There are thousands of screenplays exchanging hands around the world and some of theme are really good! If you are an expert writer or an amateur exploring your writing passion, you are probably thinking questions like:
How do I sell my screenplay?
Should I approach a well known co-writer that can promote the screenplay?
Who do I know that can make it happen?
Is it safe sharing my screenplay with others?
Can they steal my story?
Should I sign those release forms for them to review it?
Should I write a book based on the story and promote it on Amazon to get exposure?
Is Kickstarter a good option?
The questions never end, and the bottom line is that all you want is to see your screenplay on the big screen and get paid for it. The only question that you should be asking is: How do I sell my screenplay?
In order to make your screenplay stand out from the rest, you will need to do three things:
1) Make it pitch-able: No successful producer, executive or decision maker in Hollywood will read a screenplay to evaluate the story. Those who are willing, probably don’t have the position, power or resources to make it happen. Most likely, they are the ones that will just steal your idea and use it themselves if they like it.
Successful decision makers would not be successful if they spend most of their life reading worthless hundred page screenplays to evaluate them. They only have time to review an idea, also known as a log-line. That is more than enough for them to green-light your concept and start reviewing your screenplay.
A “killer” log-line is the essential first step of selling your screenplay. Think of your log-line as the needle and your story as the thread. While most people are trying to penetrate the fabric with the entire spool in their hand, and others believe that they can do it if they make the end of the thread pointy enough, we recommend you use a needle and avoid the frustration. You can read more about developing your log-line at What is a good pitch?
2) Hire to pitch: You might be a very good writer, you might also have the most profound knowledge regarding your story, and you are most probably the most excited person on earth regarding your screenplay. Does that make you the right person to sell it? Do you have the pitching expertise, the connections or the objectivity regarding the value of your story that would make it sell?
Your best bet is to hire a company that specializes in exactly what you need. If you’re not sure why this is the best option, we recommend you read No Connections, No Problem.
3) Think positive: It’s not so important to think positive if you have a good log-line and you hired the right company but in any case we recommend it. You should enjoy the pitching process and work with the people you hired constructively to improve your chances as much as possible.
Conclusion: We strongly recommend the Start Pitching Package where we can work with you to register, review, improve pitch and sell your idea and screenplay. Even if you are skeptical about the end result, you literally have nothing to lose and much to gain.