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10 Books Every Independent Filmmaker Should Own... and 4 for Screenwriters Too

By NewEnglandFilm.com

Whether you're looking for a gift idea for someone else or a filmmaker yourself, NewEnglandFilm.com has compiled 10 essential books that every independent filmmaker should own, plus 4 for screenwriters.

Top Tips on Evaluating Agents and Production Companies

By Susan Kouguell

What happens when an agent or production company expresses an interest in your work? The Screenplay Doctor Susan Kouguell provides readers with some tips on how to proceed not only with excitement, but with caution.

Twenty Questions: Are you *really* ready to submit your screenplay?

By Susan Kouguell
Questions, courtesy of https://flic.kr/p/4S8uZe

Before you submit your screenplay, get feedback from people who will tell you the truth and nothing but the truth. Here are 20 questions to ask them to make sure you're getting feedback that will help. To have your question answered in the next column, email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com.

To Pitch or Not to Pitch? Top 10 Pitching Tips from the Screenplay Doctor

By Susan Kouguell
Mouth 15 https://www.flickr.com/photos/twcollins/1344148021

Should you pitch your script before it's written? Screenplay Doctor Susan Kouguell finds an answer to this question of the month and provide a list of ten pitching tips. To have your question answered, e-mail screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: How to Pitch a TV Series

By Susan Kouguell
Jeff Greenstein with the cast of the new award-winning series Husbands

How can you pitch a new TV series? Screenplay Doctor Susan Kouguell finds an answer to this question of the month with Jeff Greenstein, the Emmy-winning writer and producer of Dream On, Friends, Will & Grace, Parenthood and Desperate Housewives. E-mail your question to screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Submitting Your Screenplay Etiquette and Looking for Screenwriters

By Susan Kouguell
Pointers for good etiquette for submitting your script.

This month, Screenplay Doctor Susan Kouguell covers pointers for the best way to submit your screenplay and answers a question. Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Writing for Documentaries

By Susan Kouguell
Writer, producer, director Allie Light

This month, Screenplay Doctor Susan Kouguell interviews four award-winning documentary filmmakers for their insight into how they write for their documentaries. Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Beating Writer's Block and Getting Feedback on Your Script

By Susan Kouguell
Get some tips to break through that writers block!

This month, Screenplay Doctor Susan Kouguell offers advice on how to overcome 'writer's block', and, once the draft is completed, how to find the best feedback. Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: 2013 Retrospective and Questions

By Susan Kouguell
Anne Flournoy, creator of web series The Louise Log

Screenplay Doctor, Susan Kouguell, reflects on her interviews from 2013 and answers your questions. Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Interview with Sydney Levine, President of Sydney's Buzz

By Susan Kouguell
Sydney Levine, President of Sydney's Buzz.

Screenplay Doctor, Susan Kouguell, interviews Sydney Levine, President of Sydney's Buzz, about film distribution. Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Joining a script writing group

By Susan Kouguell
Genine Tillotson, left, leading a meeting of Harvard Square Screen Writers.

Screenplay Doctor, Susan Kouguell, interviews Genine Tillotson, Director of Harvard Square Script Writers, about HSSW and the benefits of joining a writing group. Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Top Ten Script Competition Tips

By Susan Kouguell
Photo Credit: Matthew Pompa/Flickr

Out of the hundreds of screenplay competitions out there, veteran judge and screenplay doctor Susan Kouguell helps you pick which ones to enter and how to do it right. Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Getting Recognized

By Susan Kouguell
Photo credit: Jeezny/Flickr

You ask, she answers. This month, Screenplay Doctor Susan Kouguell helps readers looking to break into the business. Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Top Five Tips … How to Really Find an Agent

By Susan Kouguell
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Finding an agent can often feel about as easy as winning the lottery, but Screenplay Doctor Susan Kouguell has tips on how to take control of this scary search. Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Preparing & Navigating Screenplay Conferences and Pitch Festivals

By Susan Kouguell
The Screenwriters World Conference takes place in NYC April 5-7

