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  Ending 2003!!! December 26, 2003  

in this issue

In the News and More

Recipes / Jokes

Author Spotlight

For Aspiring Writers

For Screenwriters

For Authors

Media Contacts

In the News and More

Local Paid Search Takes Off, Poised To Rival Local Offline Media

Six months after it began benchmarking the fledgling business of local search, The Kelsey Group says it has emerged as one of the hottest new online advertising categories. While the marketplace does face some unique challenges, the Kelsey analysts say the cost effectiveness of local search is so powerful that it ultimately could compete with other forms of advertising used by local businesses and services, including local yellow pages, direct mail, newspapers and radio.

Sterling notes that alliances are already occurring, noting that Verizon has teamed with, while BellSouth has done a deal with LookSmart.

RealNetworks Sues Microsoft Over Media Player (Reuters)

Internet media company RealNetworks Inc. said it is suing longtime rival Microsoft Corp., accusing the software powerhouse of unfairly promoting its own software for playing audio and video on computers and over the Internet.


Did anyone watch Bravo's "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" holiday special? Where the guys unexpectedly dropped in on past makeovers to see if they've kept up their new looks. The way the Fab Five name-dropped sponsors that have a hard time fitting into the show, was also unexpected. Carson suggested that if someone spills red wine on you, take two parts Hydrogen peroxide and one part DAWN Liquid soap, mix it together and this will take out the stain. Thom said that when thinking of creative ways to wrap gifts, one could take pictures from magazines to spice things up, or take some twine that "the local UPS man gave me," and add that to a gift. Granted, it can't be easy to drop UPS into a Queer Eye episode, even if Betsie's literary staff finds those brown deliveryman uniforms adorable. The show is great, and we'll still watch it, but it was better when the product placement was kept, well, in the closet.


ESPN spiked a live interview with football legend Joe Namath during Saturday's Jets-Patriots game after Namath told the interviewer, Suzy Kolber, that he wanted to kiss her. Apparently Kolber asked Namath about what he thought of the Jets' losing season, to which Namath replied "I want to kiss you." Kolber said, "Thanks, Joe. A huge compliment." He said that to her again a little while later, at which point Kolber stopped the interview.


The Washington Post Co. announced Monday that it had purchased Transcender LLC, a maker of practice tests, for $10 million. The Post has been quietly buying educational companies ever since it acquired Kaplan Inc. in the 1980s. While the newspaper is still the premiere product, it's no secret that Kaplan's revenues actually exceed that of the Washington Post.

Hoping To Book More Business, Google Muscles Into Amazon's Turf

Google Inc. is in the midst of developing a service that lets prospective book buyers search for the actual text contained in book excerpts. So if a user had a favorite line from Shakespeare - say "(Life) is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing" - but did not know which play the lines are from, the Google search would ostensibly refer the user to Macbeth, and then to online retailers who sell it.


8 Uncomplicated Strategies = Marketing Success!

Although most of us know that we need to promote our products and our services, some of us still believe we're too small to invest in a promotional campaign. And while a full-fledged marketing effort may too much for your business, it is however crucial to your success that you're involved in some marketing activities. Putting a few simple strategies into action will make a significant difference to your business and will surely help in reaching your intended audience. After all, if you don't spread the word about your business, no one will know you're out there.

Without question, in addition to optimizing your site and making sure the content you've included is interesting and valuable, your ultimate goal is to make sure that others can benefit from your products. But since your services or products are not necessarily for everyone, it doesn't make sense to promote a business to those who will probably never use it. So although marketing is at the root of reaching your goals, marketing effectively and wisely requires some strategy. The following 8 uncomplicated strategies will empower your efforts without spending a lot of money.

1) Word of Mouth: Still the best form of advertising! To help in making sure that word of mouth is included in your marketing efforts, each time you work with a client, ask if you can use them as a reference, especially if they've been happy with your services. Also ask your clients if they would be willing to refer you to friends and business associates or if they might possibly know of someone in need of your services. Even better is obtaining a testimonial to include on your site. If you're not comfortable asking for testimonials, requesting permission to use the client as a referral is the next best thing. Personally, when clients comment favorably in response to something I've written, I immediately ask for permission to post their comments on my site. I then include a link to the client's web site so that we each gain in the process. All in all, nothing pays off in dividends as well as good testimonials and referrals.

