993.Picking up best acting awards this year: A thoroughly unprepared Joaquin Phoenix, who accepted his Best Actor award for the thriller “You Were Never Really Here” in tennis shoes; and Diane Kruger, who won Best Actress for the drama “In the Fade.”[Via CNN, ABC News]
However, most of the film’s sales are coming from overseas markets — the title will easily pass $300 million worldwide by the weekend’s end.Paramount’s “Baywatch,” however, is another story. “The good news is that June looks to deliver the goods and no movie is better suited to lead the cavalry charge than ‘Wonder Woman’ later this week. The movie is in fifth place during its second weekend, and is adding $7.4 million to its total from 2,801 theaters.”It’s crunch time for the industry after a lackluster May and a dismal Memorial weekend,” said Paul Dergarabedian, Senior Media Analyst at ComScore. By the end of the weekend it will have earned $23 million domestically from 3,647, far below earlier expectations.Fox’s “Alien: Covenant,” which opened to a disappointing $36 million last weekend, is sliding to fourth place with $13.15 million from 3,772 locations. 2″ which is holding onto second place over the holiday weekend, earning an additional $25 million from 3,871 locations. The splashy summer comedy starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, which carries a production budget well above $60 million, got only a sprinkling of audiences to buy tickets. Rounding out the top five, the YA adaptation “Everything, Everything” looks to have been a wise, albeit low budget, investment. The pressure is certainly on for the final three quarters of the season to get us out of this downturn.” The swashbuckling adventure picked up $77 million over the four-day weekend from 4,276 locations. Posted May 29, 2017 by ReutersBy Seth KelleyLOS ANGELES, May 29 (Variety.com) – This Memorial Day weekend signals a sluggish end to a dreary summer box office start. This four-day weekend’s total domestic earnings ($172.3 million) are the lowest recorded since 1999 ($142.5 million) when “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace” opened in first place.The lone bright spot of this summer so far is Disney and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. Its total domestic cume stands at over $338 million, and worldwide it’s made over $788 million, passing the original “Guardians” movie ($773 million worldwide).Disney also took the top slot this weekend with “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the fifth installation in the franchise starring Johnny Depp.
Posted May 29, 2017 by Rachel HornerPetra Solano (Yael Grobglas) is the HBIC on “Jane the Virgin.” She’s fierce AF, hysterical, overly dramatic, and has confidence out the wazoo.If it wasn’t for Jane, Petra would be the star of the show. You know, when her twin sister isn’t ruining her life.These are the 11 reasons we’ll always want to grow up to be Petra.
An Amazon search turns up more than 10,000 books with “dog” in the title
These are meaningless statistics. You need to show that your ideas are not just pie in the sky, but real action steps that will lead to concrete results and a connection to an existing readership. Book proposals are used to sell nonfiction books to publishers. Your memoir is not salable unless you’re confident of several things. (In some cases, a ghostwriter may come into play, but this typically requires deep pockets on the part of the author or a very motivated publisher.)
The biggest mistake writers make in their book proposals
It’s natural to assume the book proposal should discuss what your book is about. No following/friending required; just show up on my Facebook page at the appointed hour. The writer hasn’t articulated a clearly defined market or need—or the writer has described a market that’s too niche for a commercial publisher to pursue. The most important thing is to show how your book concept will play out from beginning to end, and strongly convey the scope and range of material covered. Some agents may even ask for both the proposal and the complete manuscript if you’re an unpublished author. A U.S. Your offline following—speaking engagements, events, classes/teaching, city/regional presence, professional organization leadership roles and memberships, etc. But this is a mistake. You have to convince agents and editors you’re the perfect author for the book. It can be very tempting to make a broad statement about who your audience is, to make it sound like anyone and everyone is a potential reader. You should be able to clearly differentiate your title from the competition, and show why there’s a need for your book. More resources on book proposals
Agent Ted Weinstein outlines the necessary parts of a book proposal, and also offers an audio recording of his 90-minute workshop on proposals. Publishers don’t need to be given broad industry statistics; they need you to draw a clear portrait of the specific type of person (beyond “book buyers”) who will be interested in your book. Would you be OK reading a serious guide on how to invest in the stock market by someone who is living in a van down by the river?)
