Q. I've been writing comedy sketches. The producer of a sketch comedy show said I could follow up with him next month.
When I follow up with him, shall I ask if they’re accepting pitches and include a short pitch for my work or just stick to asking if they’re accepting pitches?
A. Wait till you’re asked, I think.
Q. I’ve written lots of one-page queries for novels/short stories and picture books (which, usually, also want you to include the first 10 pages of your book or an entire picture book or short story). I’m assuming, that for screen, these are even shorter pitches? I was thinking I’d pitch about three sketches to start, so maybe just a line each?
Q. I’ve been reading some on screenwriting format and all my sketches will be formatted to what I have read on very basic style. Do you think they’ll be really sticky on how perfect the format is/isn’t? (i.e. including title pages for each sketch, camera instructions etc.)
I can’t imagine they’re too sticky about how to format sketches, so long as they’re in regular screenplay format. I would never include camera instructions unless they're essential to a joke. Personally I wouldn’t put title pages on sketches; you don’t want anything getting between the funny and the reader. But I’m not a sketch comedy writer.