margin notes service

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Get help from a professional screenwriter who’s written movies and TV shows like the ones below instead:

Pick one of our pro screenwriters to give you a reader-reaction to your script’s characters, story, pacing, dialogue, etc.
page-by-page, scene-by-scene.

Got questions? Please check out the How the Process Works section, our FAQs page and those near the bottom of this page. (This price is for TV scripts up to 65 pages and feature scripts up to 125 pages. If yours is longer, you’ll be able to purchase extra pages during checkout, at $4 per page over 125.)

Match your script’s genre with the
pro screenwriter of your choice.

Pick one of our pro screenwriters to write your Margin Notes depending on their genre specialty.

You can read their full bios and credits here.

We know how much writing means to you because we’re writers too.

We’ve been in your shoes and understand how hard it can seem to “break in.” If you’re ready to stop playing in the little leagues and get a Hollywood insider’s perspective on your script, we can help.

Check out a sample Margin Notes below or download it here:

300+ 5-star Facebook and Google reviews (and counting).

To see more uncensored, bursting-into-song testimonials, check out our reviews page.

I ordered a “Margin Notes + 2 Readers + RUSH.” The notes were returned under 48 hours without compromising on the quality of work. Script Reader Pro is definitely the best screenwriting service out there.

Jason Chan

I chose the ‘margin notes’ and I’m really pleased I did. This is genuinely helpful, specific and detailed feedback of a very high standard. Going forward, I wouldn’t use any of the other services out there again.

Sonja Crockford

I’ve used Script Reader Pro services twice: Margin Notes and Line Edit. Not only were the weaknesses noted but how to fix them. The strengths were also pointed out. I will definitely use Script Reader Pro again.

Renita Friese

Does your script make the grade? If so, it could get passed on to our industry contacts.

If your chosen writer really likes your script, they may ask if you’d like them to pass it on to their manager, agent or other industry contacts for consideration.

Everything you’ll get with our
Margin Notes service. 

• Extensive on-the-page notes made directly onto your script. The pro of your choice will go page-by-page and scene-by-scene through the script giving feedback on its plot, structure, characters, scenes, dialogue, writing style, formatting, etc.

• Industry connections. If our reader really likes your script we may ask you if you’d like them to pass it on to their manager or agent or other industry contacts. (Note: There’s no Ratings Grid or “Recommend” grade with Margin Notes.)

• Free follow-up email service. Email us after receiving your Margin Notes with up to three questions, free of charge.

• Guaranteed five-star service. Our average client rating on Google and Facebook is 5/5 stars. You can read what other writers just like yourself say about our script coverage services on our Reviews page.

• Super-fast turnaround time. We strive to return all scripts back to writers as fast as possible. The standard turnaround time is approx 14 days, but if you need it back sooner you can choose a 3-Day or 7-Day Rush service at checkout.


How the process works
step-by-step.

Ready to see your script how a pro screenwriter sees it? Get started by following the simple instructions below:

1. Choose a TV or Feature Margin Notes. You’ll be transferred to a secure checkout form. Don’t worry, it’s all very quick and easy.

2. Choose turnaround time. Our standard turnaround time is approximately 14 days. If you need your proofread back by a specific date, we recommend our 3- or 7-Day Rush service.

3. Make payment. When you’re ready to purchase you can do so via credit card, debit card, PayPal, ApplePay or Google Pay.

4. Upload script. Please attach your script as an EDITABLE file. Unfortunately, we’re unable to work on PDFs, or in Celtx due to the difficulties inherent in working in them.)

5. Choose preferred pro writer(s). You will have the option here to leave any note you may have for your pro too.

6. Hit send, kick back and relax. You’ll receive an email letting you know we’ve successfully received your script and to confirm your chosen turnaround time 🙂

Pick one of our pro screenwriters to give you a reader-reaction to your script’s characters, story, pacing, dialogue, etc. page-by-page, scene-by-scene.

