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Camden author presents story to Hollywood

Posted: November 15, 2013 5:40 p.m.
Updated: November 18, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Author Solutions LLC, a Penguin Random House company and the world leader in supported self-publishing, hosted its Book-to-Screen PitchFest at the New York City Mariott Marquis Hotel in the heart of Times Square October 25-26. Camden author Doreen Hawkins Heath had the unique opportunity to pitch her story, A Sea of Rage Inside of Me, to representatives from entertainment industry companies.

A Sea of Rage Inside of Me tells the story of a "race war of skin color" confronted in the family’s history. It depicts a young teenager facing injustices within the framework of her ancestry, all while the rage inside her fought to be free.

"PitchFest provides authors genuine access to Hollywood decision-makers," said Keith Ogorek, senior vice president of marketing for Author Solutions, L.L.C.

"The success of previous PitchFest events demonstrates that authors are very eager to have their books considered for development, and Hollywood is continually searching for new ideas for film, television and stage."

The event began with a learning workshop were Hollywood producer Robert Kosberg, known as Hollywood’s "King of the pitch," taught authors how to formulate an effective, compelling pitch.

Participants were then given the opportunity to create or rework their story pitches before delivering them in a practice round to Kosberg, Ogorek or Author Solution’s Director of Film and New Media Caroline Weiss for constructive feedback.

Finally, in speed-dating fashion, the authors had two minutes to deliver their fine-tuned pitches to industry professionals representing different entertainment-based companies.

Heath included her book’s synopsis, included on the text’s jacket:

"Have you ever been in a new place, and it seems like you’ve been there before? In grade school, I had this eerie feeling so many times that I took notice of after awhile.

"I stared at the scenery, waiting for an extraordinary experience to happen.

"I realize now that I was too young then to understand the connection, but at that time, I was being led into a déjà vu visit.

"Perhaps I once lived before this lifetime. Powerful isn’t it?

"Maybe I am the reincarnated soul of my biological ancestry or of Jarena Lee, one of the first African-American women to pen an autobiography.

"Nevertheless, I am who I am because there is no other person who is just like me. Who I was before is not as important as who I have become -- a supporter of the beacon of light which shines brightly inside of me."

(Story and photo provided by Doreen Hawkins Heath)



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