2) Networking with Others! Are you making the most out of every networking opportunity whether it's at a meeting, at an informal gathering or during a brief presentation? So often we don't take advantage of those moments when someone is a captive audience. If you've developed good rapport with someone on line, don't be afraid to ask for some support. You can usually read between the lines and tell if someone is open to your requests. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Share what you do with others by striking up conversations with those in close proximity. You never know if that person might be in the market for exactly what you have to offer. And of course if you're at a networking meeting, always have your business cards handy, and most important, be prepared to express what you do clearly and confidently.

3) Focusing on One Specific Audience! Although many online services cater to a wide audience, it is often more beneficial to focus in on a specific group of people. If you try to reach too wide of a target market, you may wind up spreading yourself too thin. Not too long ago I did some business writing for a management consultant, whose experience was extensive, yet she found that it worked to her advantage to focus exclusively on the construction arena. She had at one time worked for a contractor so her knowledge was far reaching. Based upon her vast construction experience, she helped many a contractor in the process of hiring practices, developing excellent rapport with staff and subcontractors in addition to what software programs were most efficient for the construction arena. Instead of trying to reach too broad of an audience work within a specific group and you may find yourself in far greater demand.

4) Gaining Access to the Right Audience! If you're not sure how to target in on the right audience, think about your area of expertise, the type of person you want to attract and where your own specialty lies. If you prefer providing your services to a large company, promote your products to a few major organizations. If you prefer working with the small to midsize company, focus in on the smaller companies. As an example, although I write for larger companies, I enjoy writing primarily for the small Mom and Pop type businesses so when I write articles, I try to let that come through. I especially enjoy helping the smaller company reach his or her intended market, plus I relish in developing rapport with those who appreciate the personal touch. Since we each have our preferences, be clear as to what your intended market is and then focus your marketing efforts in that direction.

5) Give something Away Free! To get your foot in the door it's sometimes a good idea to give something away free of charge. This is not to imply that your services are not worth paying for, but your potential client might need a little convincing. By way of example, if you're an SEO expert, and you want to gain greater exposure for your services, arrange to speak at an event or something related to the Internet. In exchange for the exposure give the person who arranges the presentation some of your services free. If he discovers how talented you are, you'll get a lot of new business. If possible, have a free hand out for those listening to your presentation and be sure your brochure or business card is attached. The list of ideas for making presentations at a variety of functions is unlimited. Use your imagination and be courageous in stepping out.

6) Your Presentation & Marketing Collaterals! When preparing your marketing collaterals, be sure to include who you are and what sets you apart from anyone else. A well-written bio, press release or soft sales letter included in your marketing kit is the ideal way to start. You might also consider creating a powerful marketing message that helps you stand above the crowd. The goal of your marketing material is to demonstrate right off the bat what you can do for your clients, what makes you unique and where your specialty lies. Come up with a catchy slogan or line that defines your services and before you know it, you'll be branded effectively.

7) The Tried and True Article Writing! There is absolutely nothing more effective than a powerful article. Almost every type of business has something to teach therefore coming up with an article is not difficult. Some people think that it's all been said before, believing they have nothing new to offer, but I absolutely disagree. We each have something of value to share with other people therefore it's only a matter of coming up with a unique way of saying it and running with the idea. Be daring and share something no one else knows about or present it in a way it's never been said before. Pay particular attention to your experiences and before long you'll have great ideas to write about. Articles are the perfect way of drawing attention to your web site, business, product and yourself. If you need help, you can always find support by hiring a writer.

8) Keeping Clear Records. While keeping clear records may not seem like a marketing strategy, it is probably one of the most important marketing tools you'll ever use. By keeping records of your clients, where they came from and how they found you, you always know which of your efforts is working best. I make it a habit to ask visitors if they discovered my services via WebPro, through word of mouth or through search engines. In that way I know which of my strategies have been most effective. Also consider keeping records of customer feedback. Letting your customers and clients tell you what they think about your service or product can provide you with feedback that leads to greater marketing success.

In closing, as you give thought to the methods that you plan on using for marketing your services don't be timid about trying something unique and certainly don't bypass inexpensive ways of promoting yourself. Inexpensive doesn't mean ineffective! Simply because you have to be prudent with your finances or need to exercise some practicality, doesn't mean you have to sacrifice creativity. Very often, the simplest, least expensive method brings the greatest results.


