For all of those who went to Screenwriter World Conference in NYC this past weekend, CONGRATULATIONS on putting yourself and your work out there to execs and agents! I know from personal experience how hard that can be. Pat yourselves on the back!
Now before you submit your work, make sure you have it registered with the WGA or copyrighted. Chad Gervich gives advice in Primetime: The Truth About Protecting Your Work.
Here are some other resources that might help in your efforts to safeguard your work:
- Copyright and Contracts On Demand Webinar
- All You Need to Know About the Movie and TV Business
- The Writer Got Screwed (But Didn’t’ Have to): A Guide to the Legal Business Practices of Writing for Entertainment
If you didn’t attend SWCE but still want a chance to pitch Hollywood, The Hollywood Screenwriting Directory is hot off the press with contact information for over 2,500 industry insiders from studios to independent financiers. Plus the directory also offers tips on query letters, treatments and more!
- Specialized resource with over 2,500 Industry listings
- Also includes manuals on format, query letters, treatments, and loglines
- Provides screenwriting market intel you won’t find anywhere else
We will have another Screenwriters World Conference in L.A. this fall, so stay tuned for your shot to sit in front of Hollywood executives and get your career off the ground.
Now get writing!
Jeanne Veillette Bowerman is the Editor and Online Community Manager of Script Magazine and a webinar instructor for The Writers Store. She is Co-Founder and moderator of the weekly Twitter screenwriters’ chat, #Scriptchat, and wrote the narrative adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Slavery by Another Name, with its author, Douglas A. Blackmon, former senior national correspondent of The Wall Street Journal. Jeanne also is President of Implicit Productions and consults with writerson how to build and strengthen their online and offline networks as well as face their fears in order to succeed in writing and in personal peace – a screenwriter’s therapist. More information can be found on her blog, ramblings of a recovered insecureaholic. Follow@jeannevb on Twitter.