9TimeZones.com - Frequently-Asked Questions

Click to enlarge... don't judge a book by its (tiny) cover!1. What the heck is this site?

Congratulations! You've reached the cyberspace dimension of a softcover/hardback book entitled: 9TimeZones.com - an eMail screenplay collaboration between Hungary and L.A. (includes first draft script The Fall In Budapest). The main web address contains purchasing information, along with one-click navigation for the rest of this site. All Internet locations mentioned in the book's text have been hyperlinked for your convenience, and the latest news will always be posted on our updates page.

2. What's the book about?

This project has been described as "the digital analogue to Griffin & Sabine" and "a synergistic 84, Charing Cross Road for the third millennium's cyber-age." But we should let the Prologue speak for itself...

3. Is this title carried by my local bookstore?

The 9TimeZones.com distribution area has been designed to increase in stages. Since this project was conceived in cyberspace, it seemed natural to organize the website as a primary source, so that Internet users would have advanced access. Then, during the initial phase of our real-world rollout, folks will be able to request this book at their nearest Borders or Barnes & Noble store. Eventually, of course, it'll be sold everywhere.

4. Why'd you choose self-publishing?

In the spring of 1999, we read an eye-opening article which investigated the relatively recent phenomenon of On-Demand Printing (other perspectives appear in Time, Newsweek, AP, NY, PW, ZDNN, Wired, CNET, TIS and the WSJ). With this new level of technology, the author's investment is very low, and his/her title will stay in print for the life of the publishing company (and its successors), which is normally much longer than a typical book's 6- to 18-month availability window.

So we selected a publisher (Xlibris), and 9TimeZones.com appeared at summer's end!

5. Has this type of thing been done by any writers I might recognize?

We've unearthed a few interesting facts about other so-called "vanity" books, revealing that these authors all paid for the publication of their first works: Ernest Hemingway; Edgar Allan Poe; Rudyard Kipling; George Bernard Shaw; Thomas Hardy; Alfred, Lord Tennyson; Nathaniel Hawthorne; Henry David Thoreau; Walt Whitman; Percy Bysshe Shelley; Lord Byron; Elizabeth Barrett Browning; Stephen Crane; Alexander Pope; Ezra Pound; T.S. Eliot; Willa Cather; Rod McKuen.

John Bartlett financed the initial three editions of Familiar Quotations. William Strunk Jr. issued The Elements of Style privately, and it was rediscovered some years later by his former student, E.B. White. Commercial publishers in the late 1800's rejected Robert's Rules of Order, so author Henry Martyn Robert went ahead on his own, and the various editions have sold over a million and a half copies.

James Redfield self-published a 3000-unit first run of The Celestine Prophecy and peddled the books out of his automobile trunk, until Warner Books bought the rights, making it into a New York Times best-seller. Even though Edward Fitzgerald brought out The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam at his own expense, millions of copies have been purchased, and it continues to sell briskly. Marcel Proust paid to publish the first 1500 pages of his masterpiece, Remembrance of Things Past, and Leo Tolstoy advanced 4500 rubles ($12,700) for the printing of War and Peace.

Of course, none of the above facts will guarantee success for any given title. However, if the rejection slips from agents and publishers are getting you down, this idea's definitely worth exploring. Empower yourself with some appropriate tools (like Dan Poynter's The Self-Publishing Manual) to get the lay of the land, and we'll all be reading YOUR book in a few months!

[Establishing a web presence is equally easy, as shown by this homesteading resource.]

6. How did you promote the book?

Press releases, informational postings, galley proofs, and/or books were distributed to TV programs (A; B; C; D; E; F; G), on-line media (a; b; c; d; e; f; g; h; i; j; k), Internet workshops (W; X; Y; Z), magazines (n; o; p; q; r; s; t; u; v; w; x; y; z), newspapers (1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7), listservs/newsgroups, and a few competitions. Later, book-signing and/or lecture events were scheduled at the local Borders and Barnes & Noble outlets.

7. Where's PitchLink?

You've found it! This is a resource area for writers who plan to submit material online. Caveat Lector (no endorsements implied)... and a big tip of the hat to those workshop members who shared their bookmarks. A few fee-charging sites are listed in the Other section, but they all have free trial periods, according to the latest info. If you've personally interacted with a reputable website which solicits scripts via cyberspace, or if you have an update for this compilation, please post it in the guestbook. Prodco-related: Affleck/Damon, Coppola, Done Deal, Hollywood Creative Directory, In Hollywood, Mike's, TMe, Boz, Brody, Codikow, Kingman, Kushner-Locke, Licht/Mueller, Redeemable, Thompson, Tisch/Black & Blu, Woofenill, Zide. Agency-related: Preditors & Editors, WGA signatories, Ad Lib, AEI, Cedar Grove, Douroux, First Look, Gallagher, Smith, Wright. Other: Contests, Academy Writers Clinic, Ain't It Cool News, Corona, Goodstory, MovieShares, Scriptiverse, ScriptNet, Spec Script Library, Wordplay, Writers' Script Network.

