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Breaking in: Tales from the Screenwriting Trenches

At a Glance

  • Learn How to Break in from the Pros
  • Start Your Path to Screenwriting Success with Lee Jessup's Guidance
  • Everyone's Success Story is Different, How are You Going to Break in?

Breaking In: Tales from the Screenwriting Trenches is a no-nonsense, boots-on-the-ground exploration of how writers REALLY go from emerging to professional in today’s highly saturated and competitive screenwriting space. With a focus on writers who have gotten representation and broken into the TV or feature film space after the critical 2008 WGA strike and financial market collapse, the reader will learn from tangible examples of how success was achieved via hard work and specific methodology.

This book includes interviews from writers who wrote major studio releases (The Boy Next Door), staffed on television shows (American Crime, NCIS New Orleans, Sleepy Hollow), sold specs and television shows, placed in competitions, and were accepted to prestigious network and studio writing programs. These interviews are presented as Screenwriter Spotlights throughout the book and are supported by insight from top-selling agents and managers (including those who have sold scripts and pilots, had their writers named to prestigious lists such as The Black List and The Hit List) as well as working industry executives. Together, these anecdotes, learnings and perceptions, tied in with the author's extensive experience in and knowledge of the industry, will inform the reader about how the industry REALLY works, what it expects from both working and emerging writers, as well as what next steps the writer should engage in, in order to move their screenwriting career forward.

"With Lee Jessup’s incredible and informative new book, you will learn the mastery of becoming a working writer with longevity. Lee shows you the value of understanding the current state of the industry, the benefits of screenwriting competitions and fellowships, the paths to staffing on television and selling pilots, and the stories of those who are where you want to be." - Jen Grisanti, Story/Career Consultant, Writing Instructor for NBC, International Speaker

Product Details

  • Date available: 03/17/2017
  • Publication date: 03/01/2017
  • Return policy: 30 days

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Meet the Author: Lee Jessup

Lee Jessup is a seasoned career coach for screenwriters, with an exclusive focus on guiding and supporting screenwriters as they parlay their screenwriting prowess into a focused and dynamic screenwriting career. Lee's experience spans years in physical production and film development, followed by 6+ years as director of ScriptShark.com, the industry’s leading coverage service. During her time with ScriptShark, Lee introduced hundreds of screenplays to entertainment industry professionals, helped writers secure representation and garner attention for their material, and spearheaded a national Business of Screenwriting seminar series launched in partne...

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