Making it as a Screenwriter


· To teach you how to get work and build a career as a professional screenwriter.
· To raise money for ChildLine in order to support children in danger and distress.

A note from the author Adrian Mead:-

I changed careers from bouncer and hairdresser to professional screenwriter and director. I did it despite having no formal training or contacts in the industry. I now have a career that excites, challenges and constantly inspires me.

It happened because I planned it.

This book will give you the tools and the information to do the same.


How To make It as a Screenwriter for £7.79 + VAT – All proceeds to Childline

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Here’s what industry professionals have said about this book;

In the confusing forest of screenwriting books here is a sturdy oak: simple, honest and true. Highly recommended.
Ashley Pharoah
Screenwriter and Producer. Co Creator of Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes.

Every aspiring writer should be forced to read this, at gunpoint. Not only does it give you essential advice about how to break into the business, it also prepares you for the harsh realities, and tells you how much hard work lies ahead. If I’d had this when I first started writing, I’d have cried a bit, but would have been so much better prepared. Talent will get you so far, but the advice in this book (and plenty of hard work) is the next step. You need to read this book immediately.
James Moran
Screenwriter – credits include, Severance, Doctor Who, Torchwood, Primeval, Spooks Code 9 and Crusoe.

I love this book, it just tells you how it is and what you need to succeed.
Tony Jordan
Screenwriter and Creator of Hustle, Holby Blue. Co Creator of Life On Mars.

Making it as a screenwriter is the perfect tool for anyone who is starting out, struggling to get on, or just wants to know there are others in the same boat! It’s well laid out, very knowledgeable and manages to be helpful without ever being patronising. It’s also very well written, but then it’s written by a successful writer, so I guess that’s no surprise!
Harry Oulton, Producer.

This is a to-the-point, no-nonsense guide to the realities of making a script-writing career from someone who’s been there, and done it and continues to successfully make his living as a screenwriter in the UK. What Adrian advocates works – and he’s the proof. Full of valuable insights and sound ideas based on a successful writer’s personal experience, this book is a great tool for the budding screenwriter.
Philip Shelly, Producer and Script Editor.

This book tells you everything you need to know about beginning and building a career as a professional screenwriter. I wish I’d read it when I was struggling to break into the industry. It’s engaging, inspiring stuff – realistic without being cynical, practical without being soulless – and for anyone hoping to make a living as a writer for TV or film in the UK it’s pretty indispensable.
Rob Fraser
Screenwriter for Taggart, Holby City, Monarch of The Glen and more.

Required reading for any aspiring scribe, this book’s full of sage advice and healthy realism about the business of launching and nurturing a career as a screenwriter. MAKING IT AS A SCREENWRITER should be a set text for every screenwriting course, workshop and degree in the UK.
David Bishop, Screenwriter and Novelist.

Practical, insightful and with bags of good advice, this book gives you the inside track on how to turn that screenwriting dream into a reality. It’s all about the nuts and bolts of how to get ahead rather than any grand posturing about ‘how to write’. I wish I had something like this when I was starting out, it would have saved me a lot of time and frustration.
Danny Stack, Scriptwriter.

A clear, honest, generous, book on the TV industry and the writer’s place in it, by a man who knows. A genuine must-have purchase for anybody serious about forging a career in writing drama for film or television.
Peter Hynes, Screenwriter.

I will recommend this book to all the aspiring writers I work with – it’s practical, honest and inspiring.
Carly Rich-Conway, Red Planet Drama Executive and Writer.

Adrian breaks down exactly what every aspiring professional screenwriter SHOULD be doing to get ahead in the industry. His book is easy to digest and offers simple, clear advice and solutions for those who feel like they’re banging their heads against a brick wall. Read and learn!
Lucy V. Hay, Screenwriter, script reader.

Lots of other screenwriting books do the “Go! Screenwriters!” cheerleader routine. Adrian Mead is more the hard-bitten coach in the dressing room, slapping you in the face and telling you exactly what you have to do to win. It won’t make you write better scripts, but it will help you sell them.
Andy Conway, Shooting People Screenwriters’ Network

I love this book, it is absolutely jam-packed with honest and life changing information that could only come from a successful industry insider, I wish I had it ten years ago, it would have saved me a lot time and a lot of energy. It is a master-class and I highly recommend it to anyone serious about making it in TV or film.
Geoff Thompson. Author, Screenwriter and BAFTA winner.

By purchasing MAKING IT AS A SCREENWRITER you will be helping ChildLine to support children in danger and distress. Thank you. Please encourage others to buy their copy.

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