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SCREENPLAY FAQS
ON ALL OUR SERVICES & PRODUCTS

Below you’ll find a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions on our script coverage services, script doctor services, screenwriting course and books.

Script Coverage Service FAQs

Q. I’d like you guys to work on my script. How do I get started?
Q. What’s the turnaround time on your services?
Q. How do I send in my script for coverage?
Q. Do you charge more for scripts over the page limit?
Q. Can I send in other things along with my script?
Q. What format should I send my script in?
Q. How do I pick a script reader?
Q. I need a special service that’s not listed. Can you help?
Q. I need my script coverage back asap! Is this possible?
Q. Can you pass my script on to your industry contacts?
Q. Can I see a sample script coverage report?
Q. I’m not from the US. Will your coverage be relevant if I want to market it back home?
Q. My script’s written in [insert non-English language.] Can I still send it in?
Q. How many follow-up questions can I send when I get my script coverage back?
Q. I have a new draft thanks to your notes. How do I submit again? Can I get the same reader?

Screenwriting Course & Book FAQs

Q. When’s the start date for the Script Hackr course and where’s it held?
Q. Will I get any support along the way?
Q. Are you writing a book on [insert subject]?

General Screenwriting FAQs

Q. Can you guys help me get an agent?
Q. My script’s ready to sell. Interested in buying it or taking a percentage of the profits?
Q. How do I know you guys aren’t going to steal my script or idea?
Q. How do I register with the WGA? What if I’m outside the US?
Q. How do I get a job in the industry as a screenwriter?
Q. Do you have any script reader jobs going at Script Reader Pro?
Q. I heard that no one will read my script unless it’s written in Final Draft? Is this true?
Q. I have no clue about screenplay format. Can you help?
Q. What exactly is meant by the term “Script Coverage?”
Q. My script’s very good. Why should I send it in for Script Coverage?
Q. I don’t have much money. Can you read my script for free or give me a major discount?

Script Coverage Service Answers

Q. I’d like you guys to work on my script. How do I get started?

Great! It depends what service you’re looking for, but here are some quick links:

  • Script Coverage Services. On this page, you’ll find all of our coverage services for screenplays, TV pilots, short films and Treatments/Outlines/Bibles/Loglines
  • Script Doctor Services. If you’re interested in a script rewrite and/or polish, you’ll find those services on this page. (Please note: We’re unable to give you a quote on a rewrite or polish without an Initial Assessment, which you can purchase on the page)
  • Mentorship Program. We also offer a weekly craft and career mentoring for screenwriters which you can check out here

Q. What’s the turnaround time on your services?

Here are the turnaround times for each service:

  • Script coverage services have a turnaround time of up to 10 business days (i.e. not including weekends.) If you purchase a Rush service you’ll get your notes back within 48 hours (including weekends)
  • Script Doctor Services have a variable turnaround time depending on the project that’s agreed on between us and the writer—usually between 4 and 12 weeks. (No Rush service is available)
  • Mentorship Program. This also has a turnaround time of up to 10 business days before you’ll receive your first session

Q. How do I send in my script for coverage?

You will find instructions on each Script Coverage services page, near the end of the page, under the heading “Step-By-Step Instructions.”

In a nutshell, once you’ve paid you’ll find a form where you can send us your script and we’ll let you know we’ve received it asap.

For script doctor services, there’s a form at the end of each page to fill out and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours.

Q. Do you charge more for scripts over the page limit?

Here are the page counts for each service:

  • Feature screenplays. 125 pages
  • TV pilots. 65 pages
  • Short films. 20 pages

Extra pages are charged at $2 per page. Please contact us using the form below stating your page count and the service you’re looking to purchase and we’ll send you a customized button.

If you want to purchase a Story Analysis (for Treatments/Bibles/Synopses, etc.) we go by word count and the limit is 3000 words.

If yours is over 3000, get in touch stating your word count and the fact you’re buying a Story Analysis and we’ll shoot over a customized button.

Q. Can I send in other things along with my script?

We don’t pass anything on to the reader other than what’s required for them to complete the service.

