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Screenwriters Guide To Query Letters
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Query Letters are the screenwriter's passport into the exotic world of Hollywood. They are your introduction to literary agents, managers and producers.
And just who are these literary agents, managers and producers? They are those special elite who have the useful connections that will help you the screenwriter get your foot in the door of Hollywood. It can be a difficult door to enter. But having someone guide you through it will be beneficial and extremely helpful to your career.
First there are three types of query letters for screenwriters. And they are as I mentioned above literary agents, managers and producers. Getting each of their attention with your query letters is yet another challenge facing you as a screenwriter.
Here are a few simple hints and guidelines to follow when writing your query letters.
Each letter should be a custom written professional query letter. Address each letter to the person and company you are sending it to. You should always include a tag line or phrase on the outside of your envelope that will get the persons attention you are mailing your letters to. Having an attention grabbing tag line printed on each of your envelopes will increase your chances of having your envelope opened and query letter read by that special elite person I mentioned above.
The letter itself should begin with an introduction of who you are as a screenwriter. List any writing credentials you may have. You can include previously published trade magazines or plays you may have written or any contests you may have won. If you do not have any credits at this time don't worry.
In the body of each of the letters make sure you identify "the hook" in your story. Pitch your screenplay in the most commercially and appealing way possible. You may worry you are including too much or too little of your screenplay. Remember you want to give the literary agent, manager and producer an idea of what the story is about. You want to intrigue them with your query letters. That is the point to get their attention. So they pick up the phone and call you and ask to read the entire screenplay.
Always end the letter by thanking them for their time and consideration. And that you look forward to meeting with them to discuss your screenplay.
It is always advisable to contact a professional Hollywood Marketing Service to help you with your query letters. The service can be beneficial in many ways. They can review your screenplay making sure it is ready to go out. And they can help fine tune the marketing process by finding you the literary agent, manager and producer most suited to your screenplay.
Having a professional service help guide you through the process of Hollywood will lighten your burden as a screenwriter greatly. You want to have someone you can trust in your corner leading you to a successful career.
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