A student of my Film and TV scriptwriting class in Chicago got his air guitar handbook rejected by a large publisher, then found an agent who managed to sell the short manuscript to the same publisher who had rejected the piece earlier. The thin little paperback sold as a “throwaway” book, apparently with great success.
Both incidents seem to say more about our “throwaway” society than about the quality of book or film scripts. Of course, the question remains, what can new writers do to take those first hurdles — apart from “grabbing the reader” — without losing their soul?
Originally published, May 3, 2011.