Frequently Asked Questions

ACCOUNT BASICS
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Why should I join the ISA?

If you're interested in pursuing screenwriting, the ISA is a great place to get started. We're here specifically to help proactive screenwriters improve their craft, make connections and find a career doing what they love most - writing.

Free registration will give you your own personal profile, and allow you to have all of your screenplays in one place - as well as your bio, your resume, and your personal accomplishments. But upgrade to a paid subscription - ISAConnect - and you'll find even more available to you.

As an ISAConnect member, you'll be able to not only answer posts in our "help wanted" section known as WRITING GIGS, but you'll also have the opportunity to post your own. You can have your loglines added to the WRITER’S SHOWCASEwhich has over 3,000 Industry Pros searching for writers and screenplays, including the ISA Development Team.

You can post success stories and be included in the ISA SPOTLIGHTwhich is also searched by Industry Pros looking for writers who have had some success, a clear indicator of a writer on the verge.

Plus, ISAConnect comes with discounts on pretty much EVERY resource on the ISA site, saving you hundreds of dollars on classes, contest entries, events, coverage and more, and we’re constantly adding new features, like the ability to tag your screenplays with awards, recommendations, ratings, and more.

In short, the ISA offers you the chance to make your own personal industry contacts, and build your own personal network. 

If you're interested in learning more and signing up for a free Basic account, just go to https://www.networkisa.org/ to get started. You'll also have the opportunity to sign up for an ISAConnect account at the same time. Welcome aboard!

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I forgot my password, what do I do?

If you’ve forgotten your password, just click on "Forgot Your Password?" under the username and password fields on the login page, and you’ll be sent an email with instructions for setting up a new password.

If you’re still can’t log in to your account, please contact support@networkISA.orgfor assistance and we’ll manually set up a temporary password for you.

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I didn't get the password email.

Check your "Spam" or "Junk" folders first. Sometimes these emails land there and can be easily missed. If that's where the reset email ended up, please add the address to your "Not spam" whitelist so we can be sure future emails don't get lost. Also please let us know! It might be something we should look into.

If you don’t see the email there, please contact support@networkISA.org and we’ll manually set up a temporary password for you. 

And don't forget to clear your cache, cookies, history and stored passwords before trying to log in again. (Please see “How do I clear my cache and cookies?”)

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I have my password, but I still can't log in.

You may need to clear your cache, cookies, history and stored passwords before trying to log in again. (Please see “How do I clear my cache and cookies?”)

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You won't accept my phone number.

If you're having a problem related to the phone number, most of the time the issue is the format. Phone numbers cannot contain any special characters or spaces.

If you've been entering it in the usual American format - (xxx) xxx-xxxx - just remove the parentheses and hyphen, and it should save without any problems.

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How do I clear my cache and cookies?

For WINDOWS:


1. Go to your browser’s SETTINGS or HISTORY. The location should be somewhere in the upper right of your browser screen, but this will depend on the browser you are using. You may have to click on an arrow, a small gear, some dots or make a selection out of a list.

2. You should then have a choice to select a tab or button that says one of the following, or something similar:

·         HISTORY

·         PRIVACY

·         CLEAR COOKIES AND CACHE

·         CLEAR BROWSING DATA

3. Select the appropriate link. Please be sure to clear your cookies "From the beginning of time".


For MAC:

1. Click on Safari.

2. Click Preferences.
3. Select the Privacy tab.
4. Select Remove All Website Data.
5. Click Remove Now.

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How do I unsubscribe from the newsletter and other eblasts?

When you receive a newsletter or notification, scroll all the way to the bottom of the email and click on the “Unsubscribe” link.

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How do I delete my account?

If you would like your account deleted, please contact accounting@NetworkISA.org and we’ll be happy to assist you. Please note that once your account is deleted, all uploaded information, documents, resumes, screenplays and contacts will be lost forever.

If you change your mind later, you'll have to re-upload and manually input everything all over again.

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How do I cancel my ISAConnect account?

If you wish to cancel your ISAConnect account, just log in to your account and select ACCOUNT DETAILS. You'll find all your account details here - the type of plan you have, the benefits that particular plan offers, and options for upgrading.

You can also make changes and unsubscribe from here, too. If you encounter difficulties trying to change or unsubscribing from your plan, please contact accounting@NetworkISA.org and we’ll be happy to assist you. Please contact us at least 5 days before the start of your next billing cycle.

