A Friend in the Business: Honest Advice for Anyone Trying to Break Into Television Writing

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Berkley Publishing Group, 2000 - Performing Arts - 257 pages
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Everyone who wants to write for television could use friend in the business. Robert Masello can be that friend. He's an "award-winning journalist, author, and successful TV writer. Now he's sharing the insider secrets he learned the hard way...
-- Finding someone to read your spec script
-- Protecting your ideas
-- Bagging a good agent
-- Landing a staff job -- and keeping it
-- Keeping full credit for your work -- in the office and on the screen
-- Choosing the right collaborator
-- Collecting residuals and script fees
-- Joining the Writers Guild of America
-- and more

Funny, smart, empathetic, anecdotal, and most of all, helpful. This is an essential book for anyone who wants to write for the small screen.

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Contents

The TV fortress may be strong but its not impregnable
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On Spec
33
Only certain shows are specworthyhow do you pick em?
46
Copyright

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About the author (2000)

Robert Masello is the author of Fallen Angels and several novels of supernatural suspense. He is currently writing for the show "Poltergeist," and teaches a course on "The Pleasure of Terror" at UCLA extension. Robert has written articles and essays which have appeared in publications including The Washington Post, Newsday, The Los Angeles Times, and People.

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