This month, Screenplay Doctor Susan Kouguell heads to the Screenwriters World Conference as a featured speaker. Before she goes, she offers advice for how to get the most out of your visit to a pitch fest. Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Top Questions NOT to Ask a Film Industry Professional

By Susan Kouguell
Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/14152200@N05/6919498327/

Whether you’re at a face-to-face meeting or emailing a query letter, the way in which you present yourself and your project are vital in making a lasting – and, let me emphasize, good -- impression. Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Getting Noticed

By Susan Kouguell
Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/call-to-adventure/8276262672/

This month, screenplay expert Susan Kouguell tackles one of the big questions - how to get a screenplay noticed! Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Recap: Most Popular NewEnglandFilm.com Stories of 2012

By Michele Meek
Who's Calling? was featured in one of the most popular stories of 2012: iFilmmakers: Are Smartphones the Next Step in Filmmaking

Here's a recap of NewEnglandFilm.com's 15 most popular stories from 2012 and five stories from the archives with the most views.

Should Screenwriters Go to Film School? Part Two

By Susan Kouguell
Professor and Screenwriter J.D. Zeik

Is it worth it to go to film school? In part two of a series, Screenplay Doctor Susan Kouguell gets an answer from SUNY Purchase's Professor J.D. Zeik. Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Screenwriting Advice from Award-Winning Screenwriter and Teacher Barry Brodsky

By Susan Kouguell
Barry Brodsky, writer and director of the Emerson College Screenwriting Certificate Program

There's no one path to becoming a screenwriter, and Screenplay Doctor Susan Kouguell discusses some of the many options with writer and director of the Emerson College Screenwriting Certificate Program, Barry Brodsky. Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Words from the Masters

By Susan Kouguell
Nora Ephron, famous screenwriter and director

Screenwriting consultant Susan Kouguell offers up words of wisdom from some of film's most successful screenwriters. Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Getting to Hollywood and Tracking Down Agents

By Susan Kouguell
IMDBPro, a resource for finding agents

Screenplay columnist Susan Kouguell answers your questions about breaking into Hollywood from overseas, and then finding an agent once you get there. E-mail screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Tips for Good Dialogue

By Susan Kouguell
Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/joeflood/2406045813/

One of the foundations of a good screenplay is great dialogue. Screenplay expert Susan Kouguell gives you her top ten tips for writing the best dialogue. E-mail screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: To Write or Not Write ... a Short Screenplay

By Susan Kouguell
Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hoyvinmayvin/3936022339/

Screenplay expert Susan Kouguell shares her short film successes and gives you tips for trying your own! E-mail screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Breaking into the Biz

By Susan Kouguell
Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/happystampingdesings/5790150154/lightbox/

Now that you've got that diploma, what do you do with it to make those screenwriting dreams a reality? Screenplay expert Susan Kouguell gives you a checklist for how to break into the business after graduation. E-mail screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Location, Location, Location

By Susan Kouguell
Monument Valley, the landscape that defined many Westerns. Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/saxonfenken/2844066163/in/

What's true in real estate is true in screenwriting: location, location, location. Screenplay Doctor Susan Kouguell shares her top ten tips for penning the perfect setting. E-mail screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Bringing Novels to Life

By Susan Kouguell
Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sapphir3blu3/3523201889/

Screenplay doctor Susan Kouguell gives you the questions to ask and the software to use when faced with transforming a 500+ page novel into a 120 page screenplay. E-mail screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Software & Submission Pointers

By Susan Kouguell
Screengrab from Celtx Software

The Screenplay Doctor column is a place for advice -- not screenplay submissions -- and columnist Susan Kouguell tells you how to know where you SHOULD submit your screenplays and a free software to write them in.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: New Year’s Resolutions

By Susan Kouguell
Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/eoipsocomunicacion/3115405075/

Screenplay columnist Susan Kouguell gives you a few New Year's Resolutions to get your next screenplay headed in the right direction. E-mail screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Script Structure

By Susan Kouguell
Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hoyvinmayvin/3936022339/

Screenplay columnist Susan Kouguell gives an answer in three acts to explain the three-act screenplay structure. E-mail screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your question answered in an upcoming issue.