The Savvy Screenwriter: How to Sell Your Screenplay (and Yourself) Without Selling Out!

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Springer Science & Business Media, Apr 1, 2007 - Performing Arts - 288 pages
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The Savvy Screenwriter demystifies the film industry and reveals what aspiring screenwriters really want and need to know.  From finding and working with agents, to insights about story analysts and movie executives, to understanding option agreements, to providing samples for queries, synopses, treatments, loglines, and outlines, to pitching, Susan Kouguell knows what works and what doesn’t, and gives practical advice on getting your screenplay sold.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Your QuestionsMy Answers
7
Story Analysts Who Are They and What Are They Looking For?
51
Coverage
68
Is My Script Ready for Submission?
73
The Quest for a Winning Query Letter
107
Sharpening Your Synopsis
131
All About Pitching
143
Finding an AgentAnd Hallelujah Ive Got an Agent Now What?
193
Entertainment AttorneysA Different Kind of Advocate
209
They Like Me They Really Like Me Or at Least They Say They Do
214
Tips on Approaching Writing Assignments and Finding Harmonious Collaboration
224
Your Screenwriting Mantras
228
Epilogue
237
APPENDICES
243
About the Author
267

The Red Carpet Treatment
163
Okay I Finally Finished My Script Query Synopsis Pitch and Treatment Now What?
171

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About the author (2007)

Susan Kouguell is an award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker, and associate producer.  As chairperson of Su-City Pictures East, she works as a screenplay and post-production consultant with a client base of more than 1,000 writers, filmmakers, production companies, agents, and studios including Miramax, Warner Bros., and Fine Line Features.  Kouguell teaches at Tufts University and Screenwriters Online, and presents screenwriting seminars nationwide.

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