A book and practical roadmap of every insider strategy I've learned on how to make it in Hollywood as a successful screenwriter. Read more
This project was successfully funded on May 24, 2013.
About this project
May 23- We did it!
Thank you to everyone for turning what seemed like a good idea into something truly magical. These past 30 days have been a kaleidoscope of sunbursts, celebrations, new friends and a community that sprouted like bamboo gone wild, an outpouring of support beyond anything I imagined when I started this Kickstarter campaign.
I wanted a place for the community to connect and see the progress of the book, so here is our new Facebook Page! Like it, communicate on it, make friends and of course LIVE BIG!
May 20th - Final 4 days, every contribution counts!
May 13th - Book & Digital Workbook Perk keeps getting better!
May 12th - L.A. Book Launch Party UNLOCKED!
We will have a book launch party in L.A. and everyone with a $35 contribution or above will receive 2 tickets as a bonus!
May 2nd - New blogs covering our campaign
I am truly grateful for the support of everyone and want to highlight and thank the blogs who have shared about the project:
April 30th - Audio book UNLOCKED!
All contributions $15 & above will receive a bonus audio version of the book!
Hi, I’m Gary W. Goldstein and I’ve been producing films in Hollywood for over 25 years, as well as managing the careers of many successful screenwriters and writer-directors. I am excited to ask for your support to self-publish my new book for aspiring screenwriters and to create a new creative community.
Why did you write this book?
Even after all these years and producing films like the ones you see above, I am still excited every day to innovate and help creative people break through and find the path to their own success.
As a producer and literary manager, I’ve discovered keys to success in Hollywood -- valuable tools that actually launch careers -- the very things that helped me jumpstart careers for so many screenwriters and filmmakers, and that allowed me to launch my own career when I was new to Los Angeles and didn’t know anyone in the business. I want to share these strategies with writers everywhere so they too can build a career doing what they love.
With all the recent changes in technology in the film and TV industry, including the massive growth of platforms like YouTube for showcasing talent, there’s never been more opportunity or a better time to be a creative person. Knowing what to do makes all the difference, saves so much time, gets you on the right path, meeting the right people. My passion is helping others turn their talent into a business.
Tell me about the book
I’ve just finished writing the book about how you can transform your talent into a vibrant career in Hollywood as a screenwriter. I don’t focus on teaching how to write a screenplay. Instead, my book is a blueprint that reveals how to build a successful career by having a detailed game plan, knowing the exact action steps to take to get your projects and career moving forward in Hollywood. The book is a precise roadmap and a simple plan that anybody can follow and duplicate the sort of results and success I've been able to enjoy. A trusted circle of successful friends in Hollywood read the manuscript and their feedback has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic, and I’m humbled by their reviews:
Here is a book of practical advice for those seeking a career in Hollywood, written by someone who really knows what he's talking about.
~ J.F. Lawton, Screenwriter (Pretty Woman, Under Siege)
Even if I’d paid 100 times the price for this book, it would’ve been a ‘steal’ compared with the measurable, career-changing results I’ve had – not to mention a huge leap in my confidence.
~ Cary Ellis, Award-Winning Screenwriter
I am living proof that Gary knows his stuff. When I met Gary, I had nothing but talent and a drive to succeed. Nine months and seventy-five meetings later, I had my first script option, my first studio writing assignment and a Writers Guild card.
~ Allison Burnett, Screenwriter (Autumn in New York, Underworld: Awakening, Untraceable)
Who are those industry pros participating & helping champion your campaign ?
