Ten years ago a spec pilot was a joke. Five years ago it could serve as a writing sample. Today, spec pilots are not only purchased, they’re being turned into series and their writers into superstars.
If you’ve been thinking about writing a spec pilot, check out my book Writing the Pilot, which Richard Walter calls “a sometimes touching, often hilarious, always insightful book on writing that is enormously useful not only to writers of TV pilots but also novelists, poets, and all souls who traffic in creative expression. In a voice that is at once lighthearted and serious, and perpetually engaging, William Rabkin reveals the rules to follow and also those to break. He tackles both the artistic issues regarding story, character, dialogue and more, and provides a road map for navigating the occasionally murky–sometimes perilous–waters of TV writing.”