5 LITERARY AGENTS, 4 POINTS, 3 GREAT WRITING TRICKS & 1 PHONE NUMBER (PART 1)
by Dov S-S Simens on April 30, 2015
First 4 Points & 3 Great Screenwriting Tips
25 years ago when I first came to Hollywood-land my first paying jobs were as a Reader-of-Scripts (aka: Doing COVERAGE) for Production Companies that could not afford $120-$250K per year for a Development Exec with a Masters degree in literary from Harvard, Yale or Cambridge… but they could afford a dude like me $25-30 for a 90-100 Page script.
POINT # 1; Over 3 years I read and did a 2-page Book Report called “COVERAGE” on 2,000-3,000 scripts at $25-30 bucks each and made just enough money to pay rent on a small 2-Bedroom (wife-n-kids-n-dog) apartment in the Park La Brea area of LA, supplemented with some Line Producing gigs… Now here’s the POINT… I, just like every other reader doing “coverage” does not want to see-or-read another f*ckin’ script… However, it’s a job and I got a family…
POINT # 2: Readers are very-very negative individuals who are about to peruse (aka: read your baby) your script and are not desirous of reading it, spending 2-3 hours and making today $50-75 bucks… Thus, you have to Grab-The-Reader Quick.
POINT #3: They say that Hollywood only reads 10 pages…. Bullsh*t… I was one of those readers and barely read 1-page, never-the-less 10…. WHY? Answer: I could tell if your script sucked by Page 1… WHY? Cause when I’m reading it, and remember I have a negative attitude, if you don’t HOOK-ME (aka: Grab-The-Reader) within the first page then I’m bored and write negative coverage…
POINT # 4: Men, when we watch TV, only have a 15-second attention span and flick-the-dial… Ain’t That Correct Women!… Don’t you just want to tear that remote out of our paws?… Please don’t. WHY? Because we only have a 15-second attention span… That’s how God made us… Now the POINT #4… If 1-page of script typed (formatted properly) is 1-minute of running time and 1-page of script has about 20-24 lines of typing; then where is 15-seconds? ANSWER: It is somewhere between Line 5 to Line 7…. Thus, Grab-The-Reader… Go back and read your script… Just Page-1 and see if you have a GREAT GRABBER on Page-1, somewhere between lines #5-7…. If not “It Gets Binned”
Guess What? I lied.
I just decided to make this a 2-Part Post and will give you the 3 GREAT SCREENWRITING TIPS (aka: Grab-Da-Reader) with my next post (News at 11)
But now here are 5 LITERARY AGENTS, 1 GREAT AGENCY-PHONE NUMBER I Promised.
5 LITERARY AGENTS & 1 PHONE NUMBER
The Agency is “WME” (William Morris Endeavor):
It’s BevH address is 9601 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA, 90210…
1 PHONE #:
It’s phone # is 310-285-9000
5 LITERARY AGENTS at WME…
A. ERIN CONROY
B. ANNA DeROY
C. CAROLYN HARRIS
D. ERIC REID
E. LAUREN HELLER WHITNAY
They likely will not take your phone call or your pitch but “What the F*ck” all I know is that if you don’t try then DEFINITELY they ain’t taking your phone-call… Give It a Shot & Comment.