Friday, September 7, 2012

The Holden Age of Hollywood by Phil Brody

Welcome to My Promotion of the Holden Age of Hollywood by Phil Brody.  Be sure to say Hi in the comment section.

About the Author
A little bit about me:
Phil Brody lives in Los Angeles and writes every day. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, he relocated to Chicago after college and enjoyed a successful career in Chicago in advertising. After moving to LA, Brody toiled in development, penned a few spec scripts, and has worked as a writer, producer, and director in documentary TV. His short film, A Blue Christmas, was the grand prize winner in The Short Film Group’s First Annual Script Competition and was acknowledged in the WorldFest-Houston and Cleveland International Film Festivals. Brody is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio and an alumnus of Writers Boot Camp in Santa Monica, California. The Holden Age of Hollywood is his first novel.

Here's a little bit about the book:

“Hollywood died on me as soon as I got here. Welles said that, not me, but damn if he didn’t nail it, you know?”
Sam Bateman came to Hollywood to settle a score, but amidst the sunny and 75, his plans went astray. Everything changed the day he drank in the intoxicating legend of Meyer Holden, the greatest screenwriter Hollywood has ever known, the one who pulled a Salinger and walked away. Holden now tacks pseudonyms onto his works and buries them in the bottomless sea of spec that is Hollywood’s development process. They’re out there for anyone to find—but at what cost? In his quest, Bateman severs all ties and sinks into a maddening world of bad writing and flawed screenplays. Paranoid and obsessive, the belligerent savant encounters an eccentric cast of characters—each with an agenda—in his search for the one writer in Hollywood who does not want to be found.
Phil Brody’s The Holden Age of Hollywood is at once a detective novel, an unexpected love story, and a provocative exposé of a broken industry. With dark humor and incisive commentary, the novel immerses readers in a neo-noir quest to attain the Hollywood dream, integrity intact.
Reviews have been rolling in and here's what the critics have to say:
The Holden Age of Hollywood by Phil Brody delivers the premise and promise of its title. It is an original, rollicking, picaresque novel that would make J.D. Salinger proud.”
Stan Corwin, former publisher/CEO of Pinnacle Books, author of Betty Page Confidential and Oxy-Morons I Have Known
“Brody’s debut novel has an ambitious agenda. It’s a coming-of-age novel, a mystery, a love story, and a stinging, knowing send-up of the movie biz. Brody melds these disparate elements with energy, wit, snarky insider dialogue, and a clipped, telegraphic narrative style. . . The Holden Age of Hollywood is fine entertainment."
 Thomas Gaughan, Booklist (May 1, 2012)
“As the sun came up today, I turned the last page of Phil Brody’s The Holden Age of Hollywood. That’s because I couldn’t put it down. I can rarely make time for novels, but this one had me rifling through pages with constant anticipation. The back drop of this story is the same backdrop I live and work in. Hollywood. With all its fast-talkers, posers, and users, Brody weaves a tale through all the madness that is Hollywood with a voice of reason, integrity, and hilarious sarcasm. . . I have rarely been this entertained, while being informed, all from reading the same book."
Doug Jones, Actor, Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy I and II, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer
“If anyone knows Hollywood, author Phil Brody knows Hollywood. The Holden Age of Hollywood is a cynical and witty look at the real town . . . exposing the often underappreciated business of screenwriting, all while unfolding an unexpected love story. . . .”
Jessica Druck, The Five-Stir
“Readers will enjoy watching a fascinating Bateman get sucked into the Hollywood drama machine. Filled with a quirky cast working humorous scenes, this is a fascinating character study as Bateman goes the extraordinary extra kilometer to find a Holden screenplay.”
~ Harriet Klausner, Genre Go Round Reviews  (June 18, 2012)

Who Writes a Novel in the Land of Screenplays?

by Phil Brody

I reside in Los Angeles, in Hollywood to be precise. It’s the land of screenplays. Yet, this story isn’t about a script. It’s about a novel I wrote.

A few years ago, I was mulling an idea for a story that was lighting up my brain at all hours of the day and night. I let the premise percolate, as I often do with seeds of inspiration, and, over time, this brainchild matured and grew into something I knew I needed to get on paper. At the time, I was doing the when-in-Rome thing—writing screenplays. However, this idea that was taking up more and more real estate in my head didn’t fit into the typical three-act structure of a screenplay/movie. Mind you, plenty of great films defy three-act structure, BUT one of two things is usually in play.
1. The writer is proven and allowed to break the rules (Wes Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson).
2. The source material is a proven success; therefore breaking the rules in order to translate the story into a movie is encouraged and applauded (Fight Club).

Unfortunately, at the time, I didn’t have either in my court. I knew if I wrote my story as a spec script, readers would probably abandon it after 10-20 pages because it wasn’t ‘following the rules.’

I hate rules. But I loved my story. So, I pondered writing it as a novel—a medium in which there are zero-point-zero rules. I had never written a book. I didn’t know if I could write a book. I didn’t know where to start. It was intimidating. However, this idea of mine kept scratching at my brain, the plot was keeping me up at night, and the characters beckoned me to hang out with them and get to know them better.

So one day I cleared my schedule and started to write. Every day. For hours. I started at 6 AM, took about an hour-long break around 10 to exercise, and then usually couldn’t get back to the computer fast enough to tap at the keyboard for another 3-5 hours.
Those were really good days.

Three months later, I resurfaced with a rough version of the story I aimed to write. I wasn’t sure what I had, but after giving it to few trusted and brutally honest friends, they applauded.

Realizing I had the first draft of a novel, I began working with a close friend to edit and polish the manuscript. Two months later, more friends read version 2.0 and it garnered more applause. That’s when I started to query it. Months later, I found a publisher. A year-and-a-half later the book debuted everywhere.

The Holden Age of Hollywood is at once a modern detective novel, an unexpected love story, and a provocative exposé of a broken industry. With dark humor and incisive commentary, the novel immerses readers in a neo-noir quest to attain the Hollywood dream, integrity intact.

Since the release of the novel, something great has been happening. I spent years trying to get people to read things I plopped down in front of them, but now people everywhere are picking up my book, reading it, and my words are resonating. I get emails from readers all the time. Facebook messages too. Reviews pop up on Amazon and other places.

I’m not sure I’ll ever get used to that. Not sure I want to, because it’s a pretty great feeling. In fact, if anyone ever asks what the best thing about being a writer is, I show them this:

Here’s the morale, the point, the thing I often say to other writers: I tell them to write what they want. In whatever form they want. Whatever shape and size best tells the tale that’s scratching at their brain, keeping them up at night, and causing them have crazy conversations with all sorts of compelling characters. Just write it. Tell your story. Forget the rules. Forget about three-act structure and what you should be writing. Find a way to get whatever inspires you onto paper. Make sure that inspiration is as perfect as your able to get it. Then let the world read it.

Slowly, they’ll tell you what they think.  And as a writer, there’s no greater thrill than talking about your words, your work, your labor of love.

In a land of screenplays, I chose to write a novel, and I’d love to know what you think of it. At any juncture, you can tell me by emailing me at:

Note: That email address is also found at the back of every copy of the novel. I want to know what you all think of the story I needed to tell. Hope my words resonate and inspire. Hope they make you long for more.

Phil Brody lives in Los Angeles and writes every day.
The Holden Age of Hollywood is his first novel.

Phil Brody Online:


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