So You Want to Write a Movie: Read This First

New book features top film and television writers’ first-hand experiences of writing in Hollywood. Also includes behind-the-scenes tips on how to beat the system and avoid the pitfalls inherent in writing and selling a script.

Forty-eight top film and TV writers tell the real story about making it in the entertainment business…and it isn’t always pretty. Doing It For Money – The Agony and Ecstasy of Writing and Surviving in Hollywood (Tallfellow Press, ISBN 1-931290-58-X, $24.95, 288p, Hardcover, May) offers personal essays and behind-the-scenes tips that will either scare you away forever or confirm that you were meant to be a writer. See for yourself at

Should your life be threatened? (page 215) Should you be completely ignored? (page 186) Or how about living your childhood dream? (page 242) Be forewarned…they are all possible…and all true.

Published in conjunction with the Writers Guild Foundation, Doing It includes five writers who were recently named on The Writers Guild of America’s 101 Greatest Screenplays of all Time. They are: Marc Norman – Shakespeare In Love (#28); Ted Tally – Silence of the Lambs (#61); Phil Alden Robinson – Field of Dreams (#88); Joseph Stefano – Psycho (#92) and Frank Darabont – The Shawshank Redemption (#22), who contributed a quote for the back cover of the book (he liked it!).

Other contributors include Stephen Gaghan (Syriana, Traffic), Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean, Shrek), Leslie Dixon (The Thomas Crown Affair, Mrs. Doubtfire), John Sacret Young (The West Wing, China Beach) and many more.

Doing It For Money, edited by Daryl G. Nickens, also features Insider Secrets (of the Hollywood Pros) on making it in the cutthroat entertainment industry.

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