So how do you combat this? How do you do this smarter than the other playwrights out there. One of the greatest things that I learned in grad school is what I call the Trick or Treat rule. Only submit to people that you know and have an established relationship with. If you don't have an established relationship with them find an environment like a convention or a networking event to get to know them. That way you're just not another face or name when they get a script from you. Here are some other pointers.
- Have business cards and lots of them. Make sure that your picture and accurate info is on them.
- Go see productions at a theatre that you want to submit to. Meet and greet people at the reception and hand your business card out.
- Go to the conventions. Hand out your business cards to anyone you talk to at the mixer.
- Volunteer at regional theaters or other organizations. It's always good to have a few references.
- When you're at an event never eat lunch on your own. Be bold and offer your booth to someone else.
- If you give a business card take a business card. Write some small notes about them on the back. You should have a file of important info of every meaningful connection that you've made.
- Before you pitch to anyone just focus on having a good conversation with them. If you've had a good talking to them they'll probably ask for your card before you offer it.
You may have notice I said the world "business card a lot". They're a worthwhile investment. On top of that remember that your business is about making good connections. It's quality over quantity.