Script-selling services: Yay or Nay?

It sickens me whenever I hear of a novice writer asking about script-selling services such as Scriptblaster and InkTip. I see these writers throwing away their hard-earned cash. Sorry, but this is not how you sell (or option) a screenplay. So, how DO you sell a screenplay? You do it by getting involved in the film community, meeting people face to face, impressing them with your intelligence and your writing talent. People in Hollywood (or whatever film hub you're targeting) want to work with people they know and like. Virtually all of the sales, options and assignments I've racked up over the years have been a direct result of PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS. This, friends, is where you should put your time, energy, and money.

OK, I know, you don't live anywhere near Hollywood, right? So get on a plane and come visit for a week or two. (But don't come here until you've set up some meetings and/or some film-related events here in town.) Come here and meet people, schmooze, and strike up lively conversations. Yes, have some scripts and synopses on hand...just in case. But most of all: MAKE CONNECTIONS.

How did I sell my first screenplay? Good question and thanks for asking! Well, I had met this producer who was looking for thriller scripts. I sent him one. He liked it but it wasn't something he could sell at that time. He called me a year later, said he needed a script...and was I interested. Yes, I was. So I wrote it. Three weeks after I turned in my submission draft, he sold it to the prodco. Why did I get the gig? I got it because this producer knew me, liked me, and liked my writing. This...THIS…is how you launch a career and sell/option scripts.

Face to face connections and personal relationships. Remember that.


No witches, warlocks or vampires...
just a sexy tale about trying to live the Hollywood dream...

SUSIE'S BEAST promo (12/16)...

It seems movies these days are only about superheroes.
And superheroes.
And, oh yeah, superheroes.
Hey, there’s nothing wrong with a superhero movie.
But isn’t it time for some good old-fashioned HORROR?
Yes, yes, it’s time.

SUSIE’S BEAST is coming to sink its teeth into your flesh…soon.

Directed by Chris Williamson
Written by Jim Vines
Produced by Wilfredo Aqueron
Cinematography by Ryan Dean

Visit the SUSIE'S BEAST fan page on Facebook!

That's a wrap!

It lives. 
It lurks. 
It waits.
Yes, yes, it waits.

(Photo by Jana Henry)


My short film SUSIE'S BEAST 
commences filming this week.

The beast comes to life!
(Yes, there will be blood.)

Directed by Chris Williamson
Produced by Wilfredo Aqueron
Written by Jim Vines
Cinematography by Ryan Dean
Make-Up Effects Artist: T.J. O'Brien
Visual Effects Artist: Blackhart

No witches, warlocks or vampires...
just a sexy tale about trying to live the Hollywood dream.

Wow, has it really been almost 10 years??

Thanks for visiting my blog...which I've had for nearly 10 years! I do hope you'll stick around a while, check things out. I've got a ton of great info here, including interviews with working writers, budding writers, and lit agents; also useful nuts-and-bolts information on getting a marketable screenplay written, as well as my personal insights into being a working writer in Los Angeles. 

And while I have your attention...

Check out my novel Luigi's Chinese Delicatessen. You'll love it cuz it's all about a young guy trying to make his mark as a screenwriter in Hollywood. It's a sexy, rollicking tale!

Also check out Q & A: The Working-Screenwriter - An In-the-Trenches Perspective of Writing Movies In Today's Film Industry.  In this book I interview 16 working scribes, including Stephen Susco (The Grudge), Brent Maddock (Shirt Circuit, Tremors), John Rogers (The Core), and David J. Schow (The Crow). These talented wordsmiths give first-hand insight into why they write, what keeps them motivated, and how they got their scripts written. 

Come visit my "creative page" on Facebook! (You'll find some of my photography, a bit of my writing, the latest news about the production of my short horror script Susie's Beast...and so much more!)

Come visit my YouTube channel! (You'll find lots of fun stuff there, including clips from TV shows I did while attending Beverly Hills High School back in the late '70's! There's even a 1981 clip of yours truly presenting young Nicolas Cage with his first acting award!)

Follow me on Twitter!

Thanks for (nearly) ten years of support! -- Jim


Actress Elizabeth Baden Knowles has been cast in the role of "Lizzie" in the production of SUSIE'S BEAST, which films later this month. I want to welcome Elizabeth to the party! (Poor Elizabeth, I hope she realizes what she's getting herself into.)

For more information on the production of 
SUSIE'S BEAST, visit the official Facebook page!

No witches, warlocks or vampires...
just a sexy tale about trying to live 
the Hollywood dream...
Luigi's Chinese Delicatessen 
by Jim Vines

My short horror script is now in pre-production!

I'm pleased to announce that my short horror script SUSIE'S BEAST is now in pre-production down in Orlando, Florida. A very talented director and production crew are attached and I'm confident an effectively horrific film will be made. You can keep up-to-date on all production developments by clicking on the Facebook link below.

A sexy tale about trying to live 
the Hollywood dream...