The Savvy Screenwriter

How to Sell Your Screenplay (and Yourself) Without Selling Out!

Susan Kouguell

St. Martin's Griffin

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The Savvy Screenwriter demystifies the film industry and reveals what aspiring screenwriters really want and need to know.  From finding and working with agents, to insights about story analysts and movie executives, to understanding option agreements, to providing samples for queries, synopses, treatments, loglines, and outlines, to pitching, Susan Kouguell knows what works and what doesn’t, and gives practical advice on getting your screenplay sold.

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Chapter One

Empower Yourself

Bravo! You’ve completed your screenplay. Now what?

Forewarned is forearmed. You need to be ready for what lies ahead.

The Savvy Screenwriter reveals what’s in store for you. It demystifies the film business and tells you what you really want and need to know ... how to sell your screenplay and yourself without selling out.

Whether your goal is to write for independent or Hollywood films, The Savvy Screenwriter will help you to gain an understanding of how the industry works and what it expects from you and your screenplay.

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“A remarkably comprehensive, enjoyably irreverent, and practical guide to the realities of the film marketplace.  ”
-Jeremy Pikser, Academy Award® Nominee for Best Screenplay, “Bullworth”
 
“Kouguell’s blunt and honest approach provides a sobering, insightful guide to the realities of the marketplace.
            -Scr(i)pt Magazine
 
“A savvy book by a savvy writer and educator, written with clarity and wit, providing worthy insights into the diverse challenges confronting screenwriters…truly a worthy new contribution to the literature.”
-Richard Walter, UCLA Screenwriting Chairman
 
“With a sense of humor and intimate knowledge of how the system works, Kouguell explains a difficult and perplexing process in language writers can understand.”
            -Screenwriter Magazine

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About the Author

Susan Kouguell

Susan Kouguell is an award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker, and associate producer.  As chairperson of Su-City Pictures East, she works as a screenplay and post-production consultant with a client base of more than 1,000 writers, filmmakers, production companies, agents, and studios including Miramax, Warner Bros., and Fine Line Features.  Kouguell teaches at Tufts University and Screenwriters Online, and presents screenwriting seminars nationwide.

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The Savvy Screenwriter
How to Sell Your Screenplay (and Yourself) Without Selling Out!
Susan Kouguell

e-Book Agency

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
April 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429906241
ISBN10: 1429906243
288 pages
$7.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
June 2006
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312355753
ISBN10: 0312355750
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages
$18.99
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