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  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions (1 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932907769
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932907766
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 23.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,533,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michele Wallerstein is an internationally known Screenplay, Novel and Career Consultant, and the author of "MIND YOUR BUSINESS: A Hollywood Literary Agent's Guide to Your Writing Career." Her work with writers includes helping them get their work into shape so that it is marketable for the Hollywood community and/or the publishing world. Michele's career consulting also consists of private meetings where she can answer all of the questions that new writers have about their creative work as well as questions about the business side of their creative life. Prior to becoming a consultant and author, Michele was a Hollywood literary agent where she represented Writers, Directors and Producers in Motion Pictures, Movies for Television and Television Series.
See her web site at: www.novelconsultant.com
Email Michele at: novelconsult@yahoo

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Former Hollywood literary agent Michele Wallerstein explains the secrets of manoeuvering in the world of Hollywood screenwriters. The text includes chapters on the agent-client relationship, how to network successfully, and the differences between agents, personal managers, business managers and lawyers.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Must Read for Screenwriters 15 Jun. 2010
By Trevor Mayes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Congratulations. After years of writing, you're finally at a place where you have several great scripts.

Now what?

Do you need an agent or should you look for a manager? A personal manager or a business manager? What about an entertainment lawyer? What's the difference between them all? How do you even go about getting one?

Or maybe you're already getting some traction in the industry. Things are starting to move quickly. Do you have the answers you need to navigate those dangerous waters, where one misstep can make or break your career?

Fortunately the answers to these questions, and many more, are now in this book.

While reading Mind Your Business, I was elated to discover such valuable insights and practical advice. In addition to answering the questions already noted, the book covered important, timely topics, including:

* The "business" aspect of "show business"
* Writing for film vs. television
* Key screenwriting tips for both mediums
* Choosing what to write next
* Clarifying the agent/screenwriter relationship and responsibilities
(there's a great chapter called: "What does an agent do all day?")
* Exercises to enhance your career and knowledge base
* Conducting yourself in a meeting
* Example contracts
* Cautionary tales for screenwriters
* Practical networking advice
* When to change agencies
* The truth behind those script sales figures
* Why working for free is a bad idea
* Hollywood lingo and resources for screenwriters

... All of that, and more, written in a frank and witty style.

I highly recommend this book. Knowledge is power, and Mind Your Business makes you "strong like bull." It's a handy reference, chock full of important, hard-to-come-by information.

Order your copy right now. You'll be happy you did.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Thorough, smart, terrifying, and uplifting 15 Jun. 2010
By Susan Bridges - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Michele's book is unfailingly honest. She will not hesitate to tell you what works and what doesn't. She knows what she's talking about; she's got more than 25 years of experience to back up her words!

She shares information on building a career vs. making a sale, guidance on those complicated contracts, and she tells you what those six-figure sales in the trades REALLY mean for writers (not as much cash as you think).

When you are fortunate enough to get meetings with professionals in the business, she tells you what to wear, what to say, when to speak up, when to be quiet, when you should stand up for yourself, and when you need to let it go.

Reading her book, you'd think Michele would be jaded and bitter. Not so. Her love for Hollywood shines through on every page. She respects writers, the process, and the business, and she believes that working in the entertainment industry is the greatest thing in the world. She's encouraging, firm, and funny, and she understands the personal sacrifices of being a writer.

Every aspiring professional screenwriter needs to read this book -- more than once!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Great Business Plan for Your Career 7 Sept. 2010
By Jeffrey Hirschberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Let's say you have a screenplay. You've read all the books, taken the right classes, written the right number of drafts. Now, what? Most writers need help creating their own business plan and Michele Wallerstein's book can help you get there. She brings a wealth of experience to her book -- taking the writer through every phase of networking, getting a representative, and getting your work notice. If you have a finished script and are wondering what to do with it, this is the perfect book for the second Act of your career.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Should be required reading for all screenwriters 15 Sept. 2010
By P. Berinstein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
All aspiring screenwriters--actually, all screenwriters, whether aspiring or working--should read this book. According to the author, who should certainly know what she's talking about after 25 years as a Hollywood agent, even skilled, successful writers can unwittingly sabotage their careers if they behave badly. Even though it should be a given that you dress, pitch, and treat studio executives in certain ways, apparently many screenwriters don't understand that if you don't obey these "rules," you can derail your career. Michele Wallerstein cites example after example of former clients who were riding high, but got greedy, sloppy, or just plain arrogant, and flamed out. Fortunately, she also explains what you should do to keep your career on track, and it's not rocket science.

You don't get this kind of information from other books about screenwriting. Sure, story, character and structure matter. But those things mean nothing unless you understand how Hollywood works. Read this book and follow Michele's advice to the letter, and you will be gold in this town. Ignore it, and you'll be better off studying accounting.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Create Your Own Destiny 23 Aug. 2010
By Jennifer Grisanti - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In her book, "Mind Your Business," Michele Wallerstein takes the reader into the agent's perspective of how to have a successful writing career. Her insight is brilliant and coming from a place of knowledge. She empowers the writer to be an entrepreneur and be in charge of their career while guiding them how to have a partnership with their representatives that will bring about the strongest end results. Coming from the perspective of having launched several tremendously successful writing careers, Michele provides the writer with the know how of what to expect in the process, how to be a strong client, what to write, how to write it and how to reach your career destination.

Jen Grisanti - Author, Story Consultant
Author of upcoming book "Story Line: Finding Gold In Your Life Story," Writing Instructor for NBC's Writers on the Verge, Blogger for The Huffington Post, Story Consultant at JGCI
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