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As the boards and posting pages continue to grow, log lines, queries and story outlines flow freely onto the net. YOU CANNOT PROTECT AN IDEA. Anyone can grab-up a great idea and make it theirs. Keep log lines simple, inticing but somewhat vague. Do not simply spew your work all over the net...you're going to get hurt. Good luck. Keep writing.
I must second this, but not for a reason that you may think --
A rather well-known agency [mid-size] that requested one of my scripts asked first thing, "Is this posted all over the internet?"
A year ago, a rather common question from agents/prodcos alike was - where else have you sent this?
So, there are still those out there who like to read/consider a less travelled script - so be judicious about where and how many places you post loglines/entire scripts.
I believe without an agent or entertainment attorney one can and must market heavily on their own - but do this with a plan and make sure you do your research. Know who you are querying.
Just my .02 worth.
A professional stated that there are
some producers who share loglines on a
private network. I don't know if they
also share synopses or outlines.
It reminds me of the banks sharing personal information about their customers with telemarketing companies.
How would you know where your logline has been?
It's a mistake for agents or producers to ask for loglines or synopses or outlines over the internet.
I made a mistake in cooperating with an agent by sending, at his request, a resume, a synopsis and five ideas I'm developing into scripts. AND THAT WAS BEFORE HE HAD SEEN MY COMEDY. Result? A pass from the reader.
Did you read what author Linda Goodman said about readers?
My agent encourages me to post on the internet. I've found more than one producer who wants to see my work through this method. Mandalay is currently looking at two of my scripts. Didn't seem to bother them that my stuff is out there.
Choose your myths carefully, people. All you really want to believe in is your own success.
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