The Savvy Screenwriter explains the film industry and reveals what aspiring screenwriters 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.
"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
"The book is concise, well structured, objective—and a bit humbling."—MovieMaker magazine
"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."—New York Screenwriter Monthly
"Her thesis—that savvy screenwriters will do better than ignorant or misinformed ones—shines."—Creative Screenwriting Magazine
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