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Tired of plugging away on
your script by yourself?

As writers, we sometimes realize we’re going round and round in circles working on the same script… In other words, we realize we’ve taken it as far as we can by ourselves.

Are you spending months or even years on your script by yourself and NOT MAKING THE PROGRESS you’d like?

Is your script MISSING SOMETHING, large or small, that you can’t quite put your finger on?

Is it failing to GRAB THE ATTENTION of the industry?

If you’re having problems and you’re not sure what’s wrong with the project, then we recommend hiring one of our pro screenwriters for a Script Doctor Consultation.

But first, just what is a “script doctor” anyway?

Technically the term “script doctor” doesn’t exist as a job title in the entertainment industry.

But for simplicity’s sake, script doctors are pro screenwriters who work without credit on other people’s projects.

A script doctor’s job is to ensure that the creative potential of those films is fully realized on the page.

The traditional Hollywood business model is changing… 

Breaking into Hollywood is a process that demands more from today’s screenwriters than it ever has before.

In the past, developing and packaging a script was the PRODUCER’S RESPONSIBILITY…

If a screenplay presented an idea exciting enough to hold a producer’s interest—whether that script needed a polish to bring out the screenplay’s strengths or a more structural rewrite to deliver on the potential of the idea itself—then that producer would bear the cost of hiring a “script doctor.”

This would be to make sure that the actual screenplay lives up to the writer’s vision for the film.

To read more, check out this post on script doctors. Okay, so that’s the traditional approach… but what’s ours?

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How we’ve made hiring a script doctor a cost-effective option for aspiring writers.

Our entire business model at Script Reader Pro is built around offering screenwriters the TOOLS AND SUPPORT to compete in an industry that can seem impenetrable to new creative voices.

Providing script doctor services at a price point that’s accessible to creators is a vital part of helping new writers move their projects into production.

Our script doctor services are structured to ensure that emerging voices have access to precisely the same level of film development talent that would traditionally be utilized by the studios.

Studio-level support at indie prices.

Every creative project is complicated by three essential problems: quality, cost-effectiveness and speed.

Quality.

Obviously, you need your script to be excellent. Hiring a script doctor is in itself a statement that you are unwilling to compromise when it comes to quality.

Our writers understand this, and they will provide you with work that reflects the top of their professional craft.

Cost-effectiveness.

When it comes to money, studios will pay script doctors in amounts that compare very favorably with writer’s guild minimums.

But our fees are a fraction of what these services would be worth to a studio. Cost is an area where we know our clients need some extra effort from us.

Speed.

Keeping our demands flexible when it comes to the time commitment our script doctors are making to our clients is what makes it possible for us to offer their services at independent rates.

During the Script Doctor Consultation, our writers will propose deadlines for the work that fit specifically within their schedules.

Every writer on our script doctor team provides this service with a level of excellence that’s consistent with the best studio development teams.

Furthermore, they can do it ON A BUDGET that makes sense as a professional expense for emerging screenwriters and indie filmmakers.

Pick one of our pro screenwriters to review your script depending on their genre specialty.

You can read their full bios and credits here.

How our script doctor process works.

Script doctor work is time-consuming and very creatively involved. That’s why it’s super important that you hire the best writer for your project.

Because it’s very important for you to work with a script doctor who shares or enhances your vision for the project, we ask every potential client to first purchase a Script Doctor Consultation. It’s costs just $99.

Included in that consultation, we offer:

• 1+ page assessment. Our script doctor will detail the work they’re proposing, as well as why they believe it’s necessary.

If you include any comments with your submission regarding the work you think your screenplay requires, this will be an opportunity for the script doctor to share any deeper concerns they believe may have been overlooked.

This is, in essence, the script doctor’s chance to make recommendations that they believe will best serve your overall CREATIVE VISION for the project.

Please rest assured that the comments in the assessment are only recommendations. 

You are free to demand whatever work you believe is necessary, and the script doctor is free to accept or refuse that workload.

• Quote on script doctor services. The assessment comes with a quote from us on the work outlined by your chosen script doctor.

If you’re not satisfied with the plan outlined in your assessment, then it’s important to know that different script doctors will likely have different strategies for moving your script forward.

Buying a Script Doctor Consultation from a second script doctor is always preferable to paying for creative services you don’t believe are necessary.

If you’re happy, then included in the consultation fee is a half-hour call with the script doctor of your choice.

