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The New Screenwriter's Survival Guide: Or, Guerrilla Meeting Tactics and Other Acts of War

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Are you looking for the secret decoder ring owned by all successful screenwriters? Or at least a map with a spot marked X? Sit down with Max Adams. 

The Screenwriter’s Survival Guide delivers 65 chapters  ranging from “Don’t Write Batman” to “What You Really Get Paid.” Other topics include pitching, the screenwriter’s uniform, meetings, the etiquette of “getting read,” navigating social media, and the care and feeding of agents – along with lists of screenwriters’ directories and organizations, a generic release form, examples for cover pages and query letters, and other useful resources.

Adams’s authority is unmistakable. After scooping up the prizes at a number of prestigious screenwriting contests including the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting and the Austin Film Festival, Adams launched her Hollywood career with a big spec script sale (Excess Baggage).  The book shines with Adams’s streetwise attitude. She shares her worst Hollywood memories — the cold calls to producers, the credit arbitrations, and the meetings, meetings, meetings — as well as her victories. Max Adams has the inside story on the writer’s life in Hollywood.  Now, you will too.

Customer Reviews

Informative, Inspirational and Honest

Adams’s new edition of this book is just as entertaining and informative as the first, but includes much needed new information -- especially regarding marketing and New media. This book won’t tell you how to write -- It tells you how to sell what you’ve written, as well as how to approach the business of screenwriting as a professional. From pitching, to query letters, to fashioning your “image” using social media, Adams answers all the questions one may have about the business but didn’t know who to ask -- or who to trust for an honest answer. Adams speaks to the writer in a tough, but reassuring tone, explaining the do’s and don’ts of the business, while encouraging the writer to be bold, brave and fearless. It’s a great book.

Read this Book

Max Adams is the go-to guru for any aspiring screenwriter who hopes to make a career in Hollywood and the revised version of her classic, The New Screenwriter’s Survival Guide, is by far the most credible resource on the market. That’s because Max Adams doesn’t just talk the talk. She’s already walked the walk and she continues to do so everyday. From agents to producers to studio executives, Adams tells you who to talk to and how to talk to them. Each chapter is filled with insight and humor drawn from her own experience navigating the Hollywood business scene. Adams understands that technology has changed many of the strategies for getting known and getting read and in this book she dispenses a host of tips on how to make these strategies work for you. There is no gotta read this book.

A fun, breezy, hard finger-flick to the forehead

"Max Adams' "The New Screenwriter's Survival Guide" is a fun, breezy, hard finger-flick to the forehead for the Hollywood uninitiated. It's an education cover to cover of unwritten screenwriter etiquette regarding scripts, managers, producers, and agents. Its conversational tone and hard knocks stories make for a memorable experience. Other guides cover the basics, but Max gives the reader the benefit of her experience -- things she would have never done had someone had thought to write a Screenwriter's Survival Guide when she was starting out. Well-worth the money."

The New Screenwriter's Survival Guide:  Or, Guerrilla Meeting Tactics and Other Acts of War
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Arts & Entertainment
  • Published: Dec 01, 2012
  • Publisher: The Academy of Film Writing
  • Seller: Max Adams Academy of Film Writing
  • Print Length: 424 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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