The Betsie's Literary Page Team would like to wish you the best of luck and lots of holiday cheer -- just try not to go overboard with the bubbly, okay?


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Greetings Dear Members!

Well again we've had problems with the site. But to our relief it was something we were able to resolve quickly. First let me explain that this domain is divided into 3 sections. Prince Caleng's Place - Betsie's Literary Page - Maria's Lair of Wolves in the Mist.

Complaints came pouring that BLP was not viewable? We immediately investigated and found the following:

The main entrance - Prince Caleng's Place - which is where my latest book is viewable from, was bombarded with hits that boiled over into the BLP site. The bandwith was not sufficient to support the amount of traffic.

Since December 5, 2003 to today Prince Caleng has acquired Over 11,000 hits!

Google = 147 links
Alltheweb = 11
Altavista = 13
Msn = 31

It was also brought to my attention that it has also been linked to the following books:

The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass
By Stephen King

The Slippery Slope: Book the Tenth
By Lemony Snicket

by Christopher Paolini

To many this may not be significant -to us -sales have increased. So to make a long story short, we increased the bandwith to accomodate the enormous amount of visitors and hopefully the over flood into BLP's site will increase sales for many others! Although I must admit I hadn't seen this happen since 97' when I created my first animated website award.

Oh and by the way, we had tried traffic swarm at one point ('cause we were too lazy to do the work) but it did not generate traffic. So we took another route and... I guess it worked ^_^

If you think you have what it takes to write a column, why not send an email and if we like what we see we'll be more than happy to send it out for our readers to enjoy along with your link!

  • Recipes / Jokes

    Pistachio Linzer Stars- very addictive, make at your own risk!


    2 /12 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
    2/3 cup shelle, salted pistachio nuts
    1/2 tsp each: ground cinnamon, allspice, and grated lemon zest
    1 1/4 cups (2 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
    2/3 cup granulated sugar
    1 large egg yolk
    1 (12oz) jar seedless raspberry jam
    Confectioner's sugar for dusting

    In food processor or blender, finely grind flour, pistachios, cinnamon, allspice and zest.

    In large bowl, with electric mixer on high speed, beat butter, sugar, and egg yolk until light and fluffy, 5 minutes. With mixer on low speed, gradually add flour mixture until combined. Divide dough into thirds, shape into 1/2 inch thick disks; wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.

    Preheat oven to 325F Set out 2 nonstick baking sheets (or line 2 regular baking sheets with nonstick parchment paper or resuable liners)

    On well floured pastry cloth or surface, roll out 1 dough disk to 11in circle 1/4 in thick. Using floured 2in star cookie cutter, cut out 13 stars. With spatula, transfer cookies onto baking sheet. Bake 14 to 15min, until pale golden. Let cool on baking sheet 5 min. With spatula transfer to rack to cool completely.

    Meanwhile gather together scraps, reroll to 1/4in thickness, cut out another 13 stars. Using 1 or 1 1/4in star shape, cut out mini star from center of each star. Transfer large and mini to baking sheet. Bake 11 to 12min or until pale golden. Cool as directed.

    Repeat process with remaining dough disks.

    To assemble: Spoon level 1/4 tsp raspberry jam onto whole star, spread jam out evenly towards points. Dust stars with cutouts with confectioner's sugar. Center the sugared star on top of the jam covered star. Gently press to sandwich together.

    Dust mini stars, place all cookies between sheets of waxed paper in airtight container; let cookies soften overnight at room temperature.

    Makes 39 sandwich cookies and 30 mini stars.


    Joke of the Day


    In a small Southern town there was a "Nativity Scene" that showed great skill and talent had gone into creating it. One small feature bothered me. The three wise men were wearing firemen's helmets.

    Totally unable to come up with a reason or explanation, I left. At a "Quick Stop" on the edge of town, I asked the lady behind the counter about the helmets.

    She exploded into a rage, yelling at me, "You damn Yankees never do read the Bible!" I assured her that I did, but simply couldn't recall anything about firemen in the Bible.

    She jerked her Bible from behind the counter and ruffled through some pages, and finally jabbed her finger at a passage. Sticking it in my face she said "See, it says right here, 'The three wise man came from afar.'"

