If you missed part one of our interview with Barry Cunningham, do yourself a favor a click HERE to read it now. Barry is not only the publisher and Managing Director of the UK’s Scholastic imprint, The Chicken House, he is also the man who famously discovered JK Rowling and Harry Potter. He spoke with Writer Unboxed recently about that discovery (in part 1, HERE) and his take on the dynamic children’s book industry–new trends, the next Harry Potter, the Hollywood factor and more. We are truly honored to have him with us.
Part 2: Interview with Barry Cunningham
Q: High concept stories generally translate well to film. Is the Hollywood factor something you consider when you sign a new author and commit to a new story?
BC: I do work a lot with Hollywood and books. In fact, we have our own entertainment company that works with this. Good children’s writing is by nature very visual—that is the power of children’s writing. You’ve got to be very clear, very visual, and you’ve got to have a good pace to your story to keep children reading. This can translate well to movies, because Hollywood likes to see the same kind of stuff, and Hollywood is truly engaged with the power some of these books have on readers. So while I don’t look specifically for the Hollywood angle, I think it can come with the territory of good children’s writing.
Q: Do you think Hollywood offers any lessons for the writer? [Read more…]