We love this conversation about a part of the industry few writers know about–script-to-book, or when a writer is hired to novelize a project originally designed for the screen. Both Bethany and Gigi have successful projects in this area–Bethany Baptiste is the author of Izzy Hawthorne: Destiny Awaits, a script-to-book project based on Disney’s Buzz Lightyear movie, and Gigi Griffis is the author of The Empress, a script-to-book project based on Netflix’s series of the same name.
We talk about finding these opportunities, getting yourself ready to create an entire project in 30 days–and how you can start *now* if this is a goal for you.
Plus, we cover other Intellectual Property (IP) project types, how to find an agent for this kind of work–and what they’ve learned along the way.
Bethany Baptiste is a slightly responsible grown-up living Jacksonville, Florida in a little brick house with her fiancé, three chaotic evil dogs, and too many books. She holds two degrees in Early Childhood Education and taught for seven years. Now as an inclusion specialist, she advocates for preschoolers with special needs. When not prying a shoe from a Schnauzer’s jaws, she writes about Black kids with big hearts and little morals. You can visit her at bethanybaptiste.com or @storysorcery on Twitter. Bethany is represented by John Cusick of Folio Literary Management.
Gigi Griffis is a world-traveling entrepreneur and writer with a special love for inspiring stories, new places, and living in the moment. In May 2012, she sold her stuff and took to the road with a growing business and a pint-sized pooch. She has been traveling full-time since then and is the author of Italy: 100 Locals Tell You Where to Go, What to Eat, and How to Fit In, as well as three additional guidebooks for Paris, Prague, and Barcelona.
Gigi and her work have been featured at The New York Times, Married With Luggage, Miss Minimalist, International Living, Transitions Abroad, Forbes, and more. And her new travel guides are already hitting top-100 and top-10 lists on sites like Amazon.com.
Find her work and books at gigigriffis.com.
Follow Gigi on Twitter @gigigriffis