First of all I have never written a script nor do I write fiction. So how can I give advice? Please read on to find out.
In the early 90s I was living in S California and I became close friends with a young man named Robert Woodfield. His father was William Woodfield en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Woodfield who was a screen writing for the original Mission Impossible TV series, Startrek and others.
Now my friend Robert, as you can see had insider connections, plus Martin Landau and Leonard Nimoy were like his god fathers and he had known them ever since he was a child. And he also knew actors like Woody Harrelson.
So he had inside connections. But was he talented? Yes he was. When I visited him in LA in 2003 he read me several of his scripts and they were fantastic and would have made great movies.
But even though he had obvious talent and connections no one would read his scripts. He couldn’t get them past the gatekeepers.
As it would happen when I flew back from LA to ATL I was sitting beside a young man who had a pile of scripts that he was going through. I asked what he was and he told me his job was to vet scripts that a studio was considering.
I thought this was a great time to tell him about my friend Robert. After I told him the man said that such connections didn’t matter and unless he had some sort of agent then his scripts would never see the light of day and thus never have a chance to be noticed.
I told this to my friend Robert and he said getting such agents was very difficult because of the demand and almost impossible.
So I told him the same thing I have told all my clients who are scriptwriters. That if you do not have an inside connection or a good script agent then this is what you should do: Turn your script into a book, and get it published either but a name brand publisher or self publish (no longer a stigma). It will then have a much better chance of getting noticed by potential producers who are on the look out for a good story which readers already like. If they are interested then they not only buy the movie rights but you already have the script in hand for which you get paid extra. 8)
Anyway just some ideas for those who may have trouble marketing their scripts.
Sadly my friend Robert could not take advantage of my advice, as he died untimely at a young age from cancer.