Here's the situation. I am an unproduced writer. As in zero, nothing, nada. No 'street cred' as of yet. So I've basically just been writing screenplay after screenplay trying to find my voice. So as a fun diversion I decided to adapt a small feature from the 80's that I remember loving as a kid into a TV pilot. Now it's done and I kind of love it and feel it's my strongest writing to date. I keep hearing again and again not to query with work based on IP's you don't have rights to, but usually those comments reference huge IP's like Star Wars and Marvel, etc. So, here's the question: Is spec writing to an existing IP absolutely forbidden? Or are there just certain guidelines that need to be followed? Will using this spec pilot as the basis for a query cause an instant rejection? Oops. That was three questions... Sorry. And thanks in advance for any who decide to respond!