It has been a really long day. I’m still at work, and Fife’s rung to ask if I’d be home for tea. At this point, I don’t think I will. In fact, I shouldn’t be blogging, but I could use a little break.
Here’s what’s going down, in a nutshell.
Book/Blog is going to auction in the UK. We took a risk and contacted those who had been interested to let them know that the first book wouldn’t be made into a film, but that the second book would. London and Loraine did the talking, and they never said that the film was definitely going ahead, but they used words like ‘interest’ and ‘negotiations’, making it seem like the film deal was more solidified than it actually is. It’s a tricky move on their part, but it seems to have helped the cause.
And HP is such a doll. This is a paraphrase of his side of a conversation he had with me, while he was in the office:
‘So the film is definitely going through…hoping to start shooting in six?…and [Actor] is on board…Yeah, I think that sounds grand, but…who else wants to purchase it for publication?…wow, there’s that much interest…’
My side of the conversation was me laughing hysterically at HarryPotter’s bad acting skills.
We’ve set Monday as the date for the auction, and it’ll all go through email with London leading. On Monday starting at 9am, each publisher that’s expressed an interest (it’s up to five) will email their offer first thing, and London will then decide if we should go with the highest offer, another offer, or suggest for the publishers to attempting to out bid one another by stating the highest bid. Some may drop out, others may bit. This is where auctions can fall flat, as they may not be willing to go above their initial offer.
In the meantime, Paris and I are pushing for a US three-book deal for the first book. I spent the day reworking the package for an American audience. Paris and Loraine said that ‘Britain is big in the US’ just now. Quite fashionable. And Americans have always loved a Scottish writer, so not to play down the UK and Scottish aspects of the book too much. Just adjust the demographic and marketing information.
Also, today, I contacted PoshDad and Actor to see if they’d be interested in working on the second book instead of the first. PoshDad had already been told about the switch in interest from the first book to the blog/book, and he said in a fairly terse manner, ‘I’m quite puzzled as to why you didn’t contact me sooner.’
All I could say was, ‘I’d been travelling.’
‘Doesn’t stop me from working.’
How do I argue with that? I could have called him from the US. I just changed the subject and asked if he’d like me to send him a copy of the book. He said he’ll read it, but he was feeling quite set on the first book, and doesn’t appreciate getting ‘messed about’.
I tried to assure him that I was not messing him about, and I hoped to also sell the film rights to the first book, but since there’s negotiation on the blog/book I’ve got to take that into consideration first. As I said, ‘I hope to also sell the film rights to the other book, eventually’, I realised that I hadn’t even thought of that before saying. Shit, there is the potential of another film deal. And if PoshMum picks up the blog/book, and it does well in at the box office, I assume that selling other rights will be easier. But, I’m getting ahead of myself as I haven’t sold ANYTHING yet.
Just as I was about to hang up, PoshDad said, ‘[Actor] rung me last week. He indicated that there was a rumour I was definitely on the project.’
I was quiet.
‘I’m finding this rumour quite strange as I haven’t even agreed to direct the film for the first book – if it’s even made. I certainly hope another rumour doesn’t start about me directing this second project – before I’ve given my indication of interest,’ he said.
‘No sir,’ I said, suddenly feeling like I was back in school talking to the Head Master. ‘I can’t imagine anything like that will happen.’
‘This is a tricky game someone is playing. No one’s even made an offer on the rights,’ he said calmly. ‘Remember, two in the bush.’
And he hung up. I don’t know the ‘two in the bush’ reference, but I’m sure it’s not good.
I rang Actor as I sent PoshDad the blob/book manuscript. Actor was right chuffed, and up for working on either project…if it went through. He then asked if PoshDad was still on board, and I had to be honest. I said, ‘I’ve only just sent him the manuscript. I don’t know.’
Luckily, this didn’t seem to change his decision to work on a book of Conspiracy’s.
So, that’s been my day. I’ve got a lot left to do on the US package, but I really should get home. Fife’ll have tea on the table, and I could use a good meal tonight.