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 Selling Your Screenplay Podcast I talk with writer / director Eric Haywood. Eric has been a staff writer on numerous television shows and recently completed his first feature film as a writer/director. We talk in great detail about how he got his career going and how he continues to work as a writer.

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.

You can also read a transcript of this episode.

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This is a transcript of SYS Podcast Episode 034: An Interview With Writer / Director Eric Haywood.
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In this episode of the Selling Your Screenplay Podcast I talk with screenwriter and 2014 BlueCat Screenwriting Competition finalist Kateland Brown. Kateland has had some success with contests and talks candidly about how the contests have helped her career.

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.

You can also read a transcript of this episode.

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This is a transcript of SYS Podcast Episode 033: An Interview With Screenwriter Kateland Brown.
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In this episode of the Selling Your Screenplay Podcast I talk with screenwriter Brian D Young. Brian has lots of practical tips to help screenwriters and is a true inspiration. He started his career while still working as a lawyer in Canada without the benefit of of an agent or manager. He goes into great detail about how he broke into the industry and continues to maintain a steady career.

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.

You can also read a transcript of this episode.

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This is a transcript of SYS Podcast Episode 032: An Interview With Screenwriter Brian D Young.
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In this episode of the Selling Your Screenplay Podcast I interview Joey Tuccio from Stage 32 Happy Writers. Joey offers some great insight into how to properly pitch your screenplay to executives.

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.

You can also read a transcript of this episode.

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This is a transcript of SYS Podcast Episode 031: An Interview With Joey Tuccio From Stage 32 Happy Writers.
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Online Class #10: Writing a Great Ending To Your Screenplay

by Ashley Scott Meyers on July 29, 2014

Endings are crucially important to leaving a good and lasting impression on the people who read your screenplay. If your screenplay has a killer ending, people will finish reading on a high note and feel like your screenplay is well written. A great ending can even hide parts of your screenplay that aren’t quite working as well as they should be. But if your third act is flat, the reader will finish reading your screenplay on a low note and be left with the impression that the entire script didn’t work, even if it’s just your third act. Don’t let your ending fall flat!

In the tenth Selling Your Screenplay Online Class I am going to teach writers how to successfully write a killer third act.

This class will be taught by me, Ashley Scott Meyers. I’m an actual screenwriter with real screenwriting credits, not a “guru” or “screenwriting teacher.”

In this class I will be examining the third acts of many very successful movies including The Graduate, Rocky, Pulp Fiction, Momento, Plant of the Apes, Shawshank Redemption, Seven, The Sixth Sense, Citizen Kane, The Usual Suspects and many other great screenplays.

In the tenth SYS online class you will learn…

  • You will learn the fundamentals of what a great third act needs to be great.
  • You will learn how to properly structure your third act (yes, third acts have a structure all their own!).
  • You will learn how to choose projects that have a lot of killer third act potential.
  • You will learn the tricks that I use to make sure my third act delivers.
  • You will learn why some third acts work so well by examining a few successful screenplays with outstanding third acts.

You should take this class if…

  • You should take this class if you’ve written a screenplay but the third act needs work.
  • You should take this class if you want to improve the third act of your screenplay.
  • You should take this class if you want to have a better understanding of how third acts work and why some third acts are so awesome.
  • You should take this class if you want to continue your screenwriting education and become a better screenwriter.

Class Details

The class will took place on Saturday August 23rd at 10am PST. The class was recorded so you can take the class anytime by joining Selling Your Screenplay Select.

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SYS Podcast Episode 030: An Interview With Screenwriter Joe Gazzam

July 28, 2014

In this episode of the Selling Your Screenplay Podcast I interview screenwriter Joe Gazzam. Joe has worked on some high profile writing assignments recently like the Cliffhanger reboot and 21 Jump Street. He’s also sold several spec scripts over the last few years and he goes into some significant details about how he comes up […]

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