Who Knew?

There’s a “legend” about freelance writer, Chuck Ross, who in 1982 re-wrote the film classic CASABLANCA, titling it EVERYBODY COMES TO RICK’S. (By the way, that’s the original title of the play written by Murray Bennett and Joan Alison.) Ross changed a few names, but essentially left the work exactly as it was. He then submitted the screenplay to over 200 agencies.

Shockingly few recognized it. Only three agencies thought the work was marketable. Many criticized the screenplay for having too much dialogue, not enough action. One agency suggested Ross try turning it into a novel.

Some aspiring writers might hear this tale and feel discouraged. “Jeez, if they don’t even like a classic such as CASABLANCA what chance do I have?” Yet I find the story funny and inspiring. To me its proof no one gets it right every time, even agents. The trick to success is to keep writing and submitting, believing in yourself and that someone out there knows a good story when they read it.