Tony’s email yesterday gave the following advice:

"If they’ll accept a whole script, definitely send it. If the script is good enough it will be all you need to grab there attention. Remember they are all desperate to find the next good script.

Grab the 09 Writers and Artists…there will be very little difference in the new one.

Good luck with it all. And yes, send it to as many as you can afford stamps for. You’re not committed to anyone. And it might make them hungrier for your work."

So yesterday afternoon I drafted an email to the four companies that Tony recommended in his previous email: Tiger Aspect, Talkback, Kudos and Avalon, name-dropping Tony who I know has worked with all four companies and saying that he had recommended their company.

Kudos were the first to reply with a copy and pasted script (which I could tell by the slightly different colours they used on the font on their second sentence):

"Dear Dan

Thank you for your e-mail.

Unfortunately, owing to the large amount of correspondence we receive, we only read material that has been sent in via a recognised agent and are unable to accept unsolicited scripts, treatments or pitches. This is company policy.

In the meantime, we would like to wish you every success and thank you for your interest in Kudos."

The route through to Kudos is closed for the time being until I can find a list of agents who may take me on, which is why Tony recommended the Writers and Artists book, of which I’m pretty sure my local library has a copy of and of which I will be making use later today.

Avalon followed a couple of minutes later with this:

"Hi Dan,

Please send your script to the usual development email address development@avalonuk.com

All the best"

So I have now sent a quick thank you note to Anna at Avalon, with my appreciation for her quick response, and then forwarded the email with a copy of the script to the email address given.

Tiger Aspects responded about an hour ago with this:

"Dear Dan,

I’m a producer in the comedy department and you can email me your treatment/script and I’ll get back to you with my thoughts.

Best wishes,

Siobhan"

Once again, I’ve shot back a quick email thanking Siobhan for her quick response and have attached a copy of the script too.

Now I’m just waiting to hear from Talkback. In the meantime I’ll be looking for an agent should these four companies (or the Beeb, who were sent a hard copy yesterday) not follow up this initial contact.

My only problem now is how to find an agent. I’ll have a look in the book recommended by Tony, but I’ve no idea who or what it will show, nor how to choose one. I think I’ll suss out what’s in the book, make some notes and try and decide from there. Hopefully it’ll be broken down by categories or something, and will show agents dealing with comedy writers. Who knows?

Onwards and upwards!

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