Wednesday, September 22, 2010

An InkTip horror story

Quite a while back I asked readers if they had any experience with InkTip. I didn't get many responses then, but recently a reader named Anne wrote in with her experience. It seems she wasn't terribly satisfied with them. I've heard anecdotially that other people have had better luck, so I'm not putting this in as a general "InkTip is a scam" post, but rather, to encourage others to post their feedback regarding the site.

Take it away, Anne...

The following is written without prejudice, based on my experiences with InkTip. I am not saying I am a great writer but some of my scripts were Quarter Finalists and few received Consider status. So this is just an educated opinion and not sour grapes.

I stayed with InkTip for almost four years. I had a lot of activity but no substance and definitely no results. Over the years, I had better results from one shot e-mail queries from Script Express and others. No kidding. Their producers are a bunch of young wannabees , or unemployed actors looking for a new gig. Some of them are not even listed on Imdb. There is no background info on them, anywhere. I seriously question their connections to the industry. I found InkTip's vetting process extremely lax, sloppy and irresponsible. They don't even bother to check for references. Name dropping is enough for them. Some of their "Industry professionals" wrote back to me after accessing the script on InkTip, telling me they liked my style of writing, etc. and requested the script with a release form. Afterward, either I heard nothing again or they wrote back to sell their services to me for script consulting. One even requested $10,000 to re-write the script without telling me what was wrong with it. When I informed InkTip of this, I was told that they were aware of it and the person was asked to leave and no longer was associated with them, although they were listing the services of the same person on their database. Go figure.

I drew the line when LA Film School (including scriptwriting) student posed as a producer and asked me how much I would demand for the production rights of my script. Upon checking, I noticed that she accessed the script many times over, on the site, and further queries indicated that she was indeed a student. When I asked for an explanation, InkTip treated me like an idiot, trying to convince me that they were producers as well as a film school. Further queries indicated that, although they did student productions, it was mostly for the work of their scriptwriting students. InkTip kept defending their actions, refusing to see the seriousness of the situation. That did it! Consequently, I cancelled all five of my scripts and subscription of the preferred newsletter and parted company. Thanks but no thanks. It was obvious I could not trust them anymore.

The whole thing in my experience was a bust. It's a useless money pit, only benefiting Jerrol and company and never the writer. I also witnessed that their loyalty is directed to industry members on their database and not to the writers, who pay dearly for their services. One is better off going to MovieBytes and subscribing to "Who is Buying What" and then pitching directly to those producers.

Lately, I have been getting a lot of e-mails from all over, advertising forthcoming InkTip Pitch festival. If we're dealing with the same calibre of producers, I'll say save your money. It's not worth it.

5 comments:

  1. I gave up my job to learn and write. I bought the program, did the work, did the printing of letters and scripts, bough the URL and designed the site, etc....now they want me to pay to shop my wares???

    These sites and con artists trying to rip off writers trying to make it are just damned criminal! It's like guitar center ripping off musicians who mach chump change for a full nights efforts.

    Charging lawyers a lot for a new briefcase I can see....but bending artists over the prison workhorse? Man, it makes my blood boil.

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  2. Yeah...when I get pissed my spelling, grammar, and attention to detail go straight to hell....

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  3. I used to get the InkTip emails at my first assistant job. Every once in a while there would be a logline with some potential, but for the most part they were obviously very amateurish/just plain bad. It quickly became clear that despite the fact that there might be a diamond in the rough, it wasn't worth my time to even read through the emails, let alone request any of the scripts. Pretty much everyone else I've spoken with about it agrees. Save your money for drinks meetings with people, it'll help you more in the long run.

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  4. Well, I've had some luck with InkTip. I sold a short through them to a director I still work with. I was considering the Pitch Summit but the one script I have that matched a request was said to be not what they ere looking for.

    I may do the FadeIn Online in November.

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  5. I didn't have any luck with INKTIP. I paid, and submitted my script and "They said"...I got a lot of people interested....but nothing EVER came of it. Its like I paid INKTIP for nothing. I later sold the script myself.

    I paid them, and ended up doing everything myself... I'm a black writer, so my script was a drama about black people...so I guess inktip is not for black writers.

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