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HOW DO YOU GET AN AGENT?

Are you doing everything you can to get an agent? This post contains a very vivid image which really conveys why just sending your script out is, practically, futile. It’s about novelists and their agents, but it’s entirely transferable.

http://www.themillions.com/2012/08/a-right-fit-navigating-the-world-of-literary-agents.html

SCREENWRITING GOLDMINE CONTEST

This week I’ve been reading a lot of entries for the Screenwriting Goldmine competition. I’m amazed by the quality. It really is true to say that average script submission is so much better than it used to be when I started in this game back in the mid 1990′s.

I’ve been wondering why this would be, and I think one major factor has to be the level of screenwriting education that is now widely available, both in book shops, on the web, and even, dare I say, on the Screenwriting Goldmine.

Of course, the downside of that is that the bar is higher than ever.

Which then means that, if you’re not working hard, reading and breaking down lots of produced screenplays, and working hard on assimilating all the story structure tools you can find, then you are really putting yourself at a BIG disadvantage in the market place.

So taking your writing seriously, educating yourself all you can, and, beyond all else, WRITING all you can, is more important than ever.

I’m going to be sending out the first feedbacks this weekend, and they should be coming out in a steady stream over the next few weeks, so if you ordered one, then keep your eye on your mailbox.

NOVEL CONTEST

On the other hand…

If you’re just plain worn out with screenwriting, and you’re a woman, and you have never published a novel before, and you have a children’s novel burning a whole in your bottom drawer, then this novel contest might just be for you:

http://www.mslexia.co.uk/whatson/msbusiness/ncomp_active.php

THE FIRST RULE OF THE ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS WORLDWIDE?

“It buys and sells genres”.

Very profound advice. I took John Truby’s course almost ten years ago now, and I remember it very vividly still. He has some brilliant stuff to say about story structure, and script writing.

This is a short piece from him on genre, and how you simply can’t neglect it:

http://www.raindance.co.uk/site/index.php?id=474,7582,0,0,1,0

SEPTEMBER ‘TWO PHILS’ SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP

This workshop is booking now, and we’re already about half full, so if you do want to come along don’t delay too much longer.

Just to remind you, our special Sunday afternoon guest is top London Literary Agent Matthew Bates, from Sayle Screen.

It’s on Saturday/Sunday the 22/23rd Sept, and the early bird booking rate is still in place.

More information here:

http://www.screenwritinggoldmine.com/screenwriting-courses

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