Last week, a hollywood manager saw some of my Twitter pitches during the #DVPit pitch event. She was excited about the concept and reached out to me directly saying she'd like to read my manuscript.
Now, while I'm very familiar with the world of literary agents, I have absolutely no clue about the world of hollywood agents/managers. She appears to represent both books and film and her company appears to be legit based on some early internet research, but I'm not sure what to do.
Is it safe to send a manuscript to a hollywood manager? Do I need to engage an agent beforehand? If she wants to see it now and I need an agent first, is it appropriate to ping agents who have my full about it?
I feel extremely out of my depth and would so appreciate any advice!
"Appears to be legit" is an interesting turn of phrase.
What factors did you use to assess?
Have they gotten any movies made? Recently?
Getting movies made is 1000x harder than getting a book published. This is also a section of the industry that draws hucksters and fast talking flimflammers. I'm not saying this dame is any of those things. I will tell you that a "Hollywood manager" tracking pitches of unpublished book puzzles me. Generally, a book not only needs to be published, it needs to have sold well to get any kind of option deal.
Just yesterday, this appeared in Publishers Marketplace
One thing I have learned in the course of my career is that Hollywood is relationship driven like book publishing is, but more so. It's a very different style of pitching too. Pitching books to Hollywood is like pitching books to publishers ONLY in that you are talking about the same set of words on the page.
The conclusion you can draw here is that successful book to film agents are often NOT the same people as successful literary agents. It's like being a virtuosos cellist and a virtuoso violinist. Both are stringed instruments, but there the similarities end.
It's VERY easy to think "this is my big chance and I'll miss it" but the last thing, the VERY last thing you want to do here is jump the gun.
You want a lit agent on your team, helping you assess interest and viability of other subrights offers (including film), FIRST.