Last year at this time, I was busy doing research and conducting interviews for portions of Chuck Sambuchino’s Screenwriter’s & Playwright’s Market guidebook, which was published in December 2008. As a literary agent, I don’t represent scriptwriters, but the book lists plenty of script agents and managers who are looking for new clients.
While working on the guidebook project, I noticed very few blogs on the topic of screenwriting. A year ago, they seemed rare. I assumed that most scriptwriters gathered online in forums but eschewed blogs. After all, screenwriters are accustomed to teamwork, and forums are designed for collaboration.
If you’re interested, these are the blogs I noted then and since:
Writer’s Digest: Script Notes
Christopher Lockhart: The Inside Pitch
Craig Mazin & Ted Elliott: The Artful Writer David C. Daniel: Screenwriting by Blog
Earl Pomerantz: Just Thinking…
James D. Hartland: ScriptMonster.co.uk
Ken Atchity: The Story Merchant
Robb Lanum: The Robblog
For those who want to know more about the business side of producing films and television shows, Baseline StudioSystems, referred to simply as the Studio System, is a subscription-based information service owned by the New York Times Company. It looks like a valuable database.
Another good resource for scriptwriters is the Screenwriter’s Legal Guide by entertainment attorney Stephen F. Breimer. The third edition is five years old, but the basic information is solid.
[Updated on January 17, 2016] See Stephanie Palmer’s “Top 10 Most Influential Screenwriting Blogs.”