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Hello Barry;

If I write a book, log line and summary, should I or is it important to also to write and have a  script or draft of script ready also?


You worked in television and  part of my thriller takes place in television station. Are you able to answer a television question or two?

Hi Demetrius,
You're on the right track; that is, you need a one-sentence catch-phrase to promote your book, and a precis that will be a blurb that could be, say, half a page long.

That precis would be a teaser to entice a person to read the book.

On the other hand, if you were marketing an already written screenplay, the first step would be to write a query letter (no more than a page) describing who you are, and other salient information such as what the genre of the script is, and what demographic the movie would appeal to. This query letter would usually include a log line and short summary.

When screenwriters have a go-ahead to submit a script, they put together a submission package. The summary is longer (a full-page, or even two pages)and it should describe the whole story, ending and all. Finally, such a package will include the complete screenplay.

In your case, having written a book, you would be proposing that the recipient read the book and  respond if he or she would be interested in seeing an adaptation of the book. THEN you would write the screenplay.
It is always possible that the production entity to whom you submit your book may want to option it and engage another writer of their preference. It's also possible that the production entity would require you to write the screenplay on spec, after which, you would submit it to them and they would accept or reject it.

Best wishes for success,

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I`m a credited writer on nine feature films. My latest movie, IRON ROAD, which stars Peter O'Toole and Sam Neill, opened as feature, then aired as a four-hour miniseries on network television. Sun Li, the Chinese star, won the best actress award at the Roma Fiction Fest recently. I’ve produced more than 300 episodes of television drama, including 13 episodes of Deepwater Black, and 106 episodes of Katts & Dog (Rin-Tin-Tin, K-9 Cop in the U.S.). I've answered over 1200 All Experts questions!


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