Your reason for contacting me, more than likely, is to see ifyou can send me your script. Yes, you can.
I know what you’re thinking … no-one accepts unsolicited material! The truth is EVERYONE ACCEPTS UNSOLICITED MATERIAL; they just say they don’t as a basic safety measure because you might sue them should they do anything similar to your script. There’s also the fact that there are plenty of annoying crazy people out there who will demand an interaction or correspondence, which further justifies everyone’s unsolicited material line in the sand. Plus, the annoying crazy people will INSIST that you stole their idea because your next project has dancing cats in it, and their script has dancing cats in it, or your script has a man who seems stupid and a woman who seems like a bitch and so does every other script I’ve read in the past 90 days.
My point: If you’re not crazy and don’t think someone’s going to steal your idea, please feel free to send me your script. I’d love to read it. If it’s something I want to explore further, I will contact you.
What I’m looking for: Almost anything BUT comedy. Don’t be sad. Truth is, I have connections to the best comedy writers in the world and I’ve produced comedy for years. What I’m actually looking for is something that allows me to grow and expand my own talent as well as yours. I’m looking for an indie style blue-collar script about a complicated family. Think “Out of the Furnace” or “Winter’s Bone.” While I know comedy, I grew up an only child in the world of a working class American family in the not so easy to thrive state of Maine. I know that world well and would love to return to a story that represents my roots.
That being said, if you've got a great comedy, don't be afraid to send it. Just know that my bar is very high for that genre. So make sure it's funny.
Other than that, my only request: Write well. FOR GOD’S SAKE YOU’RE A WRITER. Don’t misspell words or use poor grammar, or worse, get my name wrong in the letter itself. It’s TANYA RYNO, not Tayna, Tonya, Tania or Tammy. Be brief and to-the-point. Three paragraphs should do: Introduce yourself, give me a good logline (better yet, make it a great one), and end with a farewell. Honestly, there’s so much you can tell about a writer from the way they style a letter so take the time to word it carefully, and be happy with its tone and delivery.
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