8. Do you know of any Virtual Theaters?

Sure, hop aboard the ol' broadbandwagon (again, no endorsements implied): 120seconds.com (CBC), AFFP, Alternative Cinema, alwaysI.com, AlwaysonTV.com, Anima Mundi, AntEye, Atom-Bomb.com, AtomFilms, Badcop, BeachBlanket.com, Bijou Cafe, BroadcastMovie.com, CameraPlanet.com, Camp Chaos, CinemaElectric.com, CinemaNow (Trimark/Lions Gate), Clickmovie.com, Cloud 10, CRAPtv, Crushed Planet, D.FILM, DigitalCelluloid.com, Distant Corners, Doodie.com, egomedia, EI Cinema, Entertaindom, Eruptor, eveo, ezflix, Film Deli, Nora Ephron's filmfilm.com, getoutthere.bt.com, GIFilm CyberPlex, Heavy.com, Hitplay, Honkworm, Hypnotic.com, icast.com (now offline), Icebox (offline), ifctv.com, IFILM (backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen), iFUSE (home of Adventure Men), iLooks.com, inetfilm.com, Internet Box-Office, JibJab, LEVEL 13, lightforce, Live Music Channel, Majestic Theatre, media-match.com, MediaTrip.com (partnered w/ex-Disney chairman Joe Roth), Medium4.com, Medium4Film.com, MeTV.com, microcinema, MinuteMovies.com, Mondo, Monster Home (first feature movie created for the Web), MovieFlix, MusicVision, NetthisTV, NicheTV.com, Nouveaux Media, New Venue, Nibblebox, Oddcast, On2, OnlineTV, PitchTV, POP.com (Spielberg's failed venture, now fondly known as Pop-Goes-The-Weasel <g>), Pseudo.com (also defunct), Quantum Project v4.0 (Hollywood's first direct-to-Internet feature, at SightSound), ReelDV.com, Reelscreen.com, Screen47, ShareYourWorld, shockwave.com, ShortBUZZ, SilentFilmTV, SingleReel (upload nearly anything), SKYY films, Slit Finger, Spumco, sputnik7.com, Stay Tooned, StreamSearch.com, submedia tv, The Bit Screen, The Threshold Network, theclaimmovie.com (view Michael Winterbottom's rushes, rate the script, etc.), Trailervision, Undergroundfilm.com, UnderGroundOpen, Urban Entertainment (Three Kings scribe John Ridley developed Undercover Brother here, before Universal and Imagine paid $1M/$2M for the concept), VOXXY.COM, Wildbrain.com, WireBreak, XOOM's Classic Movies, Z.com (partnered w/producing heavyweight Jerry Bruckheimer) and Coppola's Zoetrope Virtual Studio. Also, the following might be of interest: 405 (3,000,000 viewers [and counting] cannot be sneezed at, especially when the second-place movie has only 170,000), Abrupt Edge, Bambi Meets Godzilla - complete, burst.com contest, Digital Catapult Contest, EB Insider, FilmFest List 1+2+3, Hard Drinkin' Lincoln - complete, Leonardo DiCaprio Film Festival, Napster Bad, OnlineFilmFestival.com, Prix Ars Electronica, Spirit Of Christmas (South Park pilot), Thank You Mask Man - complete, The Pixie Awards, VideoFreak, the Webby Awards and WGA Minimums.

9. Got any online script sources?

Comin' right up: a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h and i.

10. How about e-newsletters?

On the cyber-grapevine, lots of writers feel the WGA publication is a must-see, and the Writers Script Network seems to be developing into a good source of submission info (often tracking down leads at listservs like SCRNWRiT, and newsgroups: m.w.s and such). I've heard the scr(i)pt newsletter sometimes carries a nugget or two, and other folks have recommended NY Screenwriter E-News, MovieBytes, Utopia, Hollywood Pro and Hollywood Lit Sales.

11. Heard any good ones lately?

A copy of our favorite showbiz joke is below; click the punch line to hear Alan's voice, in a 10K .wav file:

The screenwriter returns to a devastating scene: his home is a smoking, burned-out ruin and his wife's sobbing that she forgot to mail the insurance payment. The fire chief walks over and gently breaks the news to the poor guy that all this happened when his wife left the stove for just a moment to answer a call from his agent. The stunned writer asks quizzically, "My agent called?"

12. Hey, can I ask a question?

Absolutely, just post an entry in the guestbook! Even though our eMail response time is running several weeks behind (please forgive us), we're burning the midnight oil to answer general inquiries on this page.

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