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FAQ

Screenwriter & Author FAQs

  1. How much does it cost writers?
  2. Why do you charge a fee when some other websites don't?
  3. Why don't you charge industry professionals? Why pick on the writer?
  4. How do you compare to other websites?
  5. How many scripts have been sold or optioned and how many writers have gained representation through you?
  6. Can you guarantee that my script will get sold through your network?
  7. How many industry professionals use your site?
  8. Does InkTip.com act as a production company or an agency?
  9. Do I still need an agent/manager?
  10. Is a release form required?
  11. I'm a Writers Guild member & heard I can't or shouldn't sign your Release Form. Is this true?
  12. If I get a lead through your newsletter and submit a query to a producer, what will it look like?
  13. How would my scripts on InkTip appear to entertainment professionals on InkTip?
  14. What does the search page that entertainment professionals use to find my scripts on InkTip look like?

Entertainment Professionals FAQs

  1. What information will I be able to see?
  2. How can I communicate with other members?
  3. What is my legal protection?
  4. I represent a writer who is a member. How can I view the activity on that writer's scripts?
  5. I am a representative. How does InkTip.com save me time and money?
  6. I am not a producer, agent, manager, or writer. I do work in the industry and am involved in the finding and acquisition of scripts; how do I become a member?

Scripts/Books

  1. How do I place my work on your site?
  2. Do I have to have a completed script written in order to place a logline and synopsis on your website?
  3. How long should my logline and synopsis be?
  4. Can I look at other writers' scripts on the site?
  5. What kinds of works do you accept?
  6. What about the content of the work?
  7. Is there a certain format the script has to be in?
  8. What if I am not comfortable with placing my treatment and script online?
  9. Will it make me look bad if I place all ten of my scripts on your website?
  10. Do you do script coverage before allowing my script to go on your website?

Security

  1. Do I need to register my script?
  2. What do you do to guarantee that my script is protected?
  3. How can I guarantee that my idea won't be stolen?
  4. Who is allowed to look at my script at InkTip.com?
  5. How do you know that a licensed member isn't lending his or her password and login name to someone else?
  6. What if I've lost my password or user ID?

E-Mail

  1. How do I make sure that I am receiving your e-mails (your e-mails are whitelisted)?

Writers

1. How much does it cost writers?

Registering for an account with us is free. We only charge for the specific services we offer. See our Services page for a list of the services we offer. See our Price Information page for a list of the prices of each of our services.

2. Why do you charge a fee when some other websites don't?

It takes money to build a website like ours and to maintain it. It is a business like any other and has to be worked on and cannot function without income. We do extensive and costly advertising precisely for the benefit of the writers, most of whom don't have the resources to do broad & time consuming marketing when they'd rather concentrate more on their writing.

Other sites don't charge because they don't work on their business and it shows in their results.

3. Why don't you charge producers, agents and managers? Why pick on the writer?

Not charging industry pros for this service works to the advantage of writers, by helping writers to sell more through greater exposure. Charging industry pros would result in drastically fewer of them visiting the site to even look for any scripts. (For example, a car dealer who charged customers just to come look inside his showroom wouldn't make many sales, would he?)

4. How are you better than the other websites?

Results speak for themselves. Go to: Recent Deals Closed.

5. How many scripts have been sold or optioned and how many writers have gained representation through you?

The figure changes on a weekly basis. At least 400 scripts have been optioned or writers hired through our services. Go to: Recent Deals Closed.

6. Can you guarantee that my script will get sold through your network?

No. Please understand that not every writer will sell their scripts through our services. An estimated 50,000 scripts are written in the US each year. Only a few hundred are made into movies. All we can offer you is another avenue to make your script(s) known. We can factually guarantee you real exposure, but that is it.

7. How many industry professionals use your site?

We have over 2,700 producers, agents, managers and other industry professionals with access to the site. See our list of industry professionals for a partial list.

We average about 130 different industry professionals searching for scripts on a weekly basis.

8. Does InkTip.com act as a production company or an agency?

Neither. InkTip.com is a source by which agents, managers, directors, etc. are able to search for scripts at their convenience. We do not produce or represent any projects.

9. Do I still need an agent/manager?

Our service does not take the place of agents and/or managers. InkTip.com's sole purpose and function is making your script(s) easily available to industry professionals. While we assist agents and managers to increase exposure for their clients, our service certainly does not take the place of agents and managers.

However, you do not need an agent or manager to take advantage of our services.

10. Is a Release Form required?

Yes, most production companies require a release form before they will consider looking at a script. We don't want the more credible production companies afraid to use this website to find scripts.

