Saturday, August 19, 2017

Irreview, Book Review: The Hollywood Pitching Bible

There are dozens and dozens and hundreds of books on screenwriting.  Whatever philosophical approach you can fathom on the topic, there's probably a book written on it, for it, or because of it.  Some are wonderful (The Art of Dramatic Writing), some are worth reading for some nugget of information or another (The Nutshell Technique), some are just fun to read (Your Screenplay Sucks!), some are part of the fabric of the trade (Screenplay)... and some are detrimental to the art form (Save the Cat!).

The point is, there's a shitload of books on screenwriting.

There is, however, a surprising lack of books on how to be a screenwriter.  Sure, there are biographical works (Adventures in the Screen Trade) and books on what screenwriters actually do (Writing Movies for Fun and Profit), but not so many about how to actually write to get that first job.

Basically... books on pitching and treatments.

Of the most recent two that I've read, one was banal and lacked useful depth (Pitching Hollywood), and the other was outright crap (Writing Treatments That Sell).

As far as book recommendations go, I had none.  There was no title I could tell an aspiring writer to pick up and read.

Until Paul Guay came along.

He recommended a book called The Hollywood Pitching Bible.  I approached it with caution, given that it's published by a small independent publisher and Mr. Guay's blurb is on the book (he is also referenced several times within its pages).

I must admit, however, to being pleasantly surprised.

It's a well-presented book (with a few typos), well-thought, and well-said.  It is, hands down, not only the best book on pitching and preparing a pitch that I've ever read, it is probably one of the best books on the screenwriting craft that I have in my library.

Taking it further: It is a must-have for anyone interested in becoming a screenwriter.

Rating: 12 (Style: 3 stars; Substance: 4 stars)

I'd have given "Style" 4 stars, but I can't forgive the typos and the college-essay aesthetic of the book.  That stated, I can't reiterate enough that aspiring screenwriters should pick up this book.

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