Byte Online: Book to Screen and Back Again, with Mark Stay

June 2, 2021

Find out about writing for book and screen and switching between the two.

Are you interested in screenwriting? Are you wondering how you can make the switch between the book and screen world or how to adapt your own work? Do you want to know more about the lucrative world of screenwriting? If so then please do join us for this event.

Our speaker will be Mark Stay who a writer who has skipped back and forth between writing novels and screenplays and has the scars to prove it. His first film Robot Overlords premiered at the London Film Festival, and Mark wrote the tie-in novelisation, which was published by Gollancz. Since then, he has worked on countless script projects, including book adaptations, and has been to every level of development hell and back again. Mark will be answering questions on screenwriting and why, despite it often being an agonising and tortuous process, there’s never been a better time to be a screenwriter.

This event is free for Byte the Book members and £20* for everyone else.

*Plus vat & booking fee

If you're keen to attend this event for free and to network generally in the publishing industry you can join us via

About Mark

Mark Stay got a part-time Christmas job at Waterstone’s in the nineties (back when it still had an apostrophe) and somehow ended up working in publishing for over 25 years. He would write in his spare time and (he can admit this now) on company time, and sometimes those writings would get turned into books and films.

Mark is also co-presenter of the Bestseller Experiment podcast, which has inspired writers all over the world to finish and publish their books.

He has an original horror movie coming from Warner Bros. in 2022. His latest novel, The Crow Folk, is published by Simon & Schuster