The Screenwriter’s Bible: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script

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The "Screenwriter's Bible" is one of the most popular, authoritative, and useful books on screenwriting. A standard by which other screenwriting books are measured, it has sold 150,000 copies in its ten-year life. Always up-to-date and reliable, it contains everything that both the budding and working screenwriter need under one cover – six books in one! Features: How to Write a Screenplay – a concise course on screenwriting basics; Correct Format for Screenplays and Teleplays – a style guide to the latest in industry-accepted formats; Steps to a Stunning Script – a step-by-step guide to the screenwriting process from nascent idea through revisions; Writing Your Breakthrough Spec Script – the keys to a marketable script; How to Sell Your Script – marketing and sales strategies and information about today's marketplaces; and, Resources – lists of industry contacts and useful screenwriting tools and services. This new edition offers expanded coverage of dialogue writing and character development, the latest in proper screenplay format, a new section on jumpstarting your career, new advice on creating and delivering pitches, more new successful writing tips and pointers, new and revised writing exercises, updated film examples, and an expanded index.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Silman-James Press; 5 Exp Upd edition (August 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935247026
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935247029
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds

Customer Reviews

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86 people found this helpful.
 on June 21, 2014
By Charmaine C
This is the third edition of this book that I’ve purchased since I first became interested in screenwriting. The instructional portion continues to impress me and it has been updated to reflect new “rules” since the last edition. The book is actually divided into five books – how to write a screenplay, a workbook of 7 steps to a stunning script, proper formatting technique, writing & revising, and a marketing plan for selling your script. I recommend this book for all levels of writers, particularly beginners. It’s an easy, enjoyable read. The large print is easy on the eyes. This is a very inexpensive book in light of all the information contained in it. If I could give it more than five stars, I would.

No writer should be without this! ANY type of writer!

 on December 1, 2017
By Avid Reader
I purchased my first time when it was in the 3rd edition (2001) back when I was living in Germany, freshly out of the Military, a new mom and my husband was deployed. I needed something to keep me occupied and so, I took a writing course. But, no matter what I wrote, I never FINISHED anything. I had great ideas, but didn’t understand how stories were supposed to be structured. I often started a story and wrote myself time and time again into a corner. So, I thought… hmmm… what about writing a script? It’s more or less an outline with a bunch of dialogue, right?

This bible is full of important important information and I am extremely happy with this

 on August 16, 2017
By Geekryderz
First time script writer and this book , let me rephrase that.. This bible is full of important important information and I am extremely happy with this purchase

this should be it — not absolutely brilliant or groundbreaking

 on October 20, 2016
By rbrett
If you only buy one book on screenwriting, this should be it — not absolutely brilliant or groundbreaking, but it covers the entire process from concept through marketing. I use it in my screenwriting classes.

It’s one of the most useful writing guides among the dozens that line my bookshelves

One person found this helpful.
 on July 6, 2016
By John Timm
The Screenwriter’s Bible more than met my expectations. It’s one of the most useful writing guides among the dozens that line my bookshelves. There is nothing about screenwriting that the author does not cover in detail and with illustrations. It’s a great investment.

On every screenwriter’s desk – or should be

One person found this helpful.
 on November 29, 2016
By Penelope
Truly is the “bible” for any aspiring screenwriter helping answer the endless questions on format.

This book was recommended to me by my Screenwriting teacher to help with …

 on March 24, 2017
By Karen
This book was recommended to me by my Screenwriting teacher to help with formatting and questions related to format. It’s been very helpful and is right next to my laptop when I write!

Five Stars

One person found this helpful.
 on November 24, 2016
By Amazon Customer
its cool

For ALL screen writers

 on October 13, 2016
By danny kazee
This book is a must have for screen writers, covering the organic process of story telling and the practical approach to properly formatting your script. If you have any questions on how a specific scene should be written, I guarantee you will find it in this book.

The Scriptwriter’s best tool.

One person found this helpful.
 on October 12, 2015
By Brian Duggan
For anyone interested in correct and forceful screen writing this is a must. Clear, concise and effective overview on script creation.

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