iUniverse blog finding author passion for the LA Pitchfest

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“Pitchfest??? I yelled while jumping up and down,

Pitchfest??? I am going to Pitchfest?  Wow! I am so excited!

What the hell is Pitchfest?’ I screamed.”

iUniverse David Tieck This was the reaction when the iUniverse author of The Embarrassing Memory Murderer, David Tieck first received his invitation to this year’s LA Pitchfest.   He went on to say:

“When I was first told I was officially going to Pitchfest I could barely hold my enthusiasm. But it turned out that Pitchfest was even more amazing than even I had thought, because, as I was to learn, Pitchfest is all about the beautiful marriage between books and movies, and that’s oh so sweet.

It’s like the librarian, who can whip off the glasses, let down her hair and suddenly look sexy, is marrying the football star who secretly has a heart of gold-except instead of those two losers- it’s books and movies!

How can movies and books get married?’ I hear you ask; and that’s a valid question, with a complicated and yet thrilling answer, which we will get to, but first a few facts.”

Book to Screen

  • 200px-OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest Cover“Books are awesome – who doesn’t love books? They are full of awesome things like imagination, adventure, excitement, laughter, tears, paper, words, literary tricks, grammar, grammar rules which make no sense, broken grammar rules, places where grammar rules were broken and then ‘repaired’ by the editor even though the sentence was more fun before it was ‘repaired’, tricks in grammar that confuse editors, scenes in garages, characters, ink, glossaries of key terms, gentle giants, naked genitalia and even spelling, what more could you want?

  • One Flew Over the cuckoo's NestMovies are awesome – Who doesn’t love movies? They are full of awesome things like stories, images, trick photography, acting, music, sexy people, costumes, naked genitalia, extras, opening credits, closing credits, credit card debt, credit given where credit is due, credibility, crickets, camel toe, and sometimes even Calista Flockhart, what more could you want?
  • Sometimes books get made into movies.”


Pitching iUniverse The Embarrassing Memory Murderer

iUniverse The Embarrassing Memory Murderer“Now here is where things really get complicated and yet thrilling – Pitchfest is all about authors ‘pitching’ their books to movie people in a ‘festival’ type environment – and I am going to pitch my latest book, The Embarrassing Memory Murderer, to potentially be made into a movie! That would be really cool.

I was supposed to write about my expectations about the event before I went, but I really don’t have a lot in the way of expectations. I mean I assume a bidding war will break out for the movie rights to my book, just as long as I nail my pitch and sell it with confidence and charisma. And all I have to do to make this happen is actually get around to writing my pitch, and magically develop confidence and charisma. That should be easy enough right? I better get to it now.

Wait, I am about to write a movie pitch? Me, I can’t believe I am about to write a movie pitch! Wow! I am so excited! How the hell do you write a movie pitch?”

More from iUniverse author David Tieck

David has promised to come back to the iUniverse Blog with more great stuff about his LA Pitchfest experiences but meanwhile check him out online at his blog or follow him on Twitter or look him up on Facebook; better still buy his book at the iUniverse Bookstore.



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