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Old 08-27-2009, 01:00 PM   #21
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You can't get anyone to read it? Surely there's someone you know - an exec, an assistant, someone who (if they like it) can refer you to a manager they know and respect. You can also query managers, but most people get their managers by the first means.



This is hard to do if you don't live in LA...... Query is the only choice I've got.
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Old 08-27-2009, 07:53 PM   #22
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You can't get anyone to read it? Surely there's someone you know - an exec, an assistant, someone who (if they like it) can refer you to a manager they know and respect. You can also query managers, but most people get their managers by the first means.



This is hard to do if you don't live in LA...... Query is the only choice I've got.

Same here. I'm in Oklahoma. I don't have funds to go to an LA party every night and try to find someone who knows someone who knows someone else. Outside a telephone and a computer all I have is a query letter...and (although I would like to) I highly doubt that I'll become friends enough with someone on here or any other forum to get a good referral. It'd be great if it happened (hint hint)...but I doubt it will.
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Old 08-27-2009, 09:15 PM   #23
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I think networking is highly overrated for screenwriters just starting out. I find a query letter via email to managers works just fine. That's how I got my rep and how many others here (people that sold stuff) did too.

And technically I did "network" by talking to writers on this board and querying managers. This is what you should be doing. You don't have to be in LA or go to parties right now.

I doubt most writers broke in by meeting a manager in a restaurant that was willing to read their script. Always stories like that, but it seems 95% of them are just people that knew NO ONE and had a great script that they read and feel in love with.

So don't make excuses, send emails.
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Old 08-27-2009, 09:58 PM   #24
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I think networking is a waste of time as well. The better way to get a referral is to make a list of everyone you know and find out who they know. If you're not in LA, then this becomes incredibly hard to do. But if you are, this should be the first method of attack, because surely if you live in LA, you'll have a connection somewhere. Unless you're a hermit. It's always better to get someone you know to pick up the phone and make a personal connection than to be one of a hundred blind queries.

I think the problem is people relying too much on queries - sometimes that's all they try. Sure, it may have worked well for some - power to you - but I'm a firm believer that it should be the method of last resort.
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Old 08-27-2009, 11:01 PM   #25
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I think the problem is people relying too much on queries - sometimes that's all they try. Sure, it may have worked well for some - power to you - but I'm a firm believer that it should be the method of last resort.
I think that's because the first thing most new comers hear is, "write a query letter to an agent." So you hold that piece of information as your only ticket into the biz. I know I did. I've been gathering information about screenplays and the business for over a year now. Until now, I've never heard anyone mentioning any other option than sending a query. This is also my first time hearing about managers. Any and all advice I got was, "you need an agent." I'm sure a lot of writers don't get a shot because of this - them only going down one path and approaching one type of person. There's so many aspects of the process that's untold to a newbie or misconstrued.
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Old 08-28-2009, 02:25 AM   #26
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I think that's because the first thing most new comers hear is, "write a query letter to an agent." So you hold that piece of information as your only ticket into the biz. I know I did. I've been gathering information about screenplays and the business for over a year now. Until now, I've never heard anyone mentioning any other option than sending a query. This is also my first time hearing about managers. Any and all advice I got was, "you need an agent." I'm sure a lot of writers don't get a shot because of this - them only going down one path and approaching one type of person. There's so many aspects of the process that's untold to a newbie or misconstrued.
I never had one reply ever to a cold query. Referral based business for the most part. There are always exceptions though, as proven by many in this forum. My suggestion is to continue working on your content. Plan to invest much more than a year gathering info about the business. It's a life long learning experience and I'm learning new things daily. Plan and save while writing to relocate to LA. Work here, live here, and you will meet people. When you no longer have to ask the question, "when should I look," ironically that's the time to look. You'll have a few timely commercial screenplays under your belt and plenty of people in your cache who will have access to managers, who will then lead to agents. Took me 5 years before I finally got a manager. Took my friend a year. It's different for everyone. Many ways to skin this cat. Just be prepared and informed when the opportunity comes. Know the language these guys speak and respond to. Have the product they want to sell. And you can query along the way.
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