PAYMENT ISSUES
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I can't get my payment to go through.


If you’re having trouble getting your payment to go through, please do the following before doing anything else:

1. Double check your payment method. It must be a valid credit card drawn on a U.S. bank, not a debit or prepaid card, and must be in US dollars.


2. Check your ISA Profile address. It must match the billing address on your credit card.

If these have been covered, you may then need to clear your cache and cookies. (Please see “How do I clear my cache and cookies?”)

If you continue to experience issues even after clearing your cache and cookies, next try accessing the site using a different browser, as switching browsers can often get you past a glitch. For example, if you normally use Chrome, try Firefox. Mac users have reported experiencing problems using Safari, but switching to Chrome worked.

If none of the above fix the problem, please send an email to support@networkisa.org with the following information:

1. An exact description of what is happening when you try to pay.
2. Your operating system and version.
3. Your browser and version.

It would be a big help if you could provide a screenshot as well. Please be sure it includes the address bar at the top of the page with the URL visible.

Once we have your information and any appropriate screenshots, our programmers can try to figure out what's happening.

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What is the ISA refund policy?

·         ISA or ISAConnect: All sales for products, services, contests, events, ISAConnect Monthly and Yearly registrations and/or other transactions are final and non-refundable. Monthly subscriptions to ISAConnect can be cancelled at any time by emailing us at accounting@Network ISA.org. You must notify the ISA at least 5 days prior to your next billing cycle for it to be cancelled effective the upcoming month.

·         Third-Party: Please note that we do not bear any responsibility and therefore we do not satisfy any refund/return/exchange requests for any third-party products, services, contests or events. All sales are final and non-refundable.

·         Registration Error: In the event of an error during registration, please email us at accounting@Network ISA.orgwithin 24 hours to request a refund. You must explain the error.

·         Chargebacks: If you contact your credit card company before requesting a refund from the ISA, you will be invoiced any chargeback or bank fees associated with that refund.

Modification to CONNECT Membership:

ISA reserves the right to change the price of the CONNECT membership at any time. If you are a member when the price increases, you will remain at the lower cost. However, if you cancel or your credit card expires or declines, your membership fee will increase to the current price at the time of renewal.

Authorization:

Registering for an ISAConnect membership authorizes the ISA to bill your account monthly or yearly, dependent on the subscription selected.

If you have additional questions or require clarification, please refer to theISA Terms of Use page.

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Does the ISA use automatic billing?

Yes. When you register for an account, you authorize the ISA to automatically renew your account either monthly or yearly, dependent on the type of account you registered. You can cancel your account at any time, but be sure to do it at least 5 days before the start of your next billing cycle, so you won’t be billed when the account rolls over into the next month or year.  

SETTING UP YOUR PROFILE
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How do I add a picture to my profile?

Log in to your account.

Select MY ACCOUNT.

Select MY PROFILE.
Scroll down to MY PROFILE PHOTOS.

Click on +ADD NEW.

BROWSE your hard drive for the image you want to use and SELECT it.

Adjust the size and centering of your image. Click DONE.

That’s it!

You can upload several different images and make one your default by clicking on the gears icon in the upper left-hand corner of the uploaded image.

Be sure to click on the red SAVE button before leaving the page.

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Do I really need a profile picture?

ISAConnect members who want to be listed in the Writer’s Showcase must have a picture and a bio uploaded to their profile. The picture doesn’t necessarily have to be a portrait, although a portrait can make your listing look more professional.

Other than that, it’s a nice touch and adds some interest and personality to your profile.

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My picture is warped and stretched. How do I fix it?

Photos cannot be larger than 2 MB, so you're having trouble with the upload, your file may be too big. Crop or compress it, and try the upload again.

If your picture is warped, the data was most likely corrupted during the upload. Use the trashcan icon to delete the photo from your profile and upload it again. If it continues to happen, you may have to choose a different photo.

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What are all those tabs on my Profile page for?

These tabs allow you to organize your personal info and build your profile.

Personal Info and Bio - Tell us a little about yourself. You will need a Bio if you're an ISAConnect member and want to included in the Writer's Showcase.

Training / Credits - Provides a place for you to list any working credits you may have, any training you've received, and what classes you've taken. Classes taken through the ISA website will automatically appear here, and you can manually add classes you’ve taken from other sources.

