As a writer, once you get to second base and get representation, that agent or manager will work with you like a teammate ready to help you advance to third base: getting your script to a producer.
In baseball, a poor decision by a baserunner between second and third can kill a team's chances to score, despite the best efforts of the teammates hitting behind him. The runner can also encounter bad luck, such as the shortstop snatching a line drive and tagging him out on the way to third.
In screenwriting, a poor decision can run you right out of the game and kill your chances of selling your script or working with a producer. Current events, poor timing, or just plain bad luck can also send you back to the dugout.
In baseball, when a runner reaches third base, they have another helper in the form of a third-base coach. That coach can advise the runner whether to stay on base or make a mad dash for home plate to score.
In screenwriting, if you're lucky enough to reach third base, the producer could act as your third-base coach and help you put together a deal to get your script made into a movie or TV series.
Check back tomorrow to see how to "score" a deal and take your project from the page to the set to the screen.
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