For my first ever blog, I thought I'd talk a little about the business side of writing. One of the most frustrating parts of being a screenwriter (apart from the waiting) is the criticism. It seems like everyone believes they can improve your work. This can be especially sticky when it comes to representation. I've had my share of agents/managers, and although they technically work for the writer, it sure feels the other way around -- maybe because it's so hard to find representation! They do have the right to have some say about the writing since they're putting their reputation on the line every time they submit your material. But where does one draw the line? Do you throw out stuff you love to please your agent? Are you perhaps wrong about that thing you love?
A few years back, I went through a period where I didn't have representation and was having a Hell of time just getting read. A producer friend was nice enough to give one of my scripts to a manager she met. The manager emailed me that she liked my script, but had some criticisms. What were they? She didn't like the age or sex of the protagonist, nor did she like the beginning, middle and end of the script. She didn't offer to represent me, but I had the distinct feeling that she wanted me to rewrite and resubmit it. Although I was desperate for representation, I instinctively knew that this wouldn't be the manager for me. I thanked her and went on my way - thought not quite sure I made the right decision. A few months later, another manager came calling and I signed with him. I don't know if it's because he's from Europe or it's just his style, but he's more respectful of my work and my time. Is he too easy on me? Maybe. But at least I know that it's my work going out there!