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Posted: April 6th, 2016, 4:23am Report to Moderator
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How about a contest where every single entry is published on Amazon?

http://www.dizzyemupublishing.com/#!screenplay-contest-2016/dlkgi

Too good to be true? Yeah I think so as well. Iím pretty much convinced this is just a publicity campaign for the publishers but thought it worth a shot. Mineís up here:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mr-Tim.....words=%22Mr.+Time%22

If you fancy a go, they are accepting entries for the next batch due to launch in three months.

My experience so far (note - it only went up April 1st).  The first issue is all screenplays, no matter the length, are priced exactly the same for the duration of the contest Ė which is three months. After the contest, you can set the price however you want. So, Iím not expecting to sell many, Iím using this as an experiment to see what self-publishing is like and learn the ropes. Once the three months are up, Iíll reduce the price and start researching promoting/selling on Amazon to see if that makes any difference.  

The next catch - Apart from the initial fee of $39, each sale is subject to production cost and Amazonís commission. You donít pay this of course, it is just deducted from each sale. The publishers say you get 100% of all royalty payments but thatís not Ďstrictlyí true. Thereís an $8 fee for every royalty cheque sent.

The final sting is tax. Amazon will withhold 30% of all royalties for tax purposes until you send them your tax details. You then may be entitled to a rebate.

Therefore, I wonít be expecting to retire off this lol! Iíll keep you posted as to what happens. Iím due to get my first sales figures in a couple of weeks.


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Seen this in a couple of places now, be interesting to see if this generates any interest mate...

My view is that general readers wont look to read screenplays on Amazon, not even for established names, but I hope I'm proved wrong. And of course why would a Producer pay to read something on Amazon at all... They have more than enough sources of screenplays already.

I assume the way it's set up is that they send you sales figures, rather than you having your own login?

I suspect this may be a hidden vanity publishing type scheme of some sort where the competition entry fee of $39 is used to set up your account, publish it as an e-book etc... At least it is considerably cheaper than most of those type of schemes!

Hope I'm wrong and there is an untapped market... I'll be all over it if there is

Anthony


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Seems odd - Will be interested to see if it works out.


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http://dlambertson.wix.com/scripts
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MarkRenshaw
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I have a feeling that producers will not have any interest in these. Why would they when they get hundreds sent to them for free? However there is a growing number of people out there who enjoy reading screenplays just like they enjoy reading books, which I think is what this concept is aiming for rather than trying to get the script optioned.

Itís just an experiment, only cost me $40 and my expectations are extremely low.  If I get zero sales I will not be surprised at all!


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