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Post-show blues cure: Make an eBook of Script or Screenplay

Have you ever felt post-show letdown? No matter how appreciated a stage play is on opening night, once it’s over,  pretty soon it feels like it never happened. The post-show blues used to be an inevitable part of theatre but I’ve found a solution. Publish your original script and share it with your cast.

This goes against common advice. Commercial publishers are not interested in plays, we are told. They don’t sell. Only dramatists with big production credits need apply. What’s a creative educator to do? 

One route is to experiment with Smashwords (easy) and Kindle (harder to format). With epublishing, it will cost you effort rather than money and it will give your actors a lasting souvenir. This year, for example, it’s taken me some time to get the formatting right for my play, “The Fiendish Plot of Doctor Cyclone.” Fortunately, by spending a few late nights figuring out how to use Sigil for Mobi file conversion and the Smashwords ‘Meatgrinder,’ I’m finished by the end-of-June deadline. I’m giving this years’ grade eight grads and former cast members a Smashwords coupon for a free eBook of the screenplay in their choice of epub, Mobi or PDF.

Screenplay for Children and Teens

Here is the cover for my screenplay as an eBook.

Can a handful of kids defeat a cyborg army — and their parents? “The Fiendish Plot of Doctor Cyclone” is a lunar comedy, orbiting your funny bone. When parents on a Moon base start acting funny, it is up to their kids to unravel the mystery. Is their teacher really a spy? Why are workers disappearing? And why does every clue lead to Cyclone Industries? The answers force the kids to battle a mad scientist with a heart of titanium.

This comic screenplay is perfect for screen or stage and suitable for family viewing. It was first produced in 2011, in Toronto, Canada. Today I published it as an eBook on Smashwords. Click on the book cover or look at my Smashwords author profile here: MaajaWentz.