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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.

Manakamana: An Interview from the Locarno Film Festival

By Susan Kouguell
Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez, the filmmakers behind Manakamana

Screenplay Doctor Susan Kouguell went overseas to interview Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez, the two filmmakers behind Manakamana, a film which just won the Golden Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival.

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.

Jeff Greenstein: Stories from TV's Front Line

By Susan Kouguell
Showrunner, producer, and writer Jeff Greenstein

Breaking into writing for scripted television is competitive and challenging. I know what you’re thinking: Is this news? You’ve all heard and read this sentence countless times. But -- this month’s column sheds direct light and insight on writing and working in television, with advice from someone with ties to New England.

Web Series Wisdom: An Interview with Anne Flournoy

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

How to succeed in the film business without really trying (but actually trying really hard)? More and more, people are recommending that aspiring filmmakers tackle a web series. Screenplay Doctor Susan Kouguell talks to Anne Flournoy, an independent filmmaker who's done so and lived to tell the tale -- her series The Louise Log was just successfully funded for its third season. Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Experimenting in the Digital Era: An Interview with Jon Gartenberg

By Susan Kouguell
Jon Gartenberg, President of Gartenberg Media Enterprises

Jon Gartenberg, President of Gartenberg Media Enterprises, has spent his career forwarding and preserving the work of experimental filmmakers. He talks to the Screenplay Doctor about experimental filmmaking, distribution, and what's happening to the field in this modern age. 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: 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.

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

By Susan Kouguell
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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.

A Five Star Interview with Film Critic Thelma Adams

By Susan Kouguell
Film Critic Thelma Adams

February marks the thick of the awards season, so Screenplay Doctor Susan Kouguell reached out to film critic Thelma Adams to get a sneak peek into what it’s like to be a critic. Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

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.

Should Screenwriters Go to Film School?

By Susan Kouguell
Professor Garland Waller of BU & Professor Richard Walter of UCLA

Is it worth it to go to film school? In part one of a series, Screenplay Doctor Susan Kouguell gets an answer from UCLA’s Professor Richard Walter and BU’s Professor Garland Waller. 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.

Prague Film School: An International Melting Pot for Filmmakers

By Susan Kouguell
Prague Film School

Screenplay Doctor Susan Kouguell spent her summer at the Prague Film School. She interviews Co-Founder and Co-Director Tariq Hager about his school: a haven for passionate filmmakers of all shapes and sizes tucked away in a city that is as beautiful as the program is intense.

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.