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Breakfast with Sharks: A Screenwriter's Guide to Getting the Meeting, Nailing the Pitch, Signing the Deal, and Navigating the Murky Waters of Hollywood

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What They Didn’t Teach You in Your Screenwriting Course

Screenwriters, listen up! Breakfast with Sharks is not a book about the craft of screenwriting. This is a book about the business of managing your screenwriting career, from advice on choosing an agent to tips on juggling three deal-making breakfasts a day. Prescriptive and useful, Breakfast with Sharks is a real guide
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 25th 2004 by Three Rivers Press
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Lisa Kucharski
A great primer for learning the general world of Hollywood when trying to begin a career in screenwriting. The book breaks things down well and keeps it pretty simple. While the odds can seem daunting, he made an interesting comment when asked "is the screenwriting business really as bad as I keep reading? His answer, was that it was easy to get up in the blame game... and that early on- "I decided that my success or failure in the business needed to be squarely on my shoulders. That realization ...more
Alaindominic
Forget about HOW to write a screenplay, this is a very insightful - I'd say indispensable - nuts & bolts BUSINESS book for screenwriters, but not your usual advice - Lent goes into great detail on factors that may seem trivial, but can actually make or break your next project.

He covers everything from why/if/how you need to move to L.A., how to network effectively, how to get a meeting, to how to comport yourself in said meeting, follow ups, pitching techniques for phone and in person, how
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Feb 27, 2008 Lisa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Writers
Recommended to Lisa by: The Writer's Store
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I loved this book. It's an accurate portrayal of Hollywood life and a useful survival guide. When I met a studio exec and asked him some questions, everything was by-the-book: just like the book described it.
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