“how do I sell my script?”
“how can I find an agent/manager?”
how do I get a screenwriting job?”
They’re likely to get short and simple answers like:
If you want a more detailed and useful answer, you’re going to have to do some homework. Here are some resources.
Books about how to sell a script and “break in”
Breakfast with Sharks by Michael Lent
Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds by Michael Hauge
The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters by Karl Iglesias
Getting it Write and Breaking In by Lee Jessup
The New Screenwriter’s Survival Guide by Max Adams
Books about the screenwriting life (including breaking-in stories)
What Happens Next: A History of American Screenwriting (a great read!)
Just google “screenplay marketing” or “how do I get a screenwriting agent” or “how do I sell my screenplay” or similar to get tens of thousands of more links like this one.
Most screenwriters think about marketing LONG before they have anything worth selling.
How do you know if you’re ready?
You may be ready when:
- you have at least two very good features or pilots,
- people who know what they’re talking about (not your buddies, not your mom) say they’re good,
- you start placing in contests like the Nicholl and Austin,
- you get into programs like the ones listed here, and/or
- you get 8s and up on The Black List.
Being “ready” doesn’t mean that you’re likely to sell a script or get a writing gig, however. The odds of that happening are incredibly low.
But waiting until your work is ready, and doing your homework (see resources above) before hitting the market can save you from wasting time and effort and potentially burning bridges you may later want to cross.