(Please note: This price is for TV scripts up to 65 pages and movie scripts up to 125 pages. If yours is longer, you’ll be able to purchase extra pages during checkout, at $4 per page over 125.)

Top 10 FAQs

Great, glad you found us! Whether you have a feature screenplay, TV pilot, synopsis/treatment or even just a logline, we can help you out.

You can find an overview of all our services on our script coverage services page.

How much help do you need? The service you pick will depend largely on how intensive you want your chosen pro’s involvement with your work to be. This could range from written feedback, to a one-hour call, to mentoring you once a week, to completely rewriting your script for you.

Once you’ve decided on a service, you’ll be given the option to pick a pro screenwriter during checkout.

Pro availability: Most of our pros are available for most services, but there are exceptions. Jenna Mattison only does rewrite/polish/ghostwriting assignments for example, but you’ll know if they’re available if their photo is on the service page.

Also be sure to check out our Meet the Team page where we update our pros’ general availability.

If you still need help, please contact us.

Here’s the two-step plan to picking the pro of your choice:

1. If you haven’t already, check out our writers’ profiles on our Meet the Team page. There you’ll find their mini-bios and genre specialties and also will be able to check if they’re currently available

2. Make sure that their photo appears in the pro gallery on the service sales page that you’re interested in. If it’s not there, then they’re not available for that particular service

3. Proceed to checkout, where you’ll be asked for your first and second choice pro. If you ONLY want one particular pro, be sure to add them as your first and second choice

And that’s it!

A note on reader availability:

If your first choice isn’t available your script will go to your second choice. In the unlikely event your second choice isn’t available, we’ll contact you.

If you leave your second choice as “I don’t mind” we’ll send your script to who’s available and best suited to your script’s genre.

If you really want a specific pro, add them as your 1st AND 2nd choice and we’ll be sure to pass it on to them or get back to you with their availability.

(Important: Not all pros are available for all services. If your chosen pro’s photo isn’t on the service page you’re interested in, it means they’re unavailable for that particular service.)

If you still need help, please contact us.

Yes, if you’d like to submit your script for a Proofread, Line Edit, or Rewrite/Polish, but it’s written in a non-screenwriting program (which we don’t accept) like MS Word, we can perform a complete professional reformat using the screenwriting software of your choice.

Once reformatted, you could then purchase the desired service as per normal.

Simply contact us, attaching a copy of the script (or at least five pages) and stating the it’s page count and we’ll get back to you with a quote for the reformat.

If you still need help, please contact us.


We have two types of turnaround time available:



1. Standard 14 days (approximate). 

This means you will receive your work back roughly within two weeks. We cannot guarantee a return of your work exactly on Day 14—it could be a day or two later, so hang tight!

2. Rush

. If you order a 3- or 7-Day Rush service, you will receive your work back three or seven days later, starting from the day after purchase.

This is calendar days too, so includes weekends and most holidays.

(For example, if you purchase a 3-Day Rush at 4 pm on a Monday, Day #1 of the countdown will start on Tuesday as the first full day. So you can expect your notes back no later than midnight Thursday.

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Rush orders received after 12 pm PST will be processed the following morning and the turnaround countdown will start from that day.

(For example, if you purchase a 3-Day Rush at 6 pm on a Monday, it’ll count as a Tuesday purchase and so Day #1 will be Wednesday and you’ll receive your notes back no later than midnight Friday.

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(All times are Pacific Standard Time.)



If you still need help, please contact us.

Unfortunately, once a script’s been allocated to a pro we’re unable to accept further drafts. 

However, if you have made some major story changes (i.e. not just correcting typos, formatting or making light edits) contact us and we will give you a quote for resubmitting depending on how much work the reader has already done.

Please note: If we do accept a new draft, the turnaround time will start again from the time and date we receive it.

Yes, it depends on whether you purchase a Feature service, TV service, Short Film or Synopsis service. All extra pages can be added to your order during checkout. 


Feature screenplay page limit: If you’re sending in a feature script (for a movie) for any of our services, the page count limit is 125 pages (not including the title page). 

