When submitting screenplays and pitch docs via email, name your files with your own name.
I’m not talking about the title page (100% necessary btw, if you don’t do it), or any of the other pages (not necessary, though doesn’t hurt). I’m talking about the ACTUAL file itself, ie:
Lucy V Hay_pitch doc_Title.pdf
Lucy V Hay_script excerpt_Title.pdf
Of course, you don’t *have* to do it like I’ve set out above, it’s just an example. But in dealing with the Script Lab applicants for London Screenwriters Festival, I have seen just THREE applicants name their files! THREE. Instead, I’m more likely to get files called:
or even just:
No title, nothing! Just plain “pitch doc” or “script” – along with a whole bunch of others.
It’s not specific to LSF Script Labs either. EVERY SINGLE TIME I’ve run a contest or initiative with email submissions, writers forget to put their own names on their files, whether they are .pdfs, .docs, .docxs or .fdrs.
So, why does it make any difference?
Think about it: someone like me has to download all the files and place them in various folders. If I have to name your files as well, WHAT IF I PUT THE WRONG NAME OR TITLE ON IT?
I like to think this has never happened to me, but I can’t be sure – word blindness can happen, ESPECIALLY when there are lots of submissions and so many have no names OR titles AND the same titles crop up again and again. *Maybe* I’ve given someone a place on an initiative when it was *meant* to go to someone else. All because that first writer ddn’t name his/her files.
So, next time you’re submitting to a contest or initiative via email, NAME YOUR FILES as well as your title page.
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