Nathan Lee Lewis


AWARD-WINNING WRITER


Screenplay Adaptations

Screenplays

Novels

Biographies

Consulting


The author and publisher's choice as the "Foremost Screenwriter For Book Adaptations"


"The go-to writer for biographies, if you want your story told in a readable and compelling manner."


"I highly recommend Nathan for consulting on any aspect of a screenplay from start to finish.

His vast knowledge and experience speak for itself. He is brilliant!"  Sheila Vaughn, Screenwriter

To submit a screenplay for a consultation you must first:

  • Have completed at least a first draft

  • Register your screenplay with WGA West ($20 Fee)

  • Fill out and return a Submission Release Form  (provided by e-mail)

CONSULTING


What is a screenplay consultant?  Webster says a consultant is "one who gives professional advice or services: EXPERT." Since I am a writer, I find the occasional mincing of words, refreshing and exhilaration, so, allow me to mince Webster's definition. What is an expert? Webster says an expert is: "a person who has a comprehensive and authoritative knowledge of or skill in a particular area." I have found, in my own writing endeavors, the criteria for earning the title of expert consultant is subjective- "based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes, or opinions."  There is a myriad of screenplay consultants, script readers, script doctors and the like, from which to choose. Some will be beneficial to you and some will have been a waste of time and money. Choosing a consultant is "like a box of chocolates..."

What I am... I am a screenwriter. I am a consultant. Look hard enough and you may find someone with more expertise, more experience, more credits, and more "authority" (whatever that is). The best consult I have ever gotten on any of my screenplays was from friends in the industry who took the time to read my work. They were honest with me and, more importantly, they were invested in my success. They were invested in me.  That is what I do and what I am. Almost to a fault, I invest in people, and I have a demonstrative investment in you and in your success as a screenwriter.

What I am not..I am not a screenplay instructor or teacher. I don't "score" your script as if I were grading a final exam. I have had my screenplays scored by nameless strangers and have found the process to be mechanical, impersonal and highly subjective.  I assume you are serious enough to have read the screenplay books, taken a course or two and are fairly familiar with basic story structure and the like. The fact is, all of that has benefit but a high score does not assure that your script will be well-received. The personal perspective by a friend who challenges you to creatively fulfill your screenplay vision is always the better way. If you have good friends in the industry, such as I have, then you don't need me as a consultant, however, if you don't have such friends, perhaps I can fill that need.  

CONSULTING 
Plans and Cost

Start here: Initial e-mail conversation - (Go to CONTACT page) This will allow us to gauge the kind of help you need and whether or not I am the right fit for you. I do not consult with everyone who contacts me. I consider your specific needs, the subject matter of the story, and where you are in the writing process. After the initial conversation, you and I can decide if we want to move forward with one of the following options:

  • Beginner's Consult - $250 - No screenplay submission required. Includes:
    • One 90 minute collaborative writing session via WriterDuet.
    • A brief personal tutorial on how to use the WriterDuet software. Once you have that down, it does the correct formatting for you.
    • I will answer any question you have about the mechanics of screenwriting and assist you as you put fingers to keys. You will literally be starting your screenplay!
    • We can talk about your story idea and any other aspect of the screenwriting process. It's your time!
    • Unlimited subsequent e-mail exchange for 7 days.

  • Basic Script Formatting - $500 - Standard common formatting. No word edits, spelling corrections, or structure changes. Certain notations will be made in areas that are unclear, but only as to format.

  • Script Formatting Plus- $750 - Includes common formatting. Minor edits for clarity. Verbiage and spelling corrections, structure suggestions as needed.

  • General Consult - $850 - A 1-3 page written evaluation of the story flow and structure and a subsequent 30-minute phone/skype session. This will also include a general evaluation of:
    • authentic dialogue
    • clarity and flow of theme and action
    • highlighting vague or confusing plot elements

  • Premium Consult - $1200 
    •  1-5 page written evaluation of initial submission. Includes detailed and specific :
      • full script dialogue recommendations 
      • full script check for clarity and flow of theme and action with recommendations
      • full script highlighting of vague or confusing plot elements - recommendations
      • full script character evaluation - recommendations 
      • evaluation of current commercial viability, genre and target audience
    • 30-day unlimited e-mail exchange. 
    • One 1-hour online collaborative writing session via WriterDuet. (Shared screen and video conference.)
      • Complete within a consecutive 30-day period

  • Premium Plus Consult - $2500
    • 1-5 page written evaluation of initial submission. Includes detailed and specific 
      • full script dialogue recommendations 
      • full script check for clarity and flow of theme and action - recommendations
      • full script highlighting vague or confusing plot elements - recommendations
      • full script character evaluation - recommendations 
      • evaluation of current commercial viability, genre and target audience
    • 90-day unlimited e-mail exchange.  
    • Three 1-hour online collaborative writing sessions via WriterDuet. (Shared screen and video conference.)
      • Complete within a consecutive 30-day period