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GOT QUESTIONS?

Here are some frequently asked questions about our script coverage services, screenwriting course and screenplay book.

SCRIPT COVERAGE FAQs

Q. WHAT’S THE TURNAROUND TIME ON YOUR SERVICES?

A. All services have a maximum turnaround time of 10 business days (excluding weekends).

Q. I NEED FEEDBACK ON A SERVICE NOT LISTED — CAN YOU HELP?

A. More than likely. Send us an email with your inquiry and we’ll get back to you with a quote.

Q. HOW DO I PICK A SCRIPT READER?

A. After purchasing your script coverage service send your screenplay over to us at submissions [at] scriptreaderpro.com, simply letting us know if you’d like a particular genre specialist to review your script.

Q. I NEED A SCRIPT COVERAGE REPORT DONE ASAP! CAN YOU HELP?

A. Yes! You will find a Rush Service add-on at the bottom of each script coverage option. We will then get your notes back to you within 48 hours.

Q. DO YOU CHARGE MORE FOR SCRIPTS OVER 120 PAGES?

A. We charge a small fee for screenplays over 120 pages at a rate of $2 per page. (1 Hour TV page limit: 60 pages / ½ Hour TV page limit: 30 pages / Short Film page limit: 20 pages) If you have a script that’s over the page limit, please contact us first with your page-count and we’ll get back to you with a customized link for you to purchase which includes the extra page fee.

Q. WHAT FORMAT SHOULD I SEND MY SCREENPLAY IN?

A. If you’ve ordered a coverage service please send your script in as a PDF. If you’ve requested a Proofread, Line Edit or Margin Notes, please send in an editable screenplay format, such as Final Draft, Movie Magic or Celtx.

Q. WHAT EXACTLY IS MEANT BY “SCRIPT COVERAGE”?

A. Many executives and producers simply don’t have the time to read the dozens of scripts that land at their offices every week. It’s their script readers who read, evaluate them, and produce reports called “screenplay coverage”.

These  reports include a synopsis, comments on the script’s strengths and weaknesses, and a Pass/Recommend/Consider grading, from a producer’s point of view. They help the execs and producers decide which scripts they should read for themselves and therefore, possibly, which projects should be considered for development.

Q. I BELIEVE MY SCREENPLAY VERY GOOD. WHY SHOULD I BOTHER SPEND MONEY ON SCRIPT COVERAGE?

A. While your script may well be good, it’s always best to get a subjective, professional’s opinion on it, rather than just relying on your own assessment.

The chances of having a script considered by a company without first getting some feedback on it are slim. In fact, 90% don’t make it past the first read. So, please be sure to send your screenplay to a professional script consulting service before sending it anywhere important.

Q. CAN I SEE A SAMPLE SCRIPT COVERAGE REPORT?

A. Yes! There’s a sample script coverage on every purchase page but feel free to drop us a line if you want to see another and we’ll shoot it over. We can send you an example of any service you like and in any genre.

SCREENWRITING COURSE FAQs

Q. WHAT’S THE START DATE AND WHERE’S IT HELD?

A. There isn’t a start date and you can do this screenwriting course from anywhere 🙂 Download the course and work at your own pace. All you need is an Internet connection.

Q. WILL I GET ANY SUPPORT ALONG THE WAY? 

A. Yes. Simply email us with any queries you have as you work through the course.

MISCELLANEOUS FAQs

Q. CAN YOU HELP ME GET AN AGENT?

A. We don’t have an agent submission service, but if your script scores a “STRONG CONSIDER” or “RECOMMEND” rating with us, we may be able to pass it on to our industry contacts if you wish. (Please note: this is not mandatory and depends on the reader.)

Q. MY SCRIPT IS READY TO SELL. ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BUYING IT?

We’re not a production company and so would suggest you try querying producers. You could also try contacting people on platforms such as IMDbPro and Stage32. Bear in mind that producers generally don’t buy synopses, they’ll want to buy the whole script if they like it.

It’s also best to get professional feedback on the synopsis or script before sending it out in order to give yourself the best possible shot of making a sale.

Q. HOW DO I KNOW YOU GUYS AREN’T GOING TO STEAL MY IDEAS?

A. We, and 99 percent of script consultants, producers, agents, and managers are not interested in stealing writers’ ideas. If you’ve written an amazing screenplay, people will be keen to snap you up as a writer, not steal your idea and risked being sued.

For peace of mind, though, we recommend you have your script registered with the US copyright office or the WGA West. It’s cheap, easy, and will protect you against any copyright infringement by law, if it ever came to that.

STILL GOT QUESTIONS? NO PROBLEM

Feel free to contact us if you have any query not covered here. Send us an email and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

 

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