  • Author Spotlight

    Title: Real World Guide to Happiness
    Author: Mary Jesse
    Publisher: Hexagon Blue; (August 2003)
    Genre: Self-Help/Inspirational
    Paperback: 64 pages
    ISBN: 0972995811

    Rating: Highly Recommended

    Practical and Insightful!

    Real World Guide to Happiness is very interesting and enlightening. The author keeps the reading light and interesting leaving the reader wanting to continue.

    This is a great book that people carry with them or have it near by to refer to in their daily lives. It's not only a book that helps when you are struggling with life, but can also lift your spirits on a daily basis. The book, while reading it, helps you to focus on the positive things in life or how to achieve happiness and serenity in your daily trials.

    I would have loved to have, had several copies of this book to give to various friends and family. The author's use of words makes it easy for anyone to read and understand.

    Author, Mary Jesse incorporates humor along with the serious, which makes the book easy to read. The reading level is appropriate for a high fourth grade reading level and up. I highly recommend Real World Guide to Happiness for anyone wanting a positive impact on his or her life.

    Reviewed by Sherry Kruegel

    To learn more about Mary Jesse go here


    Title: Ladies: A Conjecture of Personalities
    Author: Feather Schwartz Foster
    Publisher: PublishAmerica; (October 2003)
    Genre: Historical
    Paperback: 255pp
    ISBN: 1592863612

    Rating: Recommended

    I have always been interested in American history; especially stories of women in history. Having read stories of many of the American presidents and their families, I learned new facts that I didn't know.

    One can see the author did extensive research before writing this informative book. I was impressed with the volume of information included for the reader while not being bored or sounding like a lecture. "Ladies: A Conjecture of Personalities," is humorous and entertaining.

    The side boxes distracted me from the main page somewhat but I solved the problem by reading the page through; then going back to the comments in the boxes. Not a perfect way but this method allowed me to enjoy the book without losing my concentration on the main section. I enjoyed reading this book. Very good work. A wonderful painless way to learn more about America.

    Reviewed by Margaret Hodapp

    To read the interview with Feather Schwartz Foster go here

  • For Aspiring Writers

    Write Inspired
    Mary Jesse

    If you are like me, ideas brew in your mind like storms build over the ocean, just offshore. Ideas come and go in waves. To be a successful writer, you need to learn to harness them before they dissipate. Write when you are inspired. You can retain a vision by jotting down just a few words. Come back to your notes when you have more time to flush out your ideas.

    If you can, let the words flow from your mind to media when they are first swirling around and building momentum. Capture them. I am always writing in my mind and cannot record all my ideas, especially the ones I have while driving or when I'm in the shower. But, whenever possible, I have trained myself to prioritize "idea capture" over things uninspired like reading email or writing out bills. When I feel inspired, I stop and write. This is more efficient, too, because I can write feverishly when inspired.

    Successful writers have deadlines. What if you are not inspired before your deadline? Cultivate inspiration. Brainstorm ideas alone or with others, research topics on the web, at the library or a bookstore, read a book or the newspaper, take a walk or even take a break. Clearing your mind may allow room for new ideas. If all else fails, simply sit down and start writing. If you are such an artist, words will flow. Some may need to be erased permanently, else they ever become published. There will probably be a few keepers.

    Mary Jesse, is the author of "Real World Guide to Happiness" (ISBN 0972995811, Hexagon Blue) and "Abbey & Friends -M is for Manners" (ISBN 0972995803, Hexagon Blue). Visit for more information

  • For Screenwriters


    It's relatively common to hear screenwriting instructors note that one should enter a scene at the last possible moment and exit at the earliest. This is a concept that I agree with; however there is a whole secondary opportunity to capitalize on this technique besides the obvious.

    For the new screenwriter, let's first review the reason for this general rule of entering as late as possible and exiting as early as possible. It's quite simply to trim the fat. Except in rare circumstances, a screenplay shouldn't exceed one hundred and twenty pages. In fact, if you were an unsold writer trying to break in, I would advise you to never write a screenplay that exceeds this. As a matter of fact, most of the time, the screenplay should be less than that. For comedies 90-105 pages is probably about right.

