Category Archives: Writing

Question: When a writer presents their manuscript to an editor or a publisher, what prevents them from just stealing the work and publishing the book under their own names?

Answer: Professionalism. An editor or publisher will only ever get one chance to “steal” someone’s work. After that they’re out of business, sued into oblivion, and Chernobyl when it comes to ever being employable ever again. The only writer who is worried about an editor or publisher stealing their manuscript is the noob who doesn’t […]

A Question About Self-Publishing

Question: If you publish your book only in electronic form, is it good or bad? Answer: If you indie-publish your work as an eBook, whether it’s “good” or “bad” will largely depend on the writing. If you market it properly, you’ll make some money.

A Question About The First Draft

Question: When they say your first draft of a film script is bad, what do they mean, and how many drafts do you need until it is perfect? Answer: “They” who, exactly? A first draft is exactly that: bleeding out your idea onto the page to see if it’s worth its weight in pixels. Birthing […]

Question: How would you suggest getting past the dreaded “we do not accept unsolicited material” notice?

It’s really simple: you send a query letter. Companies DO NOT want to see your screenplay; that is the “unsolicited material” they don’t accept. They’ll accept query letters all day long. Do your due diligence: find out who you contact, and send your query letter specifically to that person (or department). That’s the professional way […]

Q&A: I have a number of ideas for screenplays, I have been ripped off before, how do I get paid?

Unfortunately, you’re a poster child for why it’s so difficult to get manuscripts in front of agents and studios; you say you’ve been ‘ripped off’ which is a HUGE red flag and wave-off. Nobody wants to deal with a problem that could lead to a lawsuit. You also don’t have a screenplay. You’ve got ‘a […]