by William R. Leibowitz, author of Miracle Man and The Austin Paradox\u00a0 \u00a0To interest TV or movie producers in a work of science fiction, there are certain things required for these formats that are often not found in many good sci-fi novels.\u00a0 So, if the book author is looking to interest producers and talent managers in his work\u2014he has to be sure that he is ticking the boxes that are relevant to these mediums. Firstly\u2014the science aspects cannot be too complex or complicated to be adapted to the screen.\u00a0 While a reader of a sci-fi novel may be happy to wade through scientific details and those may heighten his or her reading experience, those complexities will not translate well to TV or motion pictures. The science, in essence, has to be a series of \u201cvisual sound bites\u201d that are plausible to the viewer. Think of it as \u201cscience light\u201d. Because the \u201cscience\u201d will not be dominant in the TV or movie production, the weight then falls heavily on the fiction itself.\u00a0 This means that the quality of the characters in the story, their depth, development and relatability, and the plot lines of the book itself must be the selling points.\u00a0 I found this out through my own experiences with my novels, Miracle Man and The Austin Paradox.\u00a0 While I haven\u2019t yet made a TV or movie deal for these properties\u2014I have had several offers.\u00a0 When I discussed with the producers why they were interested\u2014it always came down to the same thing:\u00a0 they were very taken with my protagonist, a scientific genius who was a multi-faceted, troubled and flawed individual, and they liked the plot lines and the support characters.\u00a0 The \u201cscience\u201d part of the \u201cscience fiction\u201d ultimately was just the \u201cstage setting\u201d for these other key elements to play out. \u00a0All they cared about with regard to the science was that my concept was \u201cinteresting\u201d and that I had made it believable. Similarly, talent managers who handle the careers of actors are looking for the same thing as the producers, but with an emphasis on whether the novel\u2019s characters will be compelling persons for their clients to portray. "Producers really do love explosions, fires, car chases, graphic violence, killings, and sex." The other element that is key to movie and TV producers is whether the plot has enough action in it to maintain the attention of the viewing audience.\u00a0 There is a real difference in this respect between novels, on the one hand, and TV\/movies, on the other.\u00a0 A novel can be somewhat slow-moving and still maintain the interest of the reader.\u00a0 But viewers\u2019 attention spans in front of screens are frequently short\u2014and TV and movie producers know that.\u00a0 To the extent that I received criticism from certain movie producers with regard to my novels\u2014it was always that \u201cthere wasn\u2019t enough action for the screen\u201d.\u00a0 Producers really do love explosions, fires, car chases, graphic violence, killings and sex. If a \u201csci-fi\u201d novel doesn\u2019t have at least some of those elements in good measure, there is a significant chance that it will fail to capture the interest of a producer. Talent agents also know audiences\u2019 preferences and are very aware that the above ingredients often are key to making successful television and movie productions.\u00a0 Often \u201csci-fi\u201d novels are rather cerebral and, with rare exceptions, cerebral does not translate very well to the screen.\u00a0 Ironically, the least important element to a movie or TV producer or talent agent in a \u201csci-fi\u201d production, is great science.\u00a0 This is very different from an author\u2019s challenge in writing a high- quality science fiction novel.\u00a0 If the science in a novel appears to be amateurish or \u201cjunk science\u201d, then the author usually will lose the reader and the novel will fail. \u00a0But because the science in a TV or motion picture is treated superficially and goes by so fast\u2014often elucidated in brief dialog exchanges between the actors\u2014the standard can be appreciably lower. This doesn\u2019t mean, of course, that a \u201csci-fi\u201d author should \u201cdumb-down\u201d the science when writing a novel in the hope of interesting producers or talent agents.\u00a0 The author has to write his or her best book and leave it to the TV and movie folks to translate the book to their medium if it captures their imagination. "...they are looking for characters and storylines that have the potential to interest a broad audience..." Another important factor in attracting producers and talent managers is to recognize that they are looking for characters and storylines that have the potential to interest a broad audience, both demographically and geographically. If an author\u2019s \u201csci-fi\u201d novel significantly incorporates broader genre subject matter such as \u201cthriller\u201d, \u201cmystery\u201d and \u201cromance\u201d elements, then there is a much greater chance that a producer and talent agent will be interested. ---But at the end of the day, we as the authors of novels must write the books that fulfill our own personal vision.\u00a0 If we are fortunate, our work will be sensitively and creatively adapted for the screen, but if that was our paramount goal --we wouldn\u2019t write novels, we would write screenplays. About William R. Leibowitz William R. Leibowitz has been practicing entertainment law in New York City for a number of years.\u00a0 He has represented numerous renown recording artists, songwriters, producers and many of the leading record companies, talent managers, merchandisers and other notable entertainment businesses.\u00a0 At one point, he was the Chief Operating Officer\/General Counsel for the Sanctuary Group of Companies, a U.K. public company that was the largest \u2018indie\u2019 music company in the world (prior to its acquisition by the Universal Music Group).\u00a0 William has a Bachelor of Science Degree from New York University (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and a law degree from Columbia University.\u00a0 He lives in the village of Quogue, New York with his wife, Alexandria, and dog, George. William wrote Miracle Man because of its humanistic and spiritual messages and because he feels that in our current times\u2013 when\u00a0meritless celebrity has eclipsed accomplishment and the only heroes are those based on comic books, the world needs a real hero\u2014and that, of course, is Robert James Austin.