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Old 03-10-2019, 05:48 PM   #1
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Default After read request, how long does it take?

Once you've got a read request (and submitted material), any experience on a timeline for getting a call (assuming, of course, they like it)? Weeks? Months?
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Old 03-10-2019, 10:35 PM   #2
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Somewhere between a weekend and never. One or two polite "just checking in to see if you've had a chance to read" emails are fine. After that, move on.
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Old 03-10-2019, 10:42 PM   #3
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i have waited a couple of weeks. about three. then if they say they haven't read it, i'll follow up in another three to four.

if it's a manager, remember they have clients that they serve first. put yourself in their shoes, if they were your manager would you want them reading your new script or that of a prospect.

and if it's a producer keep in mind that they can be in production.

people want to find new material, and if they've requested your script to read, then they are looking forward to you being that one that will capture their heart and their imagination.

set a time table for when you want to follow up and be gracious and understanding when you do.
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Old 03-18-2019, 07:11 AM   #4
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and if it's a producer keep in mind that they can be in production.
Pardon my naivete - one can query a producer directly with their work? I was under the impression that the wildly vast majority of producers won't touch "unsolicited material" with a ten-foot pole - at least without a rights release?
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Old 03-18-2019, 11:41 PM   #5
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Pardon my naivete - one can query a producer directly with their work? I was under the impression that the wildly vast majority of producers won't touch "unsolicited material" with a ten-foot pole - at least without a rights release?
The question was After a Read Request. So they queried a logline and got a request for the script. No one reads unsolicited material.
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Old 03-18-2019, 11:50 PM   #6
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Pardon my naivete - one can query a producer directly with their work? I was under the impression that the wildly vast majority of producers won't touch "unsolicited material" with a ten-foot pole - at least without a rights release?
yes, you can email a producer. you may not get through some of the big ones, but a lot of the managers are manager/producers.

some writers don't even have a manager and solely work with producers directly.

send it to anyone you think might be interested. what have you got to lose? all they can say is, "no," and you're already prepared for that.

as the writer, it's your job to do everything possible to get your work out there. all they can do is say no or yes.

good luck.
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Old 03-19-2019, 08:10 PM   #7
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Don't follow up. If they like it they will contact you.
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Old 03-19-2019, 11:07 PM   #8
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I once had a prodco. get back to me a YEAR later, haha.
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Old 03-20-2019, 06:48 AM   #9
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Me too, more than once over a year later, and they were decent responses, too (though passes). I'm talking both read responses, and even responses to QUERIES!

InkTip does this a lot, when you respond to their Preferred Newsletter. Months and months later you get the "Thanks for your query. This isn't quite what I am looking for. Good luck with your writing" reply. At least they respond. Over half of the read requests I've obtained from paid-service VPF have NEVER responded, even after follow-ups.

That's why you have to just "send and forget" queries, and "send and follow-up only once" for requested reads. Getting a read request may seem like a big thing for us, but it simply isn't, for these guys. Don't take it personally. Move on to the next million and a half producers/reps with your queries.
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Old 03-20-2019, 06:51 AM   #10
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Remember that I'm the guy with the tracking database that counts the days?

For your morning (or afternoon or evening) laff, here's my top ten (read requests):

Company Name Days Since
Heavy Duty Entertainment 3208
Boz Productions 3206
Craig Anderson Productions 3205
Rhodes Ent. / Persistent Ent. 3135
Mike the Pike Productions 3054
Phoenix Pictures 3051
Camelot Entertainment Group 3033
Zero Gravity 3011
Motion Theory 2996
Smart Entertainment 2982



And don't get me wrong, these aren't necessarily bad guys. I still pitch a few of them on a regular basis. But the # shown is the actual number of days since I sent in a requested script...

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