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Script Writing 101: Selling a Screenplay in the 21st Century (ScriptBully Book Series 5) [Kindle Edition]

Michael Rogan
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PRAISE FOR "SCRIPT WRITING 101: Selling a Screenplay in the 21st Century"

"For just $2.99, this book packs in a lot of excellent tips. (Example: Sign up for the 2 week free trial of IMDb Pro and make a list of the contact info for every director, producer, actor, etc. that fits into your genre so you can stop wasting time on message boards in search of this info.) It's also got great advice for those of us who don't happen to live in Hollywood, but don't want to come off as "outsiders," as well as some best practices for social media usage. " -Laura Roberts

"The book contains excellent tips of which most might not readily think. For example, he suggests setting up a phone number with Google Voice in order to have an LA number. What a brilliant, yet simple idea! Realizing that most writers are short on funds, the author provides numerous tips for getting the info you need for FREE and even explains which writers' conferences are worth the money." -Jennifer

"It's a quick, fun read and if you're like me and hoping to someday break into the 'Biz,' then you have to pay attention to what he has to say (especially in regards to the changing face of networking). " - Jon

Want to sell a screenplay, but figure there’s no chance it’ll ever happen?

I mean, you don’t know a soul in Hollywood, right?

You don’t have James Cameron on your speed dial.

Christopher Nolan isn’t in your yoga class.

Quentin Tarantino doesn’t shop at the same Whole Foods that you do.

I mean, who’s going to take a chance on you?

There’s no way you could ever sell a screenplay.

Right?

Well…

The truth is: there has never been a better time to get your screenplay read, noticed and ultimately sold.

Never.

Ever.

I could tell you it's because of the power of social media to make connections with decision-makers like never before before.

Or the fact that the line between content creator and distributor is as thin as a Russian supermodel's waist line.

Or that it's about the systematic collapse of the traditional publishing industry that has redefined what a “published' property is, making any self-published novel, ebook or blog fertile ground for starting a bidding war.

But, really, I think it's that nobody in this business knows what the hell “media” is going to look like in the future.

Are we going to even go to movie theaters in five years? Ten years? Next week?

Will action movies need to be shot, not just for 3-D, but also for being played on a cell phone?

Will there even be a window between the time a movie is released theatrically before it arrives on your TV/DVR/Blu-Ray Player/Robot Maid?

Nobody knows.

And that scares the hell out of everybody who works in this town.

But fear is good for the screenwriter. It means the gatekeepers don’t’ know where the gates are.

In “How to Sell a Screenplay Without Having Spielberg in Your Last Name” I go over:

• How to Conquer Hollywood From 3000 Miles Away
• The Tools You Need to Find Out Who Can Read Your Script
• How to Know if Your Script is Ready for Prime-Time…and How to Make it

Good Enough to Get there

• How to Write a Query That Doesn’t Suck
• Who You Should Contact in the Business to Read Your Script
• Who You Shouldn’t Contact
• How to Call Agencies and Production Companies Without Sounding Like a Total Moron

…and More.

So if you’ve got a script you think that kicks some major butt, and you’re looking for a way to crash the film industry and, hopefully, quit that crappy day job you’ve been slaving at, then give my book a try.

I can’t promise you’ll sell your script. (The FCC tends to throw people in jail who do that.)

But I can tell you these are sound strategies to help you approach producers, directors, actors and production companies in a professional and unique way that will make you stand out.

And if we can get your script as good as I think it can be then you might have the makings of a seriously awesome writi


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Selling your script without the hard sell June 29, 2012
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Having now read most of Rogan's ScriptBully advice books, I definitely think this one's his best. Even if you don't need help creating convincing characters, writing rockstar dialogue, or simply formatting your script, you probably still don't know what the heck you should be doing to get your script sold.

For just $2.99, this book packs in a lot of excellent tips. (Example: Sign up for the 2 week free trial of IMDb Pro and make a list of the contact info for every director, producer, actor, etc. that fits into your genre so you can stop wasting time on message boards in search of this info.) It's also got great advice for those of us who don't happen to live in Hollywood, but don't want to come off as "outsiders," as well as some best practices for social media usage. While I've been reading about Twitter etiquette for a while now, I had never really thought about applying the 80/20 principle to the number of fun vs. self-promotional tweets I put out there, but it makes complete sense.

Even if you're not planning on writing and selling a brilliant script, this book contains some great networking advice that can benefit anyone eventually looking to sell their latest novel, CD or widget. If there's one thing that's too important to screw up, it's networking. Rogan offers great advice for both the shy and the self-involved to bring more to the table than "Buy my script!", as well as a helpful dialogue to try out on industry gatekeepers.

Best money I've spent this week!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Contains excellent tips!! June 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
"How to Sell a Screenplay Without Having Spielberg in Your Last Name" by Michael Rogan is fabulous! This short, quick read is packed full of helpful and thoroughly useful tidbits to assist your journey down the rabbit hole. Using wit and humor, the author guides you through the process of writing, perfecting, and selling your screenplay. Ideas are presented in a quirky, and therefore memorable, manner and broken down into easily digestible chunks. Each chapter is summed up with `action steps' -- a sort of `to do' list -- which highlights the key points in that section. Rogan also offers much-needed encouragement: you will hear `no' but it's just `noise'. His examples of how some famous scripts came to fruition make you realize it really is possible for a `nobody' to succeed in the `biz'. The book contains excellent tips of which most might not readily think. For example, he suggests setting up a phone number with Google Voice in order to have an LA number. What a brilliant, yet simple idea! Realizing that most writers are short on funds, the author provides numerous tips for getting the info you need for FREE and even explains which writers' conferences are worth the money. But all this aside, my absolute favorite part of this amazing book is the chapter which provides sample conversations for pitching your ideas. This alone makes the book a must-read for any screenplay writer!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book, fun to read, lots of tips and gems! October 8, 2014
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This was a fun and helpful book to read! NO script writing book is perfect or flawless, but I find Michael's book to be easy to read and follow, humor is used here and there, and you and kinda hear him "talk" to you while reading. I only wish it had a lot more tips and idea beyond what was presented. I do find myself checkout out the highlights and notes that I make in my Kindle App on my android phone from this book. It saves me time in re-reading the gems and ideas! I actually purchased more of Michael's books here in Amazon (for my Kindle App in the phone) as I like his style and presentation and humor in his books. I hope he creates a bigger, more detailed, book, perhaps even in a 'workbook' format with pages from scripts and including his mark ups, corrections, and teachings! Good idea, right Mike? ;)
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent real world advice March 13, 2014
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This book will change the way you look at selling your script. Writing is only half the battle. This book gives you the more important half. The sell.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just Wow! January 12, 2014
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Straightforward. Insightful. Inspirational. Hilarious. Packed full of amazing tips. Timely. Just Wow! A must-have for aspiring screenwriters. Go buy it!
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