‘Doing It’ with scribes

H'wood writers gather for launch

HOLLYWOOD — There was very little agony at Thursday’s launch party for “Doing It for Money: The Agony and Ecstasy of Writing and Surviving in Hollywood,” published by Tallfellow Press.

Instead, the event at the Writers Guild Foundation Library featured plenty of smiles and congrats over the foundation’s four-year effort to get the project off the ground. “This book shows that excellence comes at a price,” said foundation prexy Chris Brancato.

Book’s editor, Daryl Nickens (“The Parkers”), told the audience of 100 that he’s met skepticism on the order of “Does the world really need another screenwriting book?” In response, he asserted, “What we’ve done is get into print what the experience of being a screenwriter is like.”

Ann Marcus (“Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman”) recalled that her agony/ecstasy moment came when meeting Norman Lear for the first time: “I told him that I would have done literally anything to get out of writing daytime soap operas.”

Leonard Stern (“Get Smart”), point man on organizing the book, has started work on a second, “I Wish I Had Written That,” interviewing writers about their favorite movie scenes. “I spend a lot of time dealing with lawyers and accountants, who aren’t exactly visionaries,” he mused.

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