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Presents a collection of essays by such screenwriters as Eric Bogosian, T.S. Cook, Larry Gelbart, Lawrence Kasdan, and Carl Reiner, on their first writing jobs and what it takes to succeed in Hollywood.

From Publishers Weekly

This delectable collection of entertaining essays by more than 50 TV and screenwriters is a treat not only for neophytes hoping to break into the business, but also for film buffs. While most of the contributors write about their first paying job in the profession, many of the tastiest tales venture off to detail other "firsts": Chuck Lorre (Roseanne; Cybill) hilariously recalls the first time he was fired (from a Beany & Cecil revival show); Melville Shavelson recollects the first time he was sued (by former First Lady Mamie Eisenhower to stop the filming of a movie about the Ike-Kay Summersby affair); and 12-time Emmy winner Carl Reiner remembers getting $1,000 to write his first novel, Enter Laughing. Many of the short pieces create suspense by withholding the name of a long-delayed or much-rewritten project until the very end. One of the best stories illustrating Hollywood''s fickle nature is Australian Jan Sardi''s piece on being at the center of a fierce bidding war over Shine; it concludes with the sobering fact that, over 12 years, he''s had six movies produced in Australia but none in America. Each reminiscence is only a few pages long (Michael Tolkin''s biography at the end of his recollection is almost as long as his story), which keeps the pace quick and the writing lively. The sassy title, eye-catching faux noir cover art and the impressive list of contributors (Steven Bochco, Eric Bogosian, Cameron Crowe, Delia Ephron, Larry Gelbart, Lawrence Kasdan and Joan Tewkesbury are just a few listed on the back cover) make this a compelling item for film buffs.
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From Booklist

Showbiz mavens ought to like the inside poop this gathering of script scribblers'' testimonies serves up. Cop show master Steven Bochco remembers his first writing job, which involved stretching "unsold one-hour pilots and anthological [ sic ] dramas into two-hour movies" for a "cigar-chomping veteran producer" who pronounced his given name "Stiff." Youth culture chronicler supreme Cameron Crowe registers his memories of discovering that his first movie, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, was a hit in the sticks, though it had tanked at an L.A. preview. M*A*S*H TV veterans Larry Gelbart and Alan Alda expound, though only Alda talks about the long-lasting hit series: he cites Schnitzler''s La Ronde as the inspiration for the episode he wrote about a pair of long johns being passed around during the frigid Korean winter. Other contributors include Eric Bogosian, Gary David Goldberg, and Carl Reiner. Great vocational reading for scripting wanna-bes. Mike Tribby
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Review

"An enjoyable read for anyone fascinated with entertainment media." -- Library Journal October 1, 2000

From the Inside Flap

"provides a remarkable cross-section of the industry . . . it just may soften the hearts of a producer or two when the two sides meet across the bargaining table." --Variety, September, 25-October 1, 2000

About the Author

Peter Lefcourt is a screenwriter and the author of numerous novels including The Woody and The Dreyfus Affair. Screenwriting legend William Goldman is also the author of the megabestselling book Adventures in the Screen Trade.

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jadenanne7
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Worth the Read!
Reviewed in the United States on August 10, 2015
Though not what I was really expecting, this book was exactly what I was looking for. Nothing helps you prepare for entering a new line of work (because writing is work) like hearing firsthand what it is like to take those first steps. These stories truly come from the... See more
Though not what I was really expecting, this book was exactly what I was looking for. Nothing helps you prepare for entering a new line of work (because writing is work) like hearing firsthand what it is like to take those first steps. These stories truly come from the best of the best, and while some sections are dated, it was very interesting to read what it was like to break into the business years ago compared to today.
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Friend Zone
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Long on story, but long in the tooth
Reviewed in the United States on June 9, 2015
This book is pretty dated now, but the stories are funny and the cover is one of the best ever! (Buy it, read it, frame it).
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Perfect
Reviewed in the United States on December 24, 2013
I bought this as a gift and it was well received. It looks like an interesting book. It came in mint condition.
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Pageturner in NYC
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A Fun, Must-Read for Film Buffs
Reviewed in the United States on August 28, 2015
This delectable collection of entertaining essays by more than 50 TV and screenwriters is a treat not only for neophytes hoping to break into the business, but also for film buffs. While most of the contributors write about their first paying job in the... See more
This delectable collection of entertaining essays by more than 50 TV and screenwriters is a treat not only for neophytes hoping to break into the business, but also for film buffs.

While most of the contributors write about their first paying job in the profession, many of the tastiest tales venture off to detail other "firsts":

Chuck Lorre (Roseanne; Cybill) hilariously recalls the first time he was fired (from a Beany & Cecil revival show);

Melville Shavelson recollects the first time he was sued (by former First Lady Mamie Eisenhower to stop the filming of a movie about the Ike-Kay Summersby affair);

and 12-time Emmy winner Carl Reiner remembers getting $1,000 to write his first novel, "Enter Laughing."

Many of the short pieces create suspense by withholding the name of a long-delayed or much-rewritten project until the very end. One of the best stories illustrating Hollywood''s fickle nature is Australian Jan Sardi''s piece on being at the center of a fierce bidding war over "Shine"; it concludes with the sobering fact that, over 12 years, he''s had six movies produced in Australia but none in America.