Some types of nonfiction can be credibly pitched by anyone with proven journalistic or storytelling skills. Big houses may want to sell as many as 20,000 copies in the first year to justify publication; smaller presses may be fine with a few thousand copies. If a publisher is convinced by your argument, it contracts you and pay you to write the book. Chapter outline (or table of contents)
A chapter outline works well for narrative or meaty works, especially those that are text-heavy and anticipated to come in at 80,000 words or more. Make it concrete, realistic, and attach numbers to everything. The most common problem leading to rejection: no author platform
A sizable platform and expertise is typically required to successfully sell a nonfiction book to a major publisher, especially for competitive categories such as health, self-help, or parenting. You might be okay discussing just a few titles if your book is on a specialized topic or for a very narrow audience. (Would you, as a reader, trust a health book by an author with no medical experience or degrees? Eastern. The problem with pitching memoir
Submission guidelines vary tremendously when it comes to pitching memoir. Addiction and cancer memoirs, for example, are common, and will put you on the road to rejection unless you’re able to prove how yours is unique or outstanding in the field. My favorite comprehensive guide on book proposals is How to Write a Book Proposal by agent Michael Larsen. Weak
I plan to contact conferences and speak on [book topic]. A book proposal argues why your book (idea) is a salable, marketable product. Plus, given the significant change in the publishing industry, authors shouldn’t consider a print book their first goal or the end goal, but merely one way, and usually not the best way, for making money. It’s still necessary to prove there’s a market for that story, but you won’t be successful in your pitch if you can’t deliver on the writing. For each entry in your competitive title analysis, begin by listing the title, subtitle, author, publisher, year of publication, page count, price, format, and the ISBN. Strong
I have also guest blogged every month for the past year to reach another 250,000 visitors, at sites such as [include 2-3 examples of most well-known blogs]. Note from Jane: I’m offering an interactive course on nonfiction book proposals that begins June 5. Looking for more help? Note: You may occasionally hear someone refer to novel proposals, which typically includes a query or cover letter, a synopsis, and a partial or complete manuscript. Never discuss what you hope to do, only what you can and will do (without publisher assistance), given your current resources. Professional, published writers can typically sell a memoir based on the proposal alone, if they clearly have writing chops or publication credits to back up the proposal. At the publishing house I worked at, this was called “evidence of need.” Why this book? It’s not out of the question for a proposal to reach 50 pages or more for complex projects once sample materials are included. Traditional houses are pickier than ever; producing anything in print is a significant investment and risk. If there are truly no competitors, then your book might be so weird and specialized that it won’t sell. Many people write their marketing plan in extremely tentative fashion, talking about things they are “willing” to do if asked. The secret of a marketing plan isn’t the number of ideas you have for marketing, or how many things you are willing to do, but how many solid connections you have—the ones that are already working for you—and how many readers you NOW reach through today’s efforts. If you have a way to reach readers, without a publisher’s help, then you’re more likely to get a book deal. Competitive title analysis
This section analyzes competing book titles and why yours is different or needed. Rather than focusing on the content, focus on why the content will benefit the reader or why the reader will care. But don’t just copy and paste your bio into the proposal and consider the job done. The writer wants to do a book based on his or her own amateur experience of overcoming a problem or investigating a complex issue. If your book doesn’t require a narrative structure, then your skills as a writer mainly have to be up to the task of producing and revising a book manuscript with an editor’s or agent’s guidance. Especially in fields such as health, self-help, or parenting, your credibility and platform as a professional in the field may be most critical; your background must convey authority and instill confidence in the reader. If properly developed and researched, a proposal can take weeks or longer to write. Strong
I am in contact with organizers at XYZ conferences, and have spoken at 3 events within the past year reaching 5,000 people in my target audience. Always discuss the content in relation to the reader’s need or society’s needs. This is deadly language. You don’t need to list things such as Amazon ranking, star rating, or reviews. It acts as a business case or business plan for your book that persuades a publisher to make an investment. Target market or target audience
Who will buy your book? Instead, you need to be confident, firm, and direct about everything that’s going to happen with or without the publisher’s help. Some agents don’t require a book proposal for memoir, while others want only the book proposal and the first few chapters. The book proposal persuades agents/editors that readers will pay $20 or more for the benefit that your book provides. Many book ideas I see pitched should really start out as a site or community—even if only to test-market the idea, to learn more about the target audience, and to ultimately produce a print product that has a ready and eager market once it’s published. (Here’s a definition of platform.) An agent or editor is going to evaluate your visibility in the market, and will want to know the following:
The stats and analytics behind your online following, including all websites, blogs, social media accounts, e-mail newsletters, regular online writing gigs, podcasts, videos, etc. Author bio
It can be helpful to begin with a bio you already use at your website or at LinkedIn. For each chapter, you write a brief summary of the idea, information, or story presented, usually 100-200 words per chapter. Weak
I plan to contact bloggers for guest blogging opportunities. Avoid it. Sample chapters
If you’re writing a narrative work that has a distinct beginning, middle, and end, then include sample material that starts at the beginning of the book. Eastern on June 1. (You can see this played out in the rejections received by award-winner Rebecca Skloot.)
If your book’s purpose is to impart useful information or to benefit readers’ lives, then you’re selling it based on the marketability of your expertise, your platform, and your concept. Also don’t worry about including the sales numbers of the competing titles. Marketing plan
What can you specifically do to market and promote the book? Avoid generic statements like these:
A Google search result on [topic] turns up more than 10 million hits. They need to know there’s an audience waiting to buy. Show how your expertise and experience give you the perfect platform from which to address your target audience. Then comes the most important part: for each competitor, you briefly summarize the book’s approach in relation to your own (about 100-200 words per title). The New York Times recently wrote about the increased interest in military memoirs; [X and Y] media outlets regularly profile soldiers who’ve written books abour their experience. Instead of writing the entire book, then trying to interest an editor or agent (which is how it works with novels), you write the proposal first. What need does it fulfill? Recent reviewers of [X books] complain that they are not keeping up with new information and trends. But having the manuscript complete does not get you off the hook when it comes to writing the proposal. Keep in mind that for some nonfiction topics and categories, the availability of online information can immediately kill the potential for a print book. The analysis typically includes 5-10 titles. If you’re told the market isn’t big enough, maybe you approached too big of a publisher. If you’re writing about situations that affect thousands (or millions) of people, that’s not necessarily in your favor. Avoid generically describing the book buying audience in the United States, or—for example—broadly discussing how many memoirs sold last year. Resist trashing the competition; it will come back to bite you. And if you want to use both, that’s completely acceptable. I offer book proposal consultations and critiques if you have a proposal draft ready for review. Finding a literary agent (and do you need one?)
