Friday, August 18, 2006

Might be interesting.....?

Okay, so I had my new idea. I wrote a quick four pages on the basic premise and main characters and have just sent it to my agents.

I thought it might be interesting to track it from this point, putting all the gory details here of it's travels to its probable eventual demise. Just to try to inject an air of mystery we'll call it 'Project X'

Right, here we are on August 19th 2006 [ see how pessimistic I am, I put the year] . The story so far - Basic premise and characters sent to agent for feedback.




In some cases I may also write and attach some basic story outlines. But this premise is a little off the beaten track for UK TV and so before I go down that road I'd like some conformation from my agents that there is a potential market for it.

If they say no - well I'll phone a few contacts direct and pitch it. No harm in getting a second opinion.

If they say yes, then I have a slight dilemma. Does it get sent out 'as is' or do I put half a dozen story lines together? No pro writer likes writing for free if they can help it. Storylines are to me one of the hardest parts of the job and so quite frankly if I can get someone to pay me to write them then that is the way to go!

But as producers are notoriously tight and very adept at squeezing freebies out of a writer, I suspect in fact it may be a case of not just story lines but a complete spec given the premise. Not that I mind that much. To tell you the truth, I'm itching to write it and will probably do story lines for my own amusement in any event. So it is only a very slight dilemma!

Anyhoo - I guess my agents will get back to me before the end of next week and I'll let you know the outcome.

2 comments:

Danny-K said...

- "Okay, so I had my new idea. I wrote a quick four pages on the basic premise and main characters and have just sent it to my agents." -

Wow! I'm impressed. Just like that! As opposed to my method:

- Okay, so I had my new idea. I wrote a quick four pages on the basic premise and main characters and have just taken it with me to meet up with friends for lunch and coffee; had a rollicking good time and shared it amongst them for feedback. And after that, back home, things kind of ...well things just kind of, 'drift'. -

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You're right Dave, your work-in-progress will be VERY interesting to follow. If you tell your agent and everyone involved that you're blogging the whole thing, maybe they might come to decisions far faster than would otherwise be the case, just to show the world it's not them personally who delay and and gum the works up.

English Dave said...

lol Danny

But I suspect if I told them I was blogging the whole process I wouldn't get any decisions at all.

Some quick examples of 'rejections I have known'

''I didn't find it to be logically funded.''
[still working that one out]

'' Loved the premise and the writing but I just don't like anti-heroes''


''I don't think the 8 o'clock slot crowd would 'get it. Sorry but it's a pass.''

''I love this but I have idiots to deal with who will say no. So I must also, I'm afraid.''

I may have to disguise some of the responses I get [if any] but the gist will be there!