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Brendan Deneen on What Authors Can Do to Get Their Book Optioned for a Movie

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Brendan Deneen knows a thing or two about getting a book made into a Hollywood film. He’s not only an author and former literary agent, Deneen is executive editor for Macmillan Entertainment, for which he shops TV and film rights for authors, whether the material is existing or created in house.

In the latest installment of Mediabisto’s So What Do You Do series, we talked to Deneen about the optioning process, why Hollywood so often relies on published bestsellers for content and the best way for an author to break into the movie business (no, you don’t have to be a big name like John Grisham, J.K. Rowling or Nicholas Sparks). Deneen also had plenty of advice to share with struggling authors:

Patience is key. I’m 41 and I wrote my first book when I was 18, and I sold my novel this year. It took me forever. And that doesn’t mean you have to not be putting yourself out there and working your ass off; it just means you may get rejected over and over again like I did when I was 18. It should be a badge of honor. It means you’re getting stuff out there. You need to be constantly writing. If you’re a screenwriter, you should be writing a new screenplay every three or four months. If you’re an author, honestly, you should have a new book every year if you’re serious about it — two years at the most.

To hear more from Deneen, including what he’d like his legacy to be, read: So What Do You Do, Brendan Deneen, Executive Editor Of MacMillan Entertainment?

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FinePrint Literary Management Hires Pouya Shahbazian to Helm Film and Television Deals

fineprintlogo.pngFinePrint Literary Management has hired Pouya Shahbazian as a literary manager/producer. Shahbazian will focus on book-to-film and TV deals for FinePrint and lead FinePrint Productions–”producing and packaging film and television projects.”

The new literary manager will replacing Brendan Deneen, who just joined the Thomas Dunne imprint editorial team at St. Martin’s Press. Over the course of his career, Shahbazian has worked as a Los Angeles attorney and at the Broder-Webb-Chervin-Silbermann Agency. In February 2007, he co-founded ManDown Pictures & Management, and has produced number of film and television projects.

FinePrint CEO Peter Rubie had this statement: “Bringing in fresh talent has allowed us to reexamine and refine how we’re handling book-to-film and TV at FinePrint, and what it is we intend to do with FinePrint Productions, the development company that Brendan and I put together and that Pouya will now be running … While we’re sad to see Brendan leave us, we’re delighted to welcome Pouya Shahbazian into the dramatic rights hot seat.”