Some of my friends in Hollywood have teamed up to help me spread the word and offer their gracious support for the campaign in the form of rewards! See MENTOR MASHUP rewards and, in addition to receiving the book, you can also get mentoring directly from all of the following industry professionals:
Jeffrey Gordon Founder of Writer’s Boot Camp
Since 1989, alumni of Jeffrey’s highly successful and effective Writer’s Boot Camp have been writers on such films as Due Date, Celeste and Jesse Forever, Fright Night, Rounders, Blades of Glory, Ocean’s 13, Charlie and the Choclate Factory, and such TV shows as House of Cards, Modern Family, Lost, Burn Notice, Mad Men, Grey’s Anatomy and many others (see a full list of film & TV credits HERE). Writers BootCamp
Suzanne Lyons Producer
Suzanne is currently on location producing The Calling starring Susan Sarandon and Topher Grace and has produced 10 films ranging from comedy to horror, working with actors such as Naomi Watts, Christopher Walken, Dean Cain, Jennifer Tilly, Jon Lovitz, Asia Argento, James Caan and others. IMDB Profile
Margo Romero Producer, Director, CEO of Blank Page Entertainment
Margo first stepped behind the camera as a director in 1994 and has since then directed several feature films, produced a dozen indie features and worked steadily as a TV producer, story producer and story editor on shows such as Shark Tank (ABC), The Apprentice (NBC), Dress For Less (Style), Project Runway (Bravo) and several dozen other television series. IMDB Profile
Sam Sokolow Producer, President of EUE/Sokolow
Sam is a Hollywood producer with 20 years of experience. Sam’s produced 10 original television series, reality shows and documentaries, such as the Emmy Award winning CBS documentary Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson. As early as 1999, Sam was a early adopter of technology and was described by Yahoo! as “a digital wunderkind” for being the first producer to ever self distribute a film using the Internet. IMDB Profile
Christopher Kubasik Author, Screenwriter
Christopher has been a writer for New Line Cinema, head writer for the Emmy nominated show Stranger Adventures and most recently received critical acclaim for being the creator and head writer of the show The Booth At The End. IMDB Profile
What the money is going towards
For the book to be published and available online and in bookstores, the talents of a number of gifted professionals are needed to transform a manuscript into a quality book ready for publishing. Topping our list of essentials include a professional cover design, an experienced editor, a proofreader, the funds to cover initial print run of up to 1,000 books, shipping costs to get books into independent bookstores in major cities, a web designer to design and build a book website and manage our online traffic, someone to convert and format the digital of the book for Kindle and other devices, a person to help manage the launch of the book and more.
The $12,000 goal brings us close, at least close enough to get started, albeit some of the items listed above wouldn't be fully funded.
Even with the Internet, there’s actually a lot that goes into successfully launching a book into the world, and every talent and need described above is crucial, especially given the potential to elevate, support and help screenwriters and creatives get their voices heard. This is more than a book, it’s our mission! Take a look at the rewards and see how you can get something great for yourself or a writer you care about.
Help us share the campaign and build momentum that will help trigger bonuses and bigger rewards for everyone! As we meet each stretch goal, we’ll continue to add more bonuses:
UNLOCKED: $6K WIN!
If we can reach 50% of our campaign goal at the end of the first week, everyone who contributes $15 or above will receive a free audio version of the book as a thank you!
UNLOCKED: $12K WIN! Backer Book Launch Party in L.A. and everybody with a $35 contribution or more will be invited!
Other Ways to Help
Please make this project a reality by contributing and/or sharing the campaign with these 4 simple actions:
• POST this Kickstarter page on your Twitter or Facebook wall (shortened URL at top of page).
• EMAIL your friends or blogs/websites you follow and ask them to check out my Kickstarter page.
• SHARE this page on your blog and if you’d like to do a blog interview please email me!
• Follow me on Twitter @garywgoldstein
Thank you so much for your energy and support! Please feel free to send any additional questions or comments to:
Can you ship Internationally? We love our international writers out there hence why we made everything available digitally and remotely even our awesome mentors! The only draw back is we cannot send physical copies at the moment.
Is the Interactive Workbook Perk included in all the perks at the higher levels? Yes in fact it is. The amazing interactive workbook is included in all perks after it! I know you going to love it.
Risks and challenges
Thankfully I know many highly qualified people who can fill the roles mentioned above to help successfully publish my book. I've also researched Amazon CreateSpace and discussed with several independent writers and publishers to gauge our campaign goal. The current draft of the book is in the final stages and I am confident with successful funding I can deliver all the physical and digital rewards as scheduled and have a successful book launch. I've also spoken with all the great mentors who are volunteering for the Mentor reward and have their time and committed to being there for everyone who gets mentoring. Thank you!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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#1 ONE DIGITAL BOOK, PLEASE: You'll get one DRM-free digital copy of the book well it hits the bookstores. This the cheapest and fastest way to get the book & we'll get it into your inbox the very second it's ready -- along with a shout out on Twitter from Gary @garywgoldstein.Estimated delivery:
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#2 ONE DIGITAL & ONE PHYSICAL COPY OF THE BOOK, PLEASE: You'll get a printed first-edition of the book with a personal, signed letter from Gary as well as reward # 1 above.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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THE DIGITAL BOOK, AUDIO BOOK, PHYSICAL BOOK & INTERACTIVE WORKBOOK, PLEASE. To augment the digital, audio & physical books, the interactive workbook features exercises, tracking and other amazing, productive tools for kicking off your career. Visual learners will fall in love with colorful graphics by world-famous Nusa Maal that detail each of the chapters. Frosting on the cake are the insights, tips, anecdotes Gary delivers in chapter-by-chapter videos. This is the perfect mega-pack for passionate writers who want that extra boost in their performance. Includes rewards #1 and 2 above, and the audio bonus.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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#3 MENTOR MASHUP WITH 5 HOLLYWOOD PROS, PLEASE: Roll up your sleeves, discuss and ask questions for an hour with a successful Hollywood insider as your mentor on a live group meeting via the internet. Now mulitply that by 5 ! We’re going to give you that same intimate Q+A time with each of our 5 mentors for a total of 5 hours of learning and insight! Learn about your mentors in the descriptions to the left. Also receive rewards # 1 and 2 above.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $197 or more
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LIVE CAREER WORKSHOP with GARY & JEFF GORDON at Writers Boot Camp.
