Season’s Greetings, Fellow Scribes!
2020 is about to come to an end. And let’s face it, not a moment too soon. It’s been a rough and stressful year.
But with a new year comes a fresh start. Contest and pilot seasons begin again. Development budgets and discretionary funds replenish.
And most importantly, especially after the fecal matter blizzard that was 2020, people will be eagerly reading.
All of which is to say there are probably Zoom meetings in your future – be it with someone who’s interested in your script, or an agent, manager or development person you meet via an online pitching platform, etc.
Are you ready to crush it?
Without further ado, here is Coverage, Ink’s Christmas present to you:
FREE PITCH SESSION TRAINING
Thirty 20-min Zoom/Skype consultations
Sunday January 10th, 2021
10AM – 4PM
Pitch Your Scripts – Bounce Ideas – Instant, Empowering Feedback
Some writers are great ideas people. Some are even good at executing them. But sadly, most of us are terrible at selling. That dread moment when you get into that room (or that Zoom,) and the exec says, “So, tell me about your story…” Many’s the writer who stares at their shoes while stumbling over their words.
We’re all “good in a room” until the flop-sweat starts flowing.
Fear not. CI is here to help you avoid foot-in-mouth syndrome.
We’ll listen to your pitch. We’ll tell you what we liked and what we think needs improvement, from concept, characters, and story to pizzazz, panache, and marketability. And if you’re trying to figure out what to write, we’ll discuss. It’s your 20 minutes. No upsell or any BS like that. FREE.
There are 30 slots and it’s first-come, first serve, so sign up early because this will fill up.
- You can pitch however many projects you want in your 20 minutes. There will be no time extensions.
- After you sign up on the form, you must e-mail CI to confirm your slot. We will send you a release form. We will hold your slot for 24 hours. If we do not hear back from you, the slot will be opened back up for sign-ups again.
- One pitch session per person, please. Writing partners should pitch at the same time in the same session.
- You must have Zoom or Skype to participate. We will send all confirmed participants the meeting link/info on January 9th.
- Each pitch shouldn’t be longer than a few minutes. (First mistake many writers make is to be way too expansive and they end up boring people as opposed to leaving them wanting more.) You always want to leave time for execs to ask questions (and you should be prepared to answer them.
- Be “good in a room” – that means friendly, personable, charismatic and talented. Make eye contact and remember: this is as much about selling YOU as it is about your project.
- If you do not have a pitch, come prepared with ideas you want to discuss or general questions we will try to answer.
- If you’re not so good with being extemporaneous, you can use notes, pitch decks, or graphics or even pitch videos you create as sales tools.
- Practice your pitch in a mirror until you’re at least somewhat “off-book.” This way you will seem both polished and spontaneous.
- Never seem desperate (especially if you are!)
- Avoid leading with your long resume of quarterfinalist placements from contests no one has heard of before or no-money options to no-name producers. That stuff often works against you. Your life experience and what makes you unique and fascinating is much more compelling.
Let’s start off 2021 in the right frame of mind and focus on success and opening doors.
From everyone here at Coverage, Ink, we wish all of you a sane and peaceful holiday season.
Jim, Tanya, Anna, Jeri and the CI team