I found out yesterday afternoon that even though there was a lot of excitement at Fox about my books, they turned down the idea of making them into a TV series. Sigh. Josef Anderson, the veteran TV writer who holds the option on Too Big To Miss, and who has been working his heiny off trying to find a home for Odelia on the small screen, broke the news to me. But being the professional he is, he still has lots of options up his sleeve. Thank you, Josef!
This is not the first time we've been so close to a TV nod on Odelia, and it won't be the last. The book biz is fraught with ups and downs and Hollywood biz is no different, if not more so. Both publishing and Hollywood is a life of almosts and maybes, of getting to the edge of an exciting breakthrough only to have cold water thrown in your face. "We love it, but it's not exactly what we're looking for" seems to be the standard catch-phrase for both. Maybe all the executives have it embroidered on throw pillows.
The news definitely brought me down, then I remembered ... I don't write for Hollywood. That's Josef's job. I write novels and published ones at that. So no matter what happens in LA LA Land, I still have a publisher expecting and buying my work and readers who are waiting to read the next book and the book after that.
Any production companies, actresses, directors, studios out there looking for a not-so-young kick ass heroine with a quirky view of the world? Any of you looking for the next long-running, up-dated "Murder She Wrote?" Any one interested in thinking outside of the Hollywood young, hip, beautiful and boring box?
Let me know. I have Josef's number on speed dial.