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Screenwriting Myths & Facts: Part 2

By Steve Kaire

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  1. The average selling price of a spec screenplay is between $500,000 and $1,000,000

    That’s false. The average sale price is usually in the low six figures.

  2. Formatting a screenplay correctly is less important than the material itself

    False. Incorrect formatting, spelling and punctuation will send your script to the recycling bin unread

  3. It is permissible to read your pitch to the listener.

    False. Never, ever read your pitch. Make eye contact and establish rapport with your listener

  4. A treatment shouldn’t contain any dialogue and should be double spaced

    That’s true.

  5. Studio executives are the first people you should pitch your material to

    False. Don’t waste your time pitching to studio executives. Pitch to producers and production companies instead.

  6. Always include your resume with your query letter

    False. Never include a resume with your query letter, which should be no longer than one page.

  7. Managers cannot negotiate a deal for their clients

    True. Managers are not licensed and must use the services of an entertainment attorney or an agent to negotiate a deal.

  8. The William Morris/Endeavor Agency, ICM and CAA are the first places writers should go to seek representation.

    False. They are way too big. You should try the smaller to medium sized agencies.

  9. Writers trying to sell their scripts shouldn’t ask to produce, direct or star in their film.

    True. Don’t make it easier for them to say no.

  10. It’s safe to send your material to companies that are not listed in the Hollywood Creative Directory.

    False. Many people pass themselves off as producers. If they are not listed in the directory, don’t send them your material.

Read Steve Kaire's next installment of screenwriting myths and facts.

About Steve Kaire

Steve Kaire is a screenwriter and "Pitchman" who has sold 8 projects to the major studios without representation. The last project he sold, he’s Co-Producing for Walden Media. A screenwriter for over 30 years, he holds a Masters in Dramatic Writing and has taught writing classes at the American Film Institute. Steve was featured on the Tonight Show’s, "Pitching to America" and was voted a Star Speaker at Screenwriters Expo three years in a row. His unique CD & Ebook, "High Concept - How to Create, Pitch & Sell to Hollywood" is a best seller. His website is:
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