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
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.