If you’ve purchased script coverage, for example, we won’t be able to send on treatments, outlines, TV bibles, character breakdowns, research notes, photos, etc. This is for two reasons:

  • Your script should make sense and work on its own. In the real world, when you send your script to a manager, exec or producer, that’s all they’re going to read
  • Our readers don’t have the time to read anything other than the script and this is where they direct all their focus

If there’s something super important you think the reader should know about the script, however, feel free to let us know.

Or if you’d like them to take a look at a script, outline, or TV bible, please choose from one of our script coverage services.

Q. What format should I send my script in?

Please send in your screenplay as a PDF file. If you send in a script via Dropbox, Google Docs or any other application, we’ll ask you to re-send as a PDF (or editable file, depending on the service.)

If you’ve purchased a Line Edit, Margin Notes or Proofread/Formatting service, please send the script over in an editable format, such as Final Draft, Movie Magic or Fade In. (We also accept Celtx, Writer Duet and most other screenwriting software programs for editing work.)

We do not accept hard copies.

Q. How do I pick a script reader?

When you purchase a script coverage service, you’ll be asked to fill out a form at checkout which asks who you’d like to review your script.

All of our readers can be viewed on our About Us page and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

Q. I need a special service that’s not listed. Can you help? 

Yes, hopefully! Send us an email with your inquiry and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Q. I need my script coverage back asap! Is this possible? 

Yes! To add a Rush service please scroll to the bottom of whichever Script Coverage services page you’re on and you’ll find an Add-On button at the bottom.

Turnaround time is 48 hours or less (including weekends.)

Q. Can you pass my script on to your industry contacts?

We pass many scripts on to our readers’ contacts, such as agents, managers and producers, but only if they receive a “Recommend” rating in their coverage.

This does not apply to Line Edit, Proofread/Formatting or Logline Analysis services.

The reader must also feel happy to do so, i.e. only if they feel the material is a good fit for their contact.

We will, of course, contact you first to discuss whether this is something you are happy with. Also, bear in mind we do not represent writers ourselves and cannot guarantee success once we pass your script on.

Q. Can I see a sample script coverage report? 

Sure. You’ll find examples of each service on each individual Script Coverage services page.

If you’d like to see one in a particular genre or by a particular reader, shoot us an email and we’ll send one over.

Q. I’m not from the US. Will your coverage be relevant if I want to market my script back home?

When someone from abroad sends in a script they want to market in their own country, we approach the script coverage notes in exactly the same way as we would if they were looking to market it in the US.

By that, we mean the most important aspects of any script are the characters, story, dialogue, theme and so on, and that’s what we focus on. Any cultural quirks in the script are really secondary to these universal issues, but the reader may comment on them if necessary.

Q. My script’s written in [insert non-English language.] Can I still send it in?

Unfortunately, we only accept material written in English. We recommend hiring a translator on a site like Upwork and then returning to us.

If you can speak English but it’s not your first language, please contact us first before purchasing a Line Edit service and we’ll give you a quote.

Q. How many follow-up questions can I send when I get my script coverage back? 

We can definitely answer one or two short questions about your coverage but if you send over numerous and/or long and detailed questions, we may have to charge extra.

Please contact us first if you have anything over three short questions, as answering them often takes quite a bit of our readers’ time.

Q. I have a new draft thanks to your notes. How do I submit again?

Yes, we’d love to read your new draft, and we’ll be able to pass it on to the same reader as long as they’re available.

Simply return to the Script Coverage services page and place your order, exactly as before 🙂

Screenwriting Course & Book Answers

Q. When is the start date for the Script Hackr course and where’s it held?

There isn’t a start date for our online screenwriting course and you can do it from anywhere in the world.

All you need is an internet connection so you can download the course, and then work at your own pace 🙂

Q. Will I get any support along the way? 

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

Q. Are you writing a book on [insert screenwriting subject]?

We’re in the process of producing a range of screenwriting books and put a new one up on the site roughly once a month.

The best way to stay tuned is to sign up for our newsletter using the form at the end of this page.

General Screenwriting Answers

Q. Can you guys help me get an agent? 

There best route is to try and get a manager first as they’re more about making connections than agents who are there when you want to sign a deal.

We have a couple of blog posts on the subject you may find interesting:

We may be able to hook you up with an agent, manager or producer, but you have to have received a “Recommend” rating from one of our script coverage services.

