How to Write It, How to Sell It: Everything a Screenwriter Needs to Know About Hollywood

How to Write It, How to Sell It: Everything a Screenwriter Needs to Know About Hollywood

by Linda Palmer


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As a producer and successful screenwriter, Linda Palmer knows all of Hollywood's trade secrets—and in How to Write It, How to Sell It, she shares them all.

Linda Palmer knows that even in closed-door Hollywood, if your screenplay snags the interest of a producer, it doesn't matter who you are—you're in. The trick is getting your screenplay into the producer's hands. As a former vice president of production at Tristar Pictures and a credited screenwriter, Linda Palmer has a unique understanding of both sides of Hollywood's desk.

In How to Write It, How to Sell It, she shares her knowledge with aspiring screenwriters, and she does so with the same charm the students of her popular UCLA Extension class have come to love and depend on. Straightforward and personable, Palmer uses the movies she loves to illustrate discussions of plot, structure, and character. From the layout of the page to the pitch to tips on sneaking by Hollywood's notorious readers, Palmer explains the business of show business as only one who knows it from the inside can.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312187262
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 05/15/1998
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.56(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.85(d)

About the Author

Linda Palmer is a full-time working screenwriter, as well as the author of two novels, Starstruck and Runaway. She was the first production vice-president at Tristar Pictures and has taught screenwriting at UCLA Extension since 1990.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix(2)
Author's Note xi
1. Screenwriting Is Both an Art and a Craft
2. Some Terms It Will Help You to Know
3. Screenplay Format
4. Screenplay "Dos" and "Don'ts"
5. Creating Memorable Leading Characters
6. Great Supporting Characters and How to Use Them
7. How to Build Your Screenplay
8. Structures: Tight and Loose
9. What the Megahits Have in Common and What We Can Learn from Them
10. The "Pitch" and the Query Letter
11. The "Business" of Show Business
12. Getting Past the Dreaded "Reader"
13. Surviving Rejection--"Coping" Strategies
14. The Birth of a New Major Studio
15. Recommended Reading and Viewing
16. The First Act of the Fox TV Movie Marabunta
A Few Final Words 299

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