So you’ve finished a couple of screenplays, and you’re wondering why nobody has offered to buy them yet, right? Well, I’ll tell you what you need to do. Sneak into CAA pretending you have a delivery, go into a literary agent’s office and rip off your fake mustache, yelling “I have the best screenplay you’ll ever read!” After that you’ll tie them to their chair and force them to read it, and when they’re finished hope it’s sooooo good that they decide not to call security. That’s my plan.
Okay, enough jokes for today. What you really need to do is network. You’ve got the screenplays, now you just need a person to buy them. If you’re not good at networking, it’s an important part of the process. After all, one of the biggest sayings of this industry is “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” A lot of us writers are introverts, and have a lot of trouble with this step. I completely understand. The art of conversation is something I could post about for months, so I’ll give you one tip. It’s better to do something than nothing, and if you do you will gain confidence as you go.
Here’s a great article written by Ken Miyamoto over at Screencraft that will fill you in on what you need to know: Three Achievable Networking Goals Screenwriters Can Accomplish