Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Christmas Book Ideas

I know it's early, but last year I left it a little late and most people had bought their presents. So this year it's early so you have plenty of time to get to the shops, order online, or drop loads of hints to the relatives. Here goes.

Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2009

Completely revised and updated every year so you know that the information isn't stale or out of date.

A simply must have book jam packed with useful advice, addresses of agents, production companies and many other useful articles covering such subjects as; societies, prizes, festivals, resources for writers, copyright and libel and finance for writers.

RRP £14.99

The Writer's Handbook 2009

A publication similar to the one above. I always buy both, because what one misses the other usually picks up.

I find the layout of this book a little easier to deal with and the information in it a little more comprehensive than the W&A Yearbook.

Another interesting feature of both books is the introduction of a website for each, with searchable directories and FAQ's.

RRP £14.99

Writing For Television by William Smethurst

A useful guide to modern television writing and how to get yourself noticed by the right people. What to write, who to send it to, approaching agents, TV companies and independent producers.

I have found this an incredibly useful tool and by following William's suggestions I've started to go places with my writing.

RRP £9.99

Writing The Character-Centred Screenplay (second edition) by Andrew Horton

It does exactly what it says on the cover. It's all about character and less about plot like most other books. Explore how to make your characters three dimensional, real, and above all learn to create characters that will drive your plot, not who will be driven by your plot.

RRP £11.50

How To Be A Writer by Stewart Ferris

A small but handy book with all sorts of clever tips from the inside. One of a series that also includes; How To Be Sitcom Writer and How To Be Comedy Writer. Well worth the investment.

RRP £5.99

Aristotle's Poetics For Screenwriters by Michael Tierno

Using examples of Oscar winning films this book explores storytelling, structure and the common mistakes to avoid. A little hard going in some places, but a damn good read. Aristotle knew his stuff.

RRP £9.99

How To Make Money Scriptwriting by Julian Friedmann

A clever and insightful book from one of the country's leading agents. This book covers contracts, pitching, negotiating, agents, meetings, script reports, etc. Basically this book looks at things from the business prospective. As far as I'm concerned a must have.

RRP £14.95

The Pitch by Eileen Quinn and Judy Counihan

The thought of standing in front of the money men to pitch your screenplay scare you? Know it's good but not sure you can convey that to the people in front of you? Then this book is for you. An often funny look at how to pitch, preparing yourself and knowing what the money men are looking to see from you. Another must buy.

RRP £9.99

Don't forget the prices quoted here are just recommended retail prices and you can often find the books cheaper on online sites.

Any questions feel free to ask.


Lucy said...

It's Julian FrieDmann, man! Tsk. It's an excellent book, as is Aristotle for Screenwriters.

I would also recommend: Roland Barthes' a STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS OF THE NARRATIVE(bit hardgoing, but well worth it and not long) and Yves' Lavandier's WRITING DRAMA, as well as Adrian Mead's HOW TO MAKE IT AS A SCREENWRITER. TEACH YOURSELF SCREENWRITING by Raymond Frensham is back in print - the main man himself has a blog, www.tyscreenwriting.blogspot.com too. Eugene Vale's TECHNIQUE OF SCREENPLAY WRITING is out of print now and has been for decades I think, but it's also excellent and I have seen it in second hand bookshops 'cos I managed to get one.

Wyndham said...

Thanks for the list, Dom. That's hugely useful.


Michelle Goode said...

Thank you so much for the list and recommendations Dom and Lucy! I definitely want to get more reading for research done when I get home so these lists should get me going! :)

alysel17 said...

If you're looking for a fabulous read I suggest The Lost Daughter by Daralyse Lyons