So the last three weeks have been kind to TOBY IS NOW FOLLOWING YOU on the Black List site. I just got my 16th rating, half of which are 8s and two of which are 9s. My average is 7.5 and I have 45 unique downloads from the site. That's very promising considering the script has mostly only been promoted through this earlier post and my Twitter feed.
In terms of the stats, 45 downloads is really good. According to the Black List's stats for their first year, only 15 scripts were downloaded 50 times or more. The next lowest stat they reveal is that 122 screenplays had 20 or greater unique downloads, which would seem to indicate that at least as far as exposure, TOBY's in some pretty good company. (In case you're curious 2744 screenplays were downloaded at least once last year.)
Also, TOBY is currently #1 on both the Top Unrepresented and Top Uploaded Lists on the Black List website for the Month to Date, #2 on both for the Quarter to Date, and #4 on the Top Unrepresented for the Year to Date. It's #6 Year to Date on the Top Uploaded List.
I'll do a more complete data dump on TOBY once I conclude hosting, if that interests those of you who might be curious about how the numbers break down week-to-week. I'm already setting up meetings for after the holiday break.
This feels like a good time for another pay-it-forward post. Same rules as last time - if you have a script currently hosted on the Black List (and one that will be up for at least another week, preferably two), leave your logline in the comments between midnight and 11:59pm on December 31st. That's 24 hours. When we enter 2014, you've missed the deadline - no exceptions.
Pay attention, because this is important - your logline must sell me on the script. The only submissions I will read will be those with loglines that interest me, just as if you were sending me a query. It might be a good idea to look through the comments on this earlier post, where I gave notes on every logline that was submitted. It could give you a good indication of what I respond to in a pitch, as would this post on the 8 scripts I selected last time.
The genres I'm most like to respond to are action, rom-com, horror, comedy, thriller and anything "high concept." What am I less likely to be drawn to? Period pieces and torture porn. So keep that in mind if you're considering joining the Black List just to take advantage of this opportunity.
Your comment must include the following - Title, Genre, Logline and a link to your script's page on the Black List. And remember that a logline is a sentence or a couple sentences. Be concise, don't write me a paragraph. The link to your script's page on the Black List MUST be in the comments. Do not email me. Do not Tweet me. I will ONLY read scripts publicly pointed out here.
My aim is to select the 4 loglines that intrigue me the most and I will read at least the first 15 pages of each of those scripts. In the event that you guys deliver a lot of awesome loglines, I'll consider going over that limit, but they're all going to have to be really good for me to consider giving that much time. I probably will let you know if your logline was or wasn't selected, but I probably won't go into much detail why. Don't take it personally - some ideas aren't for everyone.
I will offer no comments on any of the scripts I didn't finish reading. Don't ask me what you did wrong. Don't ask me for feedback. I doubt I'll have time to respond to everyone, and so to be fair, I will respond to no one.
I will be holding all scripts to the same standards as the material I read for my job. There's no such thing as "good for an amateur" on this scale. Scripts will be judged according to how they measure up to professional submissions.
If I really like your script I will spotlight it in a post on my blog, but know that it would probably have to rate an 8, 9 or a 10 for me to do that. I'll do my best to write a review that sells people on the script. It won't be full coverage, and I won't spoil any major secrets or plot twists. If you want to get a sense of how these read, check out my reviews of MCCARTHY, DEAD CORPS, ALICE OF OZ, CHAMBERS, H8RZ, and WHERE DEATH FOLLOWS.
So good luck, gang. I hope to be very impressed by the submissions in the comments.
P.S. This goes without saying, but I'm not making any claim of who I will pass the script on to and I will not attach myself as a producer or anything. No crazy promises - and no exploitation.