Thursday, February 18, 2010

Adventures in Querying

I did say something about being more pro-active this year, because it's highly unlikely that the heavens will part and a spec sale is going to fall right into my lap. I've been querying production companies for the last couple of weeks... pretty lame adventure so far. Had a brief nibble, but the synopsis didn't quite match their tastes, or I might have given away too much.

I'm around two dozen e-mail queries at this point. The low response rate is a bit disheartening, but also to be expected. According to a post on by Ashley Scott Meyers, a 2% positive response to an e-mail query is pretty good. Odds are slightly better with faxes and good old-fashioned snail mail. Gonna try a couple of those.

There is one positive to take away from a rejection: they're willing to read material. If not this script, then maybe the next.

Surprisingly, it's not that difficult to track down contact information. Google is your friend, which probably explains the low response rates. These producer's inboxes are being flooded with dozens of query letters and unsolicited scripts. I'm sure there are mass deletions every morning. Thanks a lot, Hacks!

At this point, it's a waiting game. Query. E-Mail. Wait. Tweak. Query. E-mail. Wait. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. I'll keep you posted if anything develops.


onipar... said...

Yeah, i know how this goes. I recently took a break from querying agents about a novel. Also had a couple nibbles, but nothing to show for it.

The waiting is probably the hardest part...that or the rejections that come after the waiting.

Good luck.

screamwriter said...

Thanks. Same to you.

Coy said...

Hang in there, Scream. It's good to hear that you're getting yourself out there. There's much to be said about tenacity.

Best of luck.

screamwriter said...



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