How to become a show WriterBecoming a Show Writer?
Hey, how did you become a writer and TV writer at 23, Kara Taylor?
With only 25 years Taylor rides high on the hit of her young adults adventure series: The Prep School Confidential. Oh, and she recently made a name for herself as an author and co-executive production star at The Revengers, a new TV pioneer designed by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack and ordered by the CW family. Taylor has been trying real hard for years.
In Prep School Confidential, your first novel, you tell me from the final script to the publication of the work. So how did you find your operative? So how long did it take to get rid of the ledger? I obviously wrote most of my time, but I graduated in my first year.
I began to learn about the publisher industry[and] how to find an agency. It was just the cliche, the terrible one. So, I finally put this aside, and my second year of study I was writing another work. and it took me about six month to find an operative.
I' ve done a big overhaul for the agents I sign with, who is now my agents, and this volume took more than a year to submit and it was never even distributed. It was during this period that I was writing Prep School Confidential, the final sales volume. It was about two years, three finished scripts, and it was a volume that finally was selling.
All I ever wanted was to find an agency and subscribe to a large publishers, because back then, when I began to write, self-publication was not the phenomena it is now. There was still the connection that it was this vain thing where you paid someone to release your work. So, I had always thought that I would find an operative and a publishers.
When I found my agents, self-publishing really had this boom and it was like this eBook evolution. But I never really thought about it because I had worked so hard to find my operative at the moment and she had worked so hard to design the script with me that we both wanted to end up with a conventional one.
As I know that the print to produce a work every year is huge for many of the[YA] writers, many of them have decided to publish a brief story between their work. St. Martin's Griffin, her pocketbacks, which is Prep School Confidential, are published every six to eight month, so the second volume of the serial will actually be published in March.
It' not something I thought about for this show, but I know it's difficult to keep in the games if you don't publish a year. So this is something I definitely want to try in, especially since I am writing for TV, too.
For me, it goes without saying that I write episodically. OK, let's discuss the TV writings. So how did you reach the CW' s The Revengers write post? He has a new department named Macmillan Films,[and] my cutter, Brendan Deneen, has worked with the Weinstein Company in the past, so he has a great deal of movie right man.
As soon as it was a completed script before it was even released, Prep School Confidential made its way to becoming a producer and talented agent. So I worked over three or four month with Rashida and Will and a lot of manufacturers, and we had a bid for[the show] and it ended in CW.
Now I' m doing the test film for this developing period, and we'll see if it'll be recorded in January. Do you have any other authors who want to interrupt television? The most important thing, I think, and this is tough counsel, because it's not something you can really teach to have just one vote and one point of position and concentrate on your brand, whether it's[with] humour or whatever.
Be simply one-of-a-kind and be yourself, and scribble as much as you can. Obviously I collapsed in a weird way, because it was actually the novel that was helping me get into television. One has to put oneself in all media and in all respects and not copy anything, and[not] is naturally dejected.
For two years I wrote ledgers before I found an operative, and I must have listened to many no's, and I must have been turned down with my first ledgers by over a hundred frahlings. What does a normal typing session look like for you? I' m making sure I reserve some amount of free space for things like replying to e-mails from my reader, but I try not to bother too much.
I' m going to work on books for the first half of my am because it's early and the California folks haven't woke up yet. I sometimes even have to work until 10 p.m., because in the TV business they sometimes work until 7:30 p.m., sometimes until 8 a.m., just to produce things, especially during filming.
So, I have to be cautious how I've divided my days, because it's obviously difficult to work on two things at once, a novel or a TV show. I' d like to write for television. Much as I like to write the books, at the moment the books are a full-time work.
I want to move on to television and then go back in five, ten years and start writing the script I've always wanted to do - at my own speed, not under contracts, not with any deadline - and maybe go out into the wider picture at the same moment as I'm working on my TV show.