A Minor Rebellion Receives Another Honor
Just found out A Minor Rebellion (the same screenplay that was just “officially selected” at the BH Film Festival) made the QuarterFinalist cut for the 5th Annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship. Delightful to be culled out of over 2000 screenplays, so we’ll see how far we with get with this go-around.
You never know: perhaps with enough critical mass, this project will actually get made…wouldn’t that be swell? 🙂
Posted April 18, 2018
The Alchemy Of Noise Has a Release Date
When you’ve been a self-published author for as long as I’ve been, the journey from imagining and creating a novel to getting it on bookshelves, in bookstores, up at Amazon, Ingram, and wherever else you intend to sell it is a journey with which you become very familiar… because you’ve had to the research, and take, do, experience, and implement every single step along the way… all by yourself!
It is a learning experience, that’s for sure, one in which you… learn. Yup. You enjoy the autonomy, certainly the creative control, and the first go-around becomes a sort of industry adventure, where you try new things, make mistakes, get off-track then back on again, all in the spirit of venturing forth as a stalwart indie author doin’ it for yourself. When you see it up/out/over there, the sense of accomplishment is profound.
Then your second book comes, and you slog back in again… not as much learning as retracing steps, looking for new angles, balancing how to launch a new book while keeping the older one in play. You try things that worked last time that don’t work this time, find some new things that work like gangbusters. But the salient point becomes the fact that, once again, you’re doing it all by yourself.
Which gets lonely. You still like the creative control, but, damn; it would be nice to have a team, a company; the perfect mix of traditional distribution and know-how, with the indie spirit of collaborative creativity. Imagine my delight when I found such a company and they wanted to publish my third novel!
She Writes Press, an award-winning hybrid publisher founded in 2012 by Kamy Wicoff and Brooke Warner, came to my attention via another novelist whose book I loved, and I decided to take a shot with them. I was fortunate to meet and spend time with SWP president, Brooke Warner, at the San Francisco Writers Conference in early 2018, and was impressed not only by her passion and vision as a publisher, but her mission statement of fearless and creative innovation. I’m very excited to be part of their movement.
And I have just been given the release date for THE ALCHEMY OF NOISE: April 9, 2019.
We’ll be building a wide-ranging marketing campaign leading up to and through the launch, so I’ll be looking for advance readers and “street teamers,” near and far, who might enjoy getting involved in that effort. I’m also building my email list so I can keep those interested updated on all developments. Shoot me an email on either account (email@example.com) and I’ll be sure to get you in the loop.
So, yes, I’m excited; looking forward to what should be my next “new learning experience”: having a publisher, a “project manager”; a marketing and promotional team, all working together with me to set this book up as professionally, as artfully, as successfully as possible. I’m delighted to have the company.
Posted April 17, 2018
An Invitation To a Film Festival… the Beverly Hills Film Festival
Look at the gold box in the top-right corner of the screenshot below. Note the text highlighted by the amber oval… go ahead; I’ll wait until you enlarge the image enough to read those impossibly tiny words.
What’d you see? Yep:
Title: A MINOR REBELLION
Writer: Lorraine Devon Wilke
This, to the uninitiated, is the official announcement alerting the public that my screenplay has been designated a “2108 SCREENPLAY OFFICIAL SELECTION” for the 18th Annual Beverly Hills Film Festival.
Yippidity do dah day!
Though, frankly, I have no idea what that actually means or what might ultimately come of such an assignation. None. But, hey, in a world and business where far too little of one’s work ever gets anywhere, much less “selected” for the film festival of one of the most prestigious cities in the world, one doesn’t shake a damn stick at that sorta thing!
Unless plans change, I won’t be attending the resplendent Awards Ceremony at the Sofitel Hotel, so there’s no need to drag out my tiara or bemoan the fact that I look hideous in those fluffy red carpet type sleeveless gowns. There are a slew of interesting events and gatherings to which we’re given carte blanche, most scheduled at the iconic Hollywood landmarks of the Roosevelt Hotel and Grauman’s Chinese Theater, so that’s some fun stuff right there.
I get a big fancy badge, a free pass to everything besides the banquet, so I’ll see some movies, maybe sit in on a session or two (if you’re around Hollywood April 4th-8th and feel like festivalling it up with me, give me a holler!). But, to be honest, I don’t know what the Festival does with all these “selected screenplays,” or what might actually come of this honor. I don’t know if they have a cadre of skilled readers currently slamming through that hefty stack with an eye toward story arc and character development, focused on choosing whichever 120-page manifesto merits acknowledgement beyond “selection,” but whatever the protocol, it almost doesn’t matter.
Because, let’s face it: the reality of winning whatever it is someone might win in this vaunted scenario is miniscule, but still… how nice is it to submit your screenplay amongst thousands and actually have someone decide they like it enough to select it as a “selection”? That’s nice. It really is. So I’m thrilled.
For those wondering what the screenplay’s about, let me give you a short logline:
A former 80s rock singer is thrown back into her mysterious past when her boomeranging daughter secretly – and successfully – posts her old band’s music on the Internet.
Yep.. right there in my wheelhouse. 🙂
As you’d expect, it involves lots of music, 80s and otherwise; there’s a love story or two; it’s a good mix of humor and poignance, and the collection of characters involved would be a treat to see onscreen. So I hope the project garners some attention out of this honor; I hope it ultimately gets developed into a brilliant film, but I will be adapting it as my next novel either way, so no matter what happens, it has a life beyond this.
For now, I’m reveling in the fact that I can say “Beverly Hills Film Festival” and have it connect in some way to something I wrote. That does not happen every day.
Posted March 22, 2018
‘Fair warning… do NOT read this in public!’ – Latest Review of HYSTERICAL LOVE
“This is aptly named! This novel is HYSTERICAL! Fair warning….do not read this in public. There are places you will laugh out loud!”
I’ve always loved making people laugh… when it’s a book? Even better.
Click the link below for the latest review on Hysterical Love… and much thanks to Reeca Elliott @ “Reecaspieces” book blog!
“The characters in this tale are a hoot! I love the interaction between Dan and his sister, Lucy. True sibling interactions! And his mother….always wanting her dish back! 😂. But, my all time favorite is the tow truck driver! You have to read this to find out.”
To read full review: Hysterical Love by Lorraine Devon Wilke
Posted February 26, 2018
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