It’s April.  That  time of the year we put away our winter coats and get out our spec pilots.  May upfronts are two weeks away and it’s time for all writing gladiators to enter the arena.  I have a feeling I am sadly forced to sit this season out because I am in the process of changing my support team, but I’m still here for you.

My manager from hell recently told me in no uncertain terms that only about 30% of writers catch heat.  I know, time for a new manager, (but I digress).  So if one show passes try to shake it off quickly and move on to the next.  Remember, show runners want to hire someone fun and creative, not angry and bitter.  With staffing upon us, I want to take time away from my own schpilkas and pass along some constructive advice.

This comes courtesy of Scripts&  with thanks to Kevin.

Don’t take it personally. If you get a no, it’s rarely about you. There are a million factors that go into choosing a junior writer. If you take each rejection personally, it will overwhelm you and depress you. Admit that this is a long, difficult process with many, many disappointments. It’s like trying to get into one of the most exclusive clubs on the Sunset Strip. Make sure you have a support group of people who help keep you positive and don’t feed the resentment.

Ted Sullivan – Co-Producer/Writer, REVENGE

Good luck to everyone no matter what level and genre.  Just remember, you did it.  You wrote the script, you got the meeting.  Now get the job!!!