Screenwriter Resources

Great Resources for Screenwriters

“Screenwriter Resources” by Joan Y. Edwards

Many people have asked me how to get a manager or a producer for a screenplay.  It’s very tricky.

Before that step, you write a good script. Below are resources to help you sort through some of the steps for screenwriting and marketing. I hope you find a resource that’s calling your name. One that when you read it, you say to yourself, “Ah, yes. This will help me.”

Copyright Your Script

One thing I learned from a Professional Producer is that before you share your screenplay with a manager or an agent, you should get it copyrighted.

How to Copyright a Script and Four Other Legal Pitfalls to Avoid:” https://www.scriptreaderpro.com/how-to-copyright-a-script-and-four-other-legal-pitfalls-to-avoid/

Screenwriting Books

“Best Screenwriting Books:” https://wiki.ezvid.com/best-screenwriting-books?id=adwbng

I highly recommend “Save the Cat” by Blake Snyder.

Screenwriting Software

Final Draft I like final draft. The software doesn’t crash on me.

WriterDuet  offers a chance to collaborate on a screenplay with others.

“Best Screenwriting Software:” https://technosoups.com/best-screenwriting-software-script-writing-software-review/

Join a Critique Group for Screenwriters or a Writing group with diverse interests across many genres. I don’t have a list. It would probably be better if you could get in a group where you meet in person a few times. Then you could work online. Do what you feel comfortable doing. Protect yourself and your writing.

Screenplay Contests

Moviebytes.com has a great list. You can sign up for their newsletter to keep up-to-date on the latest ones https://www.moviebytes.com/best-screenwriting-contests.cfm

“Ten Best Screenwriting Contests:” https://www.scriptreaderpro.com/screenwriting-contests/

Octane Seating. “The Guide to Screenwriting Contests:” https://octaneseating.com/blog/the-guide-to-screenwriting-contests/

“Everything Screenwriters Need to Know about Agents and Managers” https://screencraft.org/2016/05/11/everything-need-know-agents-managers/

How to Copyright a Script and Four Other Legal Pitfalls to Avoid:” https://www.scriptreaderpro.com/how-to-copyright-a-script-and-four-other-legal-pitfalls-to-avoid/

List of Managers for Screenplay writers

Agents for Screenplay Writers (one accepts books, too)

  1. Cedar Grove Agency Entertainment http://www.angelfire.com/movies/cedargrove/ Email: cedargroveagency@msn.com

  2. Evatopia Entertainment Screenwriters http://evatopiaentertainment.com/submissions. Specializes in movie scripts, but also actively seeking: juvenile literature _ middle grade, YA and some nonfiction (mostly biographies).Release agreement – Good to read it. http://evatopiaentertainment.com/release-agreement

  3. Gallagher Literary They use a submission form. http://www.gallagherliterary.com/pitch.html

Other Resources

  1. Newsletter and lessons  Script Reader Pro https://scriptreaderpro.ck.page/0f65e52b47

  2. The Script Lab https://thescriptlab.com/ (Sometimes you get discounts for Final Draft by signing up for the TSL newsletter.

  3. Creative Screenwriting  https://www.creativescreenwriting.com

  4. Script annotation app  for pdf scripts https://scriptation.com/

I hope this page helps you. If you know of resources that have helped you as a screenwriter, please let me know.

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6 thoughts on “Screenwriter Resources”

  1. Joan,

    You provide many resources to help others. What the world needs more of. Thank you!

    1. Dear Linda,
      Thank you for writing. It’s a great feeling to read a comment from you. I like helping others. It also helps me learn what I need to know in screenwriting, too.

      Do something fun for you!
      Never Give Up
      Joan

  2. Hello Joan
    normally i just do the poor mans copyright, my buddies suggest it
    Its easy and fast, o.k until next time

    1. Dear Billy,
      Thank you for writing. It’s important to follow your beliefs. Protect your work.
      Good luck with getting your screenplay produced!

      Never Give Up
      Joan

    1. Dear Pat,
      Thank you for writing. You’re welcome for my research. You are a great encourager. A gift from God to me.
      I finished Year C Wordsearch Puzzles…on to Year B. Then Year A. Yee Haw!
      Never Give Up
      Joan

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