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Robert H. Jacobs
Publisher Robert Jacobs of Jacobs/Brown Press (an imprint of Jacobs/Brown Media Group) is a true friend of the Alameda Writers Group. Through special arrangement with the AWG, group members are invited to contact publisher directly without the need of an agent.
Jacobs/Brown is a boutique publisher located in San Diego and, contrary to the policies of bigger houses, is dedicated to being a writer-‐friendly house, with better profit participation for authors, creative involvement, and less contractual restrictions.
AWG president Marc Cushman has experienced the business practices of major publishing house first hand, endorses Jacobs/Brown, and has put his pen where his mouth is … by recently signing with the publisher for a three-‐book deal. You can contact Robert at:
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For those who attended the meeting of the AWG today, I hope you were both entertained and enlightened.
For those who pitched, congratulations to you for having the courage to do so. Being bold is the only way to succeed in this business and all of you deserved the round of applause you received for your bravery.
The first place winner was Randy Thompson for "Justice For All," the Western story involving an African-American protagonist, based on true events. This may surprise many of you, including Randy, because Chris told us that Westerns are a hard sell. Also, Chris cut Randy short on his pitch because he had recently read a script on this same subject. At the end of the day, however, the winning pitch isn't always determined by how the pitch itself went, but how the concept may have left a lasting impression on the executive who heard it. Chris found that he was "intrigued" to read Randy's script and see how it compares to the one he recently read. So, congratulations, Randy! Contact me regarding making your submission to Chris at WME, as well as collecting your first place "trophy" at the next General Membership Meeting on January 5.
Second place goes to Lisa Jacobs for "Money Shot." Lisa, I have a trophy for you, as well, signed by Chris, which you can collect in January. Good job.
Honorable mention goes to Christine Conradt, for "The F**k-It List," and Lisa Michelle, for "Higher Ground," both of which Chris felt were interesting concepts. You can't win 'em all, ladies, but you came very close, and congratulations are in order. In fact, when you consider the first, second, third and fourth placing entries today, the women ruled! Us guys will have to try harder next year. And thank you, Randy, for representing us guys this time around.
For those who signed up and did not get to pitch, due to us running late - Christine Przybilla, Jackie Mitchel, Tom McClaine, and Steven Kates - please send your pitches to me by email this week and I will see that they get to Chris. You are actually fortunate. Chris will have fresher eyes when he looks your ideas over and, if you perk his curiosity, he will ask to see your scripts. So, you did not miss out today. You may actually have a better shot.
For those of you who took longer than one minute to do your initial pitch (not counting the time Chris was asking you questions or giving feedback), be warned, I'll be bringing an egg-timer with a bell the next time Chris is with us, and, at Chris' suggestion, I may be armed. Remember, all he needs to hear is who your story is about, what that person's "story problem" is, and who or what is getting in their way. He will ask questions if he is interested beyond that. As you saw today, giving more information than that without being asked does not help sell your concept. One minute is really all a good executive or publisher needs to know if a particular story may interest them.
Thank you to all who participated. And, again, congratulations to Randy, Lisa, Christine and Lisa for catching the ear of our executive from WME.
Hope to see you all next month when one of our two guests will be an entertainment attorney who will tell us how to protect our ideas, negotiate contracts, enter into partnership agreements, approach producers and publishers, and more.
Happy holidays to you all,
President, Alameda Writers Group
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