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 New York Film Academy Screenwriting Chair Melanie Oram. Our discussion covers a lot of ground including the differences between an independent film and a studio film, as well as an in-depth talk about writing short scripts and how they can help you with your writing 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 039: An Interview With New York Film Academy Screenwriting Chair Melanie Oram.
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In this episode of the Selling Your Screenplay Podcast I interview legendary director Brian Trenchard-Smith. We talk at length about his new film, Drive Hard, starring John Cusack and Brian offers up some great advice to screenwriters from a director’s perspective.

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 038: An Interview With Legendary Director Brian Trenchard-Smith.
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In this episode of the Selling Your Screenplay Podcast I interview Jaime Primak Sullivan. Jamie has sold several projects recently by pitching to producers. In the interview she gives tons of great tips for how you can pitch your projects, too.

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 037: Pitching Your Screenplay With Jaime Primak Sullivan.
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In this episode of the Selling Your Screenplay Podcast I talk with Canadian screenwriter Kraig Wenman. Like Brian D Young, Kraig broke in using InkTip while living outside of the USA. He offers a lot of great insight into how to start and maintain a screenwriting 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.

Kraig’s Bio:

After graduating from Vancouver Film School, Canadian screenwriter Kraig Wenman has had 43 options/sales, 16 produced features, and 3 feature producer credits. He’s repped by David Saunders @ APA and Eric WIlliams/Jeff Belkin @ Zero Gravity Management.

Currently, Kraig is developing a 150 million dollar China-Co Pro trilogy with Transformers/X-Men producer Tom Desanto and a supernatural thriller series for Morgan Creek called The Dark Room.

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This is a transcript of SYS Podcast Episode 036: An Interview With Canadian Screenwriter Kraig Wenman.
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SYS Podcast Episode 035: An Interview With Writer Director David Jung

by Ashley Scott Meyers on September 1, 2014

In this episode of the Selling Your Screenplay Podcast I interview writer / director David Jung. David has been working as a screenwriter for years and recently directed his first feature film, The Possession of Micheal King. In the interview we talk about how David got his start in the business and how he was able to move from screenwriter to directing.

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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SYS Podcast Episode 035: An Interview With Writer Director David Jung (transcript)

September 1, 2014

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