This 22-minute clip is part two of Michael Hauge's industry lecture held on 16 March 2011, discussing how to pitch your project; in this case a film. But the same principles apply to manuscripts. After all, a film is a visualization of a story, even if it's straight out of the author's head instead of adaptation of a book. Learn the 8 "R"s of preparation and presentation.
Eliciting emotion is the key factor to getting someone in a position to represent your work (agent, acquisitions editor). Presenting your work in a way that makes it impossible to ignore will often have good results.
MICHAEL HAUGE is a story and script consultant, author and lecturer who works with writers and filmmakers on their screenplays, novels, movies and television projects. He has coached writers, producers, stars and directors. Michael is the best-selling author of Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds: The Guaranteed Way to Get Your Screenplay or Novel Read and of Writing Screenplays That Sell, a definitive reference book for the film and television industries, which is now in its 32nd printing for HarperCollins. His seminar with Chris Vogler, The Hero's 2 Journeys, has become one of the top-selling DVDs and CDs on story and screenwriting.
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I particularly recommend this article: http://www.storymastery.com/component/content/article/14-articles/119-novel-structure-vs-screenplay-structure