Wanted to share some thoughts for the other writers out there. I currently have three different scripts I'm pitching and over the past six months have purchased a LOT of coverage from a variety of the services out there. I won't mention any specific companies as I'm not here to bad mouth them, but s...Expand post
Wanted to share some thoughts for the other writers out there. I currently have three different scripts I'm pitching and over the past six months have purchased a LOT of coverage from a variety of the services out there. I won't mention any specific companies as I'm not here to bad mouth them, but suffice it to say that every service I've used has been a well known name.
To my point. Coverage is only good if there is relevant and actionable feedback, with a justification for why the reader feels how they do about a script. I've received coverage where the reader couldn't get my character names right. I've received coverage where the reader got the setting wrong. Like, really wrong. Like the script is set in Texas and they wrote that I shouldn't have chosen Ohio. I'm not kidding.
I've received coverage from a couple of readers who were blatantly personally biased against the story and that's all they could focus on. I've also received coverage where it was obvious that the reader, at best, skimmed the script or at worst didn't even finish reading it. I've received coverage that was glowing, though painfully vague, then gotten to the bottom to find that the reader recommends a PASS. Huh? If you're passing, then why is there not one single critique of anything in your comments?
I've received multiple coverages that appear as though the reader threw them together in ten minutes.
BTW, any coverage readers out there... If you're going to critique a writer's comma placement, of all things, you might want to proofread your own feedback for typos and poor grammar. Regardless, if I wanted a proofread of my script, I would have selected that particular service.
The common thread here is that the feedback was useless and a waste of my money. Well, I did get rid of a couple of commas, so there's that.
Throughout all of this, only one service has consistently provided coverage that I felt was worth every penny I paid, and that is Stage32. NOT because I always agree with the readers, but because they have stated their case clearly and offered suggestions and insights on how to improve. That allows me to learn and grow as a writer. THAT'S what coverage should be and an example of a true professional reader.
So, kudos to Stage32 Script Services! You've assembled an impressive team of readers who actually care about helping writers improve their craft.
No, I'm not being compensated in any way for saying this, nor am I affiliated with Stage32 or related to anyone who works there.