Answer This Question Before You Pay for Script “Coverage”

Answer This Question Before You Pay for Script “Coverage”

Does it really make sense to pay someone to tell you whether or not your script is any good?

After all, your co-workers, girlfriend/boyfriend, parents, spouse, siblings, and your cousin-who-teaches-high-school-English are all smart people who know how to read…and they’d be thrilled to read whatever it is you’ve written. And why shouldn’t they be? They’re so impressed that you finally finished that screenplay you’ve been talking about for the past two years, you’re bound to hear nothing but words of praise.

“Nice job.” “Really liked it.” “Wow, quite a read.”

None of which is true. Everyone you know personally who reads your script will lie through their teeth because:

  1. They don’t want to hurt your feelings.
  2. They don’t know the first thing about the elements of a good screenplay.

Let’s face it: neither your Uncle George nor your writing workshop classmates have a clue what it really takes to make a screenplay marketable. You don’t need “opinions.” You need objective guidance.

For professional-quality feedback, you need to find professionals to read your material, the concept of “professional” being the antithesis of unpaid amateur. If you want genuinely helpful, constructive, knowledgeable, experienced, honest input on your writing, you’ll need to pay for it. Paying untested amateur readers and “coverage writers”—who have themselves never written or sold a script—is like paying the pizza delivery guy to tune up your Porsche; he simply doesn’t have a clue.

So when you consider getting script coverage, ask yourself this question: are the people I’m paying for this service professionals in their own right? Do they actually know WTF they’re talking about and do they have the industry credits to prove it?

Professional script coverage and meaningful feedback is not cheap. You owe it to yourself and the hard work you’ve done to only deal with professionals…which is exactly what you’ll get at

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