Posts tagged ‘getting an agent’

October 29, 2013

Quote of the Day: John Swetnam

The best way to get an agent? Write a good script. If your first one isn’t good enough, make it better. If it still isn’t good enough, write a new one. Once you write a good script, the rest will work itself out.

April 28, 2011

7 Tips for Securing an Agent

This article on how to get an agent is actually written by an agent, Phillipa Burgess, so it might be worthwhile to listen to what she has to say. You’re not going to come across anything groundbreaking in this article, but it’s certainly a helpful reminder on patience and perseverance:

If you are like many writers, getting a great representative on your team or motivating the one you have to put in their best effort on your behalf is on your wish list for 2011.  Here are 7 tips that will give you your best opportunity for the successful relationship you desire.   

Write Authentically. When you ask most representatives what they are looking for one of the most common responses is “voice”.  They are looking for that something special in a script that makes them believe that the story they are reading, with all of its magic and imaginative elements, still feels real.  They want stories that keep you invested in the characters and the situation while suspending their disbelief.  The way you achieve “voice” is by being real and being true to your own experience, point of view and your philosophy about what life means.  You want to capture a common human experience in a way that lends your own unique slant and perspective to the story.  In addition they want to care about what happens in your story and they want know that they can sell it because other people will care.  Their ability to believe what’s happening in your story will directly translate in their ability to believe in you.  

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