Script coverage for serious screenwriters and producers
Your script has only one chance to wow an agent, studio, or contest. Make it count.
Screenplay Readers will read your screenplay and provide experienced, honest script coverage that's both critical and constructive, pointing out where your script needs more work to give it the best possible shot, while giving you an idea of how an agent, producer, script contest, film investor, or name actor (or one of their script readers) will react, before you send it out.
We read your script, write script coverage or script notes for it, then email the notes back to you usually within about 24-72 hours (1-3 business days) so you have fast, honest, and affordable feedback on your script.
We've covered scripts for some of the biggest companies in the film industry
Our elite script coverage team has worked for CAA, Sundance, JJ Abrams (Bad Robot), ICM, SyFy, Ridley Scott, Curtis Hanson, Warner Bros., Disney, Universal, and more. Each and every one of our script analysts has been hand-picked for extensive script analysis and development experience, and are dedicated to helping you improve your script.
And that's the key reason that's kept our clients coming back for over 15 years, and has made us the film industry's #1 choice for script coverage.
Selling your script or landing an agent may be just a few drafts away...
So if you're ready to improve your script so it stands a better chance of getting sold, or landing you an agent or manager, or winning a script contest, or getting produced, then click here for a list of our script coverage services.
Wait...What is script coverage?
Studios and agents commonly employ script readers to read submitted spec scripts and provide 1-2 page memos about the scripts called "coverage reports." Busy agents and producers rely on these coverages to know which screenplays they should read themselves and which screenplays they should skip. Getting your hands on coverage for your own screenplay was almost always expensive and time-consuming until Screenplay Readers began providing industry-standard screenplay coverage to screenwriters, production companies, studios, agents, managers, festivals, contests, and independent producers in 1999.
What goes into every one of our script coverages:
Your script, summed up in one or two sentences. If it turns out that your logline is much longer than that, your script might be too "soft concept" and more difficult to sell, market, or land an agent or manager with.
Your script's story, squeezed down to the essentials. This 1-2 page "skinny" is a sort of bird's eye view that helps you see how well a stranger would understand your key plot points and throughlines. If our reader missed an important beat, it's likely that an agent or producer will too.
One of 3 possible ratings: PASS (the script is not a lost cause, but it needs a lot of work), CONSIDER (the script still needs work, but may be considered by an agency or studio), or RECOMMEND (The script is pretty much good to go, so go ahead and get it out there.) Don't feel bad if you get a PASS. It's an opportunity to improve. Right around 95% of screenplays receive a PASS, while 4% receive a CONSIDER, and only 1% or less receive a RECOMMEND.
Including our 25-category ratings grid, about 2-3 pages (or more) of notes on what's working and/or not working about your characters, plot, conflict, dialogue, marketability, theme, and concept. You might not agree with some, (or even any) but you can use what you agree with and discard the rest, or at the very least see how an anonymous script reader reacts to your script, which allows you tweak your draft so that there's less chance of being misunderstood by a real-world reader at an agency, studio, production company, or script contest.
Screenwriters about to mail off their screenplays to agents, name talent, producers, script contests, or script festivals
Dozens of agents and managers looking for new writers, or keeping their existing writers motivated and competitive
Several major producers who regularly send us scripts to find out if they're worth optioning/buying
A dozen or more screenwriters who regularly need solid script notes before pitching at major studios and production companies
Several screenwriters who use our feedback to tweak their scripts prior to submitting for contests, including one who made it into the Nicholl Fellowship
Many overseas distributors/producers who use our coverage to help determine which films to finance
Several hyper-competitive screenwriters who've gone through our entire roster of analysts to get the maximum amount of opinions on their scripts
Producers who use our service to firm up scripts and give them that "one last look" prior to sending them out to name talent when putting together packages
How does Screenplay Readers' 2-minute checkout work?
|Pick which script coverage service you'd like from our script coverage services page. One reader? Two? Three? Or try 10 or more readers, all at once or spread out over several drafts.|
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|Upload your script using our upload form. Then we'll assign your script to your reader(s) and get your script coverage to you usually within 24-72 hours (1-3 business days).|
MYTH:"You must have script coverage in order to get your script sold or represented"
You absolutely do not need script coverage to get your script sold or represented, but without blunt feedback, you can't know what's making producers and agents put your script down half way, or even ten pages into it.
MYTH:"You need paid script coverage in order to improve your script"
We always encourage clients to get as much free feedback as possible before working with us. Writers groups, forums, friends and family - all are good. But all of that takes a lot of time and energy, and the results can often be unreliable.
MYTH:"Agents don't read a script unless it's received script coverage first"
Agents and producers want to read anything that comes with a good recommendation, whether it's an in-house coverage, word-of-mouth, or a favor read for a friend. That being said, if the script isn't up to snuff, most of them have no problem putting it down.
