3 Big Myths Script Consultants Love to Perpetuate

Why script consultants hate script coverage

Script consultants are miffed. Some of them, at least. Because script coverage exists. And because screenwriters not only have a plethora of free feedback options (writers groups, online forums, etc.), they also have paid script coverage services like mine as a low-cost alternative to high-priced script consultant services. So many of those script consultants turn … Read more

Are script coverage services worth it?

Good news everyone - the script is not a complete clusterf*ck

Are script coverage services worth it? Paid script coverage, that is? Commonly, when screenwriters need notes, they ask their peers, their fellow writers, or their writers groups. But what about writers who don’t have a lot of access to any of those resources? That’s where paid script coverage services come in. Forking over your hard-earned … Read more

Screenplay Coverage – The Pros and Cons

screenplay coverage pros and cons - girl thinking

It’s the age-old question every screenwriter asks herself: “To cover my script, or not to cover my script?”  Well, not really, but it’s still a valid question.  Does screenplay coverage help a screenwriter to improve her script?  Like any notes from anyone, free or paid, it all depends on who’s giving them. But let me … Read more

Animation writer Steve Darancette on giving script feedback

Animation script development

I recently ran into screenwriter and script consultant Steven Darancette at a local awesome coffee shop.  Steve and I had worked together on several features in the past, but hadn’t hung out for a while. In the interim, Steve had written for a ton of produced shows, including some for Warner Bros.  (Ozzy & Drix, … Read more

Why script coverage companies shouldn’t be selling “access”

Selling industry access to screenwriters

A friend I’ve known for 30 years stopped in for a few days, visiting from the UK. We’ve always been close, so he knew I ran a company that did something with screenplays, but didn’t know exactly what that meant.  So he asked, and I showed him how Screenplay Readers worked: Agents, writers, and producers … Read more

How to not to be a jerk when receiving script feedback

My company is comprised of a team of vastly different script analysts, with vastly different tastes and backgrounds, as is any good company offering script feedback. But where you go wrong as a screenwriter in choosing one of us script coverage companies to cover your script is when you treat the entire process as if it’s an … Read more

How To Get a Recommend on your Script Coverage

This screenplay is amazing

Has your screenplay ever received a RECOMMEND when getting script coverage?  As a script analyst running my own script coverage company, Screenplay Readers, I’m constantly bombarded with questions from screenwriters and producers, but perhaps no question is asked more than: “What do I have to do to get my script rated as a RECOMMEND?” (As opposed … Read more

Pass, Consider, and Recommend: What they really mean

Script coverage basics

In the late 1990s, I worked for legendary B-film maverick Roger Corman, who made Bucket of Blood and the original Little Shop of Horrors, and whose film company gave some of Hollywood’s greatest filmmakers their first shot at directing – Ron Howard, James Cameron, Joe Dante, Martin Scorsese – the list goes on and on. … Read more

Screenwriting Critique – How to Handle Script Notes Like a Pro

Triumph the Insult dog saying "This script was great... for me to poop on."

A screenwriting critique – It can be fun to do one, but it’s not always fun when it’s your script that’s being critiqued. If you’ve ever received script notes on one of your screenplays, you know how frustrating it can be if the reader who read the script just flat-out didn’t like it, and/or gave your script low marks, or … Read more

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