Sunday, January 21, 2007

Save the Cat! and The Writers Store Join WOTS


To ice the proverbial cake on our Writers on the Storm prize package, we are pleased to announce new prizes from two majors in the world of screenwriting.

I was first turned on to Blake Snyder's best-selling, award-winning book "Save the Cat!" while at UCLA. Teacher Kris Young presented Snyder's beat sheet map, and I was struck by both its simplicity and its usefulness. I personally use "Save the Cat!", and so it was natural that I ask Blake to come on board the contest. While the world is glutted with screenwriting books, "Save the Cat!" is one of an elite few that Coverage, Ink recommends. A multiproduced screenwriter and world-renown screenwriting guru, Blake's offering up seminar admissions (a 2-weekend long workshop--he's currently touring the US!), copies of his book and the new Save the Cat! software, which I'm dying to check out myself. In fact, I just ordered a copy of it from our OTHER new sponsor...

The Writers Store! Yep, the one and only! If you live in LA and have any inclination towards writing, you've likely been to The Writers Store. It is the only place of its kind--a retail store just for screenwriters. Located on Westwood Blvd just minutes from UCLA, the Writers Store has the most amazingly friendly staff, and is about the only place I can find that actually carries Acco brand genuine brass brads! I went in there one day with concerns about which screenwriting software to buy, and a helpful staffer guided me through the pros and cons of all the major programs in no time. A very, very cool place, and their website (www.writerstore.com) is a must-bookmark resource. The Writers Store is offering gift certificates and -- brace yourself -- 10% off for all Writers on the Storm contestants! Holy cow!

I am now very proud to announce these two guys as Writers on the Storm sponsors. We now have a development and marketing-packed prize package that I don't think any other contest can even approach!

Check out their websites: www.blakesnyder.com and www.writersstore.com.

And as always, let me know what you guys think!

Best regards,

Jim Cirile

4 comments:

Zavier said...

so how do you actually get the discount? I went to the website and it doesn't say anything. Do you have to e-mail them and say you're entered in the contest.

Jim Cirile said...

Hi Zavier, you'll receive the discount code when you submit, and also we'll resend it when the feedback goes out at the end of the contest. If you've already entered and did not receive your discount code, just e-mail wotscompetition@aol.com and state your name and your script name, and we'll send it along. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I believe there is a typo at the bottom of the page on the WOTS2 link from the Cov, Ink main page. It reads: "Remember, if you submit your script to CI between 1/2/07 and 3/29/07, ..." Shouldn't the 2nd date read 3/20/07 ?

jim cirile said...

Hey, good catch, thanks!!!! Yes, 3/20 is the date...