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And Improve Your Screenplay
yourself the competitive edge over those who don't.
why do I need these script notes
and professional proofreading?"
agents, and screenplay contest
executives all say that proofreading mistakes (grammatical errors,
spelling mistakes, and basic formatting errors) are the
worst mistakes you can make in a screenplay -- and the most common:
|Worst Mistakes: |
“1. Spelling and/or grammatical
errors. If you can't be bothered to proofread your
script properly, why should I (or anyone else) be bothered to read
it? Also, if you can't spell or understand grammar, then
perhaps writing isn't for you.” – Hollywood Production Executive
“Not proofreading ... a manuscript full of typos will end up
in the trash. It's difficult to recognize a good story hidden
underneath a bunch of typos and misspelled words.” – Producer
“It's CRITICAL that all work be proofread several times as
mistakes are often missed.” – Screenplay Contest Judge
“Too many of the scripts I read are poorly formatted and seem
to have been submitted to me with minimal proofreading. Without making
these simple fixes, I have a hard time really looking at the actual
convincing? Click this
to read more industry
comments on typos, spelling and grammar mistakes, and basic formatting
comments above are typical. They illustrate this ironclad,
non-negotiable Rule #1
about submitting screenplays to production companies or contests:
them, you're an amateur and your screenplay is unworthy of
time if it is full of spelling, grammar, and basic formatting errors.
Yes, that is harsh.
I am sorry to have to
say it. But it’s the way the industry is.
trying to offend you. Just the opposite: With 100,000+ spec
screenplays hitting Hollywood and the British film and TV industry
every year, I’m here to help you beat the odds.
Help You Submit The Perfect ScreenplayI
can fix your grammar,
spelling, clarity, and basic formatting mistakes for you.
proofread your screenplay for grammar, spelling, and clarity for some
of the lowest rates in the industry through March 31...
● Feature screenplay: $1.99/page with notes; proofreading only,
● Teleplay: same $1.99/page with
notes, $1.49 without notes.
● Rewrite your
synopsis: $30 per 300-word page.
● Rewrite your
query letter/email: $30
● Write a query letter and
query email from scratch: $49 with screenplay proofread, otherwise $65.
● Evaluate your logline: FREE with screenplay proofread,
● Write three suggested loglines for
you from scratch: $19 with screenplay proofread, otherwise
writers don't want story and proofreading notes. I
to oblige. For just $1.59 per page,, I'll
proofread and make corrections to the text, but without the extensive
story and proofreading notes of the $1.99/page service.
● 50% surcharge for a 48-hour turnaround.
● Next-day delivery (“Drop everything and read my
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do plan ahead and save money: order at least several days in
Will Receive For $1.99 Per Page:A
thorough and professional proofreading job. I will find and
correct (or give you notes to correct, such as “saying vs.
-- Punctuation errors
-- Capitalization errors
Verb tense errors
structure and clarity problems
-- Basic formatting mistakes
Cramming in too many words**
“Saying” when you need to show, and...
"Plus" Part: Several Pages Of NotesFor
only $1.99 per page, you will also receive several pages
of story notes
and notes on proofreading issues. These notes will include:
the Proofreading Notes, I comment on proofreading issues which
arise more than once in your screenplay. These notes may
but are not limited to, issues of grammar, spelling, sentence structure
or lack thereof, formatting, and basic screenwriting how-to.
brief overall view of the quality of your story.
gentle list of any story problems and issues I see.
well your script performs on eight vital story and script elements.
well your story matches the classic
screenplay structure of a famous screenwriting
- How well your
screenplay “romances the
reader,” using a 14-point checklist, distilled from
more than 5,000 feedback comments by screenwriting contest
judges I hired back when I ran screenplay contests.
few pages of Proofreading Notes as needed...
example, if your scene descriptions include significant instances of
failing to tell the story visually (often called violations of the
“show, don’t say” or “show,
tell” rule), these will be mentioned and discussed.
service -- both proofreading and notes -- will cost you
per correctly formatted page.
