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How To Get a Screenwriting Agent & What Nobody Tells You...

Updated: Jan 29, 2023

Getting an agent is a vital tool in your progression as a screenwriter. The right agent will pitch you and your scripts to production companies and producers, using their established contacts and extensive network. They will introduce you to the industry. Your script is your product; an agent will help you sell it.

If you're looking to learn more about how the industry works and what to expect when becoming a screenwriter then go here but for now if you're hellbent on getting an agent; you're in the right place.

The three main things you need before approaching an agent are:

1. Experience

You need to have experience with writing. It doesn’t have to be years upon years, but it’s likely that you’ll only really start getting the hang of things a few scripts in. You certainly can’t approach agents with just a ‘great idea’. Your script is your ticket to the party; experience and dedication are a must.

2. Portfolio

Approaching an agent with just one script is risky (though not completely unheard of). Agents need to trust that you have a career in you. They need to be reassured that you have long lasting ability. Having a portfolio, even a small one, can be the clincher for securing representation. Aim to have at LEAST two solid scripts and one you're developing. Agents also want to hear and understand your 'voice'. By having a portfolio they'll be able to pick out your strengths, style and what you're trying to say as a writer.

3. The thumbs-up from a professional script report.

Before sending your script out to professionals it’s VITAL that you get a script report done. And no, this isn't a hard sell. We don't mind what company you use, just make sure they're good. Of course, if you have *experienced* friends in the industry that you feel comfortable sharing your scripts with then great  —  get their feedback. Point being: without a trained eye, you really can’t know how your script is coming across. Especially in the early days of your career. And often friends don't want to tell you that your script is bad/confusing/batsh*t, so it's best to trust professional script coverage services or consultants who will tell it to you straight and help you to improve the next draft.

OK - If you’re ticking the boxes above, then it’s time to get into the nitty-gritty of ‘how to’.

I’m ready, already — so what next?

Head over here and download a FREE copy of What Nobody Tells you About How To Get An Agent. A gift from Script Stable to writers like yourself who need a helping hand. We've been in the industry for a long time and we remember how hard it was to 'break in'. So this ebook is for you, to help save you years of fumbling around in the dark and banging your head against the wall.

If you're looking for an agent to help take your screenwriting career to the next level or wanting to learn more about how it works in preperation, then this ebook will provide you with all the necessary information. Inside you can expect to find:

  • Information on how the industry works.

  • What a relationship with an agent should look like.

  • Strategies and Tactics.

  • Tried and tested ways of finding specific agents.

  • How to contact potential agents.

  • Ticks of the trade.

  • A comprehensive list of the top London Literary Agents.

What Nobody Tells you About How To Get An Agent is a step by step guide on how best to secure representation. From getting signed, to etiquette. It contains the harsh truths that no-one wants to tell you. Saving you years of struggles and hours of gruelling research, this ebook shares the tricks of the trade all in one place - helping you to secure an agent.

Becoming a screenwriter is hard, everyone will tell you that but that's just the graft of screenwriting itself - what's even harder is being left to navigate an industry that likes to keep it's doors firmly closed! It's another job entirely. Which is why we've complied years worth of tried and tested information into this ebook. It's an essential checklist of what you need to get an agent, how to find one, how to introduce yourself and the etiquette of maintaining a good relationship once you secure representation.

What are you waiting for? You want it gift wrapped or something?

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