If you are writing a book that has significant commercial value, or you want to publish with a New York house, then you’ll need to submit your work to literary agents. And don’t skimp on your title research—editors can tell when you haven’t done your homework, plus fully understanding the competition should help you write a better proposal. Your presence in traditional media (regular gigs, features, any coverage you’ve received, etc)
Your network strength—reach to influencers or thought leaders, a prominent position at a major organization or business
Sales of past books or self-published works
You typically need to be visible to tens of thousands of people, with verifiable influence, to interest a major publisher. Also, you can join me for a free introductory session on getting your nonfiction book published and ask questions during my Facebook Live session on Thursday, June 1, at 7 p.m. It needs to sing and present a water-tight business case. The most common book proposal sections
While there’s no single “best” way to write and assemble a book proposal—it will depend on the category, the author, and the publishers’ submission guidelines—the following sections appear in almost every book proposal. We need to be able to envision who the readers are and how they can be marketed to. While proposal length varies tremendously, most are somewhere around 10 to 25 pages double-spaced, not including sample chapters. If writing a chapter outline seems redundant or unnecessary for your book’s content, then use a table of contents. That is: To learn how to lose weight, readers don’t need a poet; they need a clear communicator who can deliver her ideas and methods in a way that will help readers achieve their goals. If your memoir is your very first book or very first writing attempt, then it may not be good enough to pass muster with an editor or agent. Common problems with book proposals
They’ve been submitted to an inappropriate agent, editor, or publisher. Don’t try to get off easy by using the introduction; this is your opportunity to show that you can deliver on your book’s promise. Travel is a good example—its print sales have declined by 50 percent since 2007. The proposed idea is like a million others; nothing compelling sets the book apart. If it has a specific edition number, include that, too. Projects that don’t necessarily require agents include scholarly works for university presses, books likely to be published by regional or independent presses, and other niche titles with little commercial value. Is there a smaller publisher that would be interested because they have a lower threshold of sales to meet? For professors and academics, I recommend taking a look at The Professor Is In. Overview
This comes at the very beginning of your proposal; think of it as the executive summary, around two to three pages. Why will it sell? (No expertise or credentials.)
The writer concentrates only on the content of the book or his own experience—instead of the book’s hook and benefit and appeal to the marketplace. Strong
Within 6 months of launch, my blog on [book topic] already attracts 5,000 unique visits per month. Why does it matter? I have invitations to return on each site, plus I’ve made contact with 10 other bloggers for future guest posts. The following statements show better market insight:
Media surveys indicate that at least 50% of quilters plan to spend about $1,000 on their hobby this year, and 60% indicated they buy books on quilting. The concept is too general or broad, or has no unique angle. Your writing must be outstanding. While everyone expects the writing to be solid, they’re probably not expecting a literary masterpiece. If this is a weak area for you, look for other strengths that might give you credibility with readers or help sell books—such as connections to experts or authorities in the field, a solid online following, and previous success in marketing yourself and your work. New, emerging writers who have no publishing track record will likely be asked to submit a complete manuscript to prove they can write, sometimes in addition to the book proposal itself. (I discuss the research process here.)
Whatever you do, don’t claim there are no competitors to your book. There’s no way for an average author to find out that information, and the agent or editor can look it up if required. Census shows more than 20 million people in this demographic. Your proposal must focus on these questions, and not get lost in explaining your book’s ideas. Join me for a free Q&A on Facebook
All that’s required is that you visit my Facebook page at 7 p.m. This bears little to no relation to a nonfiction book proposal. In as much detail as possible, discuss an identifiable market of readers who will be compelled to spend money on your information or story in book form. Weak
I plan to register a domain and start a blog for my book. New writers might find it easier to simply write the book first, then prepare a proposal—which isn’t a bad idea in the case of narrative nonfiction, since many editors and agents want assurance that an unknown writer has sufficient writing chops to pull off their project. You must have a compelling and unusual story to tell. I suggest you write it last. Your business case may matter more than the writing
People don’t like to hear this, but for many nonfiction books, the artfulness of the writing doesn’t matter as much as the marketability of the book or the author. You have the start of a platform. (Think of a narrative nonfiction book, such as Seabiscuit.) If your book must succeed based on its ability to artfully weave a story, then your strength as a writer becomes more and more important. If your work isn’t a narrative, then write or include a sample chapter that you think is the meatiest or most impressive chapter.