Screenwriters Screenwriting Agents Unless you know a bankable director or star, the best person to put your script in the hands of someone who can buy it is an agent. In the book business, someone who represents books is called a "literary agent" whether the books are literary or not. Call development people and producers and tries to get jobs for her clients 2.
Subscribe to our FREE email newsletter and download free character development worksheets! Cynthia Whitcomb March 11, Having an agent is a necessary ingredient for a screenwriting career. But how do you hook and land one of these big, slippery fish?
How do you narrow your list to the most likely prospects? You could blanket the field, since multiple submissions are acceptable in Hollywood.
But one shortcut for finding the best agent for your type of script is to read movie credits and note the writers who are writing the movies you love.
Call the WGA and ask who represents those writers. Then query the agents of the writers whose careers you want. The query letter Your query should be well-written, bright, original and include a great hook.
Keep your pitch to one sentence. Describe only enough to make the agent want more. Some of you, I know, hesitate to give away your idea in a cover letter for fear of it being stolen.
Here are quick tips to help you get a script agent: Get the WGA list of agents. Read the movie credits and research agents. Write a dazzling query letter. Make sure it has a strong hook. Use an express delivery service. Make a follow up call after a month.
Agency List This list of literary agencies is not comprehensive, but presents a good starting point collecting a wide range of reputable agencies. If you are interested in an agency not on this list, you may want to check the WGA Signatory List to make sure they are licensed by the State of California. Finding an Agent The first thing you want to do is to get a list of approved agencies from the Writers Guild. They have a coded list so you know which agencies are currently accepting scripts. Screenwriting Agents. Unless you know a bankable director or star, the best person to put your script in the hands of someone who can buy it is an agent.
They are looking for writers with good scripts. And the only way to get them to read you is to put the great story of your terrific, polished script into the letter.
I strongly recommend that you take this leap of faith. If you spent two weeks working on this one-page query letter, it would be time well spent.
It may be the most important page you ever write. Bait the hook The hook in your query letter might be that you have won a screenwriting award. This one worked for me. Enter as many writing contests as you can. An agent will be much more likely to ask to read a script that has already beaten a field of contenders and won a writing award, any writing award.
You can find out about contests by reading the market listings and ads in this magazine, or other screenwriting magazines. Or the hook might be that your script is something you are uniquely qualified to write. This kind of statement in a cover letter grabs their attention. If the query letter is funny, this can also be a hook.
If it has a couple of real laughs in one page, they will probably want to read more. The pitch-a-thons are relatively new and cost quite a bit to spend two minutes pitching to agents and producers who are bombarded with hours of two-minute pitches.
One big Hollywood pitch-a-thon I know of, while drawing hundreds of writers per year, has only had a total of four deals result from it in the last six years. Sherwood Oaks College holds two pitch-a-thons per year.Ever wonder why screenwriting agents don’t take time to read your script?
I mean think about it Somewhere in the world someone has just finished the first draft of her first screenplay, ever. Agents of any stripe are tough to catch, but if you want to get the best deal for your script, you'll need a script agent. Here's how you can reel one in.
To see inside WME’s office, here are four videos that were made for staff meetings at WME. They are parodies and are snarky, but you get to see inside WME, the screenwriting agents, the assistants, the conference rooms, the screening room, and more.
Furthermore, if you have an idea for a film or television series, Script Mailer can put you in touch with over producers and production companies.
This is a great way for any screenwriter to generate interest, form partnerships, and receive an advance on your screenplay. Script Writing; By Writing Goal. Get Published/Sell Your Work Also, in the new Screenwriter’s and Playwright’s Market book, does it list script managers or just script and literary agents?
Talking Script/Screenplay Managers. By Margery is literary agent and script manager, focusing on both feature film scripts as well as. Depending on whether you are an actor, writer or director, the process of getting an agent is a bit different for each vocation.
But no matter what you wish to be, the trick to getting an agent, however, is that you usually need to make most of the effort.