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David McAfee
12-12-2013, 10:36 PM
...I guess that makes it official.

My self published novel, 33 A.D., (along with the sequel, 61 A.D.) has just been optioned for film by Winkler Films in Hollywood, CA.

This has been a hectic month. Winkler contacted me just before Halloween to ask about the rights. 3 days later he made an offer. The next day I had a film/literary agent. Then the negotiations began. All in all, I'm very pleased with the deal and super excited about the possibilities for the future.

This comes after three years of self publishing and trying to get the attention of someone in the NYC publishing scene. 33 A.D. sold almost 50,000 copies (mostly e-book) but I still couldn't get a publisher interested. Then someone at Winkler Films got their hands on it and liked it enough to want to option the film rights.

Craziness!

Anyway, I've been sitting on this news for weeks, but I figure it's OK to talk about it now that the contracts are signed. I'll be making the official announcement on my blog next week but I wanted to come to AW first because this is the place where I got almost all of my early writing advice, even if I haven't been in here much lately.

Tonight, my wife and I will probably go out to dinner to celebrate. :)

Pushingfordream
12-12-2013, 10:46 PM
...I guess that makes it official.

My self published novel, 33 A.D., (along with the sequel, 61 A.D.) has just been optioned for film by Winkler Films in Hollywood, CA.

This has been a hectic month. Winkler contacted me just before Halloween to ask about the rights. 3 days later he made an offer. The next day I had a film/literary agent. Then the negotiations began. All in all, I'm very pleased with the deal and super excited about the possibilities for the future.

This comes after three years of self publishing and trying to get the attention of someone in the NYC publishing scene. 33 A.D. sold almost 50,000 copies (mostly e-book) but I still couldn't get a publisher interested. Then someone at Winkler Films got their hands on it and liked it enough to want to option the film rights.

Craziness!

Anyway, I've been sitting on this news for weeks, but I figure it's OK to talk about it now that the contracts are signed. I'll be making the official announcement on my blog next week but I wanted to come to AW first because this is the place where I got almost all of my early writing advice, even if I haven't been in here much lately.

Tonight, my wife and I will probably go out to dinner to celebrate. :)

This is absolutely Amazing! CONGRATS!

triceretops
12-12-2013, 10:54 PM
David, that's outstanding news. I've been watching 33 AD ever since it conception (actually before) and knew deep down it was different--unique and would really stand out. I know what you mean about NYC asleep at the wheel and not even flinching with a great project that's had fantastic sales. I've been stymied myself. Yet this is a nice feather in your cap and have every reason to celebrate.

cheers,

chris

MartinD
12-12-2013, 10:59 PM
This is huge news! Congratulations, over and over and over again!

Snowstorm
12-12-2013, 11:07 PM
Holy cats! Congratulations, David McAfee! Best wishes to you and your work!

David McAfee
12-12-2013, 11:13 PM
David, that's outstanding news. I've been watching 33 AD ever since it conception (actually before) and knew deep down it was different--unique and would really stand out. I know what you mean about NYC asleep at the wheel and not even flinching with a great project that's had fantastic sales. I've been stymied myself. Yet this is a nice feather in your cap and have every reason to celebrate.

cheers,

chris

Thanks Chris. I remember back in 2007 or so when I emailed you the premise. :) Seems like a long time ago.

Calla Lily
12-12-2013, 11:21 PM
:snoopy: Congrats, David! :snoopy:

Filigree
12-12-2013, 11:21 PM
We're proud of you. I've only been watching this play out since 2010, but I'm glad someone well-placed has seen the project's merit.

Way to go, David!

Lavern08
12-13-2013, 12:27 AM
:snoopy:

ap123
12-13-2013, 01:41 AM
Congratulations, this is fantastic! :)

WriterTrek
12-13-2013, 01:44 AM
Congrats! Looked up your book on Amazon and it sounded unique, so I'm not surprised it grabbed someones attention.

Haggis
12-13-2013, 01:52 AM
Congrats, David.:hooray:

I'm grateful you came back here to break the news first. Love it when one of the Hounds makes good.

Siri Kirpal
12-13-2013, 04:58 AM
Sat Nam! (literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

Wow! Wonderful! :snoopy:

Blessings,

Siri Kirpal

L. Y.
12-13-2013, 09:10 AM
Congratulations! :)

Phaeal
12-13-2013, 06:16 PM
CGs both on the excellent e-book sales and the film contract! Here's to cinematic triumphs ahead.

Araenvo
12-13-2013, 07:37 PM
This is awesome! Huge congratulations

benluby
12-13-2013, 08:17 PM
Wow. Congrats. Even better that it is self-pubbed. The only person with any bragging rights on this one is you!!

wampuscat
12-13-2013, 09:46 PM
Fantastic news! Congratulations both on the film rights and the book's success.

Undercover
12-14-2013, 12:13 AM
I remember when you revealed your cover here and I thought it was awesome then. So freakin' amazing!!! Congrats buddy!!!

Ruth2
12-14-2013, 01:32 AM
Congratulations!!! :)

mrsmig
12-14-2013, 07:48 AM
Congratulations, David! What great news!

Lady MacBeth
12-14-2013, 07:53 AM
Awesome news. Congratulations!

OctoberLee
12-15-2013, 01:40 AM
WOW!!! How extremely exciting. Congratulations!

BMajor
12-15-2013, 01:43 AM
Whoa - congrats! :D

David McAfee
12-15-2013, 07:38 AM
Thanks guys. I really miss coming to AW. I should stop by more often.

Haggis
12-15-2013, 07:40 AM
Thanks guys. I really miss coming to AW. I should stop by more often.
*cough* (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=236298)

CrastersBabies
12-15-2013, 07:47 AM
Congrats!!!

I like that this is your baby. All on you. :)

Hope there are people out there kicking themselves for letting this go. Their loss!

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12-16-2013, 10:47 PM
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