"What if I don't agree with the script coverage you provide for my screenplay?"
We're writers too, so we know what it feels like to receive criticism on our work, and believe me, it's not always fun. But it's our view that without consistent, critical feedback on our screenwriting, from a variety of sources, we don't get very far as screenwriters. Use our script notes and coverage to guide your next draft, or cherry pick the notes you think will help your script the most.
"How qualified is the team reading my script and providing script coverage?
Our script analysts come from all sorts of film industry backgrounds: development, production, post-production - you name it. Each reader is brought aboard the Screenplay Readers team only if they have comprehensive film industry experience and a presentable, hard-copy track record of critiquing screenplays. In addition, their writing style and critical voice is vetted for several key traits: fastidiousness, insight, verbal articulation, and the ability to synthesize solutions and suggestions. If they don’t have all these qualities, we simply don’t offer them a contract with Screenplay Readers.
|Turnaround||Usually 1-3 business days||From 5 days to 3-4 weeks|
|Price||$79.99||$95 - $375|
|Style of analysis||Hard-hitting, expert, as objective as possible, and brief||Nice, but can be snarky or over-personal, or reads like a movie review|
|Analysts||A full staff of paid, expert film industry script analysts, each with 5-20 years of development experience||A lot of places are either 1-person operations or use college students and interns|
|Years in business||Est. 1999.||Most have been open less than 1 year, and a new one opens every few weeks|
|Primary focus||Making screenplays more sellable||Screenwriter encouragement, screenwriting lessons|
|Owner||Produced screenwriter / veteran filmmaker / Roger Corman alumnus with over 27 years of experience||Hard to tell because most of them are anonymous|
Oh, and here's a few clients we've been able to help recently:
"Hi Kaci. I just wanted to thank you and your reader for doing such a fine job reviewing my script. I can't tell you how valuable it is for a self-taught screenwriter to have the type of feedback you deliver. After the initial bummed feeling of getting a PASS, I took my time to break down all the little issues and discovered a fundamental flaw with my other stories as well. It's very helpful and I'd recommend you to anyone even seasoned vets that just want an extra set of eyes because sometimes we writers are too close to the material. Thanks again and best wishes."
Ryan Clark, Writer of Heaven Help Me... Or Not 2/13/2015
"The coverage was extremely helpful and done in a very prompt matter. You guys delivered everything you promised and the notes were truly invaluable. I will definitely use your service again in the near future and recommend it to anyone I know who needs coverage. Thanks again."
Sean-Anthony Ashman, Writer of CTRL 2/9/2015
"It is an incredible feeling to find out specifically what works and what doesn't from informed eyes. I would not have had the courage to continue without the assessment I received, as it is practically invaluable to hear that yes, the formatting is correct, yes it actually reads like a movie. Thank you so much for your service, you've earned a repeat customer."
Scott Selden, Writer of Let It Bleed 12/17/2014
"I think your reader gave me very accurate feedback, has given me a new perspective and we'll see where it goes. so - tell them thanks for me and I hope to use you again with a much better version in the future!"
J R Fisgus MD, Screenwriter of The Right Thing, 11/6/2014
"Hi Kaci and Brian - Your readers are fantastic and highlighted elements of our script that we are too close to and therefore, unable to see clearly. Thank you so much. I hope to submit again with suggested improvements. You offer such a valuable service. Thank you for these intelligent, constructive commentaries."
Andréa Morris, Screenwriter of Baby Blue, 10/21/2014
"Brian, I had also been meaning to send a 'thank you' email. Notes I received from your company helped me place in a top-tier competition and land representation. So, thank you!"
Jeffrey Storms, Screenwriter of Buscone 10/9/2014
"The coverage provided offered a detailed overview of what works, what doesn't and ideas for improvement. I was apprehensive about getting coverage at first, but you guys proved what a helpful and inspiring tool professional script coverage could be. Thank you!"
Nick Barbera, Screenwriter of Summer of Glory 10/2/2014
"Overall pleased with read and comments. Reader did read script and we are pleased with her response. She came back with issues we knew we had and raised questions that we overlooked due to being too 'close' to the project. We also ascertained what elements the reader pick up on and ones that were missed."
Anthony D., Screenwriter of Tried & True 9/29/2014
"As usual, I'm very pleased with the quality of the coverage at SR. The readers notes have given me a lot to work with as I continue to improve the quality of this script and then SELL IT! I'll probably re-submit one more time for a fresh, and hopefully final, read. Thanks again!"
Aaron Goldberg, Screenwriter, 8/28/2014
We stand behind our script coverage and script notes 100%
If you're not satisfied with the quality of our work, we'll make it right for you with a new read, a new synopsis, or new comments.