Sunday, August 8, 2010
entertainment industry coach Question 522:How do I get my script in the right hands without being played?
Start with protecting your script by registering it through the Writers Guild www.WGA.org. You don't have to be a member and you can do it online. That registration number will go on the first page of your script so people reading it will know you're professional enough to protect your work.
Next, know that legitimate production companies won't accept unsolicited material. Therefore, you either need to get a literary agent or an entertainment attorney to submit your work for you OR you can send them a brief synopsis of your script. The latter, is if they accept an unsolicited synopsis, which many do, and then they will request your script if they are interested.
Finally, the only way you can guarantee that your ideas won't be stolen, is not to share them with anyone. But of course that means your script will never be bought. Many mentors of mine, have told me that you have to be willing to take risks and that if you're a writer with only one idea, you're not a writer.
Do with that what you will.
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