How do I get started?
If you’re ready to order, please select the service that’s right for you. The payment service is implemented through PayPal. You should receive a confirmation email with a transaction ID to confirm your payment.
Once your payment is confirmed, email us your script, in PDF format, to email@example.com.
In the subject, please include the title of your script and the service(s) you purchased.
In the body, please include:
- Your name
- Either your transaction ID(s) or a screenshot of your payment confirmation
- The service(s) you purchased
- Any additional information we may need in order to help you
What is the average turnaround time?
On average, our turnaround time is about 7 to 10 BUSINESS days (not including weekends and most major holidays).
If you purchase a Rush Service, the turnaround time is usually 2 to 5 days (including weekends and most holidays).
There are some exceptions to our turnaround time commitment:
- If you request the same/particular reader, we may need to allow additional time for their availability.
- Orders on weekends — While we do monitor our inbox on weekends, depending on traffic, the orders made will count toward the next business day.
- Orders on holiday weeks — We honor all major public American holidays (New Year, MLK Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas), as well as cultural and religious holidays (Lunar New Year, Eid, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Hanukkah). During these holidays, we extend our turnaround to 10 to 14 BUSINESS days, to enable our readers to enjoy quality time with family and friends.
Is there an extra charge for scripts over 120 pages?
Yes. We charge $2 per page for scripts over 120 pages.
120 pages is the industry standard for the maximum length of a spec script. We usually suggest writers to try to trim it down first if they go over, but we also understand that some stories require additional pages.
If your script is over 120 pages, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll give you a quote.
What is script coverage?
Script coverage is an analysis of your screenplay that is usually a few pages long. It has basic information about the script (the writer, genre, page count, logline), the story’s synopsis, and a comments and analysis section where a script reader gives notes on their thoughts of scripts, its strengths and its weaknesses.
There is also a rating/scoring section, which scores the script in multiple categories from plot and character to conflict and dialogue.
Styles and formats can vary depending on the studio or agency.
Do I need script coverage?
Not necessarily. But in most cases, unless you’re someone as famous and established as Shane Black or Aaron Sorkin, it’s very hard to get your script read. A spec script is incredibly hard to sell when you’re up against established screenwriters who have a history of making very bankable films and are strongly connected.
Your work has to be able to convince agents, managers, studios, or producers that you know your craft inside and out, your ideas are original and marketable, and you’re the next bankable screenwriter that they’re willing to pay for. If you can’t entertain and also convince, your script has very little chance.
Receiving a script coverage from us allows you to test your script with experienced readers to get an idea of how a real agency or producer may respond to your work. You have an opportunity to make changes to improve your screenplay before submitting it to a real agent, manager, or producer.
If that sounds like something you need, we are honored to help you.
What format should I send my script in?
Please send us your screenplay in a PDF file to email@example.com. We are green and quick, so we only accept online submissions.
We do not accept hard copies.
Will my material and ideas be safe? Do I need to register my script with the WGA?
Will I know who is reading my script?
Yes, you can learn more about our script readers here. We’re just starting out, so we don’t have many readers yet, and we prefer to go by our initials.
What if I want two different services for one script?
If you want two different services for one script, please place two orders. We don’t currently offer a bundles service, so you will have to make two purchases.
For example, if you want the Standard Script Coverage and the Proofreading & Editing services for one script, you will have to buy both separately.
Once you have received payment confirmations for both purchases, email us the script and write BOTH services in your subject along with the script title. Include both transactions IDs in the body of the email. You can also indicate again that you want BOTH services and we will make sure it gets done.
Will you send my script out to industry professionals?
EL’s Script Coverage service and the feedback our readers provide are designed solely to help screenwriters with their craft, improve their work, and help ensure their work is industry-ready. Regardless of your screenplay’s rating, we do not share your script with any third parties for review, consideration, or feedback.
If a situation arises where we are queried for Recommend-rated scripts, we will simply put the writer in touch with their permission and approval. But bear in mind, these situations are rare.
We also do not represent any writers and are not soliciting screenplays for development.