5 Common Query Letter and Logline Questions
Writing a query letter and logline are the first steps to selling your screenplay. To improve your chances to sell your script to Hollywood executives, you’ll need to know how to write an engaging and captivating query. In our free download, Querying Screenwriting Executives 101, we share eleven pages of tips for writing query letters and loglines that will grab an executive’s attention.
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1. What is a logline?
Breaking into the film industry requires an understanding of how to market your script. The first step is writing a logline to demonstrate the hook of your story and the potential for it being an engaging read. Our download includes a diagnostic logline template to use to craft your own movie loglines. Using the enclosed template, we also give you a logline example to show you how effective this tool is for writing a logline.
2. What is a query letter?
A query letter is simply a letter/email that asks an executive to read your screenplay and consider it for production. It’s essential to keep your query letter concise while still being engaging. If you don’t know how to write a query letter, don’t worry. We supply you with query letter samples. The goal of querying an executive is to get them to respond, “Please send your script.” Our query letter template will help you learn how to showcase your talent and personality in one simple letter.
3. Who do I send a query to?
With the advice from our screenwriting experts at ScriptMag.com, we’ve compiled a list of target audiences to send your query letters to, prioritizing in terms of where you are at your career. Querying Screenwriting Executives 101 also gives advice on how to find the contact information for those executives.
4. How do I know when I’m ready to begin writing a query?
The most important part of marketing your screenplays is to know when your script is ready to go out into the world. Feedback, notes from other writers, and multiple rewrites will be necessary before you query a Hollywood executive. You have one shot at a first impression, so use it wisely.
5. How do I write a query letter?
With our query letter examples, you’ll get a feel for how to write a proper query letter. But remember, this letter should also reflect your personality and writing voice. Be creative and unique. If your script is a comedy, make the query letter funny. If it’s a serious drama, don’t crack jokes throughout. You get the picture – use common sense, but don’t be afraid to think outside of the box. You aren’t just selling your script, you’re selling yourself as someone these executives will want to have a long-term relationship with long after that first script is produced.