THE LOUSY WRITER’S LIFE:
I had a writing job sort of. Or at least a period when I tried to write for the rent. Through friends, and acquaintances I got dumb offers to do dumb stuff that i turned down. Making up mail order catalogs for gift companies, doing the artwork, writing pleasing descriptions of the gifts. A hot sauce company catalog. Newspaper fold-outs.
I also wrote treatments for an agent. I wrote 2 LIVE JEWS MEET FRANKENSTEIN. It was shopped to Troma. Troma offered $500 to buy it outright, no credit, no rights, give it to them and get lost. I turned them down. Carrot Top's manager was looking for a vehicle for his star, who was very hot then. I wrote a kid’s story about a band, MEGABAND, it came out GREAT. I spent 4 months on it and really loved it. We recorded original music for the story, the band’s music, made story boards, etc. Carrot Top’s manager loved it and offered $800 to buy it outright, no credit, no rights, give it to him and get lost. I turned him down. It was shopped to Troma. They offered $500 buy it outright, no credit, no rights, give it to them and get lost. I turned it down. I wrote some treatments for Inner Sanctum. They were looking for stuff like 9½ WEEKS, only spicier, and that could be made for half a million dollars. I wrote 3 treatments. They liked the treatments, then Margo Hemingway, their big star died, and they went into a tail spin and nothing happened with my treatments. I wrote a press release for Milestone’s restoration of THE TRIAL. I didn’t get paid but the public relations firm that handled the release sent me boxes of videos for my work. That was cool. They sent me some good films. My press release appeared one year after THE TRIAL was released. Along the way I also wrote 3 screenplays, and maybe 12 other treatments before I decided to try my hand at books.
I have a book started on THE TRIAL (the press release took on a life of it’s own). A book started on TOUCH OF EVIL. Also started 10 YEARS OF COCAINE, AND MURDER IN MIAMI.
And now that I can edit and make special effects at home in my spare time, documentaries have been added to the workload, THE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE NY MOB, THE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE PHILADELPHIA MOB, I have the structure, and all the research materials for this, but need more footage. THE GREATEST NIGHT OF THE AMERICAN THEATER (or something like that), based on the events of Project 891, I already have the structure for this done. And the TOUCH OF EVIL book now has a cd-rom.
None of this was commissioned, they are my own projects that I work on because I am passionate about them.
The important thing is to have lots of stock. The stuff i didn't sell to Troma, or Carrot Top for peanuts i still own. When the first item sells, the first thing they ask is, ‘What else you have?” Well, I have a room full. Come in and look around.