Mind Your Business: A Hollywood Literary Agent's Guide To Your Writing Career

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Former Hollywood literary agent Michele Wallerstein will become your "new best friend" as she reveals to you the secrets of maneuvering in the world of Hollywood story-selling. She will help you open doors you didn't know were there.

This easy-to-read book includes valuable information on the agent/client relationship, how to network successfully, and the differences between agents, personal managers, business managers, and lawyers, as well as how to write an effective query letter, what's hot and what's not, and much more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932907766
  • Publisher: Wiese, Michael Productions
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii

Foreword ix

Part I Getting Started x

Chapter 1 Mind Your Own Business! 1

Chapter 2 Ladies and Gentleman, Start Your Engines 5

Chapter 3 Kickin' It Up a Notch 11

Chapter 4 No One to Blame but Yourself 15

Chapter 5 What's Hot and What's Not 23

Chapter 6 Mirror, Mirror on the Wall 31

Chapter 7 To Rewrite or Not to Rewrite 39

Chapter 8 Beware of the Pitfalls 43

Chapter 9 Special Tips for Television Movie Writers and Television Series Writers 49

Chapter 10 Winning the Networking Game 65

Chapter 11 Socializing 73

Chapter 12 Get Your Query Letter Read, or Bust 77

Chapter 13 The Ins and Outs of Packaging 83

Part II Getting In 86

Chapter 14 Is that an Agent Behind You? 87

Chapter 15 What Does an Agent Do All Day? 93

Chapter 16 The Whole Ball of Wax: Agents, Personal Managers, Business Managers, and Lawyers 99

Chapter 17 How to Get, Keep, and When to Fire an Agent 111

Chapter 18 The Ten Rules to a Great Agent-Client Relationship 119

Part III Getting The Business 126

Chapter 19 Dealing with Hollywood 127

Chapter 20 $The Money$ 155

Chapter 21 How Was My Meeting? 165

Chapter 22 The Price of Being a Writer: Are You Worth It? 171

Chapter 23 Don't Give It Away 173

Chapter 24 Working with Script Consultants 177

Part Iv Getting Going 182

Chapter 25 Welcome to the Beginning of Your Career 183

Part v General Information 186

FAQs 187

Resources 191

Suggested Reading 193

Hollywood Terminology 195

Index 199

About the Author 205

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