The hardest thing about writing is “breaking in”. The main point I’m gathering from my reading on the subject is that it’s more like chip-chip-chipping at the door rather than fetching an axe – Shawshank over Shining.

In that vein, some excellent comment on these issues from the British industry:

Lucy V on how to get read – including querying anyone and everyone, and making your own works.

BBC writersroom on their role as the “interface” between writers and the industry. Bottom line: be patient and persistent.

Phill Barron’s #scriptchat on agents is also worth a read (if you can navigate the transcript – I advise searching the thing for “phillbarron” to skip to the relevant bits) and introduced me to Mandy.com, where one can find work – paid and lo/no fee.

And How to Hustle from Michelle Lipton – the guide to getting work, which basically involves putting in the effort to be seen and to be known.

All before you land the gigs actually writing the damn things.

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