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Outpost Skaro cover Highlander

I’m all over Outpost Skaro like some kind of Time-Rash: Outpost Skaro review Highlander: The Four Horsemen “The writers also do an excellent job… I really enjoyed this… 8/10” Outpost Skaro subject me to… no, not the Mind Probe! “The element of surprise is vital. These are characters about whom the audience think they know everything – showing that they don’t, and making that believable and exciting, was key.” Outpost Skaro subject James Moran to… no, not the Mind Probe! “Of Scott’s, I think the entirety of All the King’s Horses is our jewel in the crown, it’s so surprising, stunning, horrifying and tragic, I love it. That final scene (and final line) give me chills.” Also, while I have your attention, I have created a Facebook page, as I decided I wanted to keep my personal Facebook profile for the kind of inappropriate, ribald and unpublishable ranting that only my close friends and family will...

Of Agents and Angles

I’ve never had a literary agent representing me. All the writing gigs I’ve landed – novels, plays, articles etc – I’ve secured off my own bat. But I’ve always worked on the assumption that at some point I’d need an agent, a savvy ally who could help me punch up a level in my career and would be my advocate, protector and bullshit-buffer. I know lots of authors. Many have agents, many don’t. Some found a good agent day one and have stuck with them, some have gone through a fair few, some have abandoned the idea of being agented and gone it alone after a string of bad experiences. The big rule, everyone tells me, is to remember that the agent works for the author. The author, in effect, is their employer. Many agents will try to convince you otherwise, but always remember they work for you, that’s the advice I was given time and time again. Six months ago I decided to try and secure an agent. I have a book underway, the first of a trilogy, and sooner or later I’m going to want to sell it to a publisher. All the writing I’ve done so far has been buy-out – which means I got paid a flat fee and that’s that. Those contracts were simple. But the new books will remain mine, so I will need a far more complex contract dealing with territorial rights, royalty rates, reversion clauses, digital rights, and so on and so forth. I need someone who knows this stuff inside out, and whom I trust, to deal with it for...

An interesting day

Well, it’s been an interesting day, and it certainly got this new site off to a flying start. I was first told that School’s Out was about to be optioned over two years ago. Needless to say I was pretty excited. Quick as a flash, nothing at all happened. The recession hit, companies retrenched, silence fell, and Stronghold beat School’s Out to the punch as Abaddon Books‘ first optioned book. Last month I attended the London Book Fair where the estimable Jason Kingsley, head honcho of Rebellion, told me that another company was about to option the book. Once bitten, twice shy – I allowed myself a soupçon of excitement but adopted a firm ‘believe it when I see it’ philosophy. So when the press release arrived and I found out that the deal had gone through, I had to pinch myself. Lucky I set up a new blog yesterday, but it was more lucky accident rather than cunning plan. Having spent the day being deluged with congratulations from lovely people, I’m still beaming. I can’t, however, answer all your questions at this time. Mostly this is because I honestly don’t know the answers yet. And don’t expect a constant trickle of news, either – the movie business does not move quickly. The one question I can answer right now is: “Are you going to be rich?” To which I am free to reply: “Hahahahahahahahahahaha! No.” But I’m still smiling 🙂 Read other posts tagged School’s...

School’s Out – Optioned!

Abaddon’s ‘Attack the Block meets Lord of the Flies’ novel optioned by Multistory Films Abaddon Books is proud to announce that  it has struck a deal with Multistory Films to bring School’s Out by Scott Andrews to the big screen. Attack the Block meets Lord of the Flies in a post-apocalyptic landscape where pupils at a public school grow up fast or they don’t grow up at all, School’s Out is one of the standout titles from Abaddon’s successful Afterblight Chronicles series. The books follows the final days of St Mark’s School for Boys; and when your teachers are killing each other, the prefect is experimenting with crucifixion, and the rival gang from across town has decided that ritualistic cannibalism is the way to go, spots and BO don’t seem like such big problems any more. Multistory Films is a new UK-based production company, which has just completed post-production on its debut feature film, low budget horror thriller The Harsh Light of Day. This will be closely followed by art house feature Verity’s Summer; written and directed by Short film Palme D’Or nominee Benjamin Crowe. Jonathan Oliver, editor-in-chief of Abaddon Books, said:“We’re delighted that the quality of Scott’s work on School’s Out has been recognised – it’s a great novel and a cracking read that never lets up. With teenagers facing insurmountable odds in TV series like Misfits and films such as Attack the Block, the time when teens save the world is nigh!” Jason Kingsley, CEO of Rebellion, said:“Whereas much post-apocalyptic fiction focuses on the bleak, The Afterblight Chronicles is made for the silver screen: action, big set pieces, strong characters and a killer concept.  Abaddon’s...

Scorched earth & window dressing

Hello and welcome to www.scottkandrews.com. It’s a bit spartan at the moment, but the content is in, I just need to dress up the window a bit. All the info about my books and plays, and a few key old blog posts, are in. More will follow. You can subscribe using feedburner for RSS or email. Alternatively, you can follow me on The Twitter. This is the third blog I’ve had, on the third domain name – www.sixesandsevens.net and www.eclectica.info are now both defunct. The latter is still there, taking up space and cluttering up t’internet, but it will eventually die. I have scorched the earth and started again because Eclectica was set up a long time ago on Textpattern V1. Textpattern is now on V4 and my version is so old it cannot be automatically updated – this means no whizzy widgets, plugins or up-to-date stuff. I also can’t export from it in any format that I can then import into the current version of Textpattern. So if I have to start afresh I may as well do it in WordPress. Also the name – Eclectica – was chosen to support a radio show I used to do online. That’s also defunct and so the name doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense any more. Since I can’t get @scottandrews on Twitter I added my middle initial and became @scottkandrews, even though I don’t use it when I write. Then, once I’d done that it seemed logical to keep the K for the domain name, as there’s no point in confusing people. I bet nobody’s read this far. God, I’m boring...