|Topic: Are Your Services A Scam?
I have used your service before and got a handful of replies. However I found this link today and it's got me having second thoughts about using your service again. Any comment.
We cannot force someone to use our services.
We've gotten angry emails from executives before who claim that our services are never read by companies that are worth a damn.
The funny thing is, our services are used and read, and queries are requested by individuals, at companies MUCH, MUCH larger than the boutique (probably solitary agent) agency that this woman, Janet Reid, is from.
We don't want anyone on our list who doesn't want to receive our queries. Unfortunately, this agent could have removed herself from our list with the click of a button (which always strikes me as odd that some don't choose the absolute easiest course of action). Even more unfortunately, her solution was to publish a back-handed swipe. We're all too happy to remove her from our distribution list. (Note: when we checked, she had been removed long ago despite claims that we didn't remove her. Yet again, a dubious claim from a dubious agent)
It's unfortunate that people simply don't ask US about our services (as you have done) - we're not out to rip anyone off and it makes our day when we receive emails from writers whose careers we've helped get started. We've seen these angry diatribes online many times before. And it's unfortunate that this small-time agent is lumping us in with query services who apparently are telling writers that they can't do this on their own - which is something we NEVER claim.
Now, she's absolutely right. There's nothing we do that you cannot do on your own. Anyone can send an email to ANYONE. It's not a difficult process as I'm sure you know.
However, the time required to get thousands of industry emails, and then pare down the majority who don't want to receive queries literally takes months.
We simply save writers time and money. That is our service in a finely encapsulated nutshell. Many writers recognize this quality - we even get produced writers (as well as industry agents and managers wishing to promote their clients) using our services quite often because of this.
On another note, she ALSO lumps us in with other services who DO use a standard query format. We do nothing of the sort. Writers are free to use WHATEVER query format (in whatever length) they choose. The reason many of our queries look the same is that many writers choose to strictly follow our example query - but we'll send out any type of query in any format a writer chooses - and our website clearly states this.
Lastly, the bottoms of OUR emails MUST include removal language. That is something we cannot avoid because it's AGAINST THE LAW if we do not. Some people have a problem with it - but it's not up to us, it's US Law and we could be shut down quickly if we didn't abide by established marketing rules.
This woman's article is unfortunate, poorly researched and lazily written. Her conclusions would be akin to us inferring that all agencies or production companies are created equal. Any person who's had any contact with industry companies knows that's simply not true.
We take pride in what we do and we offer honest advice to those who come to our doorstep - which is something many companies cannot claim.
Please let us know if you have any additional questions.
Paul (About Paul)
|Topic: The difference between a script and a manuscript
I would like to ask what the difference between a script and a manuscript is? I'm trying to figure out whether to publish as a book or a movie...dumb question? I apologize in complete humility and beg forgiveness for showing my ignorance, but the question is asked in pure honest interest.
Thank you in advance for not throwing me in the refuse pile...(I hope).
A manuscript is the basis for a novel.
A screenplay (script) is writing that is specifically formatted to be made into a film or television show. Scripts typically only show action, feature description, and feature dialogue. You have to be able to SEE or HEAR what is happening for it to be featured in the script.
Additionally, the specific formatting of a script allows companies to properly schedule and budget the amount of time and money it will take to turn the script into a series or movie.
In a manuscript (novel), anything goes. You can hear what characters are thinking, etc. In a film, you can only hear what characters are thinking if devices such as voice-over are used.
I hope this answers your question.
Paul (About Paul)
|Topic: Marketing A Sequel Without The Rights
I have written a screenplay for a sequel to an existing movie. How would one get the rights to market a sequel screenplay? I'm a nobody and I know that no one at [THE STUDIO] is going to take a meeting with me to discuss this. The only ones that could make it is the original production company right?
You are absolutely correct, David. The only company that could market/make this film is the original production company and/or studio. The production company and/or the studio are not going to give you the sequel rights to their film unless you have sufficient capital to purchase those rights.
Therefore, it is a waste of time to market the screenplay to any other company unless you have purchased the sequel rights from the rights holder, in this case the studio. However, the rights holder MAY be interested in purchasing your concept of the sequel if they like your screenplay. Therefore, if you have written a sequel for a film that you do not hold the rights to, it is worth a shot to approach the rights holder about your version of a sequel.
Paul (About Paul)
|Topic: I'm having no luck with my submissions.
I've written a screenplay, which is a drama and I feel is very saleable. I've sent out over 200 letters to film agents and literary agents. I've sent out over 25 scripts to Independent production companies and had 8 returned. The ones that weren't returned, I did a follow up to which I received these answers:
1. We do not accept unsolicited material.
2. No, we never received it.
3. It has been discarded
4. You must have an agent representing you
5. I really don't know if anyone here has seen it.
188.8.131.52.& 10. We do not accept unsolicited material. Can you help me?
Firstly, let me say that many writers will be nodding their heads in sympathy and you are not alone by any means. Two things will happen when you send a screenplay to anyone, they will either like it and want to move forward with it, or they won't. The variety of ways in which they can say "no" are numerous and you've mentioned quite a few of them above. They are simply saying no. Don't be offended. Just keep submitting and keep writing. Keep focused and make sure your work is as flawless as possible and that your ideas are screen worthy. Good luck.
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|Topic: Is it okay to reference a musical artist?
I'm writing a screenplay that references a few musical artists. Is it ok to do this or should I use no namers or eliminate this segment altogether? The reference is important to the scene.
It depends on how and why you're referencing the artist in question. If it's because you want a particular song to be used, then only put it in if it really is pivotal to the story and not just because you think it is. These are choices that a Director will want to make. As to other references etc, the Producer will take care of checking any clearance rights once they move forward with the script.
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