"It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times?!"
1) While I had some success querying producers and production companies, an agent or manager sure would have been helpful. Tracking down contact information and staying up on the latest script sales wasn't that difficult. However, there's just so much to make sense of and sort through. Maybe it's easier with no/low budget scripts, but I didn't hear about unrepped writers making big deals — especially given the current economic climate. Gonna shift my focus a bit...
2) I've covered this point before, but it's worth repeating: not all screenwriting contests are created equal. Although the genre contests have been good to me, they haven't translated into reads or requests. I'm entering two scripts in the Nicholl Fellowship and that's it — okay, maybe trackingb in a quiet moment of desperation.
3) If you're lucky enough to get a read request, don't blow it with a script that hasn't been proofed six ways 'til Sunday. Still kicking myself over that one. I fear the bad coverage may haunt my script forever.
4) It's probably a good idea to send out a batch of query letters (more than twenty), in order to judge its effectiveness.
5) Checking your in-box every five minutes is the quickest route to insanity. They'll respond when they respond. Not too long ago, I received an e-mail from the legal department of a production company, informing me that they didn't accept unsolicited material — nearly two months after I sent the query!
Interesting year. We'll see what develops in 2011. Good luck, everyone!
BTW, somehow I ended up on the 60 Best Blogs for Aspiring Screenwriters, which was unexpected to say the least. You never know who'll stumble across your blog and find it worthwhile. Thanks to my readers!