I know I mentioned this a couple weeks ago... but today my TV book, Small Screen, Big Picture: A Writer's Guide to the TV Business, hits shelves from Random House and Mediabistro-- so please don't be afraid to go check it out!
If you're an aspiring TV writer, this is a book you definitely don't want to miss... there are many TV writing books out there-- books about drama, books about comedy, books about pilot-writing and spec-writing-- but this book is different in that it's a user-friendly writer's guide to the business of television. TV, after all, is an industry... and the way that industry works-- the way it's structured, the way it generates profit, the way it's changing and evolving-- are the factors that ultimately affect the kinds of shows that get on TV and the kinds of shows that survive.
So Small Screen, Big Picture details how networks like NBC and studios like Warner Brothers work... how shows like NCIS or How I Met Your Mother make money (and how that affects the creative process)... how new series, such as Fringe, are pitched and developed... the real difference between shows like Lost and CSI... the pilot production process... the inner workings of a TV writers' room... how series like 24 or Desperate Housewives work differently than pilots... when/where/how/why to get an agent or manager... and, ultimately, how to use this information to break in and launch your TV career.
I'm always dismayed when I meet young writers who don't know (or care!) how the industry works... so this book is:
A) A way to get a leg up on your competition
B) My attempt to give young writers a resource I wish I'd had when I started out
C) My love letter to television
Having said all that-- please check it out! You can get it at Amazon, Borders, Barnes & Noble, or just about any other bookstore. And please... LEMME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK! (Good or bad-- I have thick skin...)