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SCRIPT CITY now offers the largest selection of books on the entertainment industry available anywhere! From screenwriting to directing, acting to animation, every topic is covered. No question about it, we’ve got the title you’re looking for!

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INDUSTRY DIRECTORIES
1998 GUIDE TO LITERARY AGENTS
Edited by Don Prues – 288 pgs
Besides listing 500 agents in the U.S. and Canada who handle scripts, novels, short stories, plays and poetry, this directory also answers the most often asked questions about those reps. Indexed for easy skimming.
PAPERBACK – $19.95

CINEMATOGRAPHERS, PRODUCTION DESIGNERS,
COSTUME DESIGNERS & FILM EDITORS GUIDE
(5th Edition)
Ed. by Ed Stockly – 484 pgs
A highly successful directory listing working craftspeople, their agents/contacts, and their credits with studio and year of release. Cross-referenced by film title with Academy Awards nominations noted.
SOFTCOVER – $54.95

FILM ACTORS GUIDE
(3rd Edition)
Ed. by Steve LuKanic – approx. 700 pgs
A goldmine for producers, directors, studio execs, casting directors and any interested in movie credits. This comprehensive guide lists the names, contacts, and credits of actors and actresses who have worked on a motion picture released over the past ten years. Cross-indexed.
SOFTCOVER – $69.95

FILM DIRECTORS: A COMPLETE GUIDE
(12th Edition)
Ed. by Michael Singer – approx. 700 pgs
Want to locate a film director? This is the most up-to-date directory available, with over 2700 working directors. With contact/address/phone, credits (studio & year) and a film index of over 25,000 titles.
SOFTCOVER – $74.95

FILM PRODUCERS, STUDIOS, AGENTS
AND CASTING DIRECTORS GUIDE
(5th Edition)
Ed. by David Kipen – 484 pgs
An annual reference book that lists all major producers, cross-indexed by credits. All major talent agencies included, with address, phone and agents. Lists studios, production companies and casting directors, complete with current addresses and phone numbers.
HARDCOVER – $54.95

FILM WRITERS GUIDE
(7th Edition)
Ed. by Susan Avallone – 652 pgs
A comprehensive listing of feature writers, with their agents/contacts and complete credits. Cross-referenced by film, with award nominations and wins noted. Includes listings of unproduced projects.
SOFTCOVER – $70.00

HOLLYWOOD AGENTS & MANAGERS DIRECTORY
(Volume 16)
Comprehensive directory of over 300 of L.A.’s talent & literary agencies and managers, with current addresses, phone numbers, and fax numbers – also the names of 1,300 agents and their titles. Listings of N.Y. agencies are included.
SOFTCOVER – $49.95.

HOLLYWOOD CREATIVE DIRECTORY
(Volume 34)
An indispensable directory of over 4,200 names of creative and development personnel in film and TV, in more than 1,150 companies. Includes studios, independents, networks and cable companies. Addresses, phone numbers, faxes, produced credits & current staff. Updated tri-annually.
SOFTCOVER – $49.50

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER STUDIO
BLU-BOOK DIRECTORY – 1999
Ed. by Toni Smithson – 9 x 12
For over 60 years, the BLU-BOOK has been the resource for the entertainment industry. Whether you’re looking for a studio executive, a special effects company, a celebrity, an agent, a publicist, a caterer or an animal trainer, you’ll find them and thousands of other listings in the BLU-BOOK.
SPIRAL-BOUND – $70.00

L.A. 411 – 1997
(18th Edition)
The telephone and information directory of the industry, with thousands of listings ranging from production companies, crew and union rules, sets and stages, camera and sound equipment, location services, props, wardrobe, post production, and just about everything else you can think of.
SPIRAL-BOUND – $64.95

THE NEW YORK AGENT BOOK
(5th Edition)
Get The Agent You Need & The Career You Want K Callan – 265 pgs.
FOR THE ACTOR. Includes background on the agents, histories of the agencies, and information regarding size and quality of their client lists. Personal interviews with over 130 Los Angeles agents and 20 years in the business helped the author produce this indispensable book.
PAPERBACK – $16.95

