I've been sick with a blasted flu. Today I'm coughing but substantially more conscious!
Q. Is there somewhere I can see examples of successful query letters for TV specs?I know it needs to be short and to the point, but examples would help.
Something like this, I imagine:
Dear Mr. Alpern:
I have just finished polishing my new spec HOUSE episode, "Haunted House," and I'm looking for representation. May I send it to you?
I also have a spec GRAY'S ANATOMY, "Anatomically Correct," and a spec comedy pilot about Egyptian mummies trying to make a living as garbagemen in New York, entitled GRAVE MATTERS. I'd be happy to send those along, too.
If you're interested, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Foo J. Baz
If someone the agent knows, or knows of, recommended you contact the agent, mention that. If you've sold anything, or optioned anything, or are working as a writer's assistant somewhere -- anything that validates you in the biz -- mention that too.
Q. - also, if the agent's gender is unclear, is it OK to write "Dear [first name] [last name]"
- and if querying by mail, are postcards or envelopes preferred? Does that matter?
If the agent's gender is unclear, pick up the bloody phone and call the agency and ask!
I wouldn't bother querying by mail these days. If anyone has a different point of view, please let me know. Mail is expensive, especially when you have to enclose a SASE. If they're looking for new clients, they'll read your email, and if they're not, you just saved a buck or two. If you must query by mail, use a postcard. If they can't be bothered to compose an email to you on their Blackberry, they're certainly not going to read your script.
I just wanted to inform you that I have contacted my lawyer about you stealing my idea about the mummies working in New York as garbage men.
Wow, "Anatomically Correct" really would be a great title for a Grey's script.
I emailed 10 queries six weeks ago. Three turn-downs, six no-word, and one request. Email is all I use anymore and my query letter is a simple as your suggestion.
I always thought a query was supposed to "entice" the potential agent with a small taste of what your spec script is about. Is it better to just state the facts - (I have spec of [show] called [title], can I send it to you?)
also, do you usually have to call the agency for his/her e-mail address? (they aren't listed with WGA?)
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