Companies - Promote your business. This portion must be filled out if you're promoting yourself as a Mentor, Consultant or Service.

Notifications - Set all of your email notifications here.

Expenses - Whenever you have any expenditures on the ISA website, like competition fees or classes, you’ll find your costs here. 

Resume / Cover – Upload your most up-to-date resume and cover letters here. You can also upload Samples – a few pages of a script, for example, or a short treatment – so you’ll have some available if a Writing Gig requires it.

View Profile – This lets you see a preview of your public profile. If you click on anything on this page, you’ll be asked if you want to see your live profile. Answering “yes” will show you profile as it is, live on the site.


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What is MY RESOURCES?

Everything you list under MY RESOURCES is something that you have set up or run, yourself. If you’ve been vetted as an Industry Pro, you can set up contests, register events, offer classes and products, and post your own Writing Gigs here. Once they've been approved by ISA Admins, they'll appear in the appropriate category on the site.

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What is MY TRACKER? How do I use it?

MY TRACKER is where you can keep track of all your Writing Gig submissions and Read Requests. You can find updates from the gig creators here, and requests for additional materials. You can also archive past submissions.

The GIGS TRACKERtab keeps track of all your Writing Gig submissions.

The ALL REQUESTS tab keeps track of both Showcase Requests and Writing Gig submissions.

The process is basically the same for both. When you click on GIGS TRACKER, you should see something that looks like the image below. If there is nothing to read, or if you have already clicked on the Tracker number, it will automatically be set to 0.

Gig Tracker 1

After you click on Content Requested, you will get a dropdown menu that looks like this:

Gig Tracker 2

Click SEND.

A pop-up will ask you to verify that you want to send it. Click CONTINUE.

You'll see that SEND has changed to SENT. That's it!

If you have "Shared" a file in your profile or in the Writer's Showcase, it means that an interested party can access and read it without having to wait for it to be sent. You'll still get the notification, letting you know that someone wants to read it, but you will see it marked as VIEWED. You don't have to do anything else - if they want to see more, they'll request it and you'll then just click on whatever it is they've requested, and that will automatically send it for you.

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I have a Success Story! How do I get it featured in the ISA SPOTLIGHT?

Congratulations!

First you have to add your Success Story to your Profile.

Log in to your account.

Select MY SUCCESS.

Select the type of success you're adding - MY AWARDSLISTS or MY SUCCESS STORIES.

Click on ADD NEW.

Fill out the information for the type of competition or festival you're adding. If you don't see it listed, just click on CONTACT US TO ADD NEW and fill out the email form.

Check the "Terms of Use" box.

Click SAVE.

That's it!

Please note: All Success Stories are considered for inclusion in the ISA SPOTLIGHT, but not all will be featured.

The MY SUCCESS feature is only available to ISAConnect members.

UPLOADING SCREENPLAYS
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How do I upload my screenplay?

Login to your account.

Select MY SCREENPLAYS. Click +ADD NEW.

Step 1 – Screenplay Details

Add SCREENPLAY TITLE.

Select CATEGORY and STATUS.

WRITERS should already have your information filled in.

Add your IMDb listing, if you have one.

If you have a co-writer, click +ADD A CO-WRITER. Fill in their information.

Please Note – If you want both names to appear on a screenplay that you plan on listing in the Writer’s Showcase, both writers must be ISAConnect members. Otherwise, only the ISAConnect member’s name will appear with a link back to their personal profile.

LOGLINE

You must have a logline. Try to make it unique and include some story details. You want your logline to stand out from thousands of others that all sound very similar.

This is an example of a logline that doesn't stand out: "When her rich and powerful father doesn't approve, a young girl runs away with the poor boy she loves". It's completely generic.


But this logline does stand out: "When a girl from the wealthiest family in a small town falls in love with a janitor's son, her politically-minded father demands she stay away from him. Determined to be together, the two teens instead run away on the eve of an important election." Now there are specific details that make the story more unique.

Please note: You cannot have a logline by itself. Your logline must be attached to a completed screenplay.

SYNOPSIS

A synopsis is not required, but we strongly suggest you have one ready. And remember that a synopsis should tell the story, and not talk about the story. Hit the major beats, and leave out commentary and opinion.

UPLOAD A SCREENPLAY (PDF ONLY)

ISAConnect members can upload several versions of the same screenplay. Basic members will have to upload a new file for each draft.

