I read for big competitions, Blacklist, and a major LA agency, evaluating writers, books, manuscripts, and screenplays. As a published writer, working director, author and paid screenwriter who values good advice, I love to help passionate writers tell their stories more effectively. Scroll down to see testimonials from satisfied clients.
I also freelance, with complete discretion, at very competitive rates.
* discounts on these are available with orders of more than one item.
For $130, I’ll write a 1-2 page summary in treatment style of your feature screenplay or TV pilot, and 750-1000 words of constructive but honest notes on what’s working and how to improve the script, focusing mostly on key thematic and structural elements, rather than on format and style (although if it’s getting in the way, you’ll hear about that, too).
For $90, I’ll give you a 1-3 sentence logline, and 750-1000 words of constructive but honest notes on what’s working and how to improve the script, focusing mostly on key thematic and structural elements, rather than on format and style (although if it’s getting in the way, you’ll hear about that, too).
The treatment / logline will tell you what parts of the stories make sense to an objective reader. The comments will help you on the biggest job every real screenwriter does over and over again: rewriting.
Book Coverage: People generally want different kinds of things from this service, but I’m happy to offer you what I’d do for an agency – a summary/1000-word treatment of the story and 750+ of notes, on your manuscript, for $350. (Up to 300 pages, $30 per 50 pages additional fee thereafter).
I also offer in-depth notes and script reformatting services.
Your privacy, confidentiality and security is guaranteed, and I’ll send you a signed NDA if you want one. My reputation depends on my honesty, and confidentiality. I am not affiliated with any competitions. While I do have some good contacts, sharing those is not part of the service.
Turnaround: Between 48 hours and three days depending on how busy I am. For a $35 rush fee I can do it in 24 hours, provided I’m available when you contact me.
Email me with inquiries and further details at email@example.com.
TESTIMONIALS from satisfied clients (published with their permission):
“Jean provided me fantastic coverage on my TV pilot, providing me with valuable insight into themes I overlooked, as well as a greater social awareness that my script might reflect. I’m grateful for her professional tone and useful suggestions. Recommend.”
– Chris Cato, Writer/Producer of Starship Nautilus (2019)
“Jean Barker’s insightful, focused analysis of my scripts always provides me with invaluable clarity. Jean Barker’s script coverage is one of the most useful tools in my arsenal.”
– Jessica R. Goldberg, Writer of Zero-Zero
“Jean’s notes were quite thorough, insightful, and helpful. Many of them mirrored my own concerns. I will be making most of her recommended changes, if not all.”
– John Severin, Novelist, Love in the Time of Trump (2019)