I submitted a script to a screenwriter’s fellowship, and I finally got a response.
Thank you for taking the time to fill out the submission material. We hope that you will understand that our admission process involves a variety of factors and that our decision in no way should be viewed as a reflection of your ability or potential.
I also wrote Rod Hilton about his guest abridger post. Monday, I received an e-mail that said, in part,
A number of interested people e-mailed me for the spot, and I’ve made a decision about who to go with. It ain’t you. Sorry.
Don’t fret. I imagine the guest writing thing is going to go quite well, and if it does I’ll be more open to having people guest post in the future, and I’ve saved a little note on my computer with all of your e-mail addresses. I may contact some of you another time, but just not this time.
In school, they tell you to get ready for a lot of rejection, but that’s not always true. I got a producing gig in college with no experience and no idea what I was doing. I’ve been hired on almost every job I’ve applied for.
So why should my scripts always get rejected? They always say, “It’s not you, it’s me,” but really, how many times can that be true? At what point can you say, “Maybe my scripts just suck”?