DOCUMENT LABEL

A Document Label is the name of the upload, not the screenplay, although you can use it here, too. If you plan on uploading several drafts of a particular script, naming the uploads can make it easier for you to note which is which when going through your list.

For example: Say your script is called John Doe. You can upload it with the document label John Doe 2-15-18. Then your next draft, if you want to keep both of them, you can name John Doe 4.15.18. Or go by John Doe - First Draft or John Doe - Fast Track Draft, etc. It's up to you. The name on the screenplay will remain John Doe. The additional information is for you, only.

Screenplays must be in PDF format and no larger than 2MB.

BROWSE for the screenplay on your hard drive and select it. It will automatically upload to your profile.

Check I CERTIFY THAT I OWN THE RIGHTS TO THIS MATERIAL.

Click SAVE AND CONTINUE.

Step 2 – MOVIE POSTER (ISAConnect feature) Optional

You can upload a mock-up of a poster for your movie, or an image that you think represents your script. You can also commission a poster through Poster Designs For Your Movie or ISA Profile.

Click SKIP or SAVE AND CONTINUE.

Step 3 – PITCH OR TRAILER (ISAConnect feature) Optional

You can attach either a video or audio pitch for your screenplay here. Select the format of the file and add a link to either YouTube or Vimeo.

Click SKIP or SAVE AND CONTINUE

Step 4 – ATTACHMENTS (ISAConnect feature) Optional

List anyone who has attached themselves to your project, such as actors or producers. DO NOT LIST A NAME IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THEIR PERMISSION.

Click SKIP or SAVE AND CONTINUE.

Step 5 – TAGS (ISAConnect feature) Optional

Click on any of the empty fields and a menu will drop down with all of your choices. The choices are in alphabetical order, so if you don’t at first see the one you want, double-check where it should be.

You should select as many applicable tags as you can. The more information you provide, the better your chances of having your script show up in a search. 

Click SKIP or SAVE AND CONTINUE.

Step 6 - COPYRIGHT (ISAConnect feature) Optional

We strongly suggest having your scripts at least registered with the WGA, or copyrighted.

WRITER’S SHOWCASE (ISAConnect feature) Optional

This will make your work available in the Writer's Showcase. You should at least share your logline, and consider sharing your synopsis. If you have a pitch/trailer, you can opt to share that, too. We do not recommend sharing your screenplay until someone has specifically requested it.

You should also have your screenplays shared to your public profile. Anyone looking at your profile will then be able to see you have screenplays available. No one but approved Industry Pros will be able to read them, however. You will still have complete control over who sees your work.

Click SAVE AND FINISH.

Congratulations! You’ve just added a screenplay to your profile. You’re done!


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What is a DOCUMENT LABEL?

The Document Label is the name you give the upload, not the screenplay. This is intended to help you keep track of everything you upload, as multiple drafts of a script may all have the same name.

For example, you may have a screenplay called John Doe. You can name your upload John Doe_Today's Date, or John Doe First Draft, John Doe 2nd Draft, John Doe Evaluation Slate Entry, etc. It's entirely up to you how you would like to name and organize the documents in your profile; we're just offering a way to make it a little easier.

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What is a "pitch" or "trailer"?

A video or audio pitch is a filmed (or recorded) effort to "push" - or sell - a particular script or project. A prospective writer or producer will sometimes make a short film that is a proof-of-concept, or may share some artwork or music that helps tell their story.

You can record or film a video or audio pitch, upload it to YouTube or Vimeo, and include the link when you add the screenplay to your profile.

Some Writing Gigs also ask for pitches.

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What does "Share this on my profile" mean?

When you upload your screenplays to your profile, you have the option of selecting where you would like your work to appear on the site. (See Step 6 – COPYRIGHT under “How do I upload my screenplay?”)

One option is to add them to your public profile. Anyone looking at your profile will then be able to see that you have screenplays available. No one but approved Industry Pros will be able to read them, however - you will still have complete control over who sees your work.

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How can I change my screenplay details after I already uploaded it to my profile?

Just select the screenplay in your profile and click on the red pencil icon. This will open the ADD A SCREENPLAY page for that screenplay, and you can make whatever changes you need to the listing.

Once you've finished making your changes, scroll all the way down to the bottom and click on SAVE AND CONTINUE.That's it!


