Q&A with Dr. Ken Atchity, Literary Manager & Film Producer
by Jennifer Minar-Jaynes
Dr. Ken Atchity is a self-defined "story merchant"--writer, producer, teacher, and literary manager-- responsible for launching dozens of books and films.
With more than forty years experience in the publishing world, and over fifteen years in entertainment, Atchity has been highly prolific, producing 26 films, including "Joe Somebody" (Tim Allen; Fox) and "Life or Something Like It" (Angelina Jolie; Fox).
As if that isn't enough, he's also authored 14 highly-praised books on writing, including How to Publish Your Novel and A Writer's Time: Making the Time to Write.
What's more, as a literary manager, Atchity has successfully built bestselling careers for novelists, nonfiction writers, and screenwriters. Clients include bestsellers Steve Alten, Jamise Dames, Noire, Dr. Dre, and Governor Jesse Ventura.
I recently had the great pleasure of talking with Dr. Atchity to get his views on what makes the ideal client, the writers who garner the most lucrative publishing deals, how to deal with the inevitable rejection writers face, and common misconceptions folks have about the writer's life. Read the interview…
I'll go work on my 'high concept', then you'll hear from me about my novel.
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