On episode 113 I spoke to screenwriter, director, and novelist Andrew (Drew) Chapman. We talked:
- marketing budgets for books vs. marketing budgets for TV;
- his novel, THE KING OF FEAR;
- the best book-marketing advice he ever got;
- the biggest issues he hears from his circle of writer friends;
- traditional vs. self-publishing;
- whether you should write a TV pilot;
- the Golden Age of television.
Plus, on Today in Writing, happy birthday to Bruce Springsteen.
About our guest:
Drew Chapman was born and raised in New York City. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in History. His early work history included: newspaper reporter, bartender, bike messenger, knish vendor at Yankee Stadium, and bootleg T-shirt salesman. He wrote his first novel in fourth grade. It remains unpublished.
After college Drew moved to Los Angeles and began working in film production. He got an agent and took a position as staff writer for Disney Animation. He has since written on projects for studios including Disney, Fox, Universal, Warner Brothers and Sony. He wrote and directed a feature film, Stand Off, with Dennis Haysbert and Robert Sean Leonard.
He also works extensively in television. He has sold pilots to ABC, Fox, ABC Family, and Sony TV. Drew wrote and produced an eight-part limited-series for ABC called The Assets, and most recently wrote and co-executive produced the second season of the spy show Legends for TNT.
His second novel, The King of Fear, was released digitally, in sections, by Simon & Schuster starting on November 3, 2015.