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 podcast I interview writer and director Marc Lawrence about his new film, The Rewrite, Starring Hugh Grant And Marisa Tomei. The film follows a screenwriter (played by Hugh Grant) a few years after winning an Oscar who is struggling to maintain his career, so he’s forced to take a job at a New York college where he thinks he’ll be able to collect an easy pay check and work on his latest feature. In the interview Marc talks about how he got his start in the business and some of the screenwriting lessons we can take away from his latest 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.

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This is a transcript of SYS Podcast Episode 062: Writer / Director Marc Lawrence Talks About His New Film, The Rewrite, Starring Hugh Grant And Marisa Tomei.
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In this episode of the Selling Your Screenplay Podcast I talk with independent filmmaker Stephen Mitchell. Stephen recently wrote a book, How to Shoot a Feature Film in 15 Days (And Survive to See Profits), where he talks about one of his recent micro budget productions and how he got it finished.

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 061: Writer / Director Stephen Mitchell Talks About Making A Micro Budget Film.
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In this episode of the SYS Podcast I talk with screenwriter Beau Martin Williams about his new film Americons. He talks in detail about how he developed the script and ultimately helped produce the 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.

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This is a transcript of SYS Podcast Episode 060: Writer Beau Martin Williams Talks About How His New Film, Americons, Got Made.
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Online Class #15: Writing A Great Second Act For Your Screenplay

by Ashley Scott Meyers on February 6, 2015

Screenplays often live or die in the second act. Writers often start a script with a clear idea about how it should end. And many times writers have a clear vision for the setup and how the screenplay should start. But the second act, the 60 page slough that ties the ending and beginning together, can often fall flat and completely derail a screenplay. It doesn’t matter how good your setup or ending is, if the second act doesn’t work, the script is dead on arrival.

Being able to write a complete, compelling second act is often what separates the amateur screenwriter from the professional who makes his living writing.

In the 15th Selling Your Screenplay Online Class I am going to teach writers how to successfully get through the second act and keep readers reading.

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 second acts of several very successful movies including The Wizard of Oz, Legally Blonde and Back to the Future.

In this ninth online class you will learn…

  • You will learn the fundamentals of what a second act needs to do.
  • You will learn how to properly structure your second act.
  • You will learn how to choose projects that have a lot of second act potential.
  • You will learn several of the tricks I use to make sure my second act keeps the reader turning pages.
  • You will learn why some second acts work so well by examining a few successful screenplays with outstanding second acts.

You should take this class if…

  • You should take this class if you’ve written a screenplay but the second act is sagging.
  • You should take this class if you want to improve the second act of your screenplay.
  • You should take this class if you have an idea for a screenplay but aren’t sure if it will support a solid second act.
  • You should take this class if you want to increase your understanding of how a second act of a screenplay works.

Class Details

The class will take place on Saturday March 7th, 2015 from 10am – 11:00am PST. To sign up go here: http://www.sellingyourscreenplay.com/classes/

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In this episode of the SYS Podcast I talk with writer / director Chris Sparling about his new film, The Atticus Institute. We talk about how this film came to be and what inspired him to write it.

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 059: Writer/Director Chris Sparling Talks About His New Film, The Atticus Institute.
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SYS Podcast Episode 058: An Interview With Writers/Directors Francois Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell, AKA RKSS About Their New Film Turbo Kid

January 28, 2015

In this episode of the podcast I interview the film making trio of Francois Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell, known as RKSS, about their new film Turbo Kid. Turbo Kid is premiering at Sundance and they took a few minutes away from the festival to talk with me about what inspired this movie and how […]

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