Best way to get a literary agent or manager? Literary agents do not accept unsolicited material and execs or managers don't accept talent unless you have an agent... suggestions anyone?
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Invite a junior agent, 1st year manager, or coordinator to dinner. They'll come. Nobody says no to "Ago restaurant"
The best way is a referral from a repped working Writer (working means they are making $$$$$ and Agents/Managers love $$$$$$).
Start meeting Writers who "WGA" union. Or just pay $$$$ for pitches.
I've made some decent connections through paid pitches.
Thanks, Dan MaxXx . I'll look into that.
Jody Ellis , thanks for the tip -- any places you'd recommend?
Hey Michael, you can pitch managers and agents your material through Stage 32 :) What kind of material do you write?
Hi Erik Grossman , thank you for your note. I have a polished modern-day thriller ready for development.
also network. network. ask friends.
Was just going to say, they offer paid pitches through S32. Me personally, I've made most of my connections through Virtual Pitchfest, which is less expensive but doesn't offer Skype pitches like S32 does. Of course, if an exec likes you, it will lead to more conversations whether you do a written pitch or Skype. I actually have a general meeting with a producer Friday via Skype, who I originally connected with through VP.
Thank you, Stephen Foster . Any introduction would greatly be appreciated. That is the reason why I am reaching out to the screenwriting community out here.
I'll keep my eyes peeled
I've been writing full-time since 1991 and had two literary agents; neither of them sold my work; I wound up selling it myself - find the right fit for your work - whether novels or screenplays and network accordingly. Your work will speak for itself and when it does, the right agent or producer will find your work. Network to help others with your strengths and accomplishments and in turn others will open doors for you
Thank you Stephen Foster .
Jody Ellis , thank you very much for sharing. I really appreciate it. Best of luck on Friday! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.
Thank you, Larnette Phillips for you note. I am a truly believer in Karma, therefore I always help when I can as well. Cheers.
You have to call them every time you finish a screenplay if you are serious about getting one. You also might try pitching on Stage 32. I wish Stage 32 was around when I was looking for an agent.
Dan G I have managed to cobble together a small group of execs (4-5 total) with whom I have enough of a relationship I can send them my scripts whenever I write a new one. Nothing much has come of it yet but it's nice to at least know someone is willing to read them! Plus sending them new scripts is a good way to remind them I exist!
Hi Michael, You could try pitching on Stage 32 or Virtual Pitchfest. Cheers, Paul
Some folks hate The Black List website but I know 2 local New York based Writers who got Reps (WGA signatory reps) from posting their scripts on the BL site. One of em got his script to the top of the food chain-- a studio deal.
Dan M I haven't tried the BL yet. Maybe i will at some point.
I dunno. It's all a crap shoot. Last Friday, Daniel Vang of Good Fear management sold a script he found on the BL.
I have a Skype meeting today with a fairly big exec that I connected with on VP. Fingers crossed. I so need an effing break. Sigh.
It's a never ending process (so it seems) of querying. For novels, I've sent hundreds of queries to literary agents for years. Now, with e-query options, you can send queries by email. But, don't hold your breath for a reply. Most seldom reply anymore. A couple of sites to help: Agentquery and QueryTracker. Both sites list Literary Agents, how to query them, and whether or not they are open to querying. They are also listed by genre, which is helpful. But also check agent's credentials. A lot of agents are members of the AAR. You can also check with Preditors and Editors for bad agents.
@Jody, good luck. @Michael, query, query, pitch (Stage32) pitch... Good luck.
BL can be useful if you're looking for some basic feedback, but in the "breakthrough sense" I think it has to be viewed more as a contest, in terms of it being a crapshoot. As an example my recent comedy pilot had scores all over the place, with each reviewer giving totally different feedback; even the really positive review said the pilot would be great for Fox, when it's clearly NOT network appropriate and openly full of profanities; it made me wonder about the reader's experience with the TV industry, when something so basic was misinterpreted. Meanwhile the exact same script received a Recommend from Script Pipeline (out of Recommend/Consider/Pass), and they're going to send it out to agents and digital platforms that I couldn't contact on my own on my behalf. To explain that process I've actually known them for a while as I was a Script Pipeline finalist for a different script in 2014, and they've been reading all my work since then which I'm grateful for. So in my case, the contest crapshoot is driving my current path, but it's an ongoing obstacle-ridden path that awaits us all, haha; wish you luck, and don't give up!
You have to pay to play, but do your homework. make sure they have the current updated credentials to help you get that meeting or introduction. I rather pay a few more dollars for a legit pitch, than throw away good money on someone with one credit as a paid screenwriter 20 years ago and no current industry activity. Blacklist has a good rep as a place for buyers to find good scripts.
You don't need to pay $$$. decision makers read for free. Remember you are the talent.
Query and pitch. Win contests. Make it clear that you have a body of work that will result in a mutually beneficial relationship for both client and rep.
I remember someone here saying the bast way to get representation is to have your script in one hand and a knife or a gun in the other hand and sneak up on them late at night.
Dan Maxx, you're confusing me here. didn't you state earlier, "Start meeting Writers who "WGA" union. Or just pay $$$$ for pitches. Which are you recommending? 'Pay for pitches' or 'don't pay for pitches'?
Sewell, If u don't know any Working Writers, have 0 connections, anti social, can't write an effective query, too lazy or too hard to do your own research, then pay $$$$$.