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I can't get my screenplay to upload!

Did you remember to click on UPLOAD after browsing for your screenplay on your computer?

If yes, then please check that your screenplay is in the correct PDF format, the title has no spaces or unusual characters, and the file is no larger than 2MB.

If it still won’t upload, make sure that you’re using the most recent version of your browser, then clear your cache and cookies. (Please see “How do I clear my cache and cookies?”)

If, after clearing your cache and cookies, you still can’t upload, contact us at support@networkISA.organd we’ll see what we can do to get you up and running!

WRITING GIGS AND NOTIFICATIONS
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How often do you update Writing Gigs?

New Writing Gigs are constantly being posted. We strive to bring you the best Writing Gigs available, but we can’t guarantee the number of gigs offered in any given time frame. They do sometimes seem to come in waves.

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How do I place a Writing Gig?

First check out the Gigs currently posted, to get an idea of the kinds of Gigs that go up, how they're written, how long they run, the pay scales that are quoted and what Gig owners usually ask to see. That can help clarify in your own mind what you're looking for, what you expect, how much you're willing to offer in regards to payment or credit, etc. Once you've decided what you want your Gig to say, just follow these steps to get it posted.

HOW TO POST A WRITING GIG


Log in to your account. 

Hover your cursor over the
GET CONNECTED tab in the red bar across the top of the page. Scroll down and click on WRITING GIGS.

On the right side of the page, click on +ADD NEW>>.


1. Under GENERAL INFORMATION, fill out all requested fields.

DATE TO END GIG REQUEST
Put in the date you want your Gig listing to end. Please don’t leave your Gig open-ended. You can always re-list it again later if you need to.

PAYMENT DETAILS
If you’re offering compensation, you must state the details clearly and up front. We recommend offering compensation of some kind.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF WRITING GIG
Provide details of the Writing Gig, including such information as if it’s an off-site or remote gig, if it is for a permanent position or a one-time project, and the type of documents you’re looking for.

Don't go into a lot of story detail.

If you have a production history, providing some verifiable information can help your legitimacy.


2. THE WRITERS WHO SUBMIT MUST PROVIDE

Check the boxes of the documents you want applicants to submit. You can request a Logline, Synopsis, Screenplay, Video or Audio Pitch, Resume, Samples and/or a Cover Letter.  

Please be sure that what you ask for here matches what you’ve written in your description. Writers can’t submit the requested documents unless these boxes are checked.  

For example, if your description states that you want to see resumes, but you forget to check the “Resume” checkbox, there will be no way for applicants to attach their resumes to their submission.


3. ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS FOR THE WRITER

If you want additional information that can’t be provided by the checkboxes, you can ask here. For example, you can ask if they’ve won any contests.



4. CHECK ALL TAGS FOR THIS WRITING GIG

This can narrow down the applicant field for you. If you only want to see police thrillers, you should state it in the description field, and check it here. Otherwise, if all you say is that you want to see screenplays about police detectives, you may end up seeing a lot of buddy-cop comedies.

Check the "Terms of Use" agreement.

Click SAVE AND SUBMIT. That’s it!



IMPORTANT: You won’t see your Gig published on the site right away. All Gigs must be verified first, and are then published one-by-one (or a few at a time, depending on how many are submitted). This ensures that each Gig is featured at the top for at least a little while, and gets individual attention. If you haven’t seen your Gig after a week or so, or if it’s time sensitive, please contact support@networkisa.org.

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I posted a Writing Gig. Why isn't it on the site yet?

Writing Gigs must be approved by ISA Admin before they go live, so you won’t see them up on the site immediately. Gigs are also posted a few days apart so each gig has a chance to be featured at the top of the page for a short while.

Approval doesn’t take long, though. If it’s been a few days and you still don’t see it, please contact support@networkISA.orgfor assistance.

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Why can't I apply for a Writing Gig?

You must be an ISAConnect member in order to apply to Writing Gigs.

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I applied to a Writing Gig but never heard anything back. Can I contact them to ask why?

Unfortunately, writers do not always get a response after they've submitted to a Gig. Some Gig postings will make this clear in the description, but many times the posters will simply be overwhelmed with applications and are unable to respond to each one.

If a Gig poster decides they want to speak with you, they will contact you directly. We ask all our members to please respect this policy.

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Why isn't my Writing Gig submission going through?