If your script is 126 pages or over, you’ll see an option during checkout to purchase extra pages. Each page limit is charged at $2 per page for all coverage/consultancy call services and $4 per page for Proofread, Line Edit and Margin Notes services.

TV script page limit: If you’re sending in a television pilot for any of our services, the page count limit is 65 pages (not including the title page). 

If your script is 66 pages or over, you’ll see an option during checkout to purchase extra pages. Each page limit is charged at $2 per page for all coverage/consultancy call services and $4 per page for Proofread, Line Edit and Margin Notes services.

Short film page limit: If you’re sending in a short film for any of our services, the page count limit is 20 pages (not including the title page). 

If your script is 21 pages or over, you’ll see an option during checkout to purchase extra pages. Each page limit is charged at $2 per page for all coverage/consultancy call services and $4 per page for Proofread, Line Edit and Margin Notes services.



Synopsis/treatment page limit: If you’re sending in a synopsis, treatment or outline for any of our services, the word count limit is 4000 words. 

If your word count is over 4000, please contact us stating your document’s word count and we’ll send over a customized purchase link.

If you still need help, please contact us.

We don’t accept scripts written in Word as they almost always have super wonky formatting, look unprofessional and it’s hard to calculate a script’s true length.

So, our advice is to reformat the script first using a professional screenwriting software.

You can choose from one of these best pro software choices currently on the market below, reformat the script, and then send it in to us for the service.

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Or we could reformat the script for you.  

Alternatively, if you don’t have the know-how or time, you could purchase our Script Reformat Service which would completely reformat your script to industry standard, using the screenwriting software of your choice.

Contact us, attaching the script (or at least the first 5 pages), we’ll get back to you with a quote.

Or, the cheaper (but more time intensive) option for you would be to select a screenwriting software and copy the script over to it. Then you could submit as per normal for the service of your choice.

If you still need help, please contact us.



We don’t accept log-in details to perform work in the cloud using programs like Celtx or WriterDuet.

However, if you can export the script to a PDF if you’re looking to purchase coverage, an Initial Assessment or have a Consultancy Call, you can submit that to us.

If you’re looking to have an edit done on your script (Rewrite/Polish, Proofread, Margin Notes or Line Edit), you can export to Final Draft (or similar non-cloud based screenwriting program), or even to a .txt or .rtf file, and we can perform the work and then you can import again into the cloud.

If you still need help, please contact us.

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 few blog posts on the subject that will tell you all you need to know:

Screenwriting Managers List

How To Get A Screenwriting Agent: The Ultimate Guide

How To Sell A Screenplay

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.)

If you still need help, please contact us.

1. Purchase an Initial Assessment. During checkout, once you click “Add to Cart,” you’ll be able to choose your turnaround time, make a $79 payment (or Rush payment), choose your pro writer and upload your script as a PDF.

2. Assess your Initial Assessment! Your writer’s notes will lay out exactly what kind of rewrite or polish your chosen pro believe your script needs. The assessment will also include their estimated turnaround time and project cost. (Please note: We’re unable to give estimates before reading the script and writing up an Initial Assessment.)

3. Have a free email exchange or 15-minute phone consultation. If you’d like to go ahead, you have the option of jumping on a call with your chosen pro to go over any issues or questions about the rewrite/polish.

4. Purchase the script rewrite/polish/ghostwrite. Once you’re happy to sign off the project we’ll send you a (simple, we promise) contract to sign. This will confirm the work we’ve agreed to undertake and that you’re happy for us to get started. Copyright will remain 100 percent with you, the writer.

5. Review your new script. Once you’ve received your rewritten or polished script, we’ll be in touch to make sure you’re 100 percent happy and you’re, of course, free to reach out with any queries or feedback at any time.

Here’s Scott Parisen, one of our pro screenwriters, explaining the service:

If you still need help, please contact us.


If you have a question we haven’t covered, please check out our extensive FAQs page. We look forward to working with you!

The Script Reader Pro team