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Successful Television Writing Paperback – June 24, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0471431688 ISBN-10: 0471431680 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Wiley Books For Writers (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (June 24, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471431680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471431688
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A fantastic, fun, informative guide to breaking into-and more importantly, staying in-the TV writing game from the guys who taught me how to play it." --Terence Winter, Exec Producer,Boardwalk Empire 

Should be required reading for all aspiring television writers --Howard Gordon, Exec Producer, "24" and "Homeland"

"Reading this book is like having a good, long lunch with your two best friends in the TV business." --Janet Evanovich, New York Times bestselling author

Here is a must-read for new writers and established practitioners whose imagination could use a booster shot --Professor Richard Walter, Screenwriting Chairman, UCLA Department of Film and TV

* ""...Never dull, Successful Television Writing is a pleasure to read. This one goes to the top of my pile..."" (The Write Stuff, February 2004)

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"Where was this book when I was starting out?! A fantastic, fun, informative guide to breaking in - and more importantly, staying in the TV writing game - from the guys who taught me how to play it." —Terence Winter, Co-Executive Producer, The Sopranos

"Goldberg and Rabkin write not only with clarity and wit but also with the authority gleaned through their years of experience slogging through Hollywood's trenches. Here is a must-read not only for new writers but also for established practitioners whose spirit and imagination could use a booster shot." —Prof. Richard Walter, Screenwriting Chairman, UCLA Dept. Film and TV

"Not since William Goldman's Adventures in the Screen Trade has there been a book this revealing, funny, and informative about The Industry. Reading this book is like having a good, long lunch with your two best friends in the TV business." —Janet Evanovich

"With sharp wit and painful honesty, Goldberg & Rabkin offer the truest account yet of working in the TV business. Accept no substitutes!" —Jeffrey B. Hodes & Nastaran Dibai, Executive Producers, "Third Rock from The Sun"

"Should be required reading for all aspiring television writers." —Howard Gordon, Executive Producer, 24 and X-Files


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Layne Amaral
This book on writing for television is simply a must read if you plan on breaking into the business.
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This book was purchased for a class, but it has proven to be a good resource for me besides.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Paulo Joe Jingy on July 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
I love this book. I got it on a Saturday afternoon and read it within twenty-four hours. (And that includes all the time I spent reading and rereading parts of it, to my family and friends). It has officially joined Martell's "The Secrets of Action Screenwriting" and Trottier's "The Screenwriter's Bible" as one of my three "go-to" reference books. This one will get worn out.
And I don't even watch TV, anymore.
It's only 135 pages. (Well, 209 pages when you count the extra 74 pages of beat sheets, writer's outlines and treatments of TV programs, which were bought and in most cases produced Real examples). It's concise, but packed with useful information.
This isn't a basic "how-to" book. It assumes you're already a writer (and that you know the correct structure for television). It's daunting, what you'll be up against, (and the authors don't sugarcoat it), but if you want to write for television--study this book, apply the lessons it teaches, and it will give you a huge head start.
Within twenty pages, I had a better understanding of how a television series works then I would have ever figured out on my own. If you haven't heard or don't understand the term *franchise* as it applies to TV, you'd better buy this book, if you really want to write for television. It seems obvious to me, now, but that's only because the authors made it obvious.
And most of the lessons apply to all screenwriting, or writing in general, or just doing business. It's like I was a given a cheat-sheet by reading this book and, I guess, that's exactly what it is. These guys don't only say it--they've lived it. From both sides. Writing and pitching--and taking pitches and hiring writers. They back it all up with real-life examples and anecdotes.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Victor Gischler on August 2, 2003
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This book on writing for television is simply a must read if you plan on breaking into the business. But even if you never plan to write a single script, it's simply a very interesting and insightful glimpse into the world of television. The authors convey useful information with wit and style. Writing for TV isn't as simple as you might think. I was surprised and intrigued by all the intricacies of the industry.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly E. Lightfoot on May 10, 2009
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This book was purported to be an overall guide on how to write for the TV industry. What to expect on the inside and how to get there. It was exactly that from the writer's perspective. He wrote a spec script with a couple of friends it was chosen from the stack and he was a TV writer from then on.

He explains who to curtsy to, who to fear, and who to shrug off and when. Hints at how to make friends and how to get the job done right all make for a well-rounded, excellently plotted and planned book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Celeste M. Purdy on January 28, 2006
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I read this book to help prepare me for what I would never know going into a writers room , or pitching to the showrunners. This helped me get to that point and to know how and what to expect when I get there, which I believe is soon. Thanks Lee.
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It's absolutely loaded with solid industry tips. Like where to find sample scripts and trade papers.
A superb business investment.
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By Layne Amaral on September 9, 2013
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Clear, objective and useful! For those who want learn about the TV Drama, this book can help a lot... It provides you with information about the script, the staff and gives a lot of examples that helps to understand the concepts.
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This book will not tell you how to write a teleplay but it will teach you invaluable stuff about the industry regarding writers. It is obviously aimed at writers in the US. however i found that most of it applied to my country as well. The things that didnt still carried a valuable lesson. Great book. Even greater if youre in the US.
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By Mike on March 9, 2013
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What a great book!
This book was a fast, fun and very helpful read. Packed with great information for the beginning screenwriter, I found this book priceless. The mix of personal stories with a breakdown of "How to" with out sounding like a boring college professor was a difficult task well done. I would highly recommend this book to ANYONE who ever thought about writing a script or wanted to know more about what the business of being a writer for TV was all about. Very well done.
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