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Getting it Write: An Insider's Guide to a Screenwriting Career Paperback – April 1, 2014
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Why I Read It: I've toyed with screenwriting a bit for a few years and have recently taken it more seriously as I've begun working on an original idea I came up with that I'm excited about. Though I don't hold any serious aspirations of becoming a full-time professional screenwriter to support my family, I have always had dreamed of writing at least one screenplay that got made into a movie. This book seemed like a helpful career guide.
What I Liked About It: Getting it Write is a serious unflinching career guide for anyone interested in the professional world of screenwriting. I heard about the book after listening to a podcast of Pilar Alessandra's On the Page where Lee Jessup was the guest. Jessup is a screenwriting career coach with years of experience and an incredible wealth of insight. She lays out what it takes to be a professional screenwriter and break into the business, and she makes it very clear that breaking in involves intentionality and hard work. The temptation is to write a great screenplay and be done, but Jessup tells readers that a great screenplay won't sell itself. You have to do the work, access the proper channels, and be relentless about trying to sell your script.
Another thing that I loved about this book, because I don't have ever plan to move to L.A., is that her advice isn't limited to those who have the most access by being physically near Hollywood. A screenwriter in the middle of the country can make it. It doesn't matter what your situation in life, if you can write a great screenplay, you can become a professional screenwriter. She carefully outlines some of the steps a screenwriter will have to take to succeed if they don't live in L.A.
Furthermore, the book is packed with helpful information about screenplay submission, networking, the writing samples a screenwriter should have available, and a lot more. Jessup's book will help you to understand the business and career side of screenwriting better than ever before and give you the practical steps to make your screenwriting journey a successful one.
Review copy provided by Michael Wiese Productions
Jen Grisanti, Story/Career Consultant, Writing Instructor for Writers on the Verge at NBC, author of CHANGE YOUR STORY, CHANGE YOUR LIFE and STORY LINE
No longer does the process include shipping one’s 120 pages of precious work in candy box to an agent. Lee Zahavi Jessup learned as she grew up on movie sets starting at age 11 that antics such as this are long gone. She’s now a career coach eager to guide wannabe screenwriters on their way to success. Her credits in film include film production, post production, film development and working with several related film-seeking companies.
In this book Jessup answers many questions writers want to know such as: Do I have to live in Los Angles?; Am I too old?; Do I have to do everything?
“Defining the Writer” is one of the key chapters that is a must read before attempting to begin a screenplay. Here she defines the differences between film and TV writers, those with only one story to tell, writers on assignment and more. All is very insightful information.
Jessup is also savvy enough to mention what time of the year to submit work, comments on release and legal forms, who to approach and advice on how to sustain a career.
With current up to date information "Getting It Write" will serve anyone writing a screenplay whether a newbie or seasoned writer looking for success. The book also includes good references to other books about screenwriting published by Michael Wiese Productions.
Dave Watson, Editor, Movies Matter
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