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Date: April 17, 2013
Written by: Kalyn McMackin
Professor Alan Hueth to Release Book with Oxford University Press
Dr. Alan Hueth, professor of Communication, will soon be releasing his first book “Scriptwriting for TV, Film, and New Media” with Oxford University Press. Hueth was surprised when Oxford sent the book contract to him this past month.
“I never expected this to happen,” said Hueth. “I never dreamed of my book being picked up by one of the elite publishers in the world. I’m so honored by this.”
Hueth began working on his book in 2006 after concluding that many of the textbooks he was using for his own scriptwriting classes were missing important content. Shortly thereafter, he began his search for a publisher and started submitting prospectuses-- which included descriptions of other textbooks being used, along with explanations for how his book would be different and better, sample chapters, etc. He, also, immediately dove into writing the book.
“Back then, I thought that you would write the whole book and send it to somebody,” said Hueth. “But then, I started talking to publishers after I had most of it written and they said they just wanted sample chapters to show to readers.”
He worked with two different publishers, but they both ended up deciding that they didn’t want to bring on any new books or writers for this kind of book. Then, while attending the 2011 Broadcast Education Association, Hueth’s luck changed.
“I turned around and there was the Oxford University Press table, so I walked over and the acquisition editor happened to be there,” said Hueth. “I asked if he would be interested in a scriptwriting book and he asked me to tell him about it.”
Oxford took the book through two sets of readers—with one set comparing his book against the top-selling book in the field (in its 11th edition), and a majority of the readers indicated that they would change to Hueth’s book for their scriptwriting course.
Hueth received a contract agreement in March of 2013 to have his book published by the year 2015. He plans on using his book in his classes but said that students have already been able to access the material online, for free.
The book is unique in that it uses Aristotelian dramatic technique as a grand theory for approaching writing all forms of TV, film, and new media programs. This includes Aristotle’s focus on the concepts of ethos, pathos, and logos, and the elements of drama.
Hueth said that pathos and the elements of drama are utilized in all TV/film/new media scriptwriting. He added that the book has another profoundly different approach to teaching scriptwriting that none of the other existing texts include.
“My book will include hundreds of internet links to examples of short films, documentaries, commercials, corporate media programs, webisodes, television shows—along with supplementary websites on all aspects of scriptwriting.”
For more information on “Scriptwriting for TV Film and New Media,” contact Dr. Alan Hueth at AlanHueth@pointloma.edu