THE NEW YORK AGENT BOOK
(4th Edition)
Get The Agent You Need & The Career You Want K Callan – 265 pgs.
FOR THE ACTOR. Companion edition to THE L.A. AGENT BOOK, this valuable handbook contains personal interviews with over 60 New York agents. A reference guide no actor should be without.
PAPERBACK – $16.95

PACIFIC COAST STUDIO DIRECTORY
Considered the “bible” of the industry, this directory lists the names, addresses, and phone numbers of virtually thousands of companies covering all aspects of the entertainment industry. From production companies and agents to cameramen and props, it’s all in this handy little directory. Updated quarterly.
PAPERBACK – $14.00

TELEVISION WRITERS GUIDE
(4th Edition)
Ed. by Lynne Naylor – 534 pgs
Similar to THE FILM WRITERS GUIDE, this annual reference lists all major television writers with their credits and contacts. Also a separate index by genre listing Dramas, Comedies, Movies of the Week, Specials, etc.
SOFTCOVER – $49.95

WRITERS REFERENCES
1998 WRITER’S MARKET
Edited by Kirsten C. Holm -1008 pgs
Every year successful writers rely on the new Writer¹s Market for vital career information. This edition contains up-to-date listings of 4,000 buyers of freelance materials, as well as workshops, contests and awards. Includes articles and interviews with top professionals.
HARDCOVER – $28.00

BEGINNING WRITER’S ANSWER BOOK
(Revised & Updated)
Edited by Kirk Polking – 336 pgs
Detailed answers to the nearly 1000 most-asked questions of the Writer’s Digest staff. Sections include scripts, songs, poetry, travel articles, rights, children’s books, short stories, queries, and much more.
PAPERBACK – $17.99

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES FOR WRITERS
(3rd Edition)
A Comprehensive Guide to the Exciting Careers Open to You as a Writer
Rosemary Ellen Guiley – 230 pgs
Indispensable information on over 100 writing jobs, among them Media (Reporter Specialist, Television Researcher), Arts & Entertainment (Screenwriter, Lyricist), Advertising (Copywriter), Scholastic (Journalism Teacher, Librarian) and Freelance (Writer, Columnist). With details on salaries, skill requirements, labor unions, advancement prospects, opportunities for Women & Minorities, and more.
SOFTCOVER – $16.95

RIP-OFF
A Writer’s Guide to Crimes of Deception
Fay Faron – 232 pgs
Help your characters do their dirty work. From the Writer’s Digest “Howdunit Series”, a new book which takes the writer into the world of grifters, scams, marks & pigeons, with the lowdown on today’s most cunning bunco schemes. From shell games to high-stakes real estate swindles, carny cons to pyramid schemes, internet scams to insurance fraud, and more. With profiles of victims and how they typically fall.
PAPERBACK – $16.99
RESEARCH
KNOWING WHERE TO LOOK
The Ultimate Guide To Research (Revised)
Lois Horowitz – 433 pgs.
Whether you’re a consumer, parent, student, teacher, or writer here’s a book that’ll help you find WHAT you need, WHEN you need it, and make sure it’s the BEST information available. This is the ultimate step-by-step guide to finding books, magazines, photos, experts, documents and more.
PAPERBACK – $19.95

THE WRITER’S ULTIMATE RESEARCH GUIDE
Ellen Metter – 336 pgs
With hundreds of listings of books and databases, this upbeat and lively book will save you valuable research time and lots of frustration by pointing you straight to a wealth of information, so you can create better, more accurate fiction and non-fiction. Each entry includes how current it is and what the content and organization are like.
HARDCOVER – $19.95

THE SCIENCE FICTION WRITER
ALIENS AND ALIEN SOCIETIES
A Writer’s Guide to Creating Extraterrestrial Life-Forms
Stanley Schmidt – 240 pgs
A thoughtful, clear and utterly fascinating reference guide to creating believable lifeforms, vital to writers who want to put aliens and alien encounters into their stories. Put biochemistry on your side, develop well-founded cultures and logical languages, and portray your aliens as individuals true to their species.
HARDCOVER – $17.95

HOW TO WRITE SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY
Orson Scott Card – 140 pgs
Science fiction great Orson Scott Card shares his expertise in the genres of SF and fantasy in this book that will teach you what is and isn’t SF and fantasy, how to create and dramatize a credible, inviting world, how to structure a successful story, and where the markets are.
HARDCOVER – $14.95

