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Selling Yourself As A Scriptwriter in Hollywood: A 12-Step Marketing Plan for New and Used Screenwriters

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Learn The Hollywood Literary Marketplace New screenwriters need to learn the playing field before getting into the game. Above All Else You Must Look Professional This easy-to-read manual teaches new screenwriters state-of-the-art spec script format and selling techniques.

Learn Professional Tricks-Of-The-Trade Many of the tools needed by new screenwriters are readily available -- if you know where to find them.

Be Aware Of The Dos And The ...

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Overview

Learn The Hollywood Literary Marketplace New screenwriters need to learn the playing field before getting into the game. Above All Else You Must Look Professional This easy-to-read manual teaches new screenwriters state-of-the-art spec script format and selling techniques.

Learn Professional Tricks-Of-The-Trade Many of the tools needed by new screenwriters are readily available -- if you know where to find them.

Be Aware Of The Dos And The Don'ts No-nonsense warning of the common and not-so-common mistakes made by new screenwriters. Getting Your Screenplay Known In Hollywood After your screenplay is finished, learn how to uncover potential buyers and how to access reputable agents.

A Producer Or Agent Wants To Read Your Script What should you send? What shouldn't you send? Learn how to create an effective submission package. Screenwriting Contests & Fellowships Are they useful? Which ones are best? There are some great opportunities offered by Hollywood's major players.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595188284
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xi
The 12 Step Approach xiii
State Film Offices xvii
Business Plan 1
Business Plan 3
Time Management 4
Budget 6
Screenwriting Business 10
Caveat Emptor 13
Step 1 The Market 15
What's Selling 17
Read Scripts 19
Read the "Trades" 22
Periodicals 24
Features vs. Indies vs. M.O.W.'s 27
Step 2 Tools 29
Support Services 31
Support Groups 33
Conferences & Classes 38
Books on Screenwriting 44
Step 3 Creating Product 47
Finding Ideas 49
Structuring 51
Software for Screenwriters 54
Research 56
Step 4 Spec Format 63
Spec Script Format 65
Covers & Binding 66
M.O.W. Format 68
Script Length & Structure 71
Title Page 72
Format and Typeface 74
The First 10 Pages 79
Readers' Quiz 90
Readers' Coverage 92
Reality Check 94
Step 5 Do's and Don'ts 97
Scripting 99
Presentation 102
Any Excuse to Pass 105
Step 6 Product 107
Rewrite, Polish, & Proofread 109
Script Consultants 111
Registration & Copyright 117
Step 7 Selling Product 127
Log Lines 129
Synopsis & Outlines 131
Pitching 133
Competitions 135
Screenwriting Contests 137
Screenwriting Fellowships 140
Film Festivals 143
Step 8 Clients 145
Agents 147
Managers 151
Producers 152
Step 9 Sales Package 155
Query Letter 157
Release 159
Reply Card or Envelope 162
The Package 164
Submission Records 166
Step 10 A Nibble 169
A Script Request! 171
Cover Letter 173
Submission Package 175
Step 11 A Long Wait 179
Now what? 181
Should I Call? 182
We Pass, but Good Luck 183
Step 12 The Bite! 185
Signing with an Agent 187
Agent Fees 189
Entertainment Lawyers 191
Purchases & Options 194
Writers Guild Membership 198
Resources 201
Glossary 203
Publications 209
Web Sites 215
Index 219
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