Things to Do Today to Help Sell Your Script
When I began script consulting eleven years ago I didn’t really know anyone in the industry. With a lot of hard work, persistence and establishing relationships with Producers and Writers in the ‘business’, I have been able to provide meaningful input to emerging writers.
But, almost to a person, writers tend to be very uncomfortable selling or marketing their screenplays. I’ll cover a few things on a short list you can start today that will perhaps better the odds when it comes time to market your own work.
Learning and putting into practice marketing tools is neither quick nor easy. It takes a serious effort. But if you’re willing to do the work, I believe that you can move ahead in a meaningful way.
There are no shortcuts. NO consultant or advisor can guarantee a sale and no one can sell a screenplay for you. Ultimately you’ve got to decide if it’s worth the effort to make a go at screenwriting.
If you ask 100 different screenwriters how they broke into the business you’ll get 100 different answers. There is no “right” way to break in. So my philosophy is simple: try as many different angles as possible and figure out what works best for you. AND don’t GIVE UP. You’ll hear 100 NO’S before a YES.
Keep one thing in mind, this is not an exhaustive list. You should be thinking of other ways you can market your material and do those as well. You may not be able to do everything on the list, but the more you do, the better your chances. If you’re serious about success you should be prepared to try most of these things, otherwise you may not get the outcome you want.
Things you can start doing today.
- Make phone calls to managers and producers who work in the GENRE of your script. You will need to have IMBD Pro to secure the names.
- Learn how to do a ten second telephone pitch of your concept.
- Learn how to writer powerful query letters for your screenplay. Know what you should and shouldn’t do in a query letter. Then snail mail, email or fax them to managers, and producers who work in your GENRE
- Scour sites like Craig’s List and other online resources for people looking for screenplays and send them your query letter
- Only enter high profile screenwriting contests (Nicholl, Blue Cat, and Page).
And try to connect with managers and producers on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Linked In.
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