News and Events for John Van Roekel and His Novels
I was pleased to be named a “Writer to Watch” by the Friends of the San Diego Central Library. Part of this honor was an invitation to give a talk about my latest book, Lorenzo’s Assassin and about writing, which I did on February 18, 2017.
This is an edited video of that talk.
The Black List is a service that allows screenwriters to list their screenplays online so industry professionals, including producers, can find and evaluate them. They charge for this and also will provide evaluations for an additional fee. With some misgivings, I decided to give it a try.
I paid to list the Prisoner Moon script and for a single evaluation. Overall, it was a smooth and painless experience — except for the cost, of course.
I received my evaluation about a week after submitting and it seems to be professional. The reviewer seemed to fully understand the story and my goals for the script. Plenty of positive comments plus some useful suggestions for fixing the weaknesses.
The overall score was 7/10. This seems to be good.
Here’s my Blacklist profile: https://www.blcklst.com/profile/john-van-roekel
My favorite quote from the evaluation:
There are strong prospects for this script … The concept is unique for a story that takes place during WWII, and the premise alone should help to turn the heads of some industry readers that are looking for a project within this genre.
Well, my talk at the San Diego Central Library went pretty well, I think. Lots of friends came. I’m told it was a good turnout for these things. People seemed entertained, and most of my jokes got laughs. And I sold out of all the copies of Lorenzo’s Assassin that I had brought.
Thanks to all of you who were there.
I won a very minor award (finalist in one of their monthly contests) for my screenplay, PRISONER MOON. I did not go to the monthly awards ceremony, but I did go to the annual one in early January. It was a real treat. In Hollywood!
Even though this was a very minor award, everyone was incredibly friendly. I was interviewed on the red carpet and went on stage to accept the award in front of a big crowd of filmmakers. Here’s the red carpet interview.
Dani was a real sweetheart and a total professional.
This week I had a lovely interview with Laura Roberts of Black Heart Magazine:
And a nice story on Laura’s Buttontapper blog:
Kirkus Reviews is a respected book reviewing service used by many publishers and authors. I just received their review of my latest novel, LORENZO’S ASSASSIN, and to my great relief, it’s pretty good.
“Intricate and gripping, the book keeps the reader racing along with Giovan and company all the way to the bloody end. An ambitious and engrossing tale of Renaissance Italy.”
As many of you know, I’ve written a screenplay adaptation of my 2nd novel, Prisoner Moon. It’s with a Hollywood producer now and I am hopeful.
Meanwhile I’ve started entering the screenplay in screenwriting contests. This morning, I received notice that my Prisoner Moon script is a “finalist” in two. These are monthly contests so there are a lot of finalists. I don’t take this very seriously.