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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 neither 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 podcast I talk with screenwriters Sean Baker and Chris Bergoch about their early careers and how they ultimately wrote and produced (and Sean directed, too) their latest film, Tangerine, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

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.

Links mentioned in the show:

This is a transcript of SYS Podcast Episode 110: Sean Baker & Chris Bergoch Talk About Their Sundance Comedy / Drama Tangerine.

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I just did a quick podcast / video update on how things were going with my Kickstarter campaign.

As I approach the final week I still have a lot of work to do. If you’ve thought about contributing but haven’t quite gotten to it yet, please don’t delay any longer. I’m on the home stretch and need all the support I can get.

You can find the Kickstarter campaign here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/142444911/the-pinch-crime-action-thriller-feature-film

I am also offering a ton of new rewards (see below).

Also, if you have any cool ideas for rewards that you would like me to offer, please let me know. Any reasonable request will be accepted! Please be as specific as possible and tell me exactly what you would like and exactly how much money you would be willing to contribute for that reward. My email address is: info@sellingyourscreenplay.com

Note: All the rewards mentioned below include a digital download of The Pinch when it’s finished and any contribution that is $100 or more will include the digital download and the DVD of The Pinch.

Tee Shirt – Do you like The Pinch image? I’m going to be putting it onto a high quality tee shirt.

Micro Budgeting Film Making Online Class – Once I’m done with The Pinch I’m going to be running an online course that clearly lays out exactly what I did to make this movie happen. How I raised money for the film, things I learned from running a Kickstarter campaign, and exactly how I produced this micro budget film. I will be revealing everything there is to reveal about this project. How I spent the money and how much I earned back from this film.

Plug Your Kickstarter Campaign On The SYS Podcast – Are you thinking about running your own Kickstarter campaign? Would you like to talk about it on an upcoming episode of the SYS Podcast? I’m offering this as a reward if you contribute $100 to my campaign. This is a great way to reach an audience of people who are very supportive of crowdfunding campaigns. And it doesn’t just have to be Kickstarter. It can be any crowd funding campaign you’re trying to promote.

5 Page Challenge – Would you like me to read 5 pages of your screenplay and critique them on an upcoming episode of the podcast? If you contribute $100 I’ll do exactly that. Or if you just want me to critique your pages privately, that works too. I think this reward will be a lot of fun for everyone involved, me, the writer, and the folks who listen to the podcast.

Feature Film Script Analysis – For a limited time you can purchase the regular feature film script analysis package that we offer for just $79 (normally $89). You can learn more about the SYS Script Analysis service here:

http://www.sellingyourscreenplay.com/script-consultant/

SYS Email/fax blast – 1 Agent / Manager blast and 1 Producer blast all for just $200. The value of these two blasts is usually 109 + $159 = $268 so you’re saving $68! This is a huge savings and great way to market your screenplay.

SYS Email/fax blast w/ SYS Script Analysis – 1 Agent / Manager blast and 1 Producer blast and 1 SYS Script Analysis for just $250. The value of these three services is usually 109 + $159 + 89 = $357 so you’re saving $107! This is a huge savings and great way to get a professional evaluation on your script and market your screenplay.

The Screenwriter Marketing Package w/ SYS Script Analysis – A 1 year subscription to SYS Select, 3 Producer Email / Fax blasts, and 1 SYS Script Analysis for just $500. The value of these services is usually 199 + $159 + $159 + $159 + $89 = $766 so you’re saving $266! This is a huge savings and great way to market your screenplays.

You can learn more about SYS Select here:

http://www.sellingyourscreenplay.com/how-to-sell-your-screenplay/professional-screenwriting-tools/

You can learn more about the email and fax blast service here:

http://www.sellingyourscreenplay.com/screenwriting-resources/query-letter-submission-service/

You can learn more about the SYS Script Analysis service here:

http://www.sellingyourscreenplay.com/script-consultant/

As an additional bonus anyone who contributes $20 or more between now and Sunday at Midnight (February 7th) will get these special bonuses:

1 log line in our monthly newsletter to producers. This newsletter goes out to producers hungry for submissions so it’s a great way to market your screenplay. You can learn more about this here:

http://www.sellingyourscreenplay.com/how-to-sell-your-screenplay/professional-screenwriting-tools/#newsletter

Access to these online classes:

Online Class #1: Choosing A Marketable Concept (How to avoid the single biggest mistake made by new screenwriters)

Online Class #2: Before You Begin To Write Your Screenplay

Online Class #7 – How To Make The Opening Pages Of Your Screenplay Awesome

Online class #8 – How To Write A Killer First Act For Your Screenplay

To contribute or see all the rewards for the campaign, please go here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/142444911/the-pinch-crime-action-thriller-feature-film

In this episode of the podcast I interview Thunder Levin, who wrote the scripts for all the Sharknado movies. We talk through his early days in the industry, how he broke in, and how he eventually got hired on to write Sharknado.

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.

Links mentioned in the show:

This is a transcript of SYS Podcast Episode 109: Sharknado Screenwriter Thunder Levin Talks About How He Broke In To The Business.

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A quick update on my current Kickstarter campaign. As of right now I’ve raised a little over $5000, which is around 43% of my total goal of $12K. Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far. It really is very much appreciated. So thank you, thank you, thank you.

I created a video / podcast episode with an update. In it I talk through my own feelings and thoughts after running the Kickstarter campaign for 10 days. I also announce the winners of the email/fax blast drawing. And I talk about the new rewards and bonuses that I’m offering. [click to continue…]

In this episode of the podcast I talk to screenwriters Robert A. Palmer and Michael A. Weiss about their new found footage independent horror film, I Am Alone starring Gareth David-Lloyd. It\’s a great example of persistence and determination leading to a finished feature film.

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.

Links mentioned in the show:

This is a transcript of SYS Podcast Episode 108: Screenwriters Robert A. Palmer & Michael A. Weiss Talk About Their New Found Footage Horror Film I Am Alone.

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Quick update about my Kickstarter campaign…

I’m very close to hitting the 15% mark, which is a great milestone after only a few days. A big thanks to everyone who has already contributed.

I’m going to be running a special reward if you contribute between now and Sunday at midnight (January 24th, 2016).

Here’s what I’m doing…

I’m going to give away 2 email/fax blasts. This is the same email/fax blast that I use to promote my own screenplays and the same service I sell through SYS Select ($159 value).

For every $5 that you contribute you will get 1 chance to win one of these blasts.

Contributions start at just $5! Click here to contribute now.

My guess is I’ll only get a handful of people contributing, so you’ll probably have a very good chance at winning.

As always, thank you very much for your support. Let me know if you have any questions or comments.

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.

Links mentioned in the show:

In this episode of the podcast I talk with screenwriter and director Lawrence Roeck about his new film, Diablo, starring Scott Eastwood. We talk through his writing process and his collaboration with his co-writer Carlos De Los Rios.

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.

Links mentioned in the show: