Selling Scripts on-line

Many writers have their own methods for selling scripts on-line.  Luckily, there are now many new websites that producers use to find new talent, new scripts and new writers.  You can now easily pitch your ideas by displaying your logline and synopsis and script on-line where producers can find them.  If the producer is interested in the genre you are working with and the concept, they can download your material, review and then contact you directly if they are interested in your script.

 

Here are just a few websites to try —

 

Give InkTip/Blacklist/Specscout a Try – InkTip has a large database of producers who are continually looking for screenplays.  For a fee, they’ll list your logline in a brochure/magazine that goes out to over 5,000 production companies.  You can also pay to post your entire script and get reads from producers.

 

Get Lists of Producers looking for scripts – There are a few places that list producers who are looking for scripts.  One of them is the International Screenwriting Association.  Also Research Independent Producers and see if they are accepting ‘new’ writers and new material.  If not, you can still call them up.  Get to know the producers.  If you can strike up a relationship with them, or who answers their phone, you’ll be surprised what may happen.   Many movies have been made this way.  Where do you find them?  Google, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and writer’s groups, etc.

 

Build relationships personally with Producers on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn – They’re out there, but when you meet them, you need to become part of their world.  At some point along the way, you’ll tell them about your script.   Be discrete and maintain the relationship for the future.  See Screenwriting U for a list of 200 Producers on Twitter.

 

Use Coverage service that sends out “Recommends” – Most coverage services give a pass, consider, or recommend as per industry standards.  A few will send scripts that get a ‘recommend’ out to producer that request worthy new scripts.

 

Teleconferences or Podcasts with producers – Creative Screenwriting Magazine does podcast with writers, producers, and directors.

How that will help you?  Because it gets you a clear idea of what producers are looking for and how the business side of the process works.  So you’re better prepared when you get that call from a producer.

 

Join Screenwriters On-Line service with chats with Producers – Screenwriters On-Line has online chats with producers who have agreed in advance to read your query letter.  So you get double value – learn what they need, then send a query letter that will be read.

 

Try Online Pitch-Fest – This is definitely something we’ll be seeing more of in the future.  Online real-time meetings with producers.   Sitting at your computer, you are face-to-face with a producer who listens to your pitch.

 

Consider a Sherwood Oaks Producer Event – Sherwood Oaks Experimental College puts on three-day events where you meet producers as part of a group.  It is a low-stress way to learn the industry and build up a list of Hollywood contacts.

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