Follow up questions with Lauri Donohue, award-winning screenwriter, on her experience with the Black List pay site:
1. What was your initial cost for posting on the the Black List pay site and what did it buy? What have you spent since then?
$75 per script -- one month hosting plus one review. So far I've paid for a second month for two scripts.
2. What an "impression" and who counts as a "download"? How many have you received of each?
= someone (writer or pro) looks at the project page for your script.
This is where you have the logline, reviews, genres, etc.
Download = a pro downloads your script. Doesn't necessarily means they read it. ;)
For Whiplash I've gotten 442 impressions and 21 downloads.
3. Do you know who the downloaders were? Did they contact you or your rep?
No and no.
4. Are you able to read scripts other writers have posted? Their loglines? Their stats?
No on scripts, yes on loglines. Can see their reviews and ratings (if they make them public) but not the number of downloads.
5. How does the BL newsletter work?
one on Friday that only goes to a subset of the pro members and only
includes "component" scores for things like premise, dialogue, etc.
There seem to be only 5 scripts (which vary from member to member based
on their preferences ) on Friday. The newsletter on Monday is for
scripts that get an 8/+ overall.
Thus, you can be in Friday but not in Monday. And I think you can be in Monday but not go to everyone on Friday.
6. Tell me about the other script you have posted?
script "Herod" has gotten 111 impressions and 8 downloads, presumably
due to people checking out Whiplash and wanting to see what else I had.
Is it true only the paid reviews,"count" for your number score? Are all
reviews public? True that one high paid review is enough to land you in
No. All ratings count for the number score.
Reviews are only public if you make them that way. (I already answered
that last time.) Same for ratings. Yes, one review will put you in the
newsletter, but it takes two ratings to put you on the top 15.
8. There were more success stories this week of writers being signed from the BL. How active are actual producers on the site?
only "success stories" I've heard about are people getting signed with
managers, and there have only been a handful of these that I know about.
I have no idea how active producers are, and the BL has not shared
9. Is it possible to have a long distance
screenwriting career?m. So much seems to depend on networking, contacts,
and sweepstakes pitching?
Ask someone who has one. :) The
general consensus is no. What I have is more like a paying hobby. I
made more money from screenwriting than half the WGA membership this
year -- but half the WGA membership earns zero from screenwriting in a
10. At what point would you exit the Black List site?
wasn't getting downloads at a rate that I thought justified the
$25/month, or for whatever other reason I didn't think it was
worthwhile. Or if the scripts all sold, of course. :)
Thanks, Lauri, for answering more questions!
Lauri's website: www.themaccabeequeen.com