Lazy Bee Scripts
Publishers of Pantomimes and Plays

    

"Most playwrights go wrong on the fifth word. When you start a play and you type 'Act one, scene one,' your writing is every bit as good as Arthur Miller or Eugene O'Neill or anyone. It's that fifth word where amateurs start to go wrong."
- Meredith Wilson

A guide to getting your play script published

 
What do we publish?
Lazy Bee Scripts is a publisher of theatre scripts. We specialise in English pantomimes and school plays, including musicals with strong sidelines in plays, one-act drama and sketches, skits and short plays. (That said, the specialism is largely a matter of happy accident: we will consider any plays - but see below!) Most of the material is humorous - but again, that is accident rather than policy.
We also publish scripts for interactive murder mysteries.
Many of the plays and pantomimes feature original music which we publish with the scripts.
We publish scripts written in a recognisable form of the English Language. So far, this is limited to British English and American English, but we are willing to tackle other forms.  (Okay, we have also published one script in Afrikaans and one in French, but they are translations, and they started-out in English!)
 
What are we looking for in a script?
The main thing we are looking for is originality. After that, the rest of the qualities are indefinable. In humorous plays, we are looking for something to make us laugh, but if we could define what that was, it wouldn't be funny any more.
 
What do we avoid in a script?
  • Duplication. We may, at our discretion, publish multiple versions of a title (that is particularly true of pantomime scripts) - for example, on the main Lazy Bee Scripts web site you will find multiple versions of Cinderella written in different styles and aimed at different performing groups/audiences). However, to publish a new version, we must be convinced that it offers our customers something different
  • Plagiarism. Borrowing ideas and using parody are recognised as normal ingredients of pantomime. Plagiarism is not. Quoting a line out of context can be very funny; borrowing a whole scene is an actionable breach of copyright . Plagiarised scripts will not be published (or will be withdrawn from publication).
  • Boredom - lack of plot, lack of differentiation between characters, lack of humour, lack of changes of pace.
  • We're not too keen on post-modernism unless it's really well done. In this sense, post-modernism is anything that diverts the audience from their suspended disbelief and reminds them that they are watching a play - for example, actors stepping out of character in the middle of a scene and arguing with the producer. This can work wonderfully (see "Sherlock's Excellent Adventure" by James Barry, for example where narration by Doctor Watson is a running joke), but it can also be dire.
  • Bad rhymes.  We're fine with blank verse (if that is what is intended).  We're happy with irregular metre (if that is what is intended)  However, if something is supposed to rhyme, we will not publish it unless it does.
 
Do we pay advances for scripts?
No. If you can get an advance for a play script, your name is probably Tom Stoppard or Neil Simon and you don't need any help from us.
 
Do we charge for publishing scripts?
No.  But...
First of all, Lazy Bee Scripts is not a vanity publishing service.  We publish scripts which we think will find a market.  (Sometimes we are right, sometimes we are wrong!)
However, we do have an appraisal service for which we charge a fee.
  • The appraisal service is optional.  You do not have to pay for an appraisal in order to get your script considered for publication (see the Publishing Process below).
  • The benefit of the appraisal service to the author is a critical appriasal of the script (which, if appropriate, will suggest ways in which it could be improved).  With the normal publishing process, we do not give such thorough feedback.
  • Because the appraisal service is paid for by the author, there is a guaranteed response time (unlike the appraisal part of the publishing process).
Follow this link for more information about the Appraisal Service.
 
What is the publishing process?
Our publishing process is described here in eight steps.
A link in the description for Step 1 will get you into the process!