Break down barriers to publication and screenwriting
Script a Hit, headquartered in Bangalore, is a platform that helps people with ideas, but not the skills, time or resources to turn their thoughts into a novel, to be published, or to create scripts for the production of audiovisual content. The idea is to break down the barriers to publication and screenwriting.
The platform is the brainchild of Jaishankar Krishnamurthy, who aspired to write a novel for more than four decades, but due to lack of time and skills, but it materialized in books. He realized that there must be millions of people in India who may have great ideas but lack the means to turn their notions into novels. To help these people realize their dreams of being a published author, Krishnamurthy and his wife Krishna Udayasankar, co-founder of the company, along with some friends have launched “Script A Hit”, a website where everyone dreams of becoming a published author. . can become reality.
IANSlife met with them to get more details on the platform.
Q: How is “Script a Hit” different from a publishing company?
A: ‘Script a Hit’ is not about publishing manuscripts, but our goal is to help people turn their ideas into manuscripts which can then be submitted to top editors, for publication as of books. As a result, what we’re looking for in terms of submissions isn’t the entire manuscript, but a concept note – the seed of what can be a spectacular novel.
A lot of people can have amazing ideas but don’t have the skills, time, or resources to turn that idea into a full novel. We respond to these people by helping to bridge the gap between the idea and the manuscript.
As a result, once we accept the submitted idea, we employ professional writers to convert the idea into a novel. We will then approach reputable publishing houses to publish the novel.
In short, we see ourselves as an added value by serving as a bridge between the creator and the publishing houses, thus meeting their needs at the same time.
Q: How did the idea of “Script a Hit” come to your mind? To whom it is addressed ?
A: The idea came from me because I had aspired to write a novel for four decades, but I was never able to finish a single book. Being married to a successful writer Krishna Udayasankar, who published many bestsellers, I presented her with a plot, which she later worked on using her exceptional skills. Now my first book, ‘Farside’, co-authored with Krishna, will be released at Penguin Random House in October 2021.
I also finished my second novel together with another writer. The book, “Mind Games” is currently being presented to various publishers by the reputable Redink Literary Agency.
For my third book, I hired a writer to bring an intriguing financial thriller to life. I now have three complete manuscripts, with a fourth in progress, in less than two years.
As a result of these experiences, I realized that there are several people like me who may not have the time or skills to write, or the resources to convert their unique ideas into novels. ‘Script A Hit’ is a unique platform for these people to fulfill their dream of becoming an author or the creative mind behind an audiovisual production, be it an OTT movie or series.
Q: How does the idea work?
A: Anyone with an idea can submit a detailed summary of their idea by registering on the website. If the idea is selected by the ‘Script a Hit’ team, we enter into a legal contract with the bidder acquiring the idea with an upfront payment of Rs 10,000. We then employ professional writers, carefully chosen for their work. adapt to the particular genre and proceed to writing the entire manuscript. We will then present the manuscript to reputable publishers. Depending on the idea, we will also simultaneously present a detailed argument to the producers of (audiovisual) content.
Our goal is to bring a good idea to market in the form of a novel and / or audiovisual content.
A portion of the proceeds from publisher royalties and amounts received from content producers will go to the person who submitted the original idea, and still, they will get creative credits for the final product.
Q: How many entries have you received so far?
A: We received around 100 submissions and they are from all over India. We are currently accepting submissions in English, Hindi, and Tamil. With the exception of one submission in Hindi, the others were in English. The genre of stories ranges from romance, sci-fi and fantasy to crime and thrillers.
Q: In the age of OTT platforms, do you think your platform allows people to sell their ideas on these platforms. Also, how does it benefit your brand?
A: There has been a change in viewer behavior lately, highlighted all the more because of the Covid. Many people, who previously only watched broadcast TV content, are now consuming content on OTT platforms faster than that content can be produced. The same goes for a book readership.
We aim to meet the surging demand for new stories across various types of media by translating the best ideas into the most compelling content.
We have the unique advantage of having on board an accomplished writer, Krishna Udayasankar, who has submitted all of her novels to date to content producers including Disney Hotstar and Phantom Films. She was also hired to write screenplays for web series, which are currently featured on major OTT platforms.
Neha Lamba Grover, formerly of Star TV and now works with HCL Technologies in their Media Telecom business in the US, is also on board, with a large content production customer base. She brings both her contacts and considerable expertise in the production of audiovisual content.
These, combined with our unique vision, make us a game-changing brand in the world of literary and audiovisual entertainment.