Shortly before he died I had a brief email exchange with Save the Cat author Blake Snyder. I asked him if he had any encouragement for screenwriters living outside of L.A. and this is what he wrote back:
“I have said often that geography is no longer an impediment to a career in screenwriting. I know of one woman who decided to be a screenwriter in Chicago, wrote 5 scripts, sold 2 and got an agent and manager, all while never leaving the confines of her condo. It starts with a great concept! You have a great idea and a great poster, if you execute that well, you will get phone calls — and deals. The key is: the great script! And that starts with the step by step process I outline in Cat! Go get ‘em!”
*Pulled from the 2008 post Screenwriting da Chicago Way.