Should it cost $500 to submit a screenplay?

There’s an incredibly interesting thread going on at Bruce Bartlett’s blog Bartlett’s Screenwriting Tips. He asks whether it’s a good idea for industry executives to charge a fee, like $500, to ensure a qualified person gives a submitted script a solid evaluation. The $500 would deter “not-ready” writers from shotgun-style submissions that clog up the works, and the fee would be returned if the script reaches a certain quality level. Please go take a look at the post and see my comment about an alternative—taking a $500 budget and using it to construct an industry-standard marketing plan for your script. Thanks to my new friend Amy Butler at I Write With Pictures¬†for posting the question on her blog, which is how I found it. She makes some great comments about Bruce’s post as well, so go check it out.