For reasons unknown, iUniverse continues to keep me on their spam listserv.
I really should pull all my books from them and move to CreateSpace, but I am super lazy, so I will most likely never get around to this. Anyway, today, this gem appeared in my inbox. I was grabbed, of course, by seeing the title of one of my books in the subject line. I opened to read below:
Think your book would make a great movie or television series? Hollywood Coverage—the industry-standard tool used for identifying viable new material—is a cost-effective* way to find out.
Once your Hollywood Coverage is complete, we will submit it to our first-look Hollywood partner, Thruline Entertainment, who will review your work as a potential adaptation for film and television. Thruline Entertainment is a Hollywood management and production company whose clients include Academy Award Nominated screenwriters, Emmy Award winners and numerous A-list Hollywood actors.
*a mere $849!
There is more, of course, but this whole endeavor makes me sad. There are people out there who think their book would be perfect to adapt to screen.
I am one of them. However, having worked in the entertainment industry for a few years, I highly doubt this technique as a legit way to the screen. The briefest of searches online shows that iUniverse is not the only self publishing company Thruline is partnering with. Strike one. Actually, that fact plus the cost is enough for me to run away. Additionally, I’m lucky enough to have friends still in the industry and can get actual ‘Hollywood’ coverage whenever I want. These are favors I don’t take lightly and as of yet, do not feel my manuscripts are ready to be reviewed by professionals. Finally, as I already have a producer interested in my work, I’m not going to run off and write a check to a company who has done little to nothing for me.
I guess I am the most sad that some poor author out there is going to sacrifice hard earned money to this scam. While they may get coverage, they are certainly not going to get a movie or television deal.
What about you, dear reader, have you had an experience (good or bad) with any of the ‘publicity’ iUniverse offerings?