TV Writing Contest: The Black List (Part 7)

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Well, it has been a few weeks since my last update on the The Black List. I was checking seven times a day to see if my script was read the first few days, then started checking once a day, and now I checked maybe twice a week. I knew there was a stipulation that if the script wasn’t read in the 21 days, then I would get a free month of web hosting.

Today, I received the email above that I received a FREE month of web hosting of the script because they couldn’t review it in the 21 days. I thought it was pretty cool that I didn’t have to haggle or call or be proactive in getting the free month. They pretty much automate the process through their system, which is cool. It gives me some motivation now to maybe upload my other script (which I was waiting for the quality first reviews to decide if it was worth it or not).

As for my total views, my stats are still pathetically bad. I have had one pro view and one regular view and no downloads. This happened in the first 24 hours, so I don’t really know if it was just a quality control check to see if a script was uploaded or my mothers recipe for kimchee pancakes.

So, stay posted, as I plan to share whatever feedback I get. If I get slammed, then you all can read it. Until then, like and share this page, so that I know it is worth publicly posting my paid reviews online for you to read.

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TV Writing Contest: The Black List (Part 6)

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Okay. It has only been a couple days, but after reviewing the little details of the site, I now understand that two reviews are kind of the minimum to show up in the searches. The point of the site is to filter out quality scripts, so since I already sunk $25 in this endeavor, why not throw $100 for two reviews. That is only like 300 ramen meals for a hungry writer, so why not?

Choosing to buy evaluations is pretty easy since my credit card is already on file. You just click on “Buy Evaluations” on the left column then choose how many credits you want. I selected two and bangarang the one time evaluation fee of $100 shows up.

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So there I go. I acknowledged whatever that paragraph means because there really isn’t much choice, is there? I assume this means if they slam your script to the pavement, you can keep it hidden for nobody to see. I don’t know. I intend to post my evaluations here in full view for everyone to see, so it doesn’t bother me one bit.

In any case, that is my big update. I should expect feedback in less than 3 weeks according to the website.

In the meantime, I’ve started my next script involving talking dalmatians who go on a quest to fly on a rocket ship to Venus, only to discover the planet is really a gas wormhole and sucks the dalmationauts to a parallel universe where dalmatians have green spots and can breathe fire some serious material that might be Oscar worthy in the future.

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TV Writing Contest: The Black List (Part 4)

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It’s Saturday. I grabbed a cup of coffee and checked up on my blog comments, twitter feed, and status of my submission. Do you see what has changed? I know, it’s pretty hard to see, but on the top right, it shows I got 1 view. Woohoo!

Now for the bad news. There was no review or rating. Maybe this was a misclick, or maybe they read about the fire breathing dragon incinerating a legion of leprechauns on top of a floating castle over the planet of Darg’ostalah’meshon. Damn. I knew that would turn off a few people. (But don’t worry, the story is in fact dystopian, and stars a 16 year old girl in a love triangle with mysterious dudes but can’t seem to know which one to pick because both are hot and only have eyes for her because only she has the power to save everything)

Then panic set in. Did I submit the right script? Did I send in nothing but 60 blank pages? After sweating for 60 seconds, I double checked, and yes, the pages were filled with something.

Sorry the update isn’t more exciting than that.

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TV Writing Contest: The Black List (Part 3)

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This is what the screen looks like after you submit and pay the $25. Pretty simple. I had to check a bunch of boxes and what genres it falls into and curious questions on setting, characters, plot trope, etc. Pretty interesting way to search for scripts. As you can see from the top, nothing too much happens when you submit. It shows I had one script submitted and active. There are currently zero reviews and zero downloads. (uh oh…)

The picture I find funny. I guess based on what you click, it puts little pictures to kind of visualize the type of story it is. If you notice to the top right of the screen, it says “pilot” on the script. There is another choice for screenplay when you submit. Pilots are typically 60 pages at length while movie screenplays are 120-140 pages at length (though if its longer, you might need to have some industry pull or name recognition).

On the left is where you see the “opportunities” that you can submit to. A few of them look interesting to me. I might write a screenplay and submit to one just to see what happens. Some will get you into a writing conference while another is a paid gig from WB, if submitted. I did the ATX, which was for free and a chance to attend the festival which I live near. I find all of this pretty neat. It’s much better than stories of valet’s accidentally leaving behind their manuscript in the cars of producers or sliding it beneath bathroom stalls. I’m not sure if I ever heard of a story where one of them was actually produced.

One additional rule is if you get chosen, a biography and additional background information is required within a week. I’m guessing this is to make sure you are not writing from San Quentin or something.

I’ll keep you updated as this hope this thing moves forward.

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