In my coaching and script consulting, I help a lot of writers with original series ideas: evaluating concepts, reading pilots, and sharing my knowledge from the work I’ve done developing, pitching and selling series ideas – which has given me a lot of insight into what agents and managers, production companies, studios, and most importantly networks look for.
I also read a fair amount of spec scripts for existing shows – the other tried and true method for breaking in to T.V. writing. Today I came across a publication on the WGA website that I’d read a few years ago, and realize it’s full of good insider information for aspiring T.V. writers who may not be aware of its existence.
So I decided to link to it here. It’s called “Writing for Episodic TV: From Freelance to Showrunner.” It’s not so much about creating your own show, but writing for other people’s series, and working your way up the staffing ladder.
The Guild’s site has a lot of other useful tools, information and interviews in its section on “The Craft.”
I also recommend getting their magazine “Written By,” which has great interviews and advice on both film and television writing, from a professional perspective. (Members receive it automatically, but anyone can subscribe.)
I also recommend my "Ten Key Principles Successful Writers Understand", and my series of audio downloads. And if you'd like me to read something you're working on, check out my consulting page.