11. I'm a Writers Guild member & heard I can't or shouldn't sign your Release Form. Is this true?

Though most reps have no problem allowing their writers to sign the release form, few agents have felt that their writers might be forbidden by the WGA from signing our Release Form, or that there might be some conflict.

After reviewing the WGA's "Artists' Manager Basic Agreement" (aka "Agency Agreement"), the Code of Working Rules and the Minimum Basic Agreement (the latter two deal with employment, pay rates, etc.), we could find no conflict whatever between any of those and a WGA-member's submission of our Release Form. This should not be construed as legal advice, for which you should consult an attorney.

Please note in particular this WGA Agency Agreement excerpt:

Page 29, section 14 (b): "The words 'Agent' or 'Representative' are synonymous with the words 'Artists' Manager'…" Page 7, section 8. (b):

"The Artists' Manager shall not require a Writer-Client to execute a release form with respect to any literary material owned by the Writer-Client, submitted by such Writer-Client to the Artists' Manager, if such literary material is within the scope of Rider W."

(See Rider W, starting page 17, roughly the second half of the agreement.)

"Nothing herein shall be deemed to prevent an Artists' Manager from submitting to the Writer-Client release forms required by any third party." (Emphasis added)

InkTip.com is a "third party" as used above.

Entertainment Professionals FAQs

1. What information will I be able to see?

All placements on the site have at least a logline and synopsis available for viewing. It is up to the writer whether or not his/her script, treatment or resume is immediately available. An email system is set up on the site so that you can easily and quickly send a message to a writer requesting his script.

2. How can I communicate with other members?

Contact information for a script's owner or representative is given on the writer's resume. Conversely, when you download a script, your contact information (name and physical address) is visible to the script's rep or script owner. Writers are required to follow guidelines in contacting industry professionals.

3. What is my legal protection?

Prior to listing scripts with InkTip.com, all writers provide us with signed original copies of this Release Form.

4. I am a representative. How does InkTip.com save me time and money?

When you have your writers' scripts listed on InkTip.com, merely provide interested professionals with our website address and your client's name and/or script title. No form letters needed. No courier fees. Contact us and we'll even help you register them. It's also the fastest, easiest way to find new clients!

5. I represent a writer who is a member. How can I view the activity on that writer's scripts?

Once you are a member, log in and select the "Scripts I Represent" link. All download activity for all your writers' scripts can be viewed.

6. I am not a producer, agent, manager, or writer. I do work in the industry and am involved in the finding and acquisition of scripts; how do I become a member?

Register with us and we will give your application careful consideration.

Scripts/Books

12. How do I place my work on your site?

Placing your script on our site is a pretty simple process. The majority of it is answering the basic questions asked about your script and checking boxes that relate to your work/story.

Do not send us a hard copy of your script. If you would like the full script on the site you will be able to upload the file.

With the multitude of operating systems and writers' software on the market today, we have determined that the only file type which can be universally read internationally are files in either Rich Text or Plain Text computer file format. Detailed instructions regarding this are available to InkTip.com writers after their membership has been activated. Most scriptwriting or word-processing software will be capable of making a copy of your script documents in one of those two file formats. Writers can also place their script as a PDF file if they wish.

13. Do I have to have a completed script written in order to place a logline and synopsis on your website?

Yes. Writers cannot just post ideas or stories on our site. There must be a completed script or book for adaptation available upon producers' requests.

14. How long should my logline and synopsis be?

Your logline should not more than 60 words and preferably, only one or two simple sentences. Producers must be able to feel that they can easily pitch your story to their financiers. See our Tips on Loglines.

The standard synopsis is one page long, or about 450 words. See our Tips on Synopses.

15. Can I look at other writers' scripts on the site?

No. For reasons of security we do not allow writers to look at other writers works on the site. Only qualified industry professionals are given access to the scripts listed.

16. What kinds of scripts do you accept?

For the password-protected site, we accept full-length feature and television scripts, as well as books for adaptation. There is a free, unsecured section of the site for shorts.

17. What about the content of the scripts?

InkTip.com will accept any registered script, with the exception of pornography. See User Guidelines for details.

18. Is there a certain way my script needs to be laid out?

Yes. The script must be placed in the standard industry format. There are many good books, software and workshops available on how to write a screenplay.

19. What if I am not comfortable with placing my treatment and script online?

Uploading your full script and/or treatment is not required. Writers are, however, required to place their logline and synopsis.

20. Will it make me look bad if I place all ten of my scripts on your website?

We have yet to have a producer make that kind of a complaint.

21. Do you do script coverage before allowing my script to go on your website?

No. We do not read scripts. One man's trash is another man's treasure. Throughout the history of film, there probably isn't even one script that has been produced where every studio, producer, actor and director liked the script. There are lots of scripts that have been produced and have made money, yet received bad coverage, Being John Malkovich is a good example.

