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Equalizer
01-28-2014, 01:57 PM
I sent my script out to a few talent agencies that cover television. So far I've had three replies all saying how they don't read unsolicited work and that they did not read it and it was destroyed.

What does this mean? And how do I go about giving it to a literary talent agent then?

Basically what am I doing wrong?

wrytnow
01-28-2014, 02:01 PM
They have to request it. You send a query letter. You use a logline to interest them, and put in a pitch. They ask for the script if they want to read it.

So, you have new stuff to learn. There's a forum here just for querying and loglines. Numerous articles online. Get Googling!

Equalizer
01-28-2014, 02:05 PM
I'm on it! Thank you wrytnow! Appreciate it!

hscope
01-28-2014, 03:49 PM
Many of them don't accept or read unsolicited queries, unless they like what they read. (Work that one out!)

I once had the standard 'we do not read etc' response from a major studio, followed a few minutes later by an email from their in-house lawyer asking me to sign an attached release form and send it back with the script.

Go figure.

MJ Scribe
01-28-2014, 04:37 PM
Well, it really always is unsolicited... Until of course, they dig it. ;)

grumpywriter
01-28-2014, 04:42 PM
I always reply to that one with:

"Thank you for your rejection. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of rejections we receive we are unable to respond to all rejections and are currently not accepting unsolicited rejections. Thank you for thinking of us, and good luck with your rejecting."

wrytnow
01-29-2014, 12:19 AM
I'm on it! Thank you wrytnow! Appreciate it!

Welcome. BTW, this is one of the greatest guides to writing a logline - it's like a treatise on loglines (http://www.twoadverbs.com/logline.pdf). The link is also found in a stickied thread at the top of the Loglines and Query (http://messageboard.donedealpro.com/boards/forumdisplay.php?f=4) forum.

Do yourself a favor and post your logline when you have one and get some feedback. I promise you'll be glad you did.

MJ Scribe
01-29-2014, 04:38 AM
That 2Adverb article on loglines is really helpful and you definitely should send the logline first, not the script.

Written by Chris Lockhart, the 54 page PDF is called "I WROTE A 120 PAGE SCRIPT BUT CAN‟T WRITE A LOGLINE: THE CONSTRUCTION OF A LOGLINE".

It features a lengthy article on drafting one plus 34 pages of useful examples.

Direct link, along with other great articles--

http://www.twoadverbs.com/logline.pdf


Good luck!

wrytnow
01-29-2014, 06:54 AM
Direct link, along with other great articles--

http://www.twoadverbs.com/logline.pdf


Good luck!

That's funny. We both gave him the exact same link.

MJ Scribe
01-29-2014, 04:25 PM
That's funny. We both gave him the exact same link.

cool -- great minds think alike, I say!!

Done Deal Pro
01-29-2014, 07:28 PM
I moved the discussion of the logline for your project into a new thread in the LOGLINES forum which is the appropriate place for it for various reasons: http://messageboard.donedealpro.com/boards/showthread.php?t=75078

wrytnow
01-30-2014, 03:53 AM
cool -- great minds think alike, I say!!
I'll take it! (Though I was thinking it indicated how great the article is that we both insta-went there.)

Exponent5
01-30-2014, 03:17 PM
Here's a funny one for you...

I did a telephone pitch to two different agent's assistants within one of the Big 3 agencies. I was trying to seek attachments for two particular actors for the starring roles.

One heard my pitch and said send me an email. Then I got back an email from the legal dept. saying we don't accept scripts.

The other heard my pitch and said send me an email. He wrote back and said send me the script. So I did. No release.

Go figure.

Exponent5
02-01-2014, 04:59 PM
I always reply to that one with:

"Thank you for your rejection. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of rejections we receive we are unable to respond to all rejections and are currently not accepting unsolicited rejections. Thank you for thinking of us, and good luck with your rejecting."

Hilarious!