• Half-hour consultation call. In order to make sure the client understands the depth of the work involved in the rewrite or polish, as well to ensure that the script doctor has an opportunity to gather any and all information necessary to understanding the vision and spirit of the work, we follow every Initial Assessment with a half-hour video chat consultation.

If you have questions about the creative process or the work ahead, this meeting is a great time to ask them. If you have questions about the pricing of script doctor services, these will be handled after your call.

If you agree that the work outlined is necessary, then the script doctor can start working towards the deadline they’ve proposed as soon as you make your payment.

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

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

Wonderful! Cleaned my script beautifully and added just the right amount of exposition. I am very pleased! Working with Script Reader Pro a joy!

Salem Mohammed

I usually do not leave reviews, but this company is THE TRUTH!! Alex is beyond fantastic and his staff are definitely the top in the industry. I recommend this service to all writers!!! You will not be disappointed! I look forward to doing more business with you~~!!!!! SCRIPT READER PRO IS TRULY NUMBER 1.

Tosh Homme

My bloated 123-page screenplay is going to transform soon to a 100- to 105-page lean, mean, fighting machine which I truly believe is going to be my foot into the door of this crazy business called screenwriting.

William Parsons

Check out a sample 1+ page Initial Assessment.

We don’t accept credits. We never accept royalties. All work completed is 100 percent your own. All we ask is that you invite us to the premiere 🙂

Check out a sample Rewrite/Polish Initial Assessment below or download a copy here.

Click the link below to get started by purchasing an Initial Assessment at $99.

Please note: You’ll receive an email letting you know we’ve successfully received your script and you will receive your Initial Assessment back in approximately 14 days from the date of purchase. Or within your chosen Rush service turnaround time. (Remember if you choose to go ahead with the rewrite or polish the $99 will be deducted from the overall cost.)

Got questions? Please check out the How the Process Works section and FAQs below.

And remember: this price is for scripts up to 125 pages. If yours is longer, you’ll be able to purchase extra pages during checkout, at $2 per page over 125.

Below are just a few of the movies and TV shows our pros have written during their careers.

Everything you’ll get with your Script Doctor Consultation and project.

Let us know your vision for your project and we’ll take care of the rest. Here’s what you’ll get:

• 1+ pages of notes from your chosen script doctor on how they’d approach the polish or rewrite on your script.

• A half-hour consultancy call to give you the chance to speak to your script doctor and iron out any issues or queries you may have.

Sign off on your Script Doctor Consultation, give us the go-ahead and this is what you’ll get with your rewrite/polish:

• A “light,” “medium” or “heavy” rewrite/polish. Your chosen script doctor will rewrite your story, characters, dialogue, etc. according to the brief outlined in the 1+ page Initial Assessment. Or polish the scenes, description or dialogue.

• Industry connections. If our reader really likes your script they may ask you if you’d like them to pass it on to their manager or agent or other industry contacts.

• Guaranteed 5-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 doctor services on our Reviews page.

This is our proven step-by-step system for elevating writers’ scripts to the next level. Remember that old quote: “The best way to walk through a minefield… is in someone else’s footsteps”?

For years, Script Reader Pro clients have been asking us for a more hands-on writing solution. Now we’re finally ready to offer it to you.

Be sure to check out our 5-star Facebook and Google reviews. 

To see more wonderful messages from our previous clients, here’s our reviews page.

I highly recommend SRP – all their readers are pros who know the business inside out. The notes I’ve received are insightful and will help me improve my story. I will definitely use their services once I’ve finished writing my next draft.

Konrad Paterek

Everything was very well managed and it is a superb service. We highly recommend them, it was money well spent! Far better than sending off to the unknown “script-writers” which we used in the past, who scammed us and charged most unreasonable amounts. We definitely will use this service again on our future projects.

Patricia Shahrivar

My experience with Script Reader Pro was tremendous! Not only was the communication easy and quick, but the work they provided was affordable and to the utmost standard! I highly recommend their service and will continue to work with them.

Seyni NDaw

This offer is only for serious writers who are ready for BIG changes in their screenwriting career.

There are more FAQs at the end of this page, but here are a few key points worth taking into account:

• We’re unable to give quotes without the purchase of a Script Doctor Consultation first. Ballpark figures, though, for a rewrite or polish are anywhere between $1,000 and $15,000.

