Screenwriting and Script Agents

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3 Things Screenwriting Taught Me That I Applied to Fiction

1. Structure. Screenplays follow a rigorous three-act structure with a strong midpoint and an inciting incident somewhere in the first 10-15 pages. For fiction, I take this basic structure and emphasize the inciting incident and the midpoint. I think of them as smaller turning points—almost like adding "mini-acts" to the traditional beginning, middle, and...

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5 Things Television Teaches Writers

We’ve all watched television—dramas, police procedurals, reality shows, newscasts. Although television is a different medium than writing, it provides an abundance of advice wrapped inside the programming that’s relevant to today’s writers. Guest column by Janice Gable Bashman, co-author of Wanted Undead or Alive: Vampire Hunters and Other Kick-Ass Enemies of Evil (Citadel Press, 2010)...

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5 Screenwriting Tips All Writers Can Learn From

No. 2: Start late. In individual scenes, don't waste valuable time on unnecessary entrances and hellos. See if a scene can be started in the middle. A writer who is willing to self-edit will often find that a scene is strengthened by cutting the first two, and often last two, lines of dialogue. No. 12:...

Blake Snyder Was the Master of Structure

I got word yesterday that screenwriter Blake Snyder passed away this week at the much-too-young age of 52.  To quickly explain who he is: Blake had a few of his screenplays produced, but he was more well known for selling a lot of scripts.  He had an amazing track record of selling original, uncommissioned...

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Page 2 News: A Smattering of Info

Here are some news bits that are cool but didn't necessitate their own post: Come to the Wyoming Writers' Conference! I'll be teaching and meeting with writers this weekend (June 5-7) at this conference, held in the scenic Mountain West. Literary agent Meredith Kaffel will be there taking pitches...

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Talking Script/Screenplay Managers

Q. I was wondering on how you can help me get the right agent. I’ve written a screenplay, which is copyedited and registered. My query letter and my synopsis seem to be very good. – Natalie GLA: A-ha. You’re looking for a script agent, not a literary agent. More specifically, you want a script...

Literary Agents vs. Managers

Last week, I posted submission info on Will Entertainment. Before I knew it, Verla Kay’s Web site, among others, picked up the news and spread it like wildfire. Garrett Hicks (of WE) must have gotten plenty of queries, because the next day he wrote and asked that I clarify how he is a “manager,” not...

New Agency Alert: Will Entertainment

Reminder: Newer agencies are golden opportunities for new writers because they’re likely building their client list; however, always make sure your work is as perfect as it can be before submitting, and only query agencies that are a great fit for your work. Otherwise, you’re just wasting time and postage. Cool new alert to see....

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New Agency Alert: Arthouse Literary

Reminder: Newer agencies are golden opportunities for new writers because they’re likely building their client list; however, always make sure your work is as perfect as it can be before submitting, and only query agencies that are a great fit for your work. Otherwise, you’re just wasting time and postage. Represents: Nonfiction books, novels, movie...

The Unknown Screenwriter Site

Maybe I was the only person who hadn’t stumbled onto this site by now, but if you haven’t checked out The Unknown Screenwriter, you should definitely do so.      This anonymous scriptmaster is kinda like a movie-oriented Miss Snark – someone (seemingly) deep within their field and very knowledgeable who can give great advice. On that note: WD sure...

Querying Hollywood (2008 GLA Article Excerpt)

2008 Article Excerpt: Screenwriter Candy Davis talks about thedifferences between an agentand a manager in Hollywood. “…The first thing you need to know is that an “agent,” per se, is not necessarily the best target for a newbie writer unless you happen to be in his immediate family. An “agent” is a wheeler-dealer who...

The Management Co. Changes Submission Guidelines

The Management Company, a California-based agency focusing on film and TV scripts, recently changed their submission guidelines. Here are their new guidelines: How to contact: Submit by e-mail only (tmco@mail.com), with the e-mail subject line reading “Writer Query Letter.” Have a clear, one-sentence log line in bold type and include 2-4 short paragraphs summarizing...

Advice on Selling Screenplays

Most of the scripts that Hollywood buys are commissioned—meaning executives and producers contact proven screenwriters (who already have agents) and pay them for requested scripts, drafts and revisions. Screenplays that are written by aspiring screenwriters and not commissioned by Hollywood are called “spec scripts,” because they’re written “on speculation.” If you’ve written a screenplay or want to...