Building Your Screenwriting Career


Lee Jessup, career strategist, discusses ways to break into the industry. Spoiler alert! It’s going to take time and it won’t be easy. But you already knew that. Making it as a screenwriter is possible – but it’s not going to be easy. People ask me why I remain optimistic about a writer’s ability to…

How To Attract Screenwriting Representation


Screenwriter career coach, Lee Jessup  discusses how to make yourself a commodity agents and managers want to invest in. When an agent or manager considers taking you on for representation, they will consider your body of work to confirm whether you will be the type of writer who will deliver consistently and prolifically, and provide…

How A Film Script Sale Is Made


Each screenplay sale must be carefully nurtured to maximize chances of a sale. Good for screenwriter. Good for agent. The main strategies range from offering the script to a hand-picked selection of producers before it hits the market place, to offering the script to every key player in town. GOING WIDE This is used to sell…

Pitching Yourself For Representation


Pilar Alessandra discusses the key strategies of a pitch meeting for writers. There is a difference between pitching a particular project versus pitching yourself for representation. In the former case, they may purchase/option your script and hire other writers. In the latter, they are looking for a potential long term business relationship with you. There…

Three Steps to a Killer Query Letter


Marvin Acuna from the Business Of Show Institute lists three basic guidelines to consider when crafting your next query letter: 1) KNOW YOUR MARKET Targeting CAA or any of the top-tier literary representatives as an emerging writer is simply the wrong strategy. They are shaping careers, not inventing them. They are elevating a career, not…

Writing Effective Loglines


Here is more advice by Christopher Lockhart, Story Analyst at William Morris Endeavor Agency. It’s a lengthy article packed with useful information on constructing loglines, so take the time to read it thoroughly. A common tool utilized by both writers and executives is the LOGLINE. A logline conveys the dramatic story of a screenplay in…

Tackling The Perfect Query Letter


Although there are no rules to writing query letters, here are some general suggestions by Christopher Lockhart, Story Analyst from William Morris Endeavor Agency: Do not be longwinded.  Keep your letter short and make your point quickly. The reader should fully comprehend your pitch with just a glance of the page. If the reader has…

How Pitchfests Can Benefit Your Screenwriting Career


If you’re looking to sell your story, script or sign with a major agency at any pitchfest, click away now. Pitchfests are educational and networking tools designed to help screenwriters improve their craft through workshops and seminars. You can learn about the machinations and vagaries of the entertainment industry by networking with other writers and…

What Do Agents Really Do?


Many emerging screenwriters fail to understand the complex social, emotional and business relationship with agents. Firstly, agents need to be convinced that you are dedicated and committed to your craft. Be strategic with your writing credits. This doesn’t only mean imdb. Speeches, blogs, articles, columns, workshops, seminars, web series, social media are all credits when…

Five Myths Of Screenwriting Contests


I recently heard an informative seminar from Chris Soth and Jim Cirile who runs the Writers On The Storm screenwriting contest. A key feature of this contest is that is provides critical and constructive feedback in scripts. This serves as an acknowledgement of the writers’ work, since many contests don’t bother to notify entrants of…

The Filmmaker’s Guide to Making the Perfect Pitch


Here is a condensed version of an article in “Entertainment Weekly” by Morgan Spurlock. COOK UP THAT IDEA TO ITS TASTY END Make sure you thought through the entire project; broke out characters, scenes, and key moments; and can answer any questions they throw at you. Have a friend play the always-questioning investor/executive to help…

TV Writing Staffing and Development Calendar – 2011


Feb. – May: Executives read scripts and take “staffing meetings” with agents and managers for network shows. Late May: Upfronts (when networks show off their new shows to entice advertisers to commit to buy commercial airtime “up front”, months before the shows’ premieres), pilots are picked up to series, staff is put in place. June:…