My nephew and fellow author Lee Goldberg
writes a fabulous weblog (note link to it over <—- there). This post from his site is so good, I had to repost it here. The illustrations are covers of Lee’s books, which you should purchase right away.
I spoke about screenwriting and breaking into television at a writer’s
conference in San Francisco. Afterwards, I mingled with the attendees and had some
bizarre conversations. Here’s a sampling…
I said, resisting the urge to strangle her. "It’s like a writing a
play, only for the camera instead of a theatre audience."
"I’ve written a book but everyone tells me it s a TV series," the man said. "How do I make it into a TV series."
can’t, " I said, and gave my standard speech about how ideas are cheap
and execution is everything, how networks go to people with TV
experience, or who have written hit movies, or who have written
bestselling novels, blah blah blah. And when I got done, he stared at
me. I got stared at a lot that day.
you haven’t established yourself as a writer in any field," I said.
"Why would a network, studio or producer buy a TV series idea from you?"
have a great idea for a movie," a woman said to me. "What’s the market
like for true stories about black lesbians in the 1880s?"
don’t think studios are looking for scripts to fill that particular
niche," I said, "but there’s always a market for good stories that are
are hard work," a man said to me. "Could I write an episode of a
mystery show but leave out the mystery for someone else to do?"
people in Hollywood don’t make it easy, do you? That’s the problem with
the Industry. They are constantly creating obstacles so people can’t