We're living in what some are calling the ‘platinum' age of TV and visual storytelling, with opportunities to reach viewers all over the world with our stories. But it's still hard to get noticed. In today's episode, screenwriting tutor, Selina Ukwuoma, outlines international possibilities, plus her tips on writing a stand-out script.
In the intro, I talk about Apple’s announcement about IOS12 coming this Fall [The Verge]. iBooks will be renamed Apple Books and will feature a new “Reading Now” section, an updated library view that puts a better emphasis on your content, and a new Apple Books store. I really hope this means we’ll see a better emphasis on books with Apple, and perhaps more integration with audiobooks.
In the Advanced Self-Publishing Salon this month, Orna Ross and I discuss #cockygate, the advance of APub imprints, and how to build a team of professionals for your writing business.
Plus, join me and Mark Dawson for a free webinar this week on How to use Facebook Ads to boost your book sales and build your email list, with a live Q&A. Tues 12 June at 3pm US Eastern / 8pm UK, and if you register, you can get the replay if you can't attend live. Click here to register for your free place.
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Selina Ukwuoma is a freelance script consultant who has worked on multiple award-winning and award-nominated scripts. She works with the Berlinale Talents Program, consults in around the world, and teaches at the UK's National Film and Television School, NFTS.
Selina was one of my tutors on the short course I did at NFTS earlier this year. Click here to read/listen to my screenwriting lessons learned from that course. Selina is an excellent teacher and I was thrilled to have her on the show!
- The possibilities for storytellers in the new markets like Netflix
- The opportunities available through co-productions
- Mistakes to avoid in screenwriting
- Why formatting matters so much in screenplays
- Why screenwriting is different than writing a novel
- Tips on adapting a work from a longer form to a screenplay
- How to find your voice as a screenwriter
- How to ensure a script reflects the diversity of the story’s world
- Pitching yourself as the screenwriter while pitching your screenplay