The answer to another question frequently asked by neophyte TV and screenwriters. Yes, there’s a bit of the dreaded overthink here, but what better way to be informed than to learn even more than you expected?

from Script Reader Pro

The goal of any aspiring screenwriter is to get paid for, well, writing. But what exactly does it take to be compensated for your work? What do you do once you’re offered money for a script? Is there even such a thing as a “screenwriter salary” in the first place?

The answer to these queries—as with most things in the entertainment world—can be rather complicated, but this post aims to shed some light on all these screenwriting money matters and more.

In this article you will learn:

  • Whether there’s such a thing as a screenwriter salary
  • All about your screenwriter salary as a non-WGA member
  • All about your screenwriter salary as a WGA member
  • What happens after a sale
  • If it’s ever okay to write for free
  • When you can quit your day job to just focus on writing

Without further delay, let’s dive on in.

Is there such a thing as a screenwriter salary?


We’ll be using terms like “screenwriter salary” and “TV writer salary” throughout this post but, in all honesty, they’re rather nebulous. The truth is, there’s no such thing as a fixed screenwriter salary—the kind you might expect to find in a more traditional industry such as, say, the medical or hospitality industry.

This is because rather than the fixed yearly salaries workers receive in traditional industries, screenwriters are paid on a freelance, ad-hoc basiscommon to most creative industries.

Whether a screenwriter has zero credits or a hundred, they’re essentially in the same position: looking for the next paycheck. Granted, established screenwriters—whether they be A-list writers, such as Christopher Nolan, or successful independent writers, like Mike White—have a distinct advantage in the form of a track record….

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Today is the last Day to get the PEOPLE’S PILOT 2018 Early Bird Discount!


We love you guys so much that we’ve cancelled everything else at TVWriter™ today to clear the decks for your last-minute bargain PEOPLE’S PILOT 2018 entries.

Like the headline says, Today, August 1st, 2018, is the last day for you to enter the World’s Most Beloved Interweb Writing Contest since the last World’s Most Beloved Interweb Writing Contest for 30% off the regular entry fee.

That’s write, e-media pilot-writing fans, this is your last shot of the season to enter at only 35 bucks a shot instead of $50. (Which isn’t all that much either – lunch in L.A. can easily cost that much for one hungry gourmand, but money is money, yeah?)

For those who’ve been in hiding, here are some PEOPLE’S PILOT highlights:

Over $20,000 in prizes & entry bonuses!



SPECIAL DISCOUNT for Web Series & Audio Series Pilots

SPECIAL BONUS PRIZES for Web Series & Audio Series Pilots

“INFINITE REVISIONS!” Replace Entry Draft With Rev Version Any Time till Final Closing! 

PEOPLE’S PILOT’s official closing date is November 1st. Learn about that and more at our landing page, HERE

Have we told you lately that we love you? Well, PEOPLE’S PILOT 2018 is telling you now!

Optioning My TV Series From Outside of L.A.

At last! The info all of us who haven’t yet been able to relocate to the “land of fruits and nuts,” AKA Los Angeles have been waiting for.

We know, we know. For two decades TVWriter™ has been saying, “Ya gotta live in L.A. if you want to make in showbiz.” And throughout those two decades new writers have been emailing us with the plea, “Say it ain’t so.”

Well, we aren’t going to go quite that far. You do need to be in L.A. in order to become the grand success we all dream of. But here’s a heartwarming video that gives some good news to those who are uprooting-challenged: There’s hope after all!

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