Archive for October 3rd, 2011

October 3, 2011

Making the Most of the “Pass”

Jeanne Veillette Bowerman recently shared an article about the terrible waiting game all screenwriters must play. She also provides some constructive advice for what to do if after all that waiting, you get the dreaded “pass.” Bowerman writes:

Your email inbox pings, and it’s a “pass.” Now what?

I always ask if they have notes to share. That keeps a dialogue going; plus, they’ll see I take feedback well. In fact, I’m a bit of critique-loving junkie.
If they say they love my writing, I ask to be considered for future in-house writing assignments.
Since everyone knows everyone in L.A., I inquire if they’re aware of another company looking for a premise like mine. You’d be surprised how many referrals I’ve gotten that way.
Pitch a new idea you came up with while you were waiting to hear from them.

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October 3, 2011

Quote of the Day: Eric Roth

I think part of being a good screenwriter is being as concise as possible.