Each reminiscence is only a few pages long (Michael Tolkin''s biography at the end of his recollection is almost as long as his story), which keeps the pace quick and the writing lively. The sassy title, eye-catching faux noir cover art and the impressive list of contributors (Steven Bochco, Eric Bogosian, Cameron Crowe, Delia Ephron, Larry Gelbart, Lawrence Kasdan and Joan Tewkesbury are just a few listed on the back cover) make this a compelling item for film buffs.
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Debbie Lee WesselmannTop Contributor: Cooking
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Lots of laughs and a little wisdom
Reviewed in the United States on October 10, 2000
This book is a hoot! The tone of this compilation of short essays by Hollywood writers ranges from thoughtful to irreverent to downright hilarious. The title is somewhat of a misnomer since not all chapters tell about a writer''s first sale. Chuck Lorre tells of the first... See more
This book is a hoot! The tone of this compilation of short essays by Hollywood writers ranges from thoughtful to irreverent to downright hilarious. The title is somewhat of a misnomer since not all chapters tell about a writer''s first sale. Chuck Lorre tells of the first time he was fired from a writing job (for defending a remake of "Beany and Cecil" from the eventual creator of "Ren and Stimpy.") Carl Reiner skips telling about his extensive television and screenwriting but focuses instead on the sale of his first novel. Delia Ephron covers the sale of several books as well as how she came to be a screenwriter. Peter Casey, already a successful television writer, relates the miraculous meeting when he and his partners pitched the idea for "Frasier." While these essays provide glimpses into the Hollywood machinery and a few of its gears, facts and advice are scarce. You won''t learn how to navigate the "trenches" by reading this. Instead, you''ll be entertained by the irony, good humor, and storytelling presented by this large group of talented writers. Because each piece lasts for only three or four pages, you can dip into this book for a few minutes at a time and read passages out of order. Don''t skip any, though, because you might miss a gem.
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Jim Dunn
4.0 out of 5 stars
more truth than some people can handle, apparently
Reviewed in the United States on January 15, 2006
I''m a screenwriter. Not a big name, no big successful movies or TV shows yet, but I''m working on it. This book isn''t the endless parade of "how I won the lottery in Hollywood" tales that some people want...but that''s because it reflects the reality of a career in... See more
I''m a screenwriter. Not a big name, no big successful movies or TV shows yet, but I''m working on it. This book isn''t the endless parade of "how I won the lottery in Hollywood" tales that some people want...but that''s because it reflects the reality of a career in screenwriting.

Truth is you need skills AND luck AND connections. It''s a tough gig, it really is. Million-dollar screenplay sales are very rare these days. Only about 5% of the scripts produced bewteen 2000 and 2004 were written "on spec" (that is, a screenplay some writer sat down & created, then turned around and sold as a completed piece of work). Most work is done as a "hired hand" in one form or another. War stories like these are a useful reality check for anyone thinking about taking up the career. If you LOVE to write, it can be a great job. If you want to get rich, buy lottery tickets, your odds are better.

Also check out Wordplayer.com and SamAndJimGoToHollywood.com for realistic tales of struggle.
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Becky B
5.0 out of 5 stars
Hope for us all
Reviewed in the United States on April 15, 2002
One of the things I''d like to do in my life is write a screenplay. I haven''t actually done it yet, and I have no idea what the process is like. But this book was a very interesting read. It has given me a renewed sense of hope. Some of the writers'' stories in this book... See more
One of the things I''d like to do in my life is write a screenplay. I haven''t actually done it yet, and I have no idea what the process is like. But this book was a very interesting read. It has given me a renewed sense of hope. Some of the writers'' stories in this book are like fairy tales to the hopeful screenwriters, and some of the stories show the reality to us. Reading these has helped me learn what to expect--because I understand that most of these writers were lucky, and that''s a lot of what it takes to make it in Hollywood. Let''s hope I have it.
Also, I must point out that the forward by William Goldman was worth the price of the book all by itself. I thought I was going to die laughing. I think I read the whole thing out loud to my roommate.
All in all, this is a wonderful book, with many memorable and hopeful stories.
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Eric San Juan
2.0 out of 5 stars
Spotty and unfocused series of essays and memories
Reviewed in the United States on October 1, 2005
Very spotty. Some good pieces in here that offer nice anecdotes and wisdom, and a LOT of worthless filler that offers pretty much nothing. Doesn''t offer near the level of insight I had hoped for and expected, and was even pretty boring for gossip. With the exception of six... See more
Very spotty. Some good pieces in here that offer nice anecdotes and wisdom, and a LOT of worthless filler that offers pretty much nothing. Doesn''t offer near the level of insight I had hoped for and expected, and was even pretty boring for gossip. With the exception of six or seven excellent essay, it''s a bunch of writers who repeat the same story over and over again: "I used to not get a lot of writing work, then a friend helped get me a job, and now I write a lot."

Yawn. Save your money.
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Reviewed in Germany on July 20, 2018
ja - das ewige Thema. Ich habe das Buch auf Empfehlung gekauft. Aber so richtig hat es mich nie angesprochen - vielleicht ist Hollywood zu weit weg und ja: es ist ein tolles Gefühl, wenn man das erste Mal eine Wertschätzung für all die Stunden und Jahre erhält...aber so ist...See more
ja - das ewige Thema. Ich habe das Buch auf Empfehlung gekauft. Aber so richtig hat es mich nie angesprochen - vielleicht ist Hollywood zu weit weg und ja: es ist ein tolles Gefühl, wenn man das erste Mal eine Wertschätzung für all die Stunden und Jahre erhält...aber so ist das nun mal für Künstler...
ja - das ewige Thema. Ich habe das Buch auf Empfehlung gekauft. Aber so richtig hat es mich nie angesprochen - vielleicht ist Hollywood zu weit weg und ja: es ist ein tolles Gefühl, wenn man das erste Mal eine Wertschätzung für all die Stunden und Jahre erhält...aber so ist das nun mal für Künstler...
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