Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I lose the rights to sell the screenplay?
A: Nothing that you do with us would prevent you from selling the script in the future. Our Publishing Agreement does not forbid you from selling your screenplay to another entity. We know your ultimate goal is to get your screenplay on the big screen, and we hope 120pages will be another way for screenplays to be discovered by proving their worth via sales in print & ebook formats.
Q: Why should I publish my screenplay?
A: You’ve likely spent countless hours — maybe years — writing your screenplay. You are passionate about your screenplay, but it has not yet been picked up for production.
By publishing your screenplay with 120pages, you will:
- Earn income from your published screenplay
- Allow your screenplay to receive critical exposure
- Build your credibility as a screenwriter
Q: What’s my out-of-pocket cost?
A: If we offer you a Sponsored Publishing Agreement, there is no direct cost to accepting. You may incur costs not payable to 120pages, such as having headshots taken for the writer bio page, additional copies for your friends and family, your lawyer’s fees to review the Publishing Agreement, etc. You will not be required to make any payment to 120pages, except in the event that you terminate a Publishing Agreement early or as otherwise stipulated in a Publishing Agreement.
Q: How do I make money?
A: 120pages may pay you an advance when you sign our publishing agreement. Then, you will receive royalties for each copy of your screenplay that is sold. However, you will not receive any royalty payments until 120pages is repaid the advance.
Q: How much is the advance? Do I need to repay the advance if the screenplay doesn’t sell?
A: We negotiate every Publishing Agreement individually. The amount of the advance varies based on how well we believe the screenplay will sell, but typically is several hundred dollars. No, even if your screenplay doesn’t sell a single copy, the advance is yours to keep (however, we want to make back our money, so we have every incentive to sell your work!)
Q: How are royalties paid?
A: After any advance is recouped (repaid), royalties will be paid according to a schedule. Each Publishing Agreement is negotiated individually, but the royalty schedule would look something like this:
*Net Revenue = the actual amount of money received by 120pages for the sale of your screenplay.
After the advance is recouped/repaid, royalties are paid on a quarterly basis within 30 days of the end of the quarter if the total author royalties are in excess of $10 (example: January, February, and March sales will pay royalties by the end of April). If royalties do not exceed $10, the balance will roll forward to the next quarter.
Q: What happens if someone wants to purchase or option my screenplay?
A: Nothing in our Publishing Agreement prevents you from selling or optioning your screenplay. However, if a third-party requires you to terminate the Publishing Agreement early, there may be a small penalty.
Q: How much money will 120pages spend to market my screenplay?
A: It is up to the discretion of the 120pages marketing team as to what the budget will be for marketing your screenplay. It is important to remember that it is in our best interest to promote your work, as we wish to recoup our investment in publishing and marketing costs.
Q: Do I need an agent?
A: No. We accept and encourage unsolicited submissions!
Q: Do you guarantee sales?
Q: Will I need to sign a contract if 120pages wants to publish my screenplay?
A: Yes. If your screenplay submission is approved, you will be required to sign a Publishing Agreement.
Q: Can my screenplay be published under a pseudonym?
A: Absolutely. The personal information (including your name, etc.) you include in any publishing contracts will remain private and exclusive between you and 120pages.
Q: For how long are Publishing Agreements enacted?
A: Each agreement is negotiated individually, but we typically set a term of 3 years. However, depending on the performance of the screenplay, we may or may not continue a marketing budget to promote your screenplay.
Q: How do I get started?
A: Please visit the Submit Your Screenplay page to submit your screenplay, treatment, or idea for consideration.
Q: I was contact by someone at 120pages. Does this mean I won a publishing deal?
A: No. This simply means that we became aware of you and your screenplay! We will still need you to submit your screenplay. Nothing is final until we sign a Publishing Agreement.
Q: How long does it take to have a screenplay considered?
A: We aim for 2-3 weeks, but this varies based on how many submissions we have. We have an open submission period; depending on volume, it may take longer than 2-3 weeks.
Q: Can I submit more than one screenplay?
A: Sure. Also, if we contacted you about a specific screenplay but you feel there is another that is more appropriate for 120pages, feel free to submit that.
Q: I have another question not covered above…
A: Please contact us with any other questions!