You must have a screenplay and logline already uploaded to your profile before you can submit to a Gig.

It also helps to have a synopsis and/or a resume already uploaded, too. When you fill out the registration form and select which screenplay you're interested in submitting, the appropriate documents will be attached to your submission form automatically. The Gig Poster will have checked off what they are interested in seeing.

If you really want to communicate something to the Gig Poster, you can add a Note, too.

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How can I keep my screenplay from being included with my Writing Gig submission? It's attaching it automatically!

Don’t worry, your screenplay is not being sent with your Writing Gig submission. Your submission will only include what the gig poster has requested. In fact, there’s no way to send anything other than what they’ve requested!

When you upload a screenplay to your profile, you also upload your logline and a synopsis. They are separate files, but they are attached to that screenplay.

If a Writing Gig asks for a logline, you can only send a logline. Nothing else will attach to the submission form. But in order to select the logline you want to send, you have to see your list of screenplays, first. By clicking on the screenplay, you are telling the submission form, “Send the logline from this screenplay.”

It’s the same with Resumes, Cover Letters and Samples. If you have more than one in your profile, you’ll see a list and will have to select the one you want to be attached to your submission form. That way, you have complete control over the information you want them to have.

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How do I subscribe/unsubscribe to Writing Gig notifications?

Log in to your account.

Select MY PROFILE.

Select NOTIFICATIONS.

Select the type and frequency of notifications you prefer. That's it!

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Where can I read past newsletters?

Some of our past newsletters can be found in the Forum here: https://www.networkisa.org/forum/isa-forum-section.php?id=45We may soon make more available, so check back occasionally!

ABOUT MY SCREENPLAY...
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Why isn't my screenplay getting any views?

If your screenplay isn’t getting views, there may be a couple of reasons.


PROFILE
Consider making your screenplays available in your profile. While this may not seem to be a big deal, it can affect whether someone looking at one script will immediately know that you have others available.

LOGLINE
Since that’s the first thing after the title that grabs a potential reader's attention, you want to be sure it’s as compelling as possible, and contains a hook that makes it something the reader can't ignore. Remember, your logline is competing with thousands of others in the WRITERS' SHOWCASE - many of them nearly identical. 

SYNOPSIS
Although it’s not required when uploading a screenplay to your profile, it’s generally a good idea to have one. If someone decides that your logline intrigues them, you might want to have the synopsis right there for them to read, as opposed to making them request it and then wait for a response from you. After all, they're interested now.

TAGS
You definitely want to have as many appropriate and descriptive tags checked as possible.

If you address these issues, the odds of your screenplay being read goes up.

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Can you help me get an agent to sell my screenplay?

The ISA is committed to providing information and resources for all of our members, but we are unable to assist you in acquiring representation. Our services offer screenwriters and industry professionals (like agents, directors, producers, etc.) a way to connect and work together, but we do not manage any relationships or deals which may result from those connections.

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What happened to my stats? How can I tell how many times my script has been looked at?

During the ISA website update, the Stats feature was removed, but it will be returning to the site. Just check back periodically.

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience!

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How can I make my screenplay better?

There are many ways to improve your writing skills and elevate your screenplay to the next level – far too many to list here. But these are good places to start:

1. Take advantage of the many resources and guides available on this website.

2. Take part in classes and programs the ISA provides.

3. Consider a mentor and listen to their advice.

4. Don’t take criticism of your writing personally.

5. Be honest and critical of your own work.

6. Talk to other screenwriters.

7. Read as many scripts as you can.

8. Visit "Pro Tips and Tricks" under the GET CONNECTED tab in the red bar at the top of the page.

These are just a few bits of advice. It’s up to you to be proactive and to want to become the absolute best writer you can be. That’s what the ISA is all about!

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How do I know someone won't steal my idea if I put it online?

We understand your concern, but it is a risk you choose to take when you submit your script anywhere to producers, big or small. We highly suggest registering your script with the Writers Guild, the U.S. Copyright Office, or other similar services in the country you wish to submit your work to.

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How can I tell if someone wants to read one of my screenplays?

You can keep track of requests to read your screenplays through the MY TRACKER tab.You can also grant and deny access and archive requests here.

(Please see "What is My Tracker? How do I use it?" for more information.)

THE WRITER'S SHOWCASE
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What is The Writer's Showcase?

