Chad replied to yesterday’s post:
I read every entry of your blog last night starting from the very beginning in April. You’re hilarious!
Wow, even I haven’t read every post. (You can tell by the poor speling and grammar,)
I’m a fellow (aspiring) writer and had a quick question for you- how do I go about getting a literary agent to send out my scripts? Do I just send it to them and let them know it’s coming? I figured you’d be the most knowledgeable on the subject. Thanks!
Well, if I really knew the answer to that question, I probably wouldn’t still be a PA. And more to the point, I wouldn’t tell you the answer. Less competition that way.
The truth is, very few agents take scripts from people they don’t know, or who weren’t referred to them by someone they know. So, how do you get referred by someone who knows an agent?
First, you have to meet that person. To do that, you have to live in Los Angeles (or New york) and work in the industry. Then, convince them to read your script. If they respond well to it, then that might be the right time to ask for a referral.
Now, this seems simple, but there are a million variations on this process. John August has a whole series of articles from writers about how they got their first agent. (Check near the bottom of the linked page.) Every writer’s story is different.
On a final note, I should ammend my list above. The first step should be, “Write a good script.”