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Breaking into TV Writing

Write the script. Land the Job. Get into the writers' room.

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I'm Anton. I'm a TV writer. 

This is me.

This is my book. 

Praise for

Breaking into TV Writing

Coming in September from Turner Publishing

“This is the best thing I’ve read about how to become a television writer. Not ‘how to write a television script,’ but ‘how to become a television writer’! Anton has lucidly and comprehensively and entertainingly described the real-world process of getting in the door and getting a job writing for TV. If this is your dream, I can’t think of a more valuable book to help you achieve it.”

- David Kohan

Creator/Showrunner

Will & Grace

“In the past, when people asked me for advice on breaking into TV writing, I’d say ‘Good luck, and please don’t ask me to read your spec script!’ Now I have a better answer: Read Anton Schettini’s book. It’s filled with specific, practical, up-to-date information— steps you can take that will work, because they worked for Anton (I know, because I hired him as a writer’s assistant and watched him ascend through the ranks.) Buy it now—and don’t ask him to read your spec script.”

- Bob Daily

The Wonder Years, Superior Donuts,

The Odd Couple, Desperate Housewives, Frasier

"Many are called to write for television, but few are chosen. Of the thousands of aspiring writers I’ve encountered in over forty years of teaching, Anton Schettini is among that happy few who actually managed to become one. Now he’s written a book that will help others who want to do the same. The advice he gives is specific, candid, and based on up-to-the-minute experience in the ever-mutating profession. It’s not only the most pragmatic guide of its kind for those who want to write TV, but it’s also an insightfully fun book for those who just like to watch it."

- Robert Thompson

Director, Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture

Trustee Professor, Newhouse School of Public Communication Syracuse University

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