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From Blank Page to the Big Screen

My name is John Crawley and I’ve done something (I think) is incredible. I’ve sold a manuscript to a movie production company! I can’t believe both my good fortune and sheer luck. Although, it must be said that Lulu played an awfully big role in the serendipitous events leading to this moment. I’m just thrilled my book is making its way to the big screen!

A long time ago, (last century to be exact — late 1990) I sold a novel to a major New York publisher. Got a check. Put it in the bank and sat back with a Kentucky bourbon in hand and thought, “I’ve got it made.” Then the editor called and wanted me to make significant changes to the manuscript. Changes I did not agree with. Changes that would take my novel in a totally different direction. I fought. They fought back and finally, I returned their check and got my letter of rights back.

I was crushed

At about the same time a friend of mine was getting a book of poetry published and she had met the powers that be at a company from North Carolina called, Lulu.com. I had never heard of them, but I went online, read about how the author can keep control of his or her book and how easy it is to publish. I was sold.

Fifteen novels later, I am still running strong with my team at Lulu.

The other day my phone rang and a voice on the other end asked if I, ”…would sell his partner and him the movie rights to my novel, The Man on the Grassy Knoll?” I couldn’t say yes fast enough. They saw my book at a book fair where self-published authors were being featured. From book to the big screen? And, as they say, the rest is history.

The Man On The Grassy Knoll

For decades there has been a myth about the second shooter in Dallas on November 22, 1963. He has been known as the man on the grassy knoll. Now this mysterious figure comes to life in the exciting novel by John Crawley, staged as an interview with Raul Salazar – the Man on the Grassy Knoll.

The Man On The Grassy Knoll

My books have won awards, been featured on radio talk shows and in college courses (how not to write, more than likely) and now the basis for a motion picture; all because I found a company who knew how to publish a book without all the mystery and hidden agendas of the huge, conglomerate publishing houses. Of course, I speak of LULU. The more I work with them, the more I like them and the more we succeed.

Now I can’t promise you a movie deal or even a best seller. But, if you follow LULU’s lead, if you get on board with their author programs, they are going to help you put out a professional book that you will be proud of and that people should want to buy. And what better way to get the attention of a producer and land a big screen version of your book?

See ya’ at the movies!

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John Crawley

John Crawley is a writer living in Dallas, Texas who has published 15 novels. His latest, The End, deals with the death with dignity movement. John’s 2013 novel, Letters From Paris, was named Notable Book of the Year by Shelf Unbound Magazine.

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