Over the past few weeks, I've been seeing a large increase in submissions from writers looking for representation for their screenplays. Some of my colleagues are also experiencing this as well. And an overwhelming majority of these queries are coming from query services, a service that you pay to spam agents all across the globe.
First of all, FinePrint doesn't represent screenplays. Ever. In fact, most literary agents do not. That's why God invented film agents and production companies. Totally different thing, trust me. Secondly, do you really want to spend your hard-earned cash on a supposedly professional service that doesn't even know the difference between a film agent and a literary agent? And lastly, I'm gonna go out on a limb here and guess that film agents and production companies probably don't like being spammed by query services any more that literary agents do, so you're most likely doing more harm than good to your budding screenwriting career by using one of these services.
This week alone I received seventeen screenplay queries, all using the same query service ( * cough cough looking at you SellAScript cough cough * ).
In the past, I've responded to these queries with a quick note saying that I don't represent screenplays. Starting today, these just get deleted without a response. Sorry, but it's a waste of my time. I have real queries from people who actually did do their homework to read.