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Script Reader Reveals Secrets to Writing a Screenplay That Doesn’t Suck and Can Actually Sell

ScriptBully magazine editor shares insider tips for helping newbie screenwriters write well, sell scripts, and achieve the screenwriting career of their dreams.


“There are 50,000 screenplays registered a year. And 99 percent of them suck. But yours doesn’t have to.”
That’s the contention of Michael Rogan, editor of ScriptBully magazine and author of the new eBook, “How to Write a Screenplay That Doesn’t Suck and Will Actually Sell”.
The book was borne out of frustration over reading scripts that clearly showed the writer had talent, but very little practical know-how.
“I got tired of reading scripts about alien robots and whiny vampires,” said Rogan. “Many writers figure, ’I’ve got witty dialogue. I’ve got a few car chases. I’m ready to go.’
“But to sell a script you need to attract talent--such as actors, producers and directors—before they make it. Not after they’ve already got their office on the studio lot.”
And how does a newbie screenwriter do that?
“By presenting yourself as a professional. (No more query letters!) And by writing a story that’s unique, dynamic  and doesn’t seem like it was recycled out of the Blockbuster bargain bin.”
Rogan believes too many screenwriters follow a paint-by-numbers formula to screenwriting. (“Nobody watches a movie thinking: ’Oh, I love the way they executed that Act-II Mid-point.’”)
But they should, instead, focus on creating things called “open loops,” which reward the brain for paying attention, when resolved later.
“Writers need to put a lot more focus on the set-ups and payoffs in their script, and less on what page Act II begins,” said Rogan.
Rogan won’t guarantee you’ll sell your script if you buy his book. “Pretty sure I could go to jail if I did that,” said Rogan. But he does believe the strategies he shares can help newbie screenwriters reduce their learning curve and help them become the best writer they can be as quickly as possible.
Even if it means no longer writing about robots and vampires.

The book can be found at:


Michael Rogan  is an author, screenplay reader and writing coach based in Southern California. He is also the editor of the ScriptBully inbox magazine ( which is devoted to helping film scribes learn how to write well, get paid and achieve the career of their dreams.


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