Finding a screenwriting manager, pitchfests, and the long game of being a screenwriter, with Paul Zeidman

FullSizeRenderJustin and Paul Zeidman discuss the long game of the screenwriter business and what lessons Paul has learned so far. The two connected a few years back via Done Deal Pro, when Justin was just started to look at the Blacklist and was looking for people who’d found their managers on the Blacklist 2.0. Paul was one such person, and a friendship bloomed from their first coffee.

The two discuss when Inktip works (what budget? what kind of scripts?), email blasts to managers and producers, and what you can learn from pitches.

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Understanding the Business of Screenwriting, with Bill Boyle

images-2Screenwriter Bill Boyle is coming to San Francisco April 27 to offer a one day class on selling your screenplay, so I thought it would be fun to bring you all a short interview with him, as well as some information on the course.

Click here for the brochure: Marketing and Business FlyerSanFrancisco


Here’s the interview!  Continue reading

iTunes New and Noteworthy Podcasts – Creative Writing Career made it!

CWC Podcast Logo_v3Creative Writing Career right next to Star Wars on New and Noteworthy podcasts in iTunes ‘literature.’ Thank you all to helping us get there – it was a goal of ours, and we’re so happy you were able to help us make it happen!

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And don’t forget to buy the book on Amazon!

Creative Writing Career 2


The Creative Writing Career podcast is here!

CWC Podcast Logo_v3If you’re a follower of my site, it’s likely because you have an interest in writing or like to at least hear writers’ stories. It’s with you in mind that…

we just launched the CREATIVE WRITING CAREER podcast!

So far, we’ve interviewed or have scheduled such folks as Elias Madias (Shadow of Mordor), Tim Powers (On Stranger Tides), Matthew Ritter (Telltale Games, comics, and indie Games),  Jazon Denzel ( and publishing with Tor), Will Wight (The Traveler’s Gate trilogy), Lee Jessup (Getting it Write, Screenwriting coach), and Linda Poitevin (Sins of Angels), and more.

Find it on iTunes or through your android podcast search. You can also find it at Please remember to share and leave a review!

Hosts: Stephan Bugaj, Justin Sloan, and Kevin Tumlinson

Launch date: November 2, 2015


Creative Writing Career 2

Creative Writing Career 2It’s here! Get Creative Writing Career 2 for only $3.99 today – price goes up in 24 hours.

You can get book 1 for #free by signing up for my author mailing list.

The Book: 

Make your writing more than a hobby. Make it your career.

In this sequel to Creative Writing Career: Becoming a Writer of Movies, Video Games, and Books, Stephan and Justin continue to bring you industry advice as well as interviews with screenwriters, video game writers, and authors of books and comics. These writers’ credits include such amazing titles as:

• Big Fish
• Batman
• Game of Thrones
• The Crow
• Divergent
• John Carter
• Brave
• Yesterday’s Gone
• Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
• Sandman Slim
• Jurassic World

(And many more!)
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Read the Screenwriting Grotto lately?

blog post - grottoIf you haven’t been on the Screenwriting Grotto site lately, you’re missing out! The site is a place where several screenwriters get together and post topics about the world of screenwriting.

This week, Steve Fait gave us a great post about movies getting the future right – perfectly timed with the Back to the Future awesomeness going on (anniversary, the three movies showing in some theaters, and of course… don’t forget the Telltale game).

Last week I announced that I would be a panelist at this year’s Austin Film Festival, and included some of the other panels that excite me.

The week before, Allen Warner (who wrote the foreword for Creative Writing Career 2), provided us with an awesome post about tackling giant goals and hamburgers. Read it, you’ll understand.

And the list goes on! Go check it out, and let us know what you think.

Interview: Nick Keller, Author and Composer

Nick KellerAfter graduating from USC’s Thornton School of Music, Nick began work on the Mondo Media web series Dick Figures and Dick Figures The Movie. Nick’s other projects include scoring for web content and commercials.

In addition to music, Nick has written several feature scripts, including Turner of the Century which is in development as an animated film at Ghostbot Animation.

In July 2015, Dark Horse Comics began publishing his horror comic series Death Head. Continue reading

Save the Cat and other Story Structures

BookCoverImageThis week a buddy and reader of my book, Creative Writing Career, was awesome enough to put together a table of the analysis of structure I did in the book. So say “Thank you, Michael Grech.”

As this table demonstrates, there is definite overlap in these styles of structure. My original purpose was to show that you can pick the style that works for you, or maybe even consider all of them and just pick and choose – whatever helps you get your story written.

He also commented on the Plot Point 1 being the break into 2, and we had some discussion about this and then realized why that could be – Syd Field’s plot point 1 would indeed be this, but we’re talking here about a different system that author Dan Wells teaches. So, now you know.  Continue reading

Creative Mentor Series

BookCoverImageAs the second book in my Creative Mentor series is about to hit the shelves (and the 3rd in a couple of months!) I thought I would share with you all some highlights from book 1. The book has done fairly well, including nearly 100 audiobooks sold and reaching Top 3 Best Seller in Job Hunting, December 2014.

For more information on the book, see below. And I recommend you check out other audiobooks by the narrator, Thomas Block. 

The Book:

Want to be a writer of video games? A screenwriter? A novelist? This book will guide you as you position yourself for a career as a writer.

Based on a lifetime of struggling to make it as a creative writer, “Creative Writing Career: Becoming a Writer of Movies, Video Games, and Books” is a guide for aspiring writers to help them position themselves in an extremely competitive field. The book includes information on the writing process and ways to improve one’s craft, but mostly focuses on how to get discovered and where to concentrate energy in the meantime. The content of the book is supplemented by writer interviews, featuring some incredibly gifted people who share the wisdom they have gained. With writing, as with most aspects of life, I have chosen to rely on those with demonstrated wisdom to move ahead. This book presents that wisdom for the reader to do the same. Continue reading

Military Veterans in Creative Careers – Available for Pre-Order

Military Veterans in Creative Careers - Justin SloanI’ve been working on a passion project for some time and finally have it ready!

My book Military Veterans in Creative Careers on Amazon for pre-order (available 7-4-15).

1) Everyone who joins my mailing list and follows me on Twitter will be entered in to win one of 10 free copies of my Creative Writing Career audiobook (regular price = $19.95).

2)  If you order a print copy and leave an honest review, shoot me an email and I will give the first 5 people to do so a signed copy of the book and a digital copy of the audiobook when they come out, AND a digital copy of the Creative Writing Career audiobook now. If you aren’t one of the 5, you will be entered into a chance to be one of 20 people to get the audiobook free when it comes out. Continue reading