• Copyright remains 100 percent with you, the writer. We don’t make any claim on your intellectual property. No credits. No royalties. No additional fees.

We do not offer further rewrites without additional cost. While we do guarantee that the finished work will meet the standards established by the script doctor’s assessment of the script, we’re unable to do further work on the script without another quote.

• We are also unable to guarantee your freshly rewritten or polished script industry success once you receive it. No script doctor service on earth will be able to guarantee this outcome and we advise you to take any company’s services that do with a large grain of salt.

If we’re able to help make your script truly exceptional, it could get passed on to our industry contacts.

If your chosen writer loves your script after the Rewrite/Polish, they may ask if you’d like them to pass it on to their manager, agent or other industry contacts.

Now, you could always keep going
at it alone.

Let’s take a look at a few of your other options other than signing up for our Script Rewrite/Polish service:

• Keep getting script coverage, reading dozens of screenwriting books and blog posts without really knowing if you’re on the right track… Attend seminars, festivals, etc. and spending thousands of dollars just to be one of the hundreds of other screenwriters in an audience…

• Hire a different pro screenwriter to rewrite/polish your script. You are, of course, welcome to scour the internet to try and find another writer with comparable credits and experience as our team. But choose wisely. Will you know who’s performing the work or will it be a pair of initials? Are they working writers or just script consultants or “script doctors” with no professional writing credits?

• Enroll on a screenwriting MFA and spend upward of $100,000, while also committing one to three years of your life and leaving in debt…

While some of these options may well be achievable, they’re often expensive, time-consuming and based on passive solo learning.

BUT this is what 95 percent of all aspiring screenwriters end up doing. As a result they:

• Struggle to master the craft. They keep making the same mistakes over and over regarding structure, dialogue, characters, theme and so on. Then they get frustrated and feel like giving up because no-one’s interested in their work.

• Feel lost and alone, like they’ve got the will but not the way. Writing’s a lonely business, but it needn’t be that lonely. As we said earlier, even the best sometimes need a hand.

• Lose motivation (and time) to write while juggling work, family, friends, etc. When things aren’t going well writing-wise it becomes even harder to stay motivated to write. And a downward spiral of inactivity ensues…

Sound familiar? Maybe right now you’re thinking…

Am I ever going to get where I want to be as a writer?

But there’s no need to.

Because we’ve been in your shoes, we know what it takes to go from aspiring screenwriter to professional screenwriter. That means we know how to get you there too.

While we’re happy to work with most writers on their scripts, we’re usually unable to help writers who:

• Want a script rewritten that’s a hot mess. We’re great writers but we can’t perform miracles. If your script is written in MS Word, is 210 pages long and doesn’t contain a coherent story, this probably isn’t the service for you. We recommend you get it checked out with one of our much cheaper script coverage services first.

Expect guaranteed industry success after receiving their polish or rewrite. As we are working with the material we are given and have no control over who it will be sent to, how it will be sent, or what each personal reaction will be. Therefore, we cannot guarantee writers that they will definitely be able to win a contest, gain representation or sell their script afterward. And you should probably run a mile from companies that do.

Expect their chosen writer to automatically pass their script on to industry contacts. This Script Doctor rewrite/polish service isn’t a one-way ticket to getting a script read by our writers’ contacts. It does happen, but we make absolutely no guarantees on this front.

Want 24/7 contact with their writer. If you’re looking for a situation where you can email your chosen writer or jump on a call with them whenever inspiration strikes, this isn’t the service for you. Contact is strictly limited to the half-hour consultancy call or follow-up emails after receiving the Initial Assessment or rewritten/polished script. (Other Script Consultancy calls may, of course, be purchased at any time.)

Sound good? Then we’d LOVE to work with you. 

In just a few days you could have a blueprint in your hands
for a new rewritten or polished version of your script.

Ready to get started? You can do so by purchasing an Initial Assessment on your script for $99 below.

You’ll receive an email letting you know we’ve successfully received your script and you will receive your Initial Assessment back in approximately 14 days from the date of purchase. Or within your chosen Rush service turnaround time.

Got questions? Please check out the How the Process Works section and FAQs below.

And remember: this price is for scripts up to 125 pages. If yours is longer, you’ll be able to purchase extra pages during checkout, at $2 per page over 125.

How the process works
step-by-step.

