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by Amanda Caswell in How To Sell A Screenplay
October 27, 2014 11 comments
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Once you’ve written the “perfect script,” there’s nothing you want more than to get it out there and into the right hands. The problem is, how do you do this?

In this post I’ll be taking a look at one of the more popular methods in recent years: the online screenwriting pitch site. Instead of soliciting your script blindly and getting nowhere, there are avenues for writers like you that might get you noticed. And one of them is utilizing an online screenwriting pitch site.

Keep in mind, however, that while you do have a better chance of connecting with an industry professional using screenwriting pitch sites than simply putting a stamp on your script and stuffing it in an envelope for Hollywood marked “getting noticed,” it can still be very hard to do. In our opinion there are only three screenwriting pitch sites worth considering.

Top 3 Screenwriting Pitch Sites

The only sites I’d recommend to help circulate your script around Hollywood are:

For a fee of anywhere from $65 to $175 you can submit your script and have a variety of services done for you. Some services include script reviews, feedback, assessment (sort of like getting a grade in school) and access to a library of managers, directors and producers.

These people can also view your script and contact you if they like what they see. Those are reasons enough to get on board with an online screenwriting pitch site.

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The Dark Side Of Scriptwriting Pitch Sites 

Be particularly guarded when it comes to paying companies (not the ones listed above) who will list your script along with hundreds of others for a fee.

Some sites entice hopeful scriptwriters by making them feel as if this list is extremely exclusive. Well, technically it is because you have to pay to be on it, but that’s where the exclusivity ends.

And some make producers and executives pay to use them too. But would bona-fide producers and executives really go to these sites first when looking for a new script? The answer is no.

With the tremendous network that proper Hollywood executives have, there is no reason for them to pay the fees to join the site. Or take the time to log on and search among the numerous, mostly awful scripts in hopes to find that gem. Sorry, but that’s the truth.

The Alternative To Scriptwriting Pitch Sites

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If you don’t want to join InkTip, Spec Scout or The Blacklist, you are much better off getting an account at www.imdbpro.com and making real connections there.

For less money than a screenwriting pitch site, you will get addresses, phone numbers and email addresses to potential agents and actual people who will give your script the time of day (provided you have an amazing pitch!).

Plus, with IMDbPro, instead of being a name on a list you can build an entire profile page where people in the industry can find you. You’re more likely to come up in a Google search if you’re listed on IMDbPro than in any a dubious online screenwriting pitch site.

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Have you used an online screenwriting pitch site? How do you find IMDb Pro? Tell us your experiences in the comments section below!

Amanda Caswell is a former scriptwriter for Nickelodeon and currently writes for The Onion and Comedy Central among many others.

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11 Comments
  1. Michael Trotta says:

    Do these sites handle novels?

  2. Lino Mugwanga says:

    Hi Amanda
    Off all the advice I have read today, yours has been the best. Especially your advice on IDMbPRO.

    1. SRP says:

      Thanks Lino!

  3. Duncan says:

    The problem with Black List is their paid reviewers are given guidelines by BL against which to review your scripts. One might think no problem, but have you any idea what these guidelines are? They are not: Is it funny? Is it compelling? Is it original or clichéd? Do the pages turn? etc. Their guidelines are: Is there a strong single protagonist? What is the central character’s motivation? Does the main character have a clear arc? Does this sound familiar to you? It seems Black List adopts a simple model for script evaluation. As a consequence if you do not have a central protagonist you will be marked down. If you don’t explicitly state a character’s motivation (they are not too bright some of these reviewers) you will be marked down. If you have underlying themes, use irony, etc., these are unlikely to be spotted or understood (in my experience). It’s would be best to write formulaic stuff – as we know it’s the rehashing of old idea that keeps the industry afloat.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Interesting comments, Duncan, thanks. We definitely don’t hand out set guidelines for our readers to follow – we’re more about trying to bring out what the writer’s trying to accomplish.

  4. Jorge J Prieto says:

    I’ve used INKTIP and yes have had request for two scripts, although they pass. In last 2 years I’ve been doing live pitches on Stage32 and though once again no request, by the way they charge $30 for eight minutes, I have used them as a practice tool and to discover what is on their (the Executives) and where my scripts are as far as story/protagonists in a very brief pitch. One of the last pitch I did, the Executive someone you’ve all seen his work, gave me a great score, loved the story, but his company is currently producing a similar story. My story deal with bullying and a school shooting. Mind you I wrote this years before the New York stabbing/murder of a student on one of his bullies. Thank you for all that you do for writers Scriptreaderpro.com

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      You’re welcome, Jorge – good luck with your scripts.

  5. Debra says:

    Is this site in any way supported or part of imdbpro.com? I’m a skeptic who wonders if there ever is anything on the web that is not profit or personal gain driven.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      No we’re not affiliated with IMDb Pro.

  6. George Monteiro says:

    Have you had any experience with Fadeinonline, Greenlight My Movie or Virtualpitcchfest? I have received personal responses from the people who read or saw my pitches.

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