This article from the Village Voice is ripping around the Internet this week. If you have not seen it, you need to.
I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script
It’s by Josh Olson, who wrote A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE and knows a thing or two about people asking him to read their material.
I cover this in my most useful book, in that I advise you to, if you are so lucky to meet someone “real” NOT to ask them to read your script, but talk about sports or tell them a great joke or talk about politics, religion, anything BUT your precious screenplay. Maybe they will bump into you again, later, and remember you DIDN’T ask them to read your script… and look kindly upon you. But, if you meet them and talk for four minutes and try to shove a script in their hands… they will not appreciate it. As Mr. Olson makes abundantly clear.
I have hung around with a lot of pro writers and this is how they feel. They just never say it out loud. But, boy do they feel this way.
I however, would be delighted to read (and give you notes thereupon) your screenplay.
You just have to pay me money.