Ready to let a pro screenwriter take a deep dive on your script and bring your vision to life? Get started by following the simple instructions below:

1. Click Add to Cart button. You’ll be transferred to a secure checkout form. Don’t worry, it’s all very quick and easy.

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

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

4. Upload your script/synopsis/TV bible, etc. Please attach your work as a PDF file.

5. Choose your preferred pro writer(s). You will also have the opportunity here to describe in detail the kind of work you’re looking to have performed on your script/synopsis/TV bible, etc.

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

7. Assess your Initial Assessment! Your writer’s notes will lay out exactly what kind of rewrite or polish they 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.)

8. Schedule a free 30-minute consultancy call. 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.

9. Purchase the rewrite/polish. 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.

10. Review your new draft. Once you’ve received your rewritten or polished script, feel free to reach out with any queries, concerns or feedback.

FAQs.

A Rewrite/Polish isn’t a back-and-forth, collaboration-style service but you can book a free 15-minute call with your chosen writer before they get to work.

Once you’ve signed off the project as outlined in the Initial Assessment, 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.

The writer will then work independently on your script.

Once you receive your freshly rewritten or polished script, you’ll then be able to reach out with any queries or concerns.

We’re confident you’ll be super happy but, in the unlikely event that you’re not, we’ll make sure that you are. This means any extra work that needs to be performed by us, will be—free of charge.

Yes! We won’t claim any copyright over your work at all during the process.

Every script that’s sent to us remains 100 percent the author’s intellectual property, and we will under no circumstances release, or let your script be viewed, by any third party without your prior consent.

We also won’t ask for any hidden fees and don’t accept royalties. We’re just here to help you make it as a screenwriter and all we ask is that you invite us to the premiere 🙂

No, the Initial Assessment is simply a page or so of notes on your script to make sure it’s a good fit for a Rewrite/Polish.

If it is, you’ll then be free either purchase a Rewrite/Polish or not. It’s up to you!

We have two types of turnaround time available:

Standard 14 days (approximate). 

This means you will receive your Initial Assessment 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!

Rush.

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

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.

Rush orders received after 2 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.

(All times are Pacific Standard Time.)

It all depends on the scope and amount of work required for each individual project so we’re unable to give estimates.

It will definitely be over the cost of our script coverage services, though, so not in the $200 to $500 range.

Your completed Initial Assessment will include an estimated turnaround time to complete the work. Depending on the project it could be anywhere from two weeks to two months.

Please attach your script as a PDF for the Initial Assessment, but if you decide to go ahead we’d need the script in the editable file it was written in.

Unfortunately, we don’t accept improperly formatted scripts or scripts written in Word, Celtx or WriterDuet, due to difficulties with editing and formatting.

If your script looks something like this one below, please contact us first before purchasing at submissions@scriptreaderpro[dot]com

During checkout you will have the option to purchase extra pages for your script if it’s over 125, at $2 per page.

If you’d like to send in a synopsis/TV bible/treatment, etc. and it’s significantly over 4000 words, please email us at submissions[at]scriptreaderpro.com quoting the word count and that you’re looking to purchase extra pages for an Initial Assessment for a Rewrite/Polish.

Yes, we can offer payment in two 50/50 split pay installments. Please email us at submissions[at]scriptreaderpro.com after receiving your Initial Assessment if you’d like to set up a pay half now, pay half on completion of the work option. 

Our readers are super busy and so, unfortunately, are unable to examine extra materials, such as synopses, treatments, TV bibles, novels, or character breakdowns for context.

Ideally, your script should make sense and work as a stand-alone piece when you send it to us, just like in a real-world submission.

If there’s something super important you think the reader should know about the story, however, feel free to let them know on the form during checkout.

Or:

If you have a synopsis, treatment, TV bible or outline and would like your chosen pro to give feedback on too, you can purchase Synopsis/Treatment Coverage here.

For character breakdowns, research notes, photos, videos, etc. please contact us at submissions[at]scriptreaderpro.com and we will give you a quote.

Why keep struggling on alone chasing your own tail when you could give your script a revamp and take it to the next level?

You may realize by now that you have two choices:

1. Keep going at it alone, trying to start or finish your script by yourself, getting frustrated and not knowing how to solve its story, character or structural problems.

OR:

2. Get serious and invest in your writing career by hiring professional help.

If you have any questions we haven’t covered, check out our knowledge base or feel free to email us at any time.

We look forward to working with you!