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On Spec

A Novel of Young Hollywood

Richard Rushfield

St. Martin's Press

A brilliant, dead-on debut about what it takes to make it in today's Hollywood. On Spec follows the paths of six Hollywood hopefuls--a screenwriter, an agent, a development girl, an actress, a studio chef, and an aspiring producer--as they experience the pitfalls and payouts of life on the hollwood fast track. More than just a novel about the entertainment industry, On Spec is a parody of modern life, where winner takes all and the losers are tossed to the wayside without a second thought.

A brilliant, dead-on debut about what it takes to make it in today's Hollywood. On Spec follows the paths of six Hollywood hopefuls--a screenwriter, an agent, a development girl, an actress, a studio chef, and an aspiring producer--as they experience the pitfalls and payouts of life on the hollwood fast track. More than just a novel about the entertainment industry, On Spec is a parody of modern life, where winner takes all and the losers are tossed to the wayside without a second thought.

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  OneSTU BLUMINVITZ
The Writer

Dateline: Hollywood.
No, no. That’s wrong.
Dateline: Bluminvitz.
That’s it. That has a nice ring.
Dateline: Bluminvitz.Kyle says that no spec written on a laptop has ever sold, but I saw no less than Chris McQuarrie, author of The Usual Suspects, working on one at Stir Crazy last week. If Bukowski had had the technology, he would have used it.I’m still looking for a buyer for Kennel Break, my Tarantino meets Turner and Hooch spec about two small-time hoods trying to break Scooby, their girlfriend’s Rottweiller,
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"The action genre--and everything else about Hollywood--is sent up in On Spec, a comic gem told Rashomon style in the words os six highly unreliable narrators: a screenwriter, a development girl, an agent, a starlet, an aspiring producer, and a studeio chief." --Detour Magazine

"The Alice-in-Wonderland world of Hollywood is dissected with sardonic wit in Rushfield's delightful first novel." --Booklist

"Observe the cosmeticall altered, coke-addicted actress; the faux-homeboy producer; the ass-kissing agent; and the dorky, skill-living-with-the-rents screenwriter as they speed-dial and sleep their way through the making of Kennel Break, a 'Tarantino meets Turner and Hooch' blockbuster-to-be. Deliciously brutal." --Madamoiselle
"The action genre--and everything else about Hollywood--is sent up in On Spec, a comic gem told Rashomon style in the words os six highly unreliable narrators: a screenwriter, a development girl, an agent, a starlet, an aspiring producer, and a studeio chief." --Detour Magazine

"The Alice-in-Wonderland world of Hollywood is dissected with sardonic wit in Rushfield's delightful first novel." --Booklist

"Observe the cosmeticall altered, coke-addicted actress; the faux-homeboy producer; the ass-kissing agent; and the dorky, skill-living-with-the-rents screenwriter as they speed-dial and sleep their way through the making of Kennel Break, a 'Tarantino meets Turner and Hooch' blockbuster-to-be. Deliciously brutal." --Madamoiselle

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Richard Rushfield

  • Richard Rushfield lives in seclusion near Hollywood where he writes Vanity Fair's "Intelligence Report." This is his first novel.
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On Spec

A Novel of Young Hollywood

Richard Rushfield

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