How to Sell a Script and Build a Screenwriting Career

Writing a marketable screenplay is only the first part of becoming a successful screenwriter. Learning what tools you need to sell your script and knowing how to identify the market you should be targeting are essential in order to sell your screenplay. Tracking the industry trends, researching production companies, as well as mastering the art of crafting a pitch, one-sheet and query letter will all increase your odds of selling a script.

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Short Circuit: Stop Chasing Your Screenwriting Dream!

Years ago, I had an agent and spent a lot of time “chasing” a screenwriting career, and I never got anywhere. Today, I no longer have an agent, don’t live in L.A., am writing to please myself… and the work just kind of magically appears… not that I am buying my own private island or anything yet...

Submission Releases

By: Dinah Perez If you are not represented by an agent or manager, it is likely that you will be required to sign a “Submission Release” when you ask to submit your screenplay to a producer or studio/network. A “Submission Release” is a written agreement whereby you relieve the recipient of your screenplay from...

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Script Angel: Are Screenwriting Contests Worth It?

There are hundreds of screenwriting contests out there, but are they worth it? At the Screenwriters World Conference in Los Angeles, there was a whole session dedicated to ‘Making the Contest Cut’ but how do you know which, if any, you should be spending your hard-earned cash entering? Screenwriting contests can be useful for:...

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Writing Wrap Up: Villains We Love to Hate – Hannibal Lecter

What makes a good movie? Ask yourself what you like – strong plot with twists and turns and unpredictability. A hero you like and want to root for, a love interest…and a compelling villain. I think of these as magnets that polarize the characters and situations they repel, attract, and give a story momentum. The...