Liz Maccie, studio reader, has a nice list of professional insights over at the BOSI site…
About two and a half years ago, I got the wonderful opportunity to become a “reader” for a studio, think mouse house. I continue to work for them under a freelance status and absolutely love my job.
Being a reader means you literally read materials such as scripts, novels, and teleplays. Then you write up “coverage,” entailing a synopsis of the plot as well as an analysis of the story elements.
Finally, you either recommend the piece for further consideration or pass on the material. All in all, it is a fantastic fun job that has made me, hands down, a better writer, simply because absorbing stories on a daily basis has helped sharpen my tools for defining story.
After reading literally hundreds of scripts, here are some tid-bits that may be of value to you on your journey to becoming a produced writer.
My favorite: Tid-bit #2: Create and maintain genuine friendships.
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Liz Maccie, I enjoy your informative articles. Quick question: Ahhh… Politics. What happened to the bizarre, atrocious spec you were ‘encouraged’ to give favorable review to… (Never heard of a coverage re-write before. Huh, learn something new everyday). Was it ever sold or produced? Thank you for sharing.