My “brief” journey from story to screen.
Write down, or have a story idea, or concept, in mind.
Write the story. Rewrite and edit the book at least 10 million times.
Find a publisher who will publish the book, now known as The Last Conception.
Sign contract with Melange Books.
Obtain quotes and advance reviews.
Book signings, promotions, connections and marketing for two years (year before and a year after novel is released).
Work on screenplay for The Last Conception, continuing to revise and edit.
Workable, moving and entertaining screenplay completed.
Write up logline, summary of film and synopsis.
Research and obtain contact information for those who might be interested in script.
Start approaching executive producers, directors and production companies.
Elapsed time, from books inception to pitching screenplay (so far) is three years.
Presently, an award-winning and innovative director is attached.
Next step will be finding a producer and/or financing for film, and then festivals and/or distribution.
This timeline will be familiar to thousands of novelists, screenwriters and filmmakers. Some take less time, and some take more (from page to screen).
I hope for those just starting out, or venturing to put your toe in the water, this provides a little insight into the amount of patience, persistence and ordered chaos that can await on the journey to bring your story to the screen.