The Ultimate Writer's Guide to Hollywood: Your Quickest Route from Zero to Sold


Few prospects are as daunting as trying to find a way to break into Hollywood: How do you get past that chilly receptionist? Why won't anyone read your script? Will someone steal your ideas? How can you find an agent or manager? How do you get to know the "important" people in Hollywood? Who are the important people, anyway?

Veteran screenwriter, author, teacher, and Hollywood insider Skip Press knows the answers to these and many other key ...
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Few prospects are as daunting as trying to find a way to break into Hollywood: How do you get past that chilly receptionist? Why won't anyone read your script? Will someone steal your ideas? How can you find an agent or manager? How do you get to know the "important" people in Hollywood? Who are the important people, anyway?

Veteran screenwriter, author, teacher, and Hollywood insider Skip Press knows the answers to these and many other key questions that cross the minds of aspiring screenwriters, video game designers, independent filmmakers, and television writers alike.

Dozens of books can show you how to write but that's only half the story: you also need to know how to sell what you write. The Ultimate Writer's Guide to Hollywood shows you that success is truly possible, and you'll soon see how.

As Press explains, all of the passion and talent in the world won't do you any good if you don't know your customer. He puts you inside the minds of Hollywood buyers and decision-makers. You'll learn where to find these people, how they do business, and how to start doing business with them. His superb strategies teach you how to be resourceful and savvy, how to stay on top of the trends, and how to connect with those individuals who will champion your work. Most importantly, you'll benefit from decades of successful experience in this special world, offered by Press and dozens of other Hollywood professionals.

From independent producers to top film agents, Press offers comprehensive listings of people who want to hear from you and the kind of projects they need.

A virtual atlas for taking your property from zero to sold, this is the essential book you need to get your name on the Hollywood map.

Skip Press is the author The Complete Idiot's® Guide to Screenwriting and How to Write What You Want & Sell What You Write, among many other books. He has taught at UCLA and the Academy of Art College, and his online screenwriting course is available in almost 900 colleges and universities around the world. Press has appeared as a featured speaker at writers' conferences across the United States and regularly serves on entertainment industry panels. He lives in Southern California.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780760761106
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 11/25/2004
  • Pages: 336

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    Posted March 25, 2005 Book Reviewer Marie Jones says:

    For any aspiring screenwriter who dreams of one day seeing his or her produced script up on the big screen, the daunting task of breaking in to a system that often appears to be completely closed off and totally uninterested remains the single most reason most writers never make it beyond a first draft. What with rejection, rejection, oh, and more rejection, making it big in Hollywood can seem like more of a longshot than winning a gazillion bucks in the PowerBall Lottery. But author, screenwriting teacher, speaker and all-around good guy Skip Press has written a comprehensive field guide to being a writer, hopefully a working one, in Hollywood. ¿The Ultimate Writer¿s Guide to Hollywood¿ is just that, the ultimate guide, sort of a Thomas Brothers road map that takes the writer on a journey through the pitfalls, detours, roadblocks and finally, to the straight and narrow road to success, with pages and pages of usable and motivating information. Press, the author of ¿The Complete Idiot¿s Guide to Screenwriting¿ and ¿How to Write What You Want and Sell What You Write,¿ acts as tour guide along the trip, which is both highly entertaining and informative each and every step of the way. Because the author has been there, done that, we readers get a real inside look at what it takes to break in, make a good first impression when you do get in, and stay in once you¿re in. This big, thick manual of screenwriting advise and inspiration covers everything from who you need to know, how to get to them, what to do once you find them, and how to make your writing, and yourself, marketable and desirable in a town that salivates over the next big thing. There are chapters covering networking, learning the ropes of pitching, going the indie route, working for television, the booming video game industry, foreign movie buyers and what they want, finding and working with managers and agents, locating producers who are willing to look at new writers¿ scripts, how to plan your career, focusing on the best genre for your writing style, speaking ¿Hollywoodese,¿ and how to find resources on the Net that can help get your writing read by the right people. The author also provides plenty of advise on where to learn more about production and selling to Hollywood, so that you can never say this book didn¿t lead you right where you needed to be. Throughout, the author provides readers with some of his own personal experiences working in the industry, and often these anecdotes provide more insight than all the other information combined. Press writes in a friendly, direct style that makes you feel like you are hanging out at Starbucks, talking with a buddy about the industry, although that buddy happens to be someone who knows the ropes, and Press is so open with his advise and willingness to educate and inspire, you wish you really did know him personally! As an aspiring screenwriter with some connections, I can truly say that this is high on my ¿all-time best screenwriting book¿ list of the dozens and dozens of books I¿ve read. It is not a ¿how-to¿ about structure or style or dialogue. It is, and this is what makes it worth its weight in gold (and it is a big, heavy book!) a priceless and essential weapon every screenwriter wanna-be should and MUST have in his or her arsenal. After all, it¿s a jungle out there!

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