We had an interesting thing happen at Save the Cat! Enterpises this weekend.

The well-oiled machine that is STC! — complete with functioning pistons and a dizzying array of flashing lights and steam whistles — came to a screeching halt.

We ran out of books.

That’s right. Word came on Saturday that Amazon had literally run out of copies of Save the Cat! We have a whole bunch in the Store section of this site (and if you haven’t visited there lately, check out our new look), but they are “out of stock” at my favorite internet book merchant.


Yup. This never happens.  But I like to think of it as a “success problem” and one I am truly grateful for.

Modesty, and the current writer’s strike, forbids me to go into detail about all the writers who have been assisted by our method. We have a whole list of people who’ve sold scripts, ranked high in contests, and gotten agents that we want to highlight in our News section. And we will soon.

And we have some other highlights for the coming year to keep bringing the method your way — despite the current shortage of actual books!

Next week I will be speaking at the University of Texas at Austin, and I can’t wait to return to the site where we filmed Blank Check.

And this summer, I am now pleased to announce, I will be a speaker at the Romance Writers of America National Convention.

Coolest of all, I will be sharing the stage at the Screenwriting Summit in Vancouver this summer with the only true screenwritring guru there is, and the man we owe everything to for first codifiying a way to see story more clearly — Syd Field. It is a point of great personal pride for me to be in the same room, much less on the same stage.

That and other big announcements, including our biggest to be unveiled soon, are all part of what is shaping up to be a great ’08!

To those of you who are looking for books on Amazon, they’re on the way! And thank you to all who have made this run on Cat! possible.

p.s. I’ve done many interviews recently in promotion of the Cat! method, but I think one of the best, and certainly one of the most in depth, can be heard by clicking on this one-hour downloadable podcast that I really am proud of.  Thanks to Paula Berinstein and her fantastic writers’ website, The Writing Show, for this opportunity.