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Screenplay Reader Reveals Secrets to Selling Your Script and Getting Past the Hollywood Gatekeepers

Former script reader shares his best strategies for helping screenwriters break into Hollywood, no matter where they live and who they know.


Michael Rogan makes a bold claim in his new eBook “How to Sell a Screenplay Without Having Spielberg in Your Last Name.”
And that is: there’s never been a better time to get your script sold.
“So many screenwriters complain that it’s so hard to get your material read. Are you kidding me?!” said Rogan. “This is the absolute golden age of getting your stuff past the gatekeepers. Everyone in traditional media is scared to death of missing out on the next Fifty Shades of Grey or Hunger Games.”
This doesn’t mean a sub-standard script sitting in your drawer will instantly fetch you hundreds of thousands of dollars, “You’ve still gotta deliver the goods like a professional.”
Luckily, Rogan provides a series of steps to ensure your script is ready for prime time, or as Rogan puts it: “you’ve got to bullet proof the crap out of your script.” These range from organized readings – “actors will practically fall over themselves to  help you out“ – to getting professional story editors to read your script – “newbie writers would be shocked at how easy it is to get this done.”
But the heart of “How to Sell a Screenplay Without Having Spielberg in Your Last Name” is about creating a list of “rising talent” in the industry that a newbie writer can contact via email. Always email. “Query letters died somewhere around the time of Mel Gibson’s career.”
And while most “sell your script” books focus on traditional methods of acquiring contacts, such as cracking open the now defunct Hollywood Creative Directory, Rogan offers some unique ways to find those all-important industry players. Such as Facebook, twitter, and YouTube.
“Social media is more than just barking dog videos and status updates about people parking,” said Rogan. “It’s the single best tool for helping newbie screenwriters sell their script since the postage stamp.”
“And selling your script is what it’s all about.”


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