So, you’ve written a script. That’s great news. To a writer the hardest part is not writing the script, it’s trying to get an Agent to read your work, so that they can decide if they want to represent you or not. But what is the best way to write a letter to Agents? If you are like me you’ve checked the internet for help in getting your work noticed.
Once you’ve written the script & done the appropriate proofing and editing, your next step is to get an Agent. I had no idea what a query letter was, so I Googled it & found what I thought was the way to write the document. The article I had read said to give the hook of your story, but not the ending. So I wrote a letter & printed it out a few times. I called Vancouver, Toronto & L.A. asking agencies if they are accepting query letters. I was able to send out six actual letters and about the same via email. I waited for a response. I waited some more. After a month of no response I realized I wasn’t writing the query letter right. I basically gave the whole story away, and why would anyone want to read it after that? They won’t.
I ended up writing a second script & this time I thought about what my objective is when approaching a potential Agent. I figured out that a query letter should be like the back of a DVD or book. You tell a little bit about the story & leave it so that you entice the agency to want to know more. If you think about your movie & think of what the back blurb will say about it – that’s your query letter. It’s simple, but enticing. You want an Agent to say “Wow, that sounds interesting”.
I’ve now got both of my screenplays in an Agency to be read. I couldn’t be happier. Now, I’m practicing patience. And I give it all credit to the query letters I had sent them. Not one Agency asked to read my first script with my original query. That’s why I knew I wasn’t doing it right.
Write an amazing screenplay & write an even better query letter. Agencies will want to read your work if you do.
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