FAQ

I’m new to screenwriting. How do you recommend I get started?
You’re in the right place. Welcome! Start with this article on how to become a screenwriter.
I’m worried that someone will steal my TV/film idea. What steps should I take?
While this is possible, in my experience, it is very rare. Here’s my take on how to copyright an idea and protect it.
Is there a screenwriting book you recommend?
Can you believe there are more than 4000 screenwriting books available on Amazon? No wonder lots of people feel overwhelmed. I’ve highlighted my favorites and here are the top screenwriting books and TV writing books I recommend.
What screenwriting software do you recommend I get?
These are my top choices for screenwriting software.
If I could only enter one screenwriting contest, what should it be?
I recommend entering a contest that Hollywood decision-makers pay attention to, because then there is the chance that winning could boost your profile, help you get representation or meetings with potential buyers. I favor one of these ten screenwriting contests.
I have an amazing idea that I want to sell. What do I do?
The first step is to get your project in the best shape possible because the marketplace is so competitive and I don’t want you to waste your time. I suggest reviewing how to write a screenplay you can sell. This will get you focused in the right direction so your project has the best chance of selling.
How do I get an agent?
The number one way agents and managers find new clients is by referral. I know this answer may be frustrating, but it absolutely can happen. If you want to get an agent, the first step is to learn how to write a screenplay agents will love.
I have a reality TV show idea. Will you help me?
I’m not a reality TV producer, but here’s an article about how to pitch reality TV show ideas.
I have had an amazing life. How can I make it into a movie?
Hollywood has a long tradition of producing films based on true stories. I wrote this article for you – how to get your autobiography made into a movie.
Will you coach/consult with me?

Unfortunately, I am fully booked and not accepting new clients at this time.

In my experience, while every project and every writer is different, the strategies and tactics they need to succeed are almost exactly the same.

My online course How To Be A Professional Writer represents my complete consulting approach, including specific, step-by-step advice about how to develop stories, build your network, get in the room with Hollywood VIPs, and handle high-stakes meetings. Alternatively, if you want to work with someone one-on-one, you can see consultants I recommend on my Resources page.

Will you partner with me, represent me, or take my project “out”?
No. I am not a producer, agent, manager, or lawyer. I am flattered when people ask me to partner or represent them, but I love teaching online, writing, and helping creative people with their career strategy. That is my full-time focus. If you have questions or topics that you would like me to cover in an article, I love suggestions and feedback. Please send me a note.
What if I have a question that’s not answered here?
Please contact me. I read every email and respond within a day or two whenever possible. Thanks!