(The proofreading-only service for
$1.59/page does not include any notes.)
Of My Many Client Testimonials
I wrote this script, I never intended to do anything with it. I just
thought it was a funny original idea. But my friend Howard, who is a
retired producer for Paramount, convinced me to post it on on InkTip.
Within the week of posting, I was contacted by a producer from
Rumayan Pictures based in N. Carolina who wanted to read it. Before
sending it to them, I figured I would have a professional script doctor
(you) go though it and pick up the flaws and fix other problems. |
I fixed up most of the problems you pointed out as well as some
re-writes, and sent the script to the producer.
bought it!! My attorney brokered a low six-figure deal that
them full rights to the script and all sequels and re-writes.
feel free to use me as testimonial for your service.
a seasoned writer, I never thought I’d need a professional
but Donovan uncovered more than a hundred errors in
and substance, and now, I wouldn’t submit a draft to an
agent or producer without his finishing touches."|
Peter Steinberg, author of 7
books, and screenwriter
for a proofreader on the net is relatively easy. However,
your faith in one is altogether a different kind of headache.
I‘m a screenwriter, and it never ceases to amaze me, the
of errors I find in my scripts after they have undergone professional
proofreading. It doesn’t matter, the errors seem to
mystically grow back overnight. I thought the answer was to
pay a few proofreaders to do the job and pray it gets done
thoroughly. And then, I received, probably, one of the most
valuable emails I have ever gotten. It was from Bill Donovan,
professional proofreader, whose advertisement just said everything I
ever wanted to hear about cleaning up a screenplay.
I sent him one, then two, then three and received, not only, the most
meticulous proofreads imaginable, eradicating all misspellings,
punctuation mistakes and grammatical blunders, but his generous notes
regarding problems with plot, structure and research, turned out to be
more valuable than a three-day seminar I took by one of the most
revered screenwriting teachers in the world. Since then, with
Bill’s service, my scripts are excelling in the same contests
that I couldn’t make the first rounds in before.
hard to take constructive feedback when you think you know what
you’re doing. But until you’re writing
for a living,
the fastest way to kill your chances with decision makers taking your
work seriously is your own stubbornness to improve your writing
ability by listening to another unbiased, perceptive voice, other than
your own. For me, that’s Bill!”
Credentials And Experience...
Screenplay contest judge (three contests)
contest executive (11 screenplay contests, 5
scene-writing contests, two logline contests)
Two of my own screenplays won three first prizes equaling $30,104 in
prize money in
Former Editor of Creative
Author of three e-books for screenwriters to date; a
fourth is upcoming
Master of Fine Arts, Screenwriting and Filmmaking
chief at a daily newspaper, the Morristown, N.J., Daily Record
Copy editor at the Associated Press
editor at another daily newspaper, The Record,
● Copy editor
for several business-to-business trade publications
published pages and screenplays edited/proofread over the years
News stories I wrote and/or edited won five national
Use My Services ...
me by email, email@example.com or
call me at 805-212-0652, or use this
contact form. Tell me what the job
is. We’ll go from there.
Can Work With:
Final Draft 5, 6, 7, or 8 (FD 9 and 10 convert quickly to 8)
● Movie Magic Screenwriter 6 or older
● Celtx (you would create a collaborator account for me)
● Other online screenwriting software programs which allow
for a collaborator.
accepted: Microsoft Word, Other Word Processors, or PDF.
I cannot edit your screenplay in
PDF format. All I can do with a PDF is read it.
scripts written in a word processor, virtually no one in the industry
will work with an amateur who writes scripts in a word processor these
days. Also, proofreading can cause a line to wrap to the next
line, which can set the formatting off. So it seems pointless
go through the extra labor to
proofread one. If you're serious about screenwriting,
please invest in screenwriting software or use one of the free
ready to help you make your screenplay a contest winner and ready to be
optioned or purchased! Contact me today or at any time.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phone at (805) 212-0652 or using this form
web site and its content were created by Bill Donovan, the
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