Great review from Book Pipeline movie competition!

10523564_938121036238879_4350303501968172407_nThe Black Lens did not win the Book Pipeline movie competition, but it received a great review and became a semifinalist after beating out more than 1,300 other books in this national contest, which awards “authors with material appropriate for film or television adaptation.”

That means The Black Lens will receive consideration for industry circulation and personal development assistance from Script Pipeline executives.

Here’s the official review of my debut novel from Book Pipeline:

“A provocative story through and through that exposes the “underbelly” of sex trafficking in America. Revolving around two daughters and a mother who struggle to survive in a cruel and day-to-day lifestyle, the story is both gritty and incredibly eye-opening to a world that has remained largely ignored or hidden due its depraved and illegal nature.

The writing style was extremely vivid, pulling the audience into the raw realism of a chaotic environment and the constant state of self-preservation victims of the sex trade have to endure. This narrative also seems to promise a gripping progression of events when one of the daughters chooses to pursue vengeance on her pimp for killing their mother. From what can be seen here, it seems very plausible that a concept of this design would garner interest from producers or studios seeking to adapt an original dark thriller.” 

The Book Pipeline competition builds upon the success of Script Pipeline, which has discovered hundreds of new writers over the past 16 years. Book Pipeline aims to deliver unique, compelling stories to the industry with the specific intent of getting them on the fast-track to film and television production.

This is now the third contest that The Black Lens has placed in. My debut novel also won Grand Prize in the 2016 Writer’s Digest Self-Published e-Book Awards and became a finalist in The Liberator Awards.

Learn more about the competition here, or buy a copy of The Black Lens on Amazon.


4 thoughts on “Great review from Book Pipeline movie competition!

  1. You have done an amazing well with your novel to bring attention and insight to this issue in the life of so many. You can be very proud of all the difference “Black Lens” will bring to the worlds attention. Great job Chris.

  2. Well done, Chris. I am in a similar position this year, but currently unpublished (not even self-published, like I think you are.) I am curious: did you submit a full MS? Was there any reason you regretted submitting the whole thing? Would you have done so if it was unpublished? Can you share any new opportunities that came from this network?

    1. Hello! Thanks for reaching out. I did not submit my full manuscript to Book Pipeline, because their competition only requires the first 5,000 words and a full synopsis (1-3 pages). My material was independently published through Boyle & Dalton, but Book Pipeline accepts unpublished works as well. You can learn more at And yes, a new opportunity just recently came from Book Pipeline’s incredible network that I am going to be announcing soon!

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