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How to Succeed as a Screenwriter – A ScreenCraft eBook

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To pursue a career in screenwriting means you’re quite brave, ambitious, optimistic, (and perhaps a bit delusional). But being optimistic (and delusional) in the face of uncertainty is a requirement in this field. You must believe that you can be the anomaly, that your ideas are worth being heard and read. Because they are. You have a unique voice, and you have narratives inside of you that only you can tell. This is what makes you valuable, and at the end of the day, this is what will make you successful.

Within these pages you will find advice on how to obtain a manager and agent, a formula for how to pitch your projects, tips on dealing with sexism in screenwriting, thoughts on the worthiness of screenwriting contests, advice on dealing with the inevitable rejection and uncertainty that comes with writing, and more.

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To pursue a career in screenwriting means you’re quite brave, ambitious, optimistic, (and perhaps a bit delusional). But being optimistic (and delusional) in the face of uncertainty is a requirement in this field. You must believe that you can be the anomaly, that your ideas are worth being heard and read. Because they are. You have a unique voice, and you have narratives inside of you that only you can tell. This is what makes you valuable, and at the end of the day, this is what will make you successful.

Within these pages you will find advice on how to obtain a manager and agent, a formula for how to pitch your projects, tips on dealing with sexism in screenwriting, thoughts on the worthiness of screenwriting contests, advice on dealing with the inevitable rejection and uncertainty that comes with writing, and more.

“ScreenCraft is an amazing organization.” – James V. Hart, award-winning screenwriter of Hook (directed by Steven Spielberg), Dracula (directed by Francis Ford Coppola) and Contact (directed by Robert Zemeckis)

ScreenCraft catapulted my career years ahead of even my most optimistic expectations. The contacts and — perhaps even more importantly — the legitimacy the Fellowship gave me has helped me land top tier representation and put me in a position to pitch projects to major studios.” – Robert Haffey

“The ScreenCraft Fellowship was a pivotal moment in my career as a writer. John and Cam made every effort to not only connect me with industry members, but to make sure that I received representation. It’s hard to imagine being nearly as confident in the future of my writing without the fellowship. I can’t thank ScreenCraft enough and I encourage any writer seeking reps to apply.” – Mark Stasenko