The New Screenwriter's Survival Guide; Or, Guerrilla Meeting Tactics and Other Acts of Warby Max Adams
The New Screenwriter’s Survival Guide delivers 65 chapters ranging from “Don’t Write Batman” to “What You Really Get Paid.” Other topics include pitching, the
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Are you looking for the secret decoder ring owned by all successful screenwriters? Or at least a map with a spot marked X? Sit down with Max Adams.
The New Screenwriter’s Survival Guide delivers 65 chapters ranging from “Don’t Write Batman” to “What You Really Get Paid.” Other topics include pitching, the screenwriter’s uniform, meetings, the etiquette of “getting read,” navigating social media, and the care and feeding of agents – along with lists of screenwriters’ directories and organizations, a generic release form, examples for cover pages and query letters, and other useful resources.
Adams’s authority is unmistakable. After scooping up the prizes at a number of prestigious screenwriting contests including the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting and the Austin Film Festival, Adams launched her Hollywood career with a big spec script sale (Excess Baggage). The book shines with Adams’s streetwise attitude. She shares her worst Hollywood memories — the cold calls to producers, the credit arbitrations, and the meetings, meetings, meetings — as well as her victories. Max Adams has the inside story on the writer’s life in Hollywood. Now, you will too.
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Meet the Author
Max Adams is an award winning screenwriter and author. She has written professionally for Columbia Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Universal Pictures, Walt Disney Studios, and Tri -Star Pictures. Organizations she has lectured and/or taught at include University of Southern California, Austin Film Festival, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Film Arts Foundation, New York Film Academy, Gotham Writers, University of Utah, and the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences. She is a former Writers Guild of America, West online screenwriting mentor, is the founder of two international online screenwriting workshops, The Left Door and 5150, is a University of Utah associate instructor and is the founder of the The Academy of Film Writing. Her produced feature films include Excess Baggage (credited), The Ladykillers (uncredited), and One For the Money (uncredited).
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The New Screenwriter's Survival Guide is crushingly, refreshingly honest. It brings a chuckle and a cringe in the same sentence and never fails to entertain. The insight into what the movie world is really like is a bit frightening, but appreciated (when I make it there, maybe I'll be a bit prepared, sigh). Max is an amazing teacher (I am completely qualified to say that after eight classes with her), and she doesn't let down here. She tells it as it is. This is information worth retaining.
Generally, I'm not a big reader of help guides. Why? Because I'm not always sure it's written from genuine I've-really-been-there-and-gotten-shot-at experiences. Max Adams has been there, done that, taken some bullets, lived through it and isn't afraid to share it in an honest, practical from-the-heart way with others trying to make it. If you're a screenwriter trying to break into this bat-s*** crazy business, it is a must read. Max Adams writes with the kind of humor and honesty that draws you in and keeps you there no matter where you are in your writing journey. The New Screenwriter's Survival Guide is enjoyable from beginning to end and Max's generous spirit [not to mention her gentle way of kicking you in the behind] will give you hope and arm you with knowledge. And that's half the battle!
This is the first screenwriting book I've read where the author speaks to you like a kick-a**, "here's how it really is" mentor. Max Adams not only genuinely wants you to succeed, but also gives you the inside information you need to make a Hollywood career happen. She gives you an honest dose of LA reality, then shows you how to successfully navigate it, no matter where you live or how seasoned you are. The tips are specific, fresh and straight from the arsenal of her personal experiences. I highly recommend this book. It's the next best thing to actually having Max Adams write and sell your script for you.