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by Script Reader Pro in How to Sell a Screenplay
October 27, 2014 23 comments
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Screenwriting Pitch Sites: Are They Worth It and Which Ones are the Best?

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?

Instead of soliciting your script blindly and getting nowhere, there are avenues for writers  that might get you noticed. One of them is utilizing online screenwriting pitch sites.

However, while you do have a chance of connecting with an industry professional using screenwriting pitch sites, it can still be very hard to do.

In our opinion, there are only three screenwriting pitch sites worth considering. Here they are:

Top 3 Scriptwriting Pitch Sites

For a fee of anywhere from $65 to $175, you can pay to have a screenplay submission site host it or send it to industry folks for you.

Some services include script reviews, assessments, or access to a library of managers, directors and producers.

The only screenwriting pitch sites we’d recommend you pay to help circulate your script around Hollywood are:

♦  The Blacklist

♦  InkTip

♦  Spec Scout

These screenwriting submission sites can also view your script and contact you if they like it. Be aware that a large percent of writers who use screenwriting pitch sites like these, just end up paying a lot of money with few results.

The Dark Side of Using a Screenwriting Pitch Site 

Be particularly guarded when it comes to paying companies who will list your script along with hundreds of others. And be wary of any site that wants a large fee.

Some pitch sites entice aspiring writers by making them feel as if this list is extremely exclusive. Technically it may be because you have to pay to be on it, but that’s where the exclusivity ends.

Some make producers and execs pay to use them too. But would bona fide industry people really go to these sites first to find 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 scripts in hopes to find that gem. Sorry, but that’s the truth.

The Alternative to Scriptwriting Pitch Sites

In many cases, you are much better off signing up at IMDb Pro and making real connections there.

For less money than joining a few screenwriting pitch sites, you will get the contact info for managers, agents, producers, etc. In other words, actual people who will give your script the time of day (provided you have an amazing pitch, of course.)

Plus, with IMDb Pro, 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 an internet search if you’re listed on IMDb Pro than in an online screenwriting pitch site.

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Have you used online screenwriting pitch sites? How did you find them? Or do you use the IMDb Pro method? Tell us your experiences in the comments section below.

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23 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. Sammie says:

    I have a script on the black list and it’s definitely one of the best screenwriting pitch sites online. Good post. thanks.

  7. Chanderasakera says:

    Is there any way I can speak to one of your professional screenwriters? I have a project I think you may being interested in. Thank you for your time.

  8. Kathy says:

    Hello, I just found this site and I’m a 16 years old screenwriter so it has been helping me very much. Just wanted to say hi and thanks.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Hi Kathy, you’re in the right place if you want to learn all about screenwriting 🙂

  9. 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.

  10. Andrea says:

    Since 1995, I’ve always been afraid to show people my script, for even if they use it & you sue, they will have made off good from your script only paying you something for using it. And people have complained copyright laws didn’t matter in court or or their case. Any advice on that?

  11. Tad Wojnicki says:

    Where are the people who have pitched successfully? Their voices are not heard here. Well, sure! They are not interested in gobbling up this great article …They are out and about living a dream.

  12. John Hamilton says:

    Remember folks, if your story is not great and production ready, it doesn’t matter how great your pitch is and who you pitch it to.

    Focus on the craft of telling your story in a unique way, but be well above average when executing. Have colleagues read it and provide honest feedback. If it comes back with a recommend, get some coverage or submit to a contest. If you place well there, you may get several interested parties for the price of submission. If you fail along the way, get notes and rewrite, but be vigilant and fearless to slash and cut to rebuild something better.

    I’m no expert so take my advice with a grain of salt. I just go by what I read and hear the actual experts, like Amanda.

    Keep writing.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Great advice, thanks, John!

  13. Carmen M Smith says:

    I think all of those sites are just out for your hard-earned money. You’re better off contacting a screenplay manager or agent, even a production company, on your own.

  14. Lanre Ayanlowo says:

    METALLIC MAN

    In 2003, a pregnant woman is driving all alone at night towards Chicago City, when a meteors-rock balls fall off from the sky, on her car. She becomes terribly afraid, and there is nobody to help her remove it. She struggles out of the car, to remove the heavy burning meteors-rock away, suddenly, she as a cut on her hand, and she bleeds, crying, but she looks again, all appears normal.

    I’m ready to sell any of the Screenplay to a good buyer. Thanks

  15. Stefano Pavone says:

    I don’t understand why so many of these sites (not all) charge such a high fee, it’s annoying. I just want to get my stuff out there, I shouldn’t have to pay an extortionate amount of money every time (IMDb Pro seems reasonable enough, I’ve used it before). I’ve been writing screenplays for 15 years and no-one – NO-ONE – has given me any guidance or assistance. I had to learn the trade secrets on my own, and I’ve learned that people who want to become actors have a higher chance of success than people who want to become writers (we’re considered beneath the bottom of the barrel).

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Screenwriting pitch sites are just an option, though. You don’t have to pay anyone to write a great script, network, query managers, producers, execs, etc. and get your work out there.

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