The WRITE Stuff Part.1

After thinking about which direction to go with my experimental blog I have decided to outline the process of my own writing, marketing, and self-promotion. I am new to the world of blogging and have just recently started to learn the ways of website directories and Search Engine Optimization (SEO). What better way to learn than by posting my successes (and failures I’m sure) here for other writers to benefit from. Now with that being said you do not have to be a writer to get something from this process, SEO is something that would benefit any form of creative website (artists, musicians, etc…) as well as just about any type of business seeking to have a stronger web presence.

Now on to the nitty gritty…

I have been writing screenplays for a few years now and I have recently come to the realization that no matter how good my work is the odds of a producer or studio executive knocking on my front door and asking if there are any screenplays in the house are non-existent. Now what can I do about that?

First off I think that tailoring some query letters to represent myself and my work is in order!

Many books and websites outline the “do’s and don’ts” of effective querying, and as can be expected most of them contradict each other. If you have ever read more than one book on writing or filmmaking you know that it can be a daunting task to sift through someone else’s wisdom to find that one tidbit of information that you could take and make your own.  So as a disclaimer I must announce that my blog will be no different.  I, like many other writers have read a couple dozen books on the subject and have collected what I feel is enough to have a respectable writer’s tool box.

Some of the most effective resources I have found on the subject of query letters are as follows:

1)            http://queryshark.blogspot.com/

–       Countless submissions are submitted to the “shark” for analysis… the best and worst get an in depth of analysis chock full of constructive and brutally honest criticism. The shark will help you get from a ‘no’ to a ‘yes’!

2)           http://jetreidliterary.blogspot.com/2004/07/query-letter-checklist.html

–       This checklist provided by a real literary agent (and fan of queryshark) in New York and can be reviewed for a short reminder (or tutorial) of what you should include in your letter.

3)           The Visual Mindscape of the Screenplay by Bill Boyle

–       I have had the pleasure of personally working with Bill Boyle as well as attending his Los Angeles based writer’s group. Bill’s book offers great insight in making your writing (and query letter) visceral and effective!

Now on to writing those letters. The first step in my journey to get a script sold is going to be to submit my best letter to the queryshark! Will it be good enough to get coverage on the site? We will see…

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