Everything you wanted to know -- and things you didn't even know to ask -- about writing a successful TV pilot. Before you type FADE IN, back away from the computer and read this terrific book!
-- Terence Winter
Creator & Executive Producer Boardwalk Empire - HBO
Here is a sometimes touching, often hilarious, always insightful book on writing that is enormously useful not only to writers of TV pilots but also novelists, poets, and all souls who traffic in creative expression. In a voice that is at once lighthearted and serious, and perpetually engaging, William Rabkin reveals the rules to follow and also those to break. He tackles both the artistic issues regarding story, character, dialogue and more, and provides a road map for navigating the occasionally murky--sometimes perilous--waters of TV writing.
-- Richard Walter
If you've ever thought of writing a TV pilot script, buy this book, then read it from start to finish two or three times. Rabkin's insider narrative is spot on.
Veteran television writer and showrunner William Rabkin, as usual, spells it out with focused logic and clear, real-life examples. If this book doesn't help you hammer out a decent pilot script, hang up your keyboard and try crochet.
Focused, insightful, and absolutely practical guidance from a television industry insider with a proven track record in the field.
-- Aimée and David Thurlo
Co-authors of the Ella Clah mystery series
Packed with wit and wisdom, William Rabkin gives a TV insider's perspective and tells you what you need to know to write a successful pilot. It's like having your very own scriptwriting Guru.
-- Mark Haskell Smith
From the Author
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