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Are you looking for one of the secret decoder rings owned by all successful screenwriters? Or at least a map with a spot marked X? Sit down with Max Adams. She'll tell you all about the writer's place in Hollywood.

Adams courteously assumes that you can already write or that you can at least get your hands on one of the zillions of books about writing techniques. She conce

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Paperback, 2nd Edition, 360 pages
Published July 10th 2013 by The Academy of Film Writing (first published March 1st 2001)
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Doug Solter
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a must-have guide for any screenwriter who wants to run the Hollywood gauntlet to get their script sold. This book gives you the tools to help build a lasting writing career with indispensable insider information about Pitching, Meetings, Networking, Agents, Producers, Critique groups, Potential traps...you name it and it's all in this book. Max Adams' humor and wit are on every page with the attitude of a Hollywood veteran giving out priceless advice. I switched from Screenwriting to No ...more
Debi Yazbeck
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The New Screenwriter's Survival Guide is crushingly, refreshingly honest. It brings a chuckle and a cringe in the same sentence and never fails to entertain. The insight into what the movie world is really like is a bit frightening but appreciated (when I make it there, maybe I won't be a complete moron, sigh).
Max is an amazing teacher (I am completely qualified to say that after eight classes with her), and she upholds that reputation in The New Screenwriter's Survival Guide. She tells it as it
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James Foley
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Max published the original Screenwriter's Survivsl Guide I thought it was a shame that it wasn't around before I went to Hollywood. I'm not saying it would have left a trail of breadcrumbs leading to success but I am saying that there were several mistakes that might have been avoided. The new version is even better because the quick witted Max is a quick learner and not afraid to say what she learned and how she learned it. She is also a funny writer and an extremely clear one.
If you are a
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Robin
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Max Adams' "The New Screenwriter's Survival Guide" is a fun, breezy, hard finger-flick to the forehead for the Hollywood uninitiated. It's an education cover to cover of unwritten screenwriter etiquette regarding scripts, managers, producers, and agents. Its conversational tone and hard knocks stories make for a memorable experience. Other guides cover the basics, but Max gives the reader the benefit of her experience -- things she would have never done had someone had thought to write a Screenw ...more
Dijana
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read for the aspiring and seasoned screenwriters alike or total newcomers to the game. Max Adams delivers an informative guide of hows, whys and do's and don't's for all concerned. Funny at times (at the author's own expense), The Survival Guide arms the reader with know how and 'tools' of the trade.
Even if you're not serious about your writing and do not want to become a screenwriter, this book will change your perception about reading.
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Stacy Baker
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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this is my go-to book for navigating hollywood. it shares everything you need to know to land a deal from a perspective you can only get from having a seat at the table. hilarious, insightful, honest.
Patricia Burroughs
This is the book you need if you want to be a screenwriter. Max Adams doesn't stick to the basics. She gives you info you never thought to ask, whether it's what to wear to meetings (and the message you send with your clothes) or how to pitch. This should be in every screenwriting library. ...more
Angelia Almos
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great advice and tips. Written in an easily understood manner. Once you're ready to start selling that spec screenplay be sure to read this book. ...more
Pamela
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The how to, must-have book on conquering Hollywood mayhem. Max Adams knows her stuff!
Tim
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I havent seen any of her movies, but this is a very nice guide to what it must be like to be a working screenwriter. There is a lot of advice about the business side of things. How to deal with agents, producers, and contracts. How to sell your scripts and get recognized. (Excuse me, I couldnt resist the urge to write like Ms. Adams there for a minute. She regularly writes in blunt fragments. Does it all the time. And what does she also use? Question marks that pop up conversationally? Yup.) Ada ...more
James Joyce
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone wanting a screenwriting career

Max Adams did the job, before deciding to teach it. She's worked for half a dozen film studios, written films (including Excess Baggage), taught, lectured, tamed lions (or beginning screenwriters, at least), etc.. She knows whereof she speaks.

This isn't about how to write book. It's about how to make a career as a screenwriter. Although all the major issues of scripts are covered, the focus is on the career: meetings, sales, taxes and death.

Every screenwriter can benefit from this book, working
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Greg K
Oct 23, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty dated (I read the original edition) and surprisingly full of typos and punctuation errors, BUT entertaining and chock-full of interesting info. Certainly a helpful guide for the unproven screenwriter.
Karen Bateman
I love Max. Met her at a seminar for the Utah Screenwriter's Project. Lots of good advice, written in her speaking style, so a little difficult to read - but well worth it.
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Brandon Clutton
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best resource for screenwriters. I highly recommend this book be read before submitting to agencies and producers.
Gwenda Bond
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Max is one of the smartest people out there, and I'd recommend this book to anyone who's considering the business of screenwriting. No nonsense, just smarts. ...more
Eugene Caputi
A little glib but useful to read
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Max Adams is an author and award winning screenwriter. She has written professionally for Columbia Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Universal Pictures, Walt Disney Studios, and Tri-Star Pictures. She has lectured and taught at University of Southern California, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Film Arts Foundation, New York Film Academy, Gotham Writers, University of Utah, and ...more

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