    What this means is that you have very limited space to tell your story, so you don't want any waste. Don't show a character doing mundane things like cracking eggs and tossing them in a frying pan unless it's going to reveal character and push the plot forward. If your protagonist was a man that ran around saying only gay men cooked and then you showed him cooking it might be important to show. But, if all he's going to do is eat the eggs and then have a fight with his wife, don't show him cooking the eggs. Pick up the scene as he eats the eggs and his wife enters the room and finds the frying pan unclean in the sink. Today's styles of movies are usually very fast paced. Scenes are rarely longer than a couple of minutes. Get in. Get out.

    Okay, so that's the basics of it. Now, let's talk about how you can use scene exits and entrances in comedy. The temptation when writing comedy is to show the audience all the funny stuff that happens to a character in a particular situation, but many times it can be a lot funnier if you leave it to the audience's imagination by having an early exit of one scene and a fast entrance into another.

    The simplest example which I'm sure you've seen a hundred times is where you have a character swearing that he won't do something. There's absolutely no way he will wear a dress! Never! - Fast Cut - There he is walking down the street in a dress. The audience delights in imagining what events took place that ended up with him in that dress. Usually, you'll never come up with something as funny as what they are imagining must have happened. The movie PAYBACK with Mel Gibson has a good example of this. It's already been established that Gibson's character is one angry, dangerous guy. So, when Gibson encounters a big tough underling of the bad guy who tells Gibson that there's no way he's going to see the boss and then there's a quick cut to the underling entering the bad guy's office with considerable physical damage and Gibson right behind him, you can't help but laugh at what must've happened. And how sorry this underling must be that he took the position that he did.

    The temptation would have been to write a scene where you witness Gibson's character beat the crap out of the guy. Sure, it would have been okay, but what you need to get producers to note your writing is material that is simply terrific. So, next time you're thinking about writing your funny scene, think about quick ins and outs that leave the humor to the audience's imagination. Often times, this will be the more hilarious route.

  • For Authors
  •   Today I called the Marketing Intelligence Editor for Microsoft's bCentral and owner of muse2muse productions, a marketing firm in New York. I asked her what she'd suggest to businesses who wanted to get out a last minute marketing message.

    The email blast. Her first suggestion was to send out an email blast, (be sure to keeping email legal) but don't send the same message to everyone. The new law covers all email for which the primary purpose is the commercial advertisement or promotion of a product or service. For email marketers, the upcoming New Year is filled with promise and opportunity.

    The new Federal anti-spam legislation has been passed into law and will go into effect on January 1, 2004. This legislation is a positive step towards fighting spam and makes it easier for legitimate email marketers to comply with anti-spam laws.

    The key rules you must follow to send legal email marketing messages are:

    -include your full address within every email message

    -Subject lines must be descriptive in nature about the content of the email. There are specific civil penalties about the use of deceptive subject lines. Subject lines such as "news for a friend" would be considered misleading.

    -the from line should be from you or your business and not a sales pitch or marketing message

    -Use a reply address that will be active for at least thirty days after sending your email

    -the bill covers all commercial email solicitations, both solicited and unsolicited.

    -A conspicuously displayed unsubscribe link must be included within every email

    -Any unsubscribe requests must be honored within ten days

    -In the case of unsolicited email, the marketer must label the email as an advertisement. You may use the letters ADV in the subject line but this particular identification is not required.

    -It is now required that a valid physical postal address of the sender be found within all emails. (in emails under CANSPAM)

    -Related to sexually oriented email, a message within the subject line or at the top of the email must indicate the email's sexual nature

    -The law also specifically bans the practice of harvesting emails through an automated means. This would mean it's now illegal to obtain email addresses is to by crawling websites. This includes purchasing harvested email addresses from someone else.

  • Media Contacts

    Ladies' Home Journal

    * Ladies' Home Journal which has been in business for over 100 years, has recently been retooled to fit in with today's living, and today's readers. They are still doing their long-time feature, "Can This Marriage Be Saved", in which a marriage therapist offers advice to a couple. But there is a new column which is called "Was This Marriage Saved", which identifies the subjects of the previous Saved columns, and details how the relationship was fixed. They also do other features: "How They Met", how people meet in unusual ways; "Connections", which looks at women and their friendships; "Home Journal", which covers the physical space in the home, and "Rituals" looks at things that families do together. "Life Stores" tells about how women change their lives. "Beauty Journal", "Fashion Journal", "Health Journal", "Food Journal"are just that...sections devoted to beauty, fashion, health and cooking. Diane Salvatore is the editor-in-chief; Roberta Caploe is executive editor; Kieran Juska is the editor of the home section; Julie Bain is the health director; deputy articles editor Chandra Czape handles the life stories section, and Carla Engler covers beauty and fashion. They are at the Ladies' Home Journal, Meredith Corp.,125 Park Avenue, 20 fl., New York, NY 10016, (212) 557-6600.