The Writer’s Showcase is a directory of all the scripts in the ISA database that members have uploaded to share. This includes film screenplays, television pilots and shorts.

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How do I get included in the Writer's Showcase?

In order to be included in the Writer’s Showcase, you must be an ISAConnect member and have a photo and bio uploaded to your Profile.

If you don’t have a bio or photo, you can’t be found under “Writer View”, although your screenplays will still be found under “Screenplay View”.

Please note that you still have to “Share” your screenplays in order for them to appear in the Writer’s Showcase. (Please see “What does “Share this on my profile” mean?)

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How do I get my scripts into the Writer's Showcase?

ISAConnect members who upload their screenplays into their profiles can choose to "Share" their screenplays, loglines and synopses in the Writer’s Showcase. 

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Why can't I see screenplays in the Writer's Showcase?

Screenwriters are not able to see other writers' screenplays listed in the Writer's Showcase.  This also applies to your own screenplays.

The only people who can see screenplays in the Writer's Showcase are Industry Professionals like producers, managers, etc. who have been vetted by ISA.

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How do I get access to the Writer's Showcase?

Only approved Industry Pros may have access to the Writer’s Showcase. These would be producers, directors, literary agents, literary managers, and other industry professionals who have an interest in purchasing screenplays or hiring writers.

If you’re interested in becoming an ISA Industry Pro, you can send an email to ipsupport@networkisa.org. You will be asked to provide a resume and a link to your IMDb listing.

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How do I get Industry Pro status?

If you'd like to apply for Industry Pro status, you can send an email directly to ipsupport@networkisa.org. You will need to provide a resume and a link to an active IMDb listing.

Please note that Industry Pro status is only granted to legitimate producers, directors, production companies, literary agents and literary managers, and all applicants must be vetted before access to the Writer's Showcase is granted.

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How do I know your Industry Pros are legitimate?

The ISA verifies industry professionals by looking at their credits, associations, guild memberships, and any other industry information we find.

If someone is found to have misrepresented themselves, or ISA members report negative interactions, previously verified professionals can find themselves removed from the site, so we always welcome our members to share their experiences with IPs they meet through the ISA site.

CONTESTS AND COMPETITIONS
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I keep trying to enter a competition, but it's not accepting my submission.

Do you have your screenplay already uploaded to your profile? If you’re having trouble with your submission, this is usually the problem. You will need to go back and upload the screenplay you want to submit, then return to the registration form and try again.

You might also want to have your logline and synopsis already uploaded and ready to go, although many competitions won’t require them. It’s best to be prepared!

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I accidentally submitted the wrong draft of my screenplay. Can I replace it?

Most competitions will allow an entrant to replace their screenplay with an edited or later draft within 24 hours of their submission. They’re pretty firm on this because otherwise it’s not fair to other entrants.

Please contact the competition directly for further details. You can find contact information for each competition on their individual pages, under the "Contact" tab.

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I need to cancel my entry. How do I get a refund?

Most competitions have a "no refunds" policy. Some competitions, however, will allow cancellations and refunds within 24 hours of the submission.

Please contact the competition directly for further details. You can find contact information for each competition on their individual pages, under the "Contact" tab.

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I purchased feedback. How long do I have to wait?

Most feedback takes 6-8 weeks to receive, although you may get it sooner than that, dependent on the number of submissions. Our readers have excellent turnaround times!

If you’ve been waiting longer than that, please check your spam or junk folders, as the emails sometimes land there. You can then add the sent-from address to your white folder.

If you don’t see your feedback there, you can send an email directly to the competition. Contact information can be found on the competition page, under the “Contact” tab.

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I entered a non-ISA contest and never heard anything back. Can you help me?

If you haven’t heard anything, and it’s been longer than a reasonable amount of time, please contact the contest administrators directly. Contact information can be found on the competition page, under the “Contact” tab.

If you get no response, please contact us at support@networkisa.org and we’ll see what we can do.

EVENTS
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I'm having problems registering for an event.

You can send an email directly to most Event Admins by clicking on the “Contact” tab on each event’s page.

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Why don't you have an ISA Third Thursdays event in my city?

We're always interested in adding more cities to our Third Thursdays events! If you're interested in setting one up in your city, you can send an email to Molly@NetworkISA.org and she'll help you get started.

We've been adding cities from all over the world, so why not yours?