Jim’s February, 2009 installment included this useful reminder: “The 5 Best Ways to *Lose* an Agent.” Witty, insightful, and oh so true, here is Jim’s article, posted with permission, for THE STORY SPOT readers to enjoy.
“Got agent? Good. Now can you hold onto them? Hmm…” Read on …
Ok. Maybe this post isn’t exactly about the differences between independent feature scripts and studio scripts, per se, but it is about the plain divide that I’ve personally observed on a regular basis when reading screenplays of all kinds.
I recently made the comment that it is consistently remarkable that a script that’s in the development or production stream at a studio reads differently from page one than does the average script on the same track at an independent/smaller production company. There’s no real reason for this yet it seems to be so. I gave the matter a wee bit o’ thought and am tossing it out here for you all to chew on and toss back. I’d love to hear what you think out there in writer/editor land. Read on …
Okay, snarkiness aside, I can see how many of these folks might have thought they would win her over–cut through all the earnest wannabes–with their wit and self-deprecating manner but please! Can an agent sell self-pity? Give people something to work with.
We have written a “self-help” book. It actually is more than just self-help because it helps others also.
Great. I can see the bidders lining up for that one.