We don't think that we know what every producer wants or what every audience member will not see. Coverage is only valuable if you have gotten good coverage. Probably 1 in 300 scripts receive good coverage. Just because you have gotten bad coverage doesn't necessarily mean your script is bad (it could though). But it could also mean that the reader just didn't "get it". Or the reader could have just read another script very similar, or had a fight with the wife, or just woke up on the wrong side of the bed, or was rushed with too many scripts to read, etc.

Security

1. Do I need to register my script?

Yes. In order to qualify for listing with InkTip.com, scripts must be registered or copyrighted through the Writers Guild, Copyright Office, National Registry Service, www.writevault.com or any other reputable property protection agency. Click here for a list of copyright agencies and registration offices.

2. What do you do to guarantee that my script is protected?

Only qualified industry professionals are given access to our writer's scripts. The criteria we use in deciding whether or not a person should be allowed access to writers' scripts include: trade references, credits, resources and the individual's potential to get a film produced. Finally, we ask ourselves, if we were a writer, would we want to submit one of our scripts to them?

Records are maintained and archived on all site activity, including logins and downloads. Writers and their representatives are notified by automatic e-mail when their works are accessed.

Related Information: Confidentiality

3. How can I guarantee that my idea won't be stolen?

Story ideas cannot be copyrighted. Placing loglines/pitches for your scripts in our magazine or on this website is not 100% protectable. No one, not agents, managers, other websites or producers can make any guarantees about the security of your story idea. That is why your script must be registered.

InkTip.com does, however, keep an exact record of what scripts, treatments and synopses are looked at and by whom.

4. Who is allowed to look at my script at InkTip.com?

Registered members only. These are producers and their development staff, managers, agents and a select few others with the right credentials.

Writers are not given access to other writers works.

5. How do you know that a licensed member isn't lending his or her password and login name to someone else?

We perform random usage monitoring of the site as a precautionary measure. Matters of security are top priority.

Members are cautioned to not lend out their login IDs and passwords, as they will be personally responsible for any logins using their User ID and password.

We additionally recommend that passwords be changed regularly to maintain the highest security for all our members.

If any member becomes aware of possible security breaches, please contact us. It will be addressed immediately.

6. What if I've lost my password or user ID?

Registrants create their own user ID's and passwords as part of the registration process. If you have lost your password or user ID please e-mail us.

E-Mail

1. How do I make sure that I am receiving your e-mails (your e-mails are whitelisted)?

To ensure that you receive our e-mails, steps may need to be taken in order to whitelist (allow our e-mails into your e-mail inbox) InkTip.com messages. Please choose from the e-mail providers below, or click 'Other'.


If you are using Gmail, you will need to create a new filter. Here's how:

  1. Sign in to your Gmail mailbox.
  2. Click the 'Create a Filter' link to the right of the search buttons.
  3. In the 'From' box, enter the following domain: @inktip.com
  4. Click the 'Next Step' button.
  5. Check the 'Never send it to Spam' box.
  6. Click the 'Create Filter' button.

You should also check to see if we're in your Spam folder. Here's how:

  1. Click 'Spam' along the left side of any Gmail page.
  2. If you see any e-mails from us, check mark the box to the left of the e-mail.
  3. Click the 'Not Spam' button along the top.

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  3. Click 'Filters' (located in the middle column under 'Management').
  4. Next, click 'Create or Edit Filters'.
  5. Click the 'Add' button.
  6. In the 'Filter Name' box, type the following: InkTip
  7. In the top row, labeled 'From Header:', make sure 'contains' is selected in the pull-down menu.
  8. Click in the text box next to that pull-down menu, then enter the following address domain: @inktip.com
  9. At the bottom, where it says 'Move the message to:', select 'Inbox' from the pull-down menu.
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  5. Type the address from below into 'Sender or domain to mark as safe'.
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    1. @inktip.com and Click 'OK'
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Other E-mail Applications

Many popular e-mail programs, including Outlook, Outlook Express, Eudora, and Netscape Mail, don't provide a convenient way for you to whitelist the folks from whom you would like to receive e-mail. If you're using this sort of e-mail system and you either aren't getting your InkTip message, or want to make sure you continue to receive your e-mails in the future, you can do something about it.

Contact the customer service people or the Postmaster at the company that provides your e-mail or Internet connection (your ISP). Explain to them that InkTip sends e-mail that you asked for and value. Ask them if they can whitelist us. They'll probably ask you for some information about us. Here's what to tell them:

  • Sending Domain: inktip.com
  • Sending IP Address: 66.254.66.9