    Working Mother, The Smart Guide for a Whole Life

    This is a magazine that helps women integrate their professional lives, their family lives, and their inner selves. The publication is a guide for a whole life, with new ideas,inspiration, and strategies. They editorially features information on Why Do You Work?, a Must List, Nature, Nurture, Smart Style, and Purse Strings. The Go Home section includes such sub sections as Hot Topic, Kids' Health, Learning Curve, and Kids'Stuff, and it is devoted to the joy and management of home, children, and the family. They annually have a list of the 100 est Companies for Working Mothers list which is a benchmark for businesses learning to implement work/family initiatives, and they will build a comprehensive Best Companies for Women of Color list in 2003, identifying companies engaging in the best practices for women of color. Carol Evans is their chief executive office, and president; Bruce Appel is the chief financial officer; Jill Kirschenbaum is the editor-in- chief; Susan Lapinski, executive editor; Jennifer Gill is the senior editor, with Caroline Howard associate editor. They are at Working Mother, 260 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016, (212) 351-6400; Fax: (212) 351-6487

    Men's Fitness Magazine

    * Mens Fitness, has recently been redesigned and moved to New York, has added some new features to its magazine. There will be a new style section, an expanded fashion section, more columns devoted to sex, more brief items of information to its trendy male readership, and expanded coverage of sports and fitness- related adventures. Also there will be more information and advice on careers, money, and travel. Peter Sikowitz is the new editor-in-chief; Dean Brierly is the managing editor; Tony Romando is the executive editor. They are reached at Weider Publications, One Park Avenue, 10 floor, New York, NY 10016, (212) 545-4800.


    A magazine, published by Brent Alexander & Company, and is a publication dedicated to celebrating the South's emergence as one of the fastest growing and most popular regions of the country. The new, bi- monthly regional consumer magazine covers the personalities, issues, places, and events that are defining the popular culture of the Southeastern United States. It features a lively front-of-the book section entitled, "Scene in the South", offering information on the hottest people, places, and events in the region. South's other departments include Business, Politics, Lifestyles, Sports, Destination and Entertaining. The launch issue will be distributed in the 13 Southeastern states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia, and will have an initial guaranteed circulation of 50,000. The editor is Jane Alexander, reached at South Magazine, PO Box 4875, Jackson, Mississippi 39296- 4875, (601) 949-5100; E-mail:, Web Site:


    Scripts Wanted

    BladeWalker Films

    I am looking for a family oriented comedy with a strong element of adventure in the vein of 'Spy Kids'.

    Budget range will not exceed 3 mil.

    Our most recent feature credit is titled 'Sam & Janet' starring Ryan Brown, Gary Busey and Jennifer Ferguson. We have 3 projects in development, 'Internal Invasion', 'Wages of Sin' (in early stages of development) and 'The Final Minute' (about to go into pre-production).

    WG and Non-WG welcome to submit.

    Please email a logline, synopsis and coverage info (no attachments) to Melissa Blades at:

    Wembly Hall

    We are looking for completed psychological, supernatural, dramatic thrillers. MUST take place in New Orleans with characters that are young adults (1st-4th year college students), involved in wild and unusual twists and with an unexpected hook at the end. Examples of what we are looking for would be 'Donnie Darko', 'Memento' and 'Requiem for a Dream'.

    Budget range is 3-10 mil.

    I have been involved in many multi-million dollar projects with companies like Brinker International (Chili's Restaurants), Kroger, and Direct TV. Throughout my involvement with these corporations, I have been directly involved with personal development, training, and over-seeing the rollout of major programs. I also have many connections with major studios. My film credits include 'Abby Singer' and 'Edge Running'.

    Please email a logline followed by a synopsis to: Jonathan Black:

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