TV Stars Help You Sell Your Story at ATX Television Festival

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The ATX Television Festival features panels, screenings, and more goodies devoted to the small screen. It's intended for both fans and professionals alike and those two groups meet at the Pitch Competition. Aspiring writers send in a 90-second pitch and, if they're chosen, get to go to Austin and give their three-minute pitch in front of a panel and a live audience.

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Sound terrifying? Of course it does; you're a writer, not a hype man. Don't worry — here are some tips on how to prepare from screenwriter and Emmy award-winning "Scandal" actor Dan Bucatinsky.

Here is "Parenthood" executive producer and writer Sarah Watson on what to be ready for once you get into the pitch room.

"Justified" creator Graham Yost's simple tip:

There are more tips available here. But, of course, the most important tip is this: Go finish your script already!