Sell your screenplay
If you're the kind of natural-born salesperson who enjoys cold calls the way other people enjoy cold cuts, then by all means use the telephone to contact your agent candidates. You may not get past the receptionist, but don't let that stop you. The receptionist may be able to tell you which agent is most likely to be open to a mail query--and in the smaller agencies, the receptionist may turn out to be a junior agent or even one of the agency principals.
Selling a screenplay is tough--especially if you live a thousand miles from the Hollywood or New York movie scene. But new writers do get lucky now and then, and every successful screenwriter was a beginner at some point in his or her career. So don't let the odds stop you--after all, you didn't let those odds keep you from writing that 120-page script!
Books to read
Writer's Guide to Hollywood Producers, Directors, and Screenwriter's Agents
A comprehensive overview of the movie business from a writer's point of view, with detailed agent and producer listings.
The Script is Finished, Now What Do I Do?
This book is packed with interview-based profiles of Hollywood and New York agencies. It also has useful quotes, tips, and anecdotes on breaking into the business.
Web sites to visit
Writers Guild of America, West
Hollywood Creative Directory
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