TIPS & TRICKS to make PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP work for you!
There is no one "right" way of submitting. That's why we created SS Premium Membership; we don't believe a writer should be limited to a third party form with a word count. However, after 5 years of vetting all of our industry pros, we have found there is an overwhelming preference in the manner in which they wish to have submissions sent. Always trust yourself and trust your process. But with that said, we do highly suggest adopting some of their suggestions.
WHEN A PRO IS SEARCHING FOR A SCRIPT -- 7 QUICK TIPS:
1) NEVER send the script at first. This is a giant NO-NO.
2) Always provide them with a short logline (keep under 70 words) and a 1-3 paragraph synopsis.
3) Always make a short and sweet intro. They want to know you actually "read" their advert, not just copying and pasting.
4) Make sure they clearly (and quickly) know the genre, medium (film, tv, etc), and your bio/background.
5) Always make sure your work is protected/copyrighted.
6) This is important and often overlooked: 99% of industry pros do not want to open attachments from strangers. Would you? So we suggest putting your query letter in the body of the email (unless they specifically ask for an attachment). This also makes for a quicker, cleaner, and easier read.
7) At SS, we give you the pros details before submitting. So there's really no excuse not to greet them by first and last name (not: Dear Producer:)
At the end of the day, it's the script that makes the sale, but putting together a professional query letter (and email) gets the ball rolling!
Here are some blogs we wrote on QUERY LETTERS.
WHEN A PRO IS SEARCHING FOR A SCREENWRITER -- 7 QUICK TIPS
1) Don't copy and paste a generic cover letter. Tailor your "pitch" to their specific screenwriting needs.
2) If they are searching for a horror screenwriter, don't flaunt all your "comedy" credits. Keep the email relevant to what they need.
3) Just like any other job, screenwriting requires a resume. This should include your previous and current screenwriting (or writing-related jobs), your relevant education, a bio, credits, references, skills (i.e., do you use final draft, writer duet or movie magic?), contest wins/placement --pretty much any and everything film-related.
4) Which brings us to this: still post this in the body of the email. However, a producer is more willing to open up an attachment when he/she is searching for a screenwriter. So maybe attach your resume in a PDF and then summarize your skills/experience in the body of the email.
5) At the end of the day, a pro wants to see that your work has been produced. Therefore, provide as many links to viewable content as you can.
6) Most pros will ask for a writing sample. Keep the sample relevant to what they are searching for. Don't send 10 scripts. Send only the material that best represents your work.
7) Again -- at SS, we give you the pros details before submitting. So there's really no excuse not to greet them by first and last name (not: Dear Producer:)
Here is a blog we wrote on RESUMES.