Hi Miss Snark:
Talk to me about film rights. My agent recently sold my manuscript (hurrah!), and everyone who has read it (and those who bought it) thinks that it's viable for the screen. So what happens now? I know that my agent mentioned that people will contact us after seeing the PM announcement (one already has), but what else happens? My agent has a co-agent who handles film, so does she take it out to all of the studios and production companies? Do we wait until the book comes out? Do we solely send it to those who have expressed interest from the PM posting?
I'm just trying to wrap my brain around the process and figured that you'd have valuable insight! (Oh, and maybe we can convince Clooney to co-star! Drinks for everyone at the premiere!)
You turn your face away from the siren call of Hollywood and do not ever think about this again. EVER. Film rights will break your heart. Trust me.
Leave it to your agent and your film agent. You're completely out of the picture here. There's no we in this at all. There's nothing they are going to ask you for other than a signature on the deal.
Lots and lots of books are "oh this would make a great movie". Some get optioned. MANY MANY fewer get produced. Thinking about this or worrying about it is like worrying that gravity will fail. Yes it could, and does in certain very far off places in the universe, but it doesn't mean you don't have to shave your legs today, ok?
Don't think about any of this. Go write your next book.