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A comprehensive guide for newbies and seasoned writers alike
on 15 July 2012
Broken down into three sections, "Breaking In", "Making A Living" and "The Art & Craft of Writing For Television Audiences", THE INSIDER'S GUIDE TO WRITING FOR TELEVISION is a comprehensive guide for newbies and seasoned writers alike. Forthright and easy to read, the book does not blind the reader with formulas, unlike many scriptwriting books. Particularly valuable is the section on how to approach and work with agents - one of the most misunderstood aspects of the business. I also thought the section on commissions and options and whether or not to sign a deal was really illuminating. As a script reader myself I was pleased to see the books focus on audience, schedules and market share - something many spec TV pilots appear to forget all about.
Though the focus is on TV writing, in my opinion screenwriters interested in writing feature films would also benefit from reading it, not only because they too work with agents, but so they can see how the two worlds of TV and Film differ *and* cross over. Recommended.