Tuesday, October 06, 2009
I finished my second short play over the summer. Now I'm getting it out to theater companies and short play festivals around the country. Most artistic directors allow for electronic submissions. Bless their hearts. Do you have any idea how much a struggling playwright/screenwriter saves on postage, ink, paper and shoes by being permitted to submit work electronically? You don't want to know, but trust me, it's a lot.
I sent out six submissions within an hour with this technology. Remember the old snail mail days? Writing, editing, printing, copying, packaging, labeling, mailing, and waiting for the response. My Lord, how did we ever survive that process? I used to run to the mail box for my rejections (I didn't know at the time they were rejections. Writers are like blind dates -- we go into it always hoping for the best -- but usually wind up disappointed.)
Anyway, hats off to all the trees we're saving too by not sending out packages of paper anymore.
Do people read these electronic submissions? Well, that's another posting. I think they do. I personally prefer a hard copy of something to read. So I just contradicted the above. I still love books and printed screenplays when it comes to my personal reading habits... but I'm moving slowly toward changing that.
I haven't read an e-book yet, but I may in the future. It's just that I already carry around enough gadgets with me... cell phone, iPhone, iPod... plus my laptop and desktop computer at home. I can't keep track of much more digital reading at the moment.
But Christmas is coming. I might ask for one of those Kindle or Sony thingies to download all my new books on for 2010.
Or maybe not.
Some habits die hard.
Until next time.