Hollywood in all its glory has always been known for being somewhat of an enigma. Selling a Screenplay may be one of the most misunderstood and wondered about ventures in the entertainment industry. In an industry where there is no guaranteed method, selling a Screenplay can take a lot of time, effort, and persistence. Having been a noted screenwriter myself, I can attest to the fact that you must be patient before you will ever see any results. Given some good research and hard work though, there is a chance that you very well could sell a Screenplay. These are some tips that might help you in your journey towards getting your Screenplay sold.
Make sure that you have a good story. The first and most important element in attempting to sell a Screenplay is making sure that you have a completed, solid, and sellable story on paper. Weather you’ve gone to school to ensure that your writing skills are up to par, or feel that you just have a natural gift and talent for writing, your Screenplay should be a worthwhile investment for anyone who may choose to invest in it.
Get feedback and do rewrites. Any good screenwriter knows that feedback can be an invaluable asset to their Screenplay. Make sure that before attempting to sell your masterpiece, you will want to hand out a copy to as many people as possible. The more people read your screenplay, the more feedback you can obtain for your proceeding drafts. Once you have compiled a list of the feedback, you can begin your rewriting process. You may find that your Screenplay goes through several drafts and rewrites before you feel that it has a chance of being sold.
Don’t forget to Copyright. This has always been my first step as a screenwriter, once I am finished with my final draft. If you want to be paid for your Screenplay, you’ll want to make sure that you Copyright it prior to sending it out to anyone who could take an interest in it. Failure to Copyright your material could result in your Screenplay ideas being stolen. Many professional screenwriters have had their ideas magically show up in other peoples’ Screenplay works. Without the Copyright, you have no legal repercussion should your material be used by someone else.
Connections are always helpful. Even if you do not know of anyone personally who could be a worthwhile connection in selling your Screenplay, don’t discount who others might know. Just by speaking to friends and family, you might find that they know of someone in the entertainment field who could be of some assistance in getting your Screenplay passed on though the proper channels.
Cold calls can work. Although it is not the most common practice in trying to sell a Screenplay, cold calling the professionals can work. You can obtain a list of different Production Companies that might be interested in your idea. You might also consider trying to cold call a list of Literary Agents. A good Literary Agent can assist you in locating some people who would be interested in your Screenplay idea. Agents have a lot of connections and know the proper people to approach with each project.