Years ago, I won a major screenwriting contest, and the contest held a reception for all the winners and finalists. At the reception, there was a literary manager there, and I knew that he had a history of selling a lot of studio projects so I was really hoping he would like me.
To me, "Send me an email if you have anything else" was the literary manager equivalent to "I'll call you" after a bad one night stand. I already had the vibe that he didn't want to rep me because 1) he didn't come up to me at the reception 2) he seemed hella bored talking to me 3) me winning a contest didn't prove to him that I had what it took to be a client.
Dejected, I didn't send him anything, and weeks later, I got an email announcement from another contest stating that he had signed that winner immediately.
"Huh?" I thought. "You were serious about that?"
After a few exchanges back and forth, we discussed my screenwriting career goals, and he asked me to send him 10 feature ideas. One of those story ideas was for HELL'S GAME. He rejected it and said it was too cliche. I was bummed out, thinking HELL'S GAME was amazing, but we continued to brainstorm. He sent me a copy of the script "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" and told me he wanted something like that.
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