The Long Screenwriting Road...
Got a lovely email response from MBA Literary Agents. Sadly, they are inundated and cannot take me on, but I appreciate the time to tell me.
Plus I learned "TV is developing something about the first women’s police officers". Of course they are! Sods law, but I'm not surprised - in fact, it's puzzling that it's not been done before really.
I've been a bit naughty as it goes - I submitted an early draft of Red Star to the Beeb writersroom last year, which wasn't picked up. Two major re-writes, two critiques from the lovely James Burbridge at Raindance and the story has very little in common with that script. Live and learn, right? I'll never submit anything without a thorough review process - and, when that review is complete, review again. Proper thorough!
Anyway, there's a warning on their submissions site - no re-submissions! Oops. I justify my cheekiness with the differences between the stories. Aside from the characters, there is very little in common. I've even renamed it! Gower Chronicles - Operation Red Star. There, let's hope that fools them.
There are a couple of other agencies I'm waiting to hear on, which suggests they too aren't interested! Haha. Just as well I'm rhino-skinned. In my IT job, I do 'pre-sales' meetings with a 80% conversion rate. OK, my conversion rate is way lower with writing (non-existent at the mo, but let's not dwell). Anyway, it feels like the same process. Here's what I'm selling - do you want it, and do you want me to deliver it? No worries i
Today, I'm off to meet Bill Hucthens anyway, with a view to collaborating with him on a couple of scripts. Payment? Writing credits, if we go ahead. LinkedIn approach, so that's cool. My profile is 'sparse', to put it mildly, but happy with the contact. Happy to take a punt if we get on well.
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