Friday, August 12, 2011

HOW CAN ANY PA AUTHOR FALL FOR THIS...lol

Written by Paula Commerford:

"THIS IS THE NEWEST PROMO SENT OUT BY PUBLISH AMERICA.

Dear author:

ROLL OUT THE RED CARPET: A STAR IS BORN!

PublishAmerica announces a ground-breaking joint venture that will turn PublishAmerica authors into Hollywood red carpet stars. The joint venture includes Los Angeles-based indy screenwriter Geoff Prather, and the establishment of a film adaption company that PublishAmerica funds for the purpose of producing screenplays and co-producing films. PublishAmerica intends to become a player in Hollywood. We are one of the world’s largest story content holders, and the film and entertainment industry hungers for good and adaptable stories.

Geoff Prather is a successful screenwriter who stood at the basis of two films. He has worked under director Tony Scott, the genius behind Top Gun and Crimson Tide. Geoff has agreed to oversee, in Los Angeles, the process of selecting PublishAmerica’s film projects by tagging qualifying PublishAmerica books. He then will write a treatment and subsequently produce a screenplay that will be submitted to Hollywood area production companies for production optioning and the resulting production. PublishAmerica will seek to co-produce the film(s) through the funding of a sister film adaptation company. PublishAmerica also funds the treatment and screenplay production for its film projects.

The joint venture is the result of our recent efforts to establish a beachhead in Hollywood. It elevates us to a whole new level where we go well beyond mere movie proposals. The new Hollywood joint venture selects PublishAmerica books in Los Angeles for film adaptation; produces a long form treatment in Los Angeles and a so-called one-pager; produces a first draft of the screenplay; produces the final screenplay draft in Los Angeles; submits one-pager, treatment and screenplay to Hollywood area studios, to secure a production option that commits the studio to purchase and produce.

What’s a treatment, a one-pager, a screenplay, a production option? A long form treatment summarizes the script in prose, and is typically 8 – 10 pages long. The one-pager is generally used for pitch meetings. It’s commonly a paragraph per act and tries to convey a sense of theme and character arc as it unfolds through the story. Both precede the production of a screenplay. A screenplay is a scene-by-scene film story, dialog and all. It is what actors get to read their roles from. Our joint venture will select its first projects from qualifying PublishAmerica books. Selected projects are guaranteed to make it to a screenplay that will make the rounds in Hollywood. What we’re after is not a basic option, but a production option agreement with a studio, one that commits the studio to actually producing the movie, and that pays out a significant lump sum.

To facilitate a film production deal, PublishAmerica will offer to co-produce, by investing in covering the production costs. Typically, co-production funds exceed $1 million. If you opt to activate the submission of your book for the film production selection process in Los Angeles, you agree that your activation consitutes your consent in writing that PublishAmerica shall have the exclusive right to negotiate for the sale, lease, license or other disposition of your book in the motion picture, dramatic, radio, television, and/or all other fields. The reason we mention this here is that most PublishAmerica authors have signed a contract that requires them to issue such consent before we can start any such negotiation. Consult your contract before you activate your submission so you have a firm grasp of the approval and pay-out processes that are involved with having your book adapted to a motion picture.

Go to www.publishamerica.net/Screenplay.html to activate. Mention the title of your book. What this does is that PublishAmerica accepts the exclusive right to negotiate on your behalf, and that your story will be reviewed in Los Angeles for our film projects. Once selected, a treatment will be produced in Los Angeles, followed by a screenplay that will be submitted to film producers for a production option. A production option binds a studio to pay and to produce the movie. There is no priority alternative. All submissions will be treated equally. If PublishAmerica has published more than one of your books, go to www.publishamerica.net/ScreenplayMulti.html, and indicate which of your books you want to go to this joint venture project. Your above mentioned consent applies to each book that you include."

Paula: "NOW GET THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LISTED ON INTELUIS WEBSITE-------------------GEOFFREY A. PRATHER IS A RELATIVE OF MIRANDA PRATHER. SHE IS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF PUBLISH AMERICA. NO WONDER GOOD OLE GEOFF WON'T ANSWER MY EMAILS."

This offer is great example of pure "puffery." Read the content carefully and see what kind of chance a PA author has of his/her book being made into a movie. And the price paid to PA for this generous offer is only $149! Such a deal!

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sinthyia Darkness does walk the red carpet and look at how Publish America treated her. Let this be a lesson to you, authors, er customers. PublishAmerica does not and will not promote you. You will not be superstars for signing with them. They just keep feeding you these lies to get you to line their pockets.

Anonymous said...

If Publish America gets a major hit, are you still going to publish your allegations and criticisms? :)

Rev. Sinthyia said...

what we publish here are not allegations. What we publish is truth and yes we will because the day that PA gets a "Major hit" will never happen lol

Anonymous said...

That comment had to be made by a Publish America employee. The rest of the world knows that would never happen. Hey, now there's a great plot for a fantasy novel!

Anonymous said...

If Publish America gets a major hit, are you still going to publish your allegations and criticisms? :)

Wait.. wait.. when I finally stop laughing over that Ladies Home Journal sales gimmick...I'll be able to type a comment. Are you insinuating that PublishAmerica could ever have a best seller on their hands? Dude, that's hilarious. Nobody buys these books accept their authors and these pathetic gimmicks show you exactly why.