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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. What format should I send my script in?
Q. How do I pick a Script Reader?
Q. Do you charge more for feature scripts over 120 pages?
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 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. Can I request a Ratings Grid if it’s not included in the service?
Q. Do I need to send over anything else along with my script?
Q. How many follow-up questions can I send when I get my script coverage back?
Q. I received a “Recommend” rating. Can you pass my script on to your industry contacts?
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 Script Hackr 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 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

script coverage frequently asked questions

Q. I’D LIKE YOU GUYS TO WORK ON MY SCRIPT. HOW DO I GET STARTED?

Great! Follow this link to read more about all of our Script Coverage services.

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

Script Coverage services have a maximum turnaround time of 10 business days. A Rush on any of these has a max turnaround time of 48 hours.

Our Script Doctor services such as our Script Rewrite, Script Polish and Screenplay Ghostwriting service, have longer turnaround times—usually between one and six months.

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, simply send your script over to us as an attachment to submissions [at] scriptreaderpro.com 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. 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. Sorry.

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. (If you’re purchasing a script doctor service, the form is on the actual service page as there’s no checkout.)

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

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

We charge a small fee of $2 for every page over the following page counts:

Feature: 120 pages
1 Hour TV: 60 pages
½ Hour TV: 30 pages
Short Film: 20 pages
Story Analysis: 3000 words

If you have a script that’s over the 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. I NEED A SPECIAL SERVICE THAT’S NOT LISTED. CAN YOU HELP

Yes, we’ll try! 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 I SEE A SAMPLE SCRIPT 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 IT 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. CAN I GET A RATINGS GRID IF IT’S NOT INCLUDED IN THE SERVICE?

Yes, to add a Ratings Grid to your order please purchase an additional Concept Analysis and simply let us know when you send your script over.

We’ll then inform the reader that you’d also like a Ratings Grid included.

Q. DO I NEED TO SEND OVER ANYTHING ELSE ALONG WITH MY SCRIPT?

No, all we need is your script. We do not pass anything other than the script to the reader, such as biographies, loglines, synopses. If there’s something super important you think the reader should know, though, feel free to let us know in your email.

And we will have already noted your reader choice via the checkout form, so there’s no need to repeat it in the email 🙂

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 RECEIVED A “RECOMMEND” RATING. 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 if they give a “Recommend” rating in the script coverage.

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. I HAVE A NEW DRAFT THANKS TO YOUR NOTES. HOW DO I SUBMIT AGAIN? CAN I GET THE SAME READER?

Yes, we’d love to read your new draft, and we’ll be able to give it 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

script coverage frequently asked questions

Q. WHEN’S 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 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

script coverage frequently asked questions

Q. CAN YOU GUYS HELP ME GET AN AGENT?

We don’t have an agent submission service, but if your script scores a “Recommend” rating with us, we may be able to pass it on to our industry contacts if you wish.

See the question on this subject above in the Script Coverage section. (Please note: this service is not mandatory and depends on the reader.)

We also recommend you read this post: How To Get A Screenwriting Agent: The Ultimate Guide.

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 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 synopses, 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 IDEA?

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

In all honesty, though, ideas are just ideas. They’re a dime a dozen. It’s the execution of those ideas into a well-written screenplay that matters. A producer or development exec, upon reading your amazing script, will be keen to snap you up as a writer, rather than steal your idea and risk being sued.

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.

Q. HOW DO I REGISTER WITH THE WGA? WHAT IF I’M OUTSIDE THE US? 

Here are a couple of blog posts from a lawyer we work with on the subject that you may find helpful:

How to Copyright a Script and Other Legal Pitfalls to Avoid
How to Copyright a Script if You’re a Non-US Based Screenwriter

Q. HOW DO 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 perusing some script coverage services.

Q. DO YOU HAVE ANY SCRIPT READER JOBS GOING AT SCRIPT READER PRO?

If you have any professional writing credits, produced and sold scripts, worked in writers’ rooms for TV shows, etc. check out our script reader jobs page to read about what we’re looking for.

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 professional screenwriting software, such as Final Draft, Movie Magic or Fade In.

If money’s tight then there are a few free options which you can check out in this post: 10 Free Screenwriting Software Choices For Screenwriters

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 MS Word into a professional screenwriting software, or how to adapt a novel into a screenplay, etc. we can help. Check out our Script Ghostwriting service.

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 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% 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?

Unfortunately, no. Sorry!

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