Sit in the “hot seat” & get personalized, real-time feedback from Gary to map action steps to “kickstart” your career - real solutions to give you an 'unfair advantage' as a screenwriter.
Elevate your writing with practical advice from Jeff Gordon, who’s championed writers for many years & been responsible for countless script options, sales & first film productions.
This rare combination is where the best of craft & career come together, and Gary & Jeff are excited to conspire to help you become unstoppable.
$197.00 includes: audio book, digital book, physical book, interactive workbook, and this live workshop with Gary and Jeff Gordon.
Notes: This workshop is in person located in LA. If you choose this perk and sign up for writers boot camp, then the full amount of 197.00 is donated in your name towards tuition.Estimated delivery:
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#4 MENTORING BY GARY GOLDSTEIN, PLEASE: Get knee-to-knee, actually ear-to-ear, with Gary Goldstein for an hour to discuss, ask questions, whatever you want to cover in that hour in an intimate live group meeting via the internet. Ask Gary about screenwriting, career development, producing, whatever helps you most to advance your creative career! Also receive rewards # 1, 2 and 3 above.Estimated delivery:
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#5 SCRIPT MAKEOVER WITH GARY GOLDSTEIN, PLEASE: Gary will personally read your screenplay and craft up to 3 pages of detailed creative notes to improve your story and screenplay. Also receive rewards # 1, 2 and 4.Estimated delivery:
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#6 SCRIPT MAKEOVER + 1 HOUR PERSONAL COACHING WITH GARY, PLEASE: You’ll enjoy an hour of one-on-one personal coaching from Gary to address your career goals and challenges, creating momentum for your project(s), whatever pressing questions you may have… it will all get addressed in this intimate hour. Also receive rewards # 1, 2, 3 (you'll join all 5 mentors for a "Mentor Mashup"), as well as # 5.Estimated delivery:
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SCRIPT MAKEOVER + 1 HOUR PERSONAL COACHING WITH GARY, PLEASE: You’ll enjoy an hour of one-on-one personal coaching from Gary to address your career goals and challenges, creating momentum for your project(s), whatever pressing questions you may have… it will all get addressed in this intimate hour. Also receive rewards # 1, 2, 3 (you'll join all 5 mentors for a "Mentor Mashup"), as well as # 5. You will also get our interactive workbook with graphic illustrations.Estimated delivery:
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#7 IN-PERSON MEAL & MEETING WITH GARY, PLEASE: Join Gary at the Beverly Wilshire (the famed Beverly Hills hotel seen in ‘Pretty Woman’) for a leisurely meal to discuss how to advance your career, gain access not just for a project but specific ways to grow meaningful relationships that will shift your opportunities across the board, along with whatever mentoring or areas you specifically want to target. Also receive rewards # 1, 2, 4 and 5.Estimated delivery:
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#7 IN-PERSON MEAL & MEETING WITH GARY, PLEASE: Join Gary at the Beverly Wilshire (the famed Beverly Hills hotel seen in ‘Pretty Woman’) for a leisurely meal to discuss how to advance your career, gain access not just for a project but specific ways to grow meaningful relationships that will shift your opportunities across the board, along with whatever mentoring or areas you specifically want to target. Also receive rewards # 1, 2, 4 and 5 plus the interactive workbook perk!Estimated delivery:
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IN-PERSON MEAL & MEETING WITH GARY, PLEASE: Join Gary at the Beverly Wilshire (the famed Beverly Hills hotel seen in ‘Pretty Woman’) for a leisurely meal to discuss how to advance your career, gain access not just for a project but specific ways to grow meaningful relationships that will shift your opportunities across the board, along with whatever mentoring or areas you specifically want to target. Also receive rewards # 1, 2, 4 and 5 plus the interactive workbook perk!Estimated delivery:
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#9 I WANT TO BE FEATURED ON GARY'S SHOW, PLEASE: Be a featured guest on Gary's soon-to-be-broadcast web series “Naked Wisdom.” This is an extraordinary opportunity to tell the world who you are, to describe your projects and what drives you as a creator, and be interviewed by a Hollywood producer and have your interview seen on Hulu and YouTube. Also receive rewards # 1 and 2.Estimated delivery:
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