I did an conference call / talk yesterday for the International Screenwriters Association. Had a good time answering excellent questions. Hope everyone learned something useful. Or maybe two things.
One thing I tried to get across was how tough this business is, and how difficult it is to get your work read — or to get ALL of your screenplay read.
I got an email from a writer who’d been on the call. He had finished a script and (clever fellow) had managed to get his query letter answered by several major companies, agreeing to read his screenplay. Already, that should feel like winning the lottery. It’s UNBELIEVABLY difficult to get someone to agree to read your work.
He sent in the script. And waited.
I don’t know how long it took him to write his script, but let’s say three months. Maybe six. I’ve taken a year on a screenplay. Whatever, a major investment in blood, toil, sweat, tears and time.
The response he got from one company: “Sorry, typos.”
A two word answer after months of labor.
I am sure he’ll run his spellcheck in the future, but chances are that company has him on a list and will not read his work in the future.
Like running your spellcheck.
They may not matter to you, of course. But they matter to the person you are asking to read your script.
It broke my heart to think about the anguish, the “coulda shoulda woulda” feeling that arced through that writer like electrocution.
It’s not easy, writing.
Don’t make it any harder on yourself than you have to.