How to Write a Screenplay That Doesn’t Suck and Will Actually Sell (ScriptBully Book Series)

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Praise for How to Write a Screenplay That Doesn't Suck and Will Actually Sell:

"If you are just getting started with screenwriting, this book gives you all the essential tools that you need to start writing good screenplays. It will help you learn how to ask the right questions when you are watching movies and motivate you to write, write, write!"

"Information like this is something you can only get about half-way into a scriptwriting class or through a good hundred pages of how-to books."

"Anyone enrolled in writing or film school beware – this series just might make you think about bailing on your classes and forging your own path instead!"

Want to learn how to write a screenplay that doesn’t suck and can actually make you money?

Want to know how to write a movie script that’ll get you the attention of managers, agents, directors, actors–the talent of the industry?

Think you got to go to film school and take out thousands of dollars in student loans to learn how to write a script that’s marketable?

There are nearly 50,000 screenplays registered with the Writer’s Guild every year.
And 99 percent of them suck.

But they don’t have to.

That’s why I decided to write this book.

After ten years spent as a script reader for agents and production companies and having read countless awful screenplays about zombie farmers in Idaho and scrapbooking ninja squads, I decided enough is enough.

Life is too short to read bad scripts.

What's worse is there was actual talent there.

They just didn't know how to put it together.

Either they were missing key marketable components that would make their script unsellable…or worse…unmakeable.

Or they were subscribing to some screenwriting formula or "how to write a screenplay" cheat sheet they found on the internet somewhere.

Truth is, I love reading great screenplays.

I love helping talented screenwriters get their material, read, purchased and produced.

But I really hate reading crappy screenplays. (And I feel like I’ve read them all.)

And what started out as an email rant to my writer friends a few years ago, turned into this "How to Write a Screenplay That Doesn’t Suck and Will Actually Sell" book.

It's not intended to be the last word on screenwriting. (It's not even intended to be the first word of screenwriting.)

But it is intended to cut through so much of the B.S. that comes out of most screenwriting books, and deliver practical nuts-and-bolts advice that can help turn naive newbie scribes into seasoned veteran screenwriters.

And all..without having to take out a Stafford Loan to go to UCLA.

So what'dya get from this book?

In this content-packed book you’ll learn:

The BIGGEST MISTAKE newbie screenwriters make when learning how to write a screenplay–and how to avoid it.

How to send an email query to agents and managers that’ll actually GET YOUR MOVIE SCRIPT READ.

A quick, easy way to crunch 3 years of film school knowledge into 30 days

How to write a movie script that’s marketable–before you start on page one.

And there's a ton more in there!

So before you head out to another hundred-dollar screenwriting conference to learn how to write a screenplay or buy another paint-by-the-numbers 3-act script formula give my book a try.

I can’t guarantee you’ll sell your script. (Who knows…you might just be that guy who sent me the zombie farmer script.)

But I can guarantee if you follow the 10 steps outlined in this book, you’ll know more about the craft of screenwriting and the way the film business works then 99 percent of the writers out there.

And having that kind of knowledge and wisdom can absolutely change your life.

Product Details

  • File Size: 479 KB
  • Print Length: 88 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: November 18, 2013
  • Sold by:  Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007H4JJTU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

CliffNotes for a Scriptwriter

8 people found this helpful.
 on July 1, 2012
By Christina
Information like this is something you can only get about half-way into a scriptwriting class or through a good hundred pages of how-to books. At which point, you generally find that you could have saved money and time by just getting these facts right from the very beginning.

Great value for money – an entertaining

2 people found this helpful.
 on October 23, 2014
By argie
Great value for money – an entertaining, clear guide for anyone just starting out as a screenwriter. It heroically avoids the pitfalls of so many screenwriting guides , which seem to want to overwhelm the reader with a lot of rules about structure and character outlines and spreadsheets and so on! It’s enough to put anyone off writing anything. This book cuts to the chase and aims to encourage rather than discourage.

I enjoyed his down to earth approach to the business of …

 on July 18, 2017
By Boomer
I enjoyed his down to earth approach to the business of selling a screenplay. It was easy to understand and had meaningful examples. I would recommend this to anyone interested in the movie business. It will serve as an inspirational lift during those dark times when nothing seems to be happening. Thanks, Michael Rogan.

Son loved it

 on August 11, 2017
By Theo H.
Bought as a gift for son who is tinkering with screenplays

Mostly Solid Advice

One person found this helpful.
 on August 15, 2013
By Phyllis K. Twombly
While I’m not sure about the percentages (do these things and you’ll be 99% ahead of others) most of the advice seems pretty solid. The ‘how to’s’ are good, such as how to intelligently watch and dissect a movie, make up a schedule for the assignments, etc. Now, possible spoiler ahead: while it’s not the first time I’ve seen ‘how to hide the fact you don’t actually live in LA’ advice, I’m not sure it’s the right thing to do. If you succeed at some point either the jig will be up or you’ll have to suddenly live there. Of course they want to know you’re accessible but…

Great book!

 on September 3, 2017
By Anitasongs
I’m inspired and I’m writing no matter what!

A Book Review That (Hopefully) Doesn’t Suck!

 on October 21, 2014
By Geno Scala
A day without a Michael Rogan rant is a day without orange juice and sunshine! This book is very entertaining and educational for the beginning screenwriter, as well as a gentle “nudge” to the more experienced. His insight in the creation of an effective product is invaluable, as he also offers to pull back the curtains on the inner workings of the entertainment industry. A must-read, if not for information, than just as entertainment!


 on August 29, 2016
By A. Lynnette
To the point and without useless fluff, this book breaks down the basics of screenplay writing all the while offering practical advice on how to get through the process. This has definitely encouraged me, and I look forward to more insight from Mr. Rogan.

Should be required reading for any aspiring screenwriter!

2 people found this helpful.
 on June 30, 2013
By Karla McNeese
Loved this book! I refer to it daily when tackling my own writing goals. These are the real nitty gritty tips most writing courses do not teach, the tips that can help you in your career for the rest of your life. Michael has done a great service to aspiring writers by making this book available. I would give it more stars if I could. Thank you Michael Rogan!!!

Good Tips

 on August 19, 2017
By Amazon Customer
This book have great tips about how to construct an exciting screenplay. I recommend that new screenwriters give it a read.

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