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 Matt Creed about his new independent film, Lily. Lily played at the Tribeca Film Festival and is a great example of a subtle, nuanced, art house film. If you’re trying to write this sort of story, I highly recommend you check out the film and this podcast interview.

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 051: Independent Writer / Director Matt Creed Talks About His Feature Film Lily.
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In this episode of the Selling Your Screenplay Podcast I talk with ScreenCraft.org fellowship winner, TA Snyder. TA talks about how the ScreenCraft.org fellowship helped propel his career to the next level and land him a manager. We also talk about some of the other channels he used to market his screenplays.

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 050: TA Snyder Talks About Winning The ScreenCraft.org Fellowship And How It’s Helped His Career.
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In this week’s episode of the Selling Your Screenplay Podcast I talk to screenwriter and teacher Corey Mandell about how to break in to the business. We cover a lot of actionable advice about exactly what you should be writing to give you the best chance to break into screenwriting at the studio level.

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 049: Screenwriter and Teacher Corey Mandell Talks About How To Break In As A Studio Level Screenwriter.
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In this episode of the Selling Your Screenplay Podcast I interview actor, writer, and director Angus Sampson. Angus began in the entertainment industry as an actor and found writing opportunities on the shows he was starring in. He recently completed his feature film directorial debut on a film called The Mule. In addition to co-directing the film, he stars in it and co-wrote it with Leigh Whannell, who is one of the creators of the Saw franchise.

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 048: An Interview With Writer / Director (and actor) of The Mule, Angus Sampson.
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In this episode of the Selling Your Screenplay Podcast I interview Writer / Director Jeremy Culver. Jeremy recently wrote and directed the independent film An Evergreen Christmas.We talk in great detail about how he began his career as a writer / director and specifically how this project came together.

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 047: An Interview With Writer / Director Jeremy Culver (transcript)

November 24, 2014

This is a transcript of SYS Podcast Episode 047: An Interview With Writer / Director Jeremy Culver.

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