This new blog series, REPS 101, was inspired by you, the reader. So, over the next few weeks we will be discussing "literary representation." I get questions about representation ALL THE TIME, so I figured we should discuss it.
"Hollywood," and the business behind the industry, can be very confusing, and I want to help demystify the realm of representation for you. So, today we will discuss Literary Agents and Literary Managers and how they do similar, yet totally different, things for their clients.
But let's start with the basics by defining the role of each. Shall we?
are individuals who represent writers to publishing houses (for manuscript writers), film producers and film studios. They are:
are individuals who also represent writers to publishing houses, film producers and studios (and sometimes even agents).
So both Agents and Managers "represent" their clients, and here are the roles that can overlap between both types of representation:
- Both Agents and Managers will read your scripts.
- Both Agents and Managers will pass your work along to producers and studios.
- Both Agents and Managers can make introductions/get meetings.
- Package your script with other talent within their agencies.
- Offer expertise and knowledge about the industry.
- Do you need an agent, a manager or both?
- When are you ready for representation?
- Where do you meet these elusive representatives?
- How long does it take to get representation?
- I've tried to get representation for a long time with no luck. What now?
I know that seeking representation can be tiresome and exhausting. But listen, as cheesy as it sounds, don't give up! Keep writing, keep learning, keep networking. It takes a lot of effort, a lot of patience and a lot perseverance! And that's the truth. You have to have a drive. You have to keep going when you think you can't. And you need to possess the maturity and grace to know when you may need to go a different direction. But, it is possible. It can happen. It does happen. And it CAN happen for you!
So come back to continue furthering your education on the world of representation and what it can mean for you and your career. We will set goals! Make a plan! Talk about the intense stuff. Don't miss out. Until next time!
"Everyone has a story. Write Yours."