SPACE TRAVEL
A Writer’s Guide to the Science of Interplanetary and Interstellar Travel
Ben Bova, with Anthony R. Lewis – 288 pgs
Take a tour of space and learn how to set your stories among the stars in this book by award-winning writers Bova and Lewis. See what’s real today and what may become real tomorrow, engineer rockets with real technical data, accurately describe hostile environments and have your characters realistically overcome the challenges of space.
PAPERBACK – $16.95

TIME TRAVEL
A Writer’s Guide to the Real Science of Plausible Time Travel
Paul J. Nahin – 108 pgs
Send your characters across the gulf of time – based on logic and real theory. From a solid theoretical launching pad, learn how to travel through time without violating the laws of physics, peer into hyperspace, contemplate time as the fourth dimension, and fathom a universe where past, present and future exist simultaneously.
PAPERBACK – $16.95

THE WRITER’S GUIDE TO CREATING
A SCIENCE FICTION UNIVERSE
George Ochoa & Jeffrey Osier – 314 pgs
Learn how to create life on another planet, use established concepts & theories to further your “imaginary science”, and populate your worlds with believable cultures. An invaluable reference with info on everything from biology to physics. With charts, published examples and an index.
HARDCOVER – $18.95

THE SCRIPT IS FINISHED, NOW WHAT DO I DO?
(2nd Edition)
The Scriptwriter’s Resource Book and Agent Guide
K Callan – 295 pgs
An excellent resource for the film and television writer, with over 100 literary agencies listed. Includes agency history, client list, goals and contacts. Also has interviews with L.A. and N.Y literary agents who give advice on what to expect from them, what they expect from you, and how to find the best agent for you. Recommended.
PAPERBACK – $17.95

THIRTY-SIX DRAMATIC SITUATIONS
Georges Polti – 191 pgs.
Used for years by successful playwrights and novelists, this famous scholarly guide uses examples from classical literature to examine the thirty-six plots upon on which all drama and fiction are based. An invaluable reference.
PAPERBACK – $12.95

THE WRITER’S JOURNEY
Mythic Structure For Storytellers and Screenwriters
Christopher Vogler – 200 pgs.
Based on the works of the brilliant and insightful Joseph Campbell, this inspiring guide offers a set of useful myth-inspired storytelling paradigms and step-by-step guidelines to plot and character development.
PAPERBACK – $24.95

THE WRITER’S COMPLETE CRIME REFERENCE BOOK
Martin Roth – 306 pgs.
For writers of mysteries, thrillers, action/adventure, and true crime. Includes fundamentals of investigations, policies and procedures of law-enforcement agencies and investigators, crime motives, escape methods, weapons, rules of evidence, current “slanguage” used by criminals and police, and more.
HARDCOVER – $19.95

THE WRITER’S DIGEST “HOW-DONE-IT” SERIES
ARMED AND DANGEROUS
A Writer’s Guide to Weapons
Michael Newton – 186 pgs.
The wrong information about weapons can kill your story before a producer has even finished reading it. You don¹t have to be a “gun buff” to use this book – it provides accurate and comprehensive info on hundreds of weapons, including historical arms; those favored by criminals and terrorists; and those used by law enforcement.
PAPERBACK – $16.95

BODY TRAUMA
A Writer’s Guide to Wounds and Injuries
David W. Page, M.D. – 232 pgs
What kinds of injuries will your characters face and will they survive? What happens to the human body when injured by accident or design? Learn from a trauma expert about pain and treatments, survivable chest injuries, blunt trauma and more. Graphic, but provides realism and authority to your writing.
PAPERBACK – $16.95

CAUSE OF DEATH
A Writer’s Guide to Death, Murder & Forensic Medicine
Keith D. Wilson, M.D. – 240 pgs.
A comprehensive guide outlining the handling of severely injured or dead victims, from scene of the crime to burial. How police distinguish between accident, suicide, and foul play; what medical examiners look for; laws concerning bodies and burial; paperwork and more. A little grim, but accurate and informative.
PAPERBACK – $16.95