If so, we may ask if you’d like us to pass your screenplay on to the reader’s contacts (as long as it’s also a good fit.)

Q. My script’s ready to sell. Interested in buying it or taking a percentage of the profits?

We’re not a production company and so would suggest you try gaining representation using the methods listed in the previous answer if you don’t have it already, and querying producers.

You could also try contacting people on platforms such as IMDbPro and Stage32. Bear in mind that producers generally don’t buy ideas or loglines, they’ll want to buy the whole script if they like it.

It’s also best to check out some professional script coverage services and get feedback on the synopsis or script before sending it out into the industry in order to give yourself the best possible shot at making a sale.

Q. How do I know you guys aren’t going to steal my script or idea?

When it comes to ideas for screenplays, they’re just ideas and not really “worth” anything. You can’t copyright an idea, for example. Anyone can come up with them. It’s the execution of a concept that matters.

As for scripts, every one that’s sent to us remains completely the author’s intellectual property. We (and to be honest 99 percent of people and companies out there) have zero interest in stealing screenplays.

We, at Script Reader Pro, will under no circumstances release, or let your script be viewed, by any third party without your prior consent. Such as if you received a “Recommend” grade and would like us to pass it on to a producer, agent or manager. (You can read more on our Privacy Notice.)

We also never accept royalties. We’re just here to help you make it as a screenwriter and hopefully you’ll invite us to the premiere 🙂

For peace of mind, however, we always recommend screenwriters register their scripts at the US copyright office and/or WGA West before they send their work out. It’s cheap, easy, and will protect you against any copyright infringement by law if it ever came to that.

Q. How do I register with the WGA? What if I’m outside the US? 

Here’s a blog post from an entertainment lawyer we work with on the subject that you may find helpful:

How to Copyright a Script and Other Legal Pitfalls to Avoid

Q. How can I get a job in the industry as a screenwriter?

Here are some posts on how to become a screenwriter that will help:

10 Things Smart Screenwriters Do to Build a Screenwriting Career
Top 8 Screenwriting Jobs Sites
How to Sell a Screenplay Online

Also, first make sure your script 100% ready to send out. We recommend you do this by either asking someone you know who works in the industry to give you feedback or by checking out some script coverage services.

Q. Do you have any script reading jobs going at Script Reader Pro? 

We don’t currently have any vacancies but if you have professional writing credits, have produced and sold scripts, worked in writers’ rooms for TV shows, etc. then check out our script reader jobs page and send over your resume.

Q. I heard that no one will read my script if it’s not written in Final Draft. Is this true?

While the makers of Final Draft would no doubt love this to be true, it’s most definitely false. You can write a screenplay using anything you like, but we do recommend you purchase a program listed on one of these posts:

Q. I have no clue about screenplay format. Can you help? 

Yes, we regularly help writers get their improperly formatted screenplays up to industry standard.

If you’re wondering how to convert your script from something like MS Word into a professional screenwriting software, or how to adapt a novel into a screenplay, etc. we can help. Simply shoot us an email.

For all script format issues, we also have a book, “Master Screenplay Format: A Clear Guide On How to Format a Script For the Spec Market” that you may find useful.

Q. What exactly is meant by the term “script coverage?”

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” highlighting a script’s strengths and weaknesses.

These reports include a synopsis, comments on the script’s strengths and weaknesses, and a “Pass,” “Consider,” or “Recommend” grading and help the execs and producers decide which scripts should possibly be considered for development.

Companies like ours mimic this real-world process by providing script coverage services that give writers the opportunity to see how their script would fare if it was sent to a management or production company.

While also offering valuable feedback on its strengths and weaknesses so writers can get it into the best possible shape before sending it out into the industry.

Q. My script’s very good. Why should I bother send it in for script coverage? 

While your script may well be very good, it’s always best to get a subjective, professional’s opinion on it, rather than just relying on your own assessment, or from someone close to you.

The chances of having a script considered by a company without first getting some feedback on it are slim. In fact, 90 percent don’t make it past the first read.

Q. I don’t have much money. Can you read my script for free or give me a major discount? 

Sorry, we only offer discounts for returning customers.

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