The Screenwriter's Troubleshooter
Frequently Asked Questions
Or interesting questions asked just once...
I'm curious about the Story-Type Method and interested in The Screenwriter's Troubleshooter, but I'm not sure it's for me. How can I find out more?
We want our readers to be happy readers, so we have decided to make the first seventy pages of the book (first ten problems) available to download as a free sampler PDF.
If you're not convinced by the introduction and the first ten problems, if the full table of contents doesn't raise your interest further, then the book is probably not for you and there is nothing wrong with that. 🙂
You might also want to look at the first volume in the Story-Type Method series, Screenwriting Unchained, which introduces the method and also offers a free sampler.
One more thing you might want to do beyond downloading both free samplers is give The Structurator a try. This interactive story tool also introduces the Story-Type Method and is designed to help you identify the story-type of your project. It's free, you only need to register with the website. At the end of the page related to each story-type, you can download a detailed case study (Misery for plot-led stories, Groundhog Day for character-led stories and Crash for theme-led stories).
What's the difference between the three editions of The Screenwriter's Troubleshooter (e-book, paperback and hardcover)?
The e-book version includes dynamic links to connected problems in the book. The Kindle edition available on Amazon can be read on any device supporting the Kindle app, not just on Kindle devices (see next question).
The hardcover's interior (248 pages) is slightly thicker than the paperback. Otherwise the size is the same (6"x9" trim).
The paperback (also 248 pages) is a bit easier to carry around as it's thinner and lighter, but it's not as durable. The upside is that it's less expensive than the hardcover.
The only e-book version of The Screenwriter's Troubleshooter seems to be for Kindle on Amazon. Does that mean I need a Kindle to read it as an e-book?
Thankfully not! The Kindle version purchased on Amazon can be read on any device supported by a Kindle app, which means almost all iOS, Android, PC and Mac devices. You only have to download/install the Kindle app for your device and register it with Amazon. Then, when you purchase The Screenwriter's Troubleshooter in the Kindle store, get it delivered to that device. If you have already purchased it, it will appear in your library on that device when you launch the Kindle app and it can then be downloaded and read. If you're in the U.S. (and possibly other countries), Matchbook is enabled for The Screenwriter's Troubleshooter, which means that you can get the e-book for only $0.99 as long as you buy the paperback edition from Amazon (not a third-party seller).
Not really, each has its pros and cons.
The e-book is handy as you can have it with you at all times for a quick reference on any device, including a phone, tablet or a PC/Mac. It also allows you to search the text for any term, name or title, and each problem in the book cross-references other sections, which can provide quicker access to the information you're looking for.
The hardcover looks great and very durable while the paperback is less expensive but still high quality, and possibly more convenient to carry around than the hardcover. You can't beat the e-book version for portability, but that's only an option for those who actually enjoy reading a non-fiction book on an electronic device.
As mentioned above, readers in the U.S. and possibly from a few other countries can benefit from the Matchbook program and get the Kindle e-book for $0.99 if they purchase the paperback edition from Amazon, so they can get the best of both worlds at a great price.
We tried to provide the best possible product at a variety of price points so that everyone can pick the version they prefer at a price they can afford/justify, according to their personal taste and priorities. Most importantly, we wanted all the versions to be available at launch because we didn't want the price or the medium (print vs electronic) to be an obstacle for anyone interested in the content.