DEADLY DOSES
A Writer’s Guide to Poisons
Serita Deborah Stevens with Anne Klarner – 298 pgs.
A wonderful reference book that enables writers of mystery, suspense and thrillers to poison their characters with greater creativity and substantiate the results with true-life accuracy. Know your poisons and the poisons preferred by criminals everywhere.
PAPERBACK – $16.95

POLICE PROCEDURAL
A Writer’s Guide to the Police and How They Really Work
Russell Bintliff – 261 pgs.
Not only does this book take you inside police investigations, but it also takes you through the day-to-day world of police work. You’ll learn how police officers work, when they work, what they wear, who they report to, and how they go about the business of controlling and investigating crime.
PAPERBACK – $16.95

PRIVATE EYES
A Writer’s Guide to Private Investigators
Hal Blythe, Charlie Sweet & John Landreth – 198 pgs.
Go behind the scenes in this in-depth look at private investigators and how they really work. Find out about the day-to-day workings of P.I.’s, whether independent or with an agency. Learn how real investigators differ from those seen on TV and film.
PAPERBACK – $16.95

SCENE OF THE CRIME
A Writer’s Guide To Crime-Scene Investigation
Anne Wingate, Ph.D – 240 pgs
A factual and time-saving reference book that simplifies the research process for detective, crime and mystery writers wanting accuracy on The Crime Scene: who arrives first, who does what and when, what the police look for, how long an investigation takes, what to do with evidence, and more.
PAPERBACK – $16.95

THE LAW & THE WRITER

THE COPYRIGHT HANDBOOK
(3rd Edition)
How To Protect and Use Written Works
Stephen Fishman, Attorney Detailed, easy to read & thorough information for writers on how to register a copyright, profit from its sale, and protect yourself against infringement. Includes step-by-step instructions, all the forms you need, and the latest info on copyright on the Internet, electronic publishing and multimedia rights.
SOFTCOVER – $24.95

DEALMAKING IN THE FILM AND TELEVISION INDUSTRY
From Negotiations Through Final Contracts
Mark Litwak – 364 pgs
In an easy-to-understand format by an entertainment attorney and screenwriter, this book guides those working in film and television through the peculiarities of entertainment law. Armed with this book, filmmakers can save thousands of dollars in legal fees as they navigate the shark-infested waters of the entertainment industry.
PAPERBACK – $19.95

EVERY WRITER’S GUIDE TO
COPYRIGHT & PUBLISHING LAW
(2nd Edition)
Ellen M. Kozak – 118 pgs.
A practical, accessible guide, this down-to-earth little book covers everything from “work for hire” to “fair use”, from contracts and libel to copyright renewal and protection against infringement. An indispensable desk reference.
PAPERBACK – $9.95

THE WRITER GOT SCREWED
(but didn’t have to)
A Guide to the Legal and Business Practices of Writing for the Entertainment Industry
Brooke A. Wharton – 276 pgs
An indispensable resource for anyone considering writing for the entertainment industry. Meticulously researched and a fun read, this book explains the proper methods of protecting your work, decodes legal jargon, explains the pros and cons of agent vs. lawyer or manager and more. Includes lists of agencies & organizations and a glossary.
PAPERBACK – $13.00

COMPUTERS & THE INTERNET
ESSENTIAL SOFTWARE FOR WRITERS
A Complete Guide For Everyone Who Writes With a PC
Hy Bender – 512 pgs
Whether you¹re a beginner or veteran writer, this comprehensive, easy-to-read and fun guide will help you make the most of your computer, with more than 200 test-driven programs & utilities thoroughly analysed for advantages and shortcomings. With idea generators, grammar & style checkers, layout & printing programs, CD-ROM references and profession-specific software, as well as prices, addresses, and lots of neat tips.
PAPERBACK – $24.95

FILM & VIDEO ON THE INTERNET:
The Top 500 Sites
Bert Deivert and Dan Harries – 246 pgs
Save time & connect charges with this excellent book for film & videomakers, students, and film buffs (as well as writers, directors & producers!) Includes such categories as Actors, Film Schools, Guilds, Memorabilia, Research, Screenwriting, Studios, TV Networks, and more. With an extensive section on how to best use the Internet, a bibliography, and handy cross-reference guide.
PAPERBACK – $26.95