Q&A With Indie Author ZC Bolger

A close friend and fellow indie author, ZC Bolger, is almost ready to publish his first novel, an awesome adventure book that is the first in a series. The title is Danny Calloway and the Puzzle House, and ZC is running a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds he needs to properly publish and promote it. I have known ZC my whole life, and had the honor of editing the book.

He’s also the person who got me into the whole self-publishing world in the first place, and has the benefit of years of research into the topic. So I tossed him a few interview questions to get his perspective as an author in today’s self-pub world.

Oops, I Did It Again – The Model’s Going Well

So I’ve already told you about a new model I’m trying out – turning my film ideas into books first and publishing them on Amazon. My first novella, Touch was received surprisingly well. It was the first of a trilogy of novellas I was planning to write – after getting the three books out, they will then be available as a bundled, single novel.

Well, I’ve published the second one. It’s available on Amazon now. Continue reading

Formatting Your Script – The Basics

I’ve been asked by some people how to properly format a script. Note that I mean the actual formatting, page layout, etc., as opposed to how to write or structure a script. No one I know is dumb enough to think I know how to write or structure a script.

All self-deprecation aside, formatting a script is important. It’s at least as important as just knowing how to spell and knowing proper grammar. No, screw that – it’s WAY more important. If I get a script by someone who occasionally mixes up “its” and “it’s,” I hardly notice. If I get a script from someone and it’s clearly been written in Word with no formatting, I just immediately write it off. It’s a gut reaction. It means the person who wrote the script didn’t think they had the time to get to absolute zero before trying to start their project. Continue reading

My New Model – AKA “So I Wrote A Book”

The face of film is changing. No one’s unclear about that (double negative – suck it, bitches!). Digital distribution is actually a thing now. You’ve got entire series coming out that are Netflix-exclusive or Hulu-exclusive. Redbox has funded feature films. (No good ones that I’m aware of, but it’s only a matter of time). Web distribution is actually making people money. The game is changing every day. After almost 100 years of the studio model and its stagnation we’ve all witnessed in the last couple of decades, now everyone is flailing about wildly trying to figure out what the “next big thing” is, or if there even is a new big thing.

Well, I’ve come up with an idea, and the night before last, I took the first step toward putting into action. Continue reading

Overnight Film Website

I’ve recently released the website for my “debut” short film, Overnight. The quote marks are because I’ve actually directed two short films since Overnight which are both already released, while Overnight is still in post production. The explanation for that is that the other two shorts were both 48-hour film projects, so they’re “done,” but of course, 48-hour film festival quality. (That’s not self-disparaging, that’s just reality). Continue reading

Premiere Day

We woke up. It was premiere day.

And I had no ticket to the film.

Well, there was nothing for it. What was I going to do, not go to the red carpet? After flying halfway around the world?

We made our way into downtown. We’d seen them laying down the red carpet last night, and had seen many of our new friends from Monday’s party already lining up on the street along Courtenay Place, preparing to camp overnight. Their enthusiasm was amazing. We re-took pictures with some of them, partially because their costumes were still so cool, and partially because we had been having too much fun at the party to remember if we’d already gotten photos with them or not. Continue reading

Bags, Bilbo and Blades

So one of the things I was supposed to do while in Wellington was deliver some bags. A good friend of mine back home named Severn Lang designs custom leather purses, murses and so on. You can check out his site here. The guy does absolutely fantastic work – in fact he’s been helping me design leather for my upcoming series, Quest. I could not be happier with it – the guy is a pro, and his attention to detail is incredible. He’s the kind of guy who will watch a movie like Immortals and go, “Yeah, the armor looks cool, but the leather parts are made with bison. I mean, what the hell? It’s ancient Greece, they would have used goat or cow.” Maybe you’re the type of person who finds that pedantic, but I find it awesome, and it’s definitely what you want in someone who’s designing props for your film project.

Severn’s been designing bags for Gwen McTavish, the wife of Graham McTavish, for years. Apparently Graham used to wear one of Severn’s bags on set all the time, and pretty soon other actors and some of the film’s higher-ups started getting bags from him as well. I brought three of them with me to New Zealand to deliver to Gwen, for three of the Dwarf actors. So on Tuesday morning, our third day here, I called Gwen and found out where the bags were to be delivered. Continue reading