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
Sterling notes that alliances are already occurring,
noting that Verizon has teamed with FindWhat.com,
while BellSouth has done a deal with LookSmart.
RealNetworks Sues Microsoft Over Media
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.
LOOK WHAT'S COMING OUT OF THE
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.
MORE THAN JUST NEWS
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
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
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
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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Thank You for reading, see you next week!
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
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
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
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.'"
Title: Real World Guide to Happiness
Author: Mary Jesse
Publisher: Hexagon Blue; (August 2003)
Paperback: 64 pages
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
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)
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
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
Reviewed by Margaret Hodapp
To read the interview with Feather Schwartz Foster go
|For Aspiring Writers|
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
http://www.hexagonblue.com for more information
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
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.
| ||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
-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
-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
-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.
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
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:
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,
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:
email@example.com, Web Site:
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
WG and Non-WG welcome to submit.
Please email a logline, synopsis and coverage info (no
attachments) to Melissa Blades at:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org