The Noble Pen for May 8, 2014

Next Noble Pen Meeting

May 8th, 2014 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


Tess Gerritsen, author of a book titled Gravity, sold movie rights to her book in 1999.  The recent hit movie of that name shares some settings and characteristics with that book (e.g.,  a woman doctor astronaut trying to get home from a space station), but the screenplay also has major differences (the cause of the disaster and other events).  She is suing Warner Brothers for breach of contract and a hefty sum because the movie does not say it was based on her book as required by her contract and she didn’t get a share. (A similar report)  It will be interesting to see how much effect her public quote, that the movie was so different it wasn’t based on her book, has on the case.  Authors, make sure your movie rights are clearly defined.


Tyree had good sales at two conventions.

Shannon will present a reading at DemiCon on Friday evening May 2.


Mike Sager has twenty-five tips to make you a better writer.  He focuses on non-fiction writers, but most of his list also applies to fiction.  This is a modification of his list of fifty-one tips for reporters.

Upcoming Schedule

May 8th
Tyree ??

May 15th

May 22nd
Open slots

May 29th
Open slots

Keep Writing,