The Burton & Robinson Agency is proud to be a WGA signatory talent agency. We are always willing to receive query letters from new writers provided the script is registered with the WGA. If we request the script, we require the WGA registration accompany the script of the title page.
Right off the bat we want you to know that we want to represent your script, we want to sell it and we want to see it made and you receive gobs of money. We would like to offer some basic tips to help us achieve that goal.
How to submit?
Please address a query letter to us at our mailing address or by email.
What are we looking for?
Any story that has a strong, interesting, central character and has a good hook or concept concept. We look for scripts that have sound structure, good lean dialogue and a central character to root for.
What is a hook?
To quote Alex Epstein, a development executive and author of “Crafty Screenwriting,” a hook is the concept in a nutshell. A fresh idea to a story that instantly makes not only us, but people in the industry interested in reading your script and then makes the audience interested in seeing your movie.
Here are some examples of great hooks.
A man is about to commit suicide when an angel shows him his town if he had never lived. (It’s a Wonderful Life)
A lawyer suddenly loses his ability to lie. (Liar, Liar)
There’s a bomb aboard a crowded city bus. If the bus slows below 50 mph it will blow up. (Speed)
A Jewish man tries to hide the horrors of the Nazi occupation from his young son by pretending they are all playing a big game. (It’s a Beautiful Life)
Most of all a good solid story will rise above the others. A strong hook will definitely help. Keep in mind, a hook is like the logline you read in TV Guide.
How to write a good query letter?
A good query letter says in one page or less what the story’s hook or concept is. That’s all it needs to do. From that one page, the story either sells itself, or it doesn’t.
If you have some direct personal experience that touches on the screenplay please mention that.
- Read as many successful scripts as possible. You will get a sense of structure and how to use dialogue most effectively.
- Write, write and write more. A script always needs several rewrites before sending out.
- Take university classes if possible.
- Observe life. The best stories can be found in the simplest of circumstances.
- Aspiring TV writers should write a sample script of their favorite show.
- Don’t tell your story through dialogue. Show it.
- Don’t tell us why your script will have a big audience. Just sell us on the story.
- If there is a surprise ending, you may mention it, but not what it is. Sell the sizzle, not the steak.
- Don’t apologize in advance for wasting our time. We need screenplays and yours may be the one we are looking for.
- Don’t tell us five stories. It suggests your just throwing mud against the wall hoping something will stick. Show us you are passionate about your screenplay.
Remember, it’s all about the story. Show, don’t tell.
Please send or email us query letters to the agency.
Burton & Robinson Agency
10051 McGregor Blvd.
Fort Myers, Fl. 33919