How to Sell Your Screenplay (in a nutshell)

by Ashley Scott Meyers on May 25, 2012

I believe that most screenwriting books, seminars, blogs and other screenwriting resources don’t spend nearly enough time on teaching people how to market their screenplays. SellingYourScreenplay.com tries to bridge that gap.

When I started out in the industry I didn’t know anyone. I was just a guy with a few ideas and a dream. With a lot of hard work and persistence I have been able to sell several screenplays (click here to view my credits on IMDB) by applying the exact lessons I’m going to teach you on this blog. It’s not quick or easy and it’s going to take a lot of hard work. But if you’re willing to do the work I believe that you too can have some success as a screenwriter.

There are no shortcuts and I, nor anyone else, can sell your screenplay for you. Ultimately you’ve got to decide if it’s worth the effort to make a go at screenwriting. You’re reading this blog, so that’s a good first step. But that’s all it is, a first step. Now you’ve got to really dig in and start doing the hard work.
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In this episode of the SYS Podcast I talk with Nigerian filmmaker Jeta Amata about his new film, Black November, starring Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke. We talk specifically about how this film came to fruition as well as how Jeta worked his way up in the Nigerian film industry to become an international writer director. Jeta also gives some practical, actionable tips about people who want to be screenwriters but don’t live near Hollywood.

The podcast is available in iTunes, YouTube, Stitcher (for Android users), the Windows Marketplace, and the Blackberry store or you can simply listen to it or watch it right from my blog.

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This is a transcript of SYS Podcast Episode 056: Writer / Director Jeta Amata Talks About His New Film Black November Starring Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke.

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This is a transcript of SYS Podcast Episode 055: Screenwriter and NYFA Teacher Nunzio DeFilippis Talks about Transmedia.

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The podcast is available in iTunes, YouTube, Stitcher (for Android users), the Windows Marketplace, and the Blackberry store or you can simply listen to it or watch it right from my blog.

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This is a transcript of SYS Podcast Episode 054: Tawnya Bhattacharya Talks About Her Career As A Television Writer.

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The podcast is available in iTunes, YouTube, Stitcher (for Android users), the Windows Marketplace, and the Blackberry store or you can simply listen to it or watch it right from my blog.

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This is a transcript of SYS Podcast Episode 053: Writer / Director Greg Francis Talks About His Feature Film, Poker Night.
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The podcast is available in iTunes, YouTube, Stitcher (for Android users), the Windows Marketplace, and the Blackberry store or you can simply listen to it or watch it right from my blog.

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SYS Podcast Episode 052: Writer / Director Saar Klein Talks About His Feature Film, After The Fall, starring Wes Bentley (transcript)

December 22, 2014

This is a transcript of SYS Podcast Episode 052: Writer / Director Saar Klein Talks About His Feature Film, After The Fall, starring Wes Bentley.

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