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Monday, September 29, 2008

Making It As A Screenwriter

As anyone who reads this blog regularly knows, I don't have a lot of time for the dreaded "how to write" screenwriting books as they get right up my nose half the time and bore me to death the rest.

However, I DO have a lot of time for what Adrian Mead has to say - and he's only gone and written an e-book like a true Guru! I'm lucky enough to have read it already (though he seems to have left off MY official recommendation - I'll KILL YOU MEAD! UPDATE: I'm on the website! Adrian lives), but can recommend it most heartily. It's NOT one of those smug, do-it-like-this-and-all-will-be-roses-and-you-can-be-the next-Shane-Black, far from it. Instead it's about STRATEGISING - talent is not enough, nor is sending three million scripts out in the post and crossing your fingers. YOU NEED A PLAN. Adrian helps you to formulate one. Simple - so why hasn't anyone done this before?!?

Best of all, proceeds of MAKING IT AS A SCREENWRITER go to Childline, one of my fave charities.

You need this book.

Download it now.

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“In the confusing forest of screenwriting books here is a sturdy oak: simple, honest and true. Highly recommended.”Ashley Pharoah
Co-Creator of Life On Mars. Ashes To Ashes. Where The Heart Is.

We are pleased to announce the launch of the much-anticipated MAKING IT AS A SCREENWRITER. This not a “how to write” book but a manual that lays out exactly what you need to do in order to achieve your goal of becoming a professional screenwriter.

“Every aspiring writer should be forced to read this, at gunpoint. If I'd had this when I first started writing, I'd have cried a bit, but would have been so much better prepared. You need to read this book immediately.”
James Moran Screenwriter
Severance. Doctor Who. Torchwood. Primeval

"I love this book, it just tells you how it is and what you need to succeed."
Tony Jordan Screenwriter
Creator of Hustle, Holby Blue. Co Creator of Life On Mars

Getting your hands on a copy of MAKING IT AS A SCREENWRITER couldn’t be easier... but first I’d like to tell you a story.

I pressed the button on the phone and the first sound I heard in the headset was a child sobbing. She was barely able to speak, kept saying the same thing over and over…”I just want it to stop.” It was Monday morning 7.30 am. My very first call as a ChildLine volunteer counsellor.

When I first heard that ChildLine were opening a new office in Edinburgh I started to think about volunteering. Their website stated, “ChildLine is the UK's free and confidential, 24-hour helpline for children in distress or danger”. What would I be letting myself in for? I mean, play me the scene where the mother elephant reaches her trunk through the bars to caress Dumbo and I’m bawling like a baby. How would I cope?

The interview process and training was fascinating. Yes there are calls about abuse, however children also call to talk about bullying, family break ups, exam pressures, homework, puberty, and pretty much anything they feel unable to discuss with parents, teachers or friends.

The fantastic training and the short time I have experienced as a counselor so far has definitely given me new skills and an insight into my own psyche. I’m convinced it’s also made me a better writer and director.

Okay, at this point you may be thinking, “What’s all this to do with me? Well, here’s where you come in. Apart from a tiny admin cost, all proceeds from sales of MAKING IT AS A SCREENWRITER will go to ChildLine. By making it exclusively available as a download we can maximize the funds the charity will receive.

Here’s a few more professionals who think you should get hold of a copy.

“I will recommend this book to all the aspiring writers I work with – it’s practical, honest and inspiring.”

Carly Rich-Conway –
Red Planet Drama Executive and writer

“Lots of other screenwriting books do the ‘Go! Screenwriters!’ cheerleader routine. Adrian Mead is more the hard-bitten coach in the dressing room, slapping you in the face and telling you exactly what you have to do to win. It won’t make you write better scripts, but it will help you sell them.”Andy Conway
Shooting People Screenwriters Network'

'Hard graft doesn't always get you what you want, but used in conjunction with this book as your guide, the chances are it'll help you turn that dream into a reality.”
Marc Pye Screenwriter
Credits include The Street, Eastenders, The Bill

"… jam-packed with honest and life changing information that could only come from a successful industry insider. I highly recommend it to anyone serious about making it in TV or film."Geoff Thompson
Author, Screenwriter and BAFTA winner

The simple truth is talent isn’t enough. You need to know how to get your work into the hands of people with money and then to continue to build a career beyond your first commission. MAKING IT AS A SCREENWRITER will teach you all this and much, much more.

"Practical, insightful…It's all about the nuts and bolts of how to get ahead rather than any grand posturing about 'how to write'. I wish I had something like this when I was starting out, it would have saved me a lot of time and frustration."
Danny Stack
Scriptwriter

MAKING IT AS A SCREENWRITER is now available for the price of £7.79. You can download your copy from our site www.meadkerr.com

Your purchase will enable ChildLine to continue to offer support and help to children throughout the UK.

Best Wishes
Adrian Mead
Writer, Director and ChildLine volunteer telephone counsellor.

1 comment:

John Soanes said...

Ah, you're only pimping it because you're mentioned several times!

Kidding aside, I'm almost finished reading it now, and it's very good stuff; and as an aside, isn't it interesting how the tale he tells about Rachmaninov is very similar to the events in the life of David Helfgott (the pianist depicted in the film Shine ), who was noted for his performance of Rachmaninov's Piano Convert No.3?

Pretentious, moi? Ah, oui...

J