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Old 05-31-2013, 12:16 PM   #1
MrMumbles
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Default Returning to screenwriting - agent or manager?

Hi everyone,

First post here, so quick bit of backstory to explain my reason for posting.

Many years ago - almost 19, actually - I wrote a couple of screenplays and had them optioned by small prodcos - one in the US and one over here in the UK. Nothing happened with them, and because I was stupidly young I didn't keep the pressure on and use those as a stepping stone to other thing.

Fast forward those 19 years and I'm now a children's/YA author published by HarperCollins UK. I've recently written some episodes of a low budget kids TV show that will start broadcasting here in August, and looking forward to seeing what comes of that.

The big dream - which no doubt a high percentage of you share - is to be writing for Hollywood, and I'm now writing the first feature-length screenplay I've tackled in almost two decades.

My question is - what next? I'm in Scotland, so a looooong way from LA. My instinct is I should be looking for representation over there, either in the form of an agent or manager. Someone who can network for me to an extent, because uprooting my wife and kids from Scotland just isn't possible.

Which road would you recommend - agent or manager? I'm not absolutely sure I know the difference in terms of what they actually do for their clients. I have a literary agent in the UK who specialises in children's books, but I landed the TV writing stuff myself. Doing that in the US from the Highlands of Scotland would probably be much more difficult, I suspect.

But maybe not. Maybe you think agents/managers are the devil and should be avoided at all costs. If so, love to hear your reasons.

Sorry for the ramble...
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