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Jack Adams <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 28 Apr 1995 16:14:21 CDT
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In a previous article, [log in to unmask] (jean) says:
Myths, software, co-writer...  See below.
Format and technical directives are critically important.  If you don't
follow "Hollywood standards" the script will be tossed, unread.  Outlines
are rarely, if ever, sold.
There are lots of software packages, but any useful word processing
software will allow you to preformat for scripts.
Agents won't help until you have already generated interest in your script.
>           you are supposed to send them a letter (sp) no longer than
>           a paragraph, with less than 3 words about your work.
No; a short inquiry is professional, and you want to give them enough
information about your work to make them want to read it.  Three words is
not enough, three pages is too much.  Perhaps three paragraphs is about
right, depending on the paragraphs' content.
Why do you want a co-writer?  Be a writer first, and find your
strengths.  Then, when you've also identified your weak areas, you'll be
better able to shop for a collaborator.