July 31, 2013 By Chuck Sambuchino 267 Comments
What does a literary agent want to see when they google you?
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If you attract an agent’s interest and they want to know more, Google is their next step. An agent typically investigates a client before offering them representation, understandably. If you’re pitching nonfiction and touting a writer platform to help sell books, then a Google peek becomes even more important.
But don’t take my word for it. I asked agents themselves how they use Google, and what they’re looking for when they do. Here are their responses: Continue reading →
You’ve just finished writing your script and a friend puts you in touch with a film producer looking for her next project. During your conversation with the producer she asks you,
“What’s the logline?”
Your insides melt because even though you may know what a logline is, you never bothered to create one after writing the script — and even more importantly before writing it. Has this happened to you? Well, it happened to me in a similar manner when I began as a screenwriter. Continue reading →
Here’s our 978th article on resumes. ‘Cause you can never get enough advice on resumes. Just like I can never get enough Star Wars action figures. Priorities. But normally they’re advising what goes into a résumé. This time, let’s read … Continue reading →
Perfect posture. Toe points. Nail the backflip. Land your vaul… Oh, sorry. Was starting to dole out advice for a perfect gymnastics score before I… So. Your résumé grabs the employers attention and you get called in for an interview. … Continue reading →
For many from my generation, John Hughes was THE MAN. His films were so honest and true, even when seemingly preposterous, that we related to them. To this day, my father claims that the reason I sent myself to boarding … Continue reading →
Recently, I cited a famous David Mamet work that is integral to the American masterworks of the 20th century: Glengarry Glen Ross. But I couldn’t just cite it because it lingered with me. Then I came across the title of … Continue reading →
Just a quick note that if you jump over to our Career Links page, you’ll find a new (and rather straightforward titled) link called Screenwriting Leads. Be sure to check it out as they have both free and Premium (fee based) leads.
Hopefully, you’re already able to discern which of these images is the TO DO and which is the NOT TO DO. But there are plenty more tips that might not appear as obvious as these. For instance, dressing trendy is … Continue reading →
Man, can a movie get you up. Get you motivated. I dare you to watch Rudy and not question if you’ve done enough in life. Movies can also educate. There are books written by psychologists prescribing certain movies for your … Continue reading →