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June 25, 2004 Betsie's Literary Page Newsletter
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Greetings Everyone!

Well amazingly enough its been a crazy week and a strange month all together, but hey -who am I to complain?

My dog somehow got loose yesterday, so I spent 3 1/2 hours attempting to catch the sneaky lil jackrabbit! Well not really. It got to the point that practically the entire block was out trying to help - and the only that happened was that they made Chacho run under cars, across patios and between elderly legs. So I gave up and sat on the sidewalk to watch the show ^_^

Okay, okay read on for the good stuff!


Publishers Eye Teen Market

The teen market is exhibiting explosive growth, is more diverse, and is less pessimistic than previous generations of teens, according to a new report from the Magazine Publishers Association. This growing market of happier teens also loves magazines, says the MPA.

Tapping the Teen Market. Publishers and booksellers target this spend-happy but elusive audience.

Books that look like adult ones, and sound like them, too, are the route publishers are following these days to attract teenage readers.

Called the "Young Adult" market, the field was considered all but dead five years ago, but has been revitalized with an edgier tone.

"Editors love to work on Young Adult fiction because there's more meat to the stories. This has encouraged more writers to try them."

Radio Interview
  Giving Your Contact Info
Rounding out a good interview, is the making sure that listeners can find you. The number of sales you make from your interview is going to be directly proportional to the number of times you give out your contact info on the air. And sales is why you are doing interviews in the first place, so make every attempt possible to announce your contact info. Here are some ways to do it.

First, when scheduling your interview (or when you call in, just before you go on,) ask the host or the producer if it's OK for you to refer to your site or 800 number, especially if you have some free info to give to callers. Matter of fact, that's why you create free info... so you have a reason to give out your contact info to get it.

Before the interview, mail a stickie-note or some other easily kept note to the secretary, and on it put your contact info. She'll need it during and after your interview.

During your interview, every five minutes or so, somehow work your way away around to saying "and if you'd like the free info I was speaking of, you can call 800-123-4567 or email me". The first time you announce it during the interview, don't sound like you knew you would be able to do it... instead, ask out loud if it's OK.

Every thing else is done after your interview. First, the day after the interview, call the secretary to say thanks for the help, and then ask to be put through to the producer/host so you can thank them too. Then, if pertinent, ask the host/producer if they would like a quantity of your products (i.e., books) to give away during the subsequent days after your interview. If they want them, get the product delivered immediately so the giveaways can be done while the audience remembers you. Of course, you could have done this ahead of time if you felt that the producer/host would really want to do it.

Mail a thank-you card to the secretary, and a separate one to the host/producer, and in the card includes another stickie with your contact info. You could also include the cards (instead) with the give- away packs when you send them.

Next, talk with the station's Webmaster or PD to see if they can link their site to your site, in return for you linking to theirs (which you would have done anyway, in order to show people how much media coverage you have been getting.) Also, if they do a mass-email to their listener base, ask if they'll put your link (and maybe your description too) in one of them.

Some other things you might do if the interview is local to you, is to volunteer to go to the station and answer their phones for them after your interview. You can either fill-in while the receptionist is out, or more likely, just take the calls from people who are calling about you anyway... this way, you get to talk to them yourself, and the station ends up looking like a real provider of service!

And in the spirit of connecting with listeners, you can also volunteer to appear at station remotes (maybe sitting at their table,) or at your own little table, answering questions from those who heard your interview. Don't be offended if the station doesn't want to do this though... they usually charge for these kinds of things.

Lastly, when you've done as much as you can after your interview, you might consider sending a station some specialty promotional items that have your name/topic printed on them. Things like pens and writing pads for the secretary, CD openers for the Program Director, and stickie-notes for the morning show hosts and producer.

Book Reviews
Reviewed by Tyrone Vincent Banks   Nexus by David Compton

ISBN: 1413706665
Publisher: Publish America; (January 2004)
Genre: Fantasy
Paperback: 320 pages
Price: $24.95
Rating: Highly Recommend

Have you ever thought that you had a greater purpose?

June 24, 2004

In living out our sometimes-mundane lives, some of us ask ourselves if we have a greater purpose. In the shadow of some of our misgivings and mistakes, we may ask ourselves if there is really a place in the world for us. Jaan-Mikael Warrington has often wondered where he belongs and what his purpose is. He finds the answer to these questions in the Nexus - a magical connection that binds time and space.

Jaan-Mikael Warrington is a typical college student. He struggles to complete his course-load while making an attempt to have a normal social life and a normal girlfriend. While researching a topic assigned to him by his professor, he stumbles upon a book that seems to be fairly interesting. In his struggle to decipher and read this book, he is drawn into another time and dimension. It is there that he realizes who he really is or who he was.

In the blink of an eye or during a nap, he is drawn into a time of wizards, sorcery, cannibalistic trolls and a ghostlike race of beings called the Shadowface. In another blink of an eye he may find himself in the Vermont State University library nursing actual wounds that were received in that other dimension. With this "evidence" he realizes that what he thought was a dream - was real.

Using modern-day science and reason he is the solution to an ancient problem that coincides with an ancient prophesy. With a beautiful clairvoyant by his side, "Jami" Warrington becomes the legendary warrior who will destroy evil, even if he doesn't really know that yet.

Nexus is an excellent read with a well thought out plot. The writing style has a very smooth flow with a realistic edge. I enjoyed this book and I am certain that you will as well.

Books Not Yet Released
Reviewed by Juanita Reynolds   The American Prophecies by Michael D. Evans
Publisher: Warner Faith; (August 2004)
Genre: Nonfiction/Biblical
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN: 044652252X

Rating: Recommended

America's divine dilemma

June 24, 2004

Reading this novel I asked myself "who am I that I should be given the honor and privilege to critique the words of a prophet?" "Or what words could I use that would give credence to such an accomplished author? " My answer is none. Instead my comments are guided by blind faith.

I have long feared that a time of atonement for the American people has always been close at hand. Mr. Evans novel depicts America's place in biblical prophecies by use of selected verses, words, and actions from Presidential inaugural scriptures of elected officials during their term in office. Moreover, he states that America must do its divine duty and stand up for her sister and ally Israel. Is America capable of choosing right or justice over power or that bottom line?

Is it possible for a nation that has not sewn its own seeds of racism to come to the aid of another? How can a country that will not acknowledge its own moral failures assist racial unrest abroad? Unlike our American scales of justice Israel, Arab-Iraq and its terrorist's sanctions are not blind.

Finally, Mr. Evans' viewpoint of America holding hands with Ishmael for oil and Israel over guilt of the holocaust, guilt by silence. Every history professor in America will tell you that the basis of government is to do whatever is beneficial for the nation. Where does this leave America in the biblical struggle over foreign Holy Lands? Only God knows.

What I do know is the God of my Father does not condone killing be it for land, oil, power, fame, or the nation. Lastly, The American Prophecies unveils a highly controversial view into providential Presidential politics.

Based on this, will America stand or fall?

Celebrity Contacts
  Filming for all set to begin: July 2004

Bewitched (Comedy)
Columbia Pictures/Red Wagon Entertainment/Parkway Productions, 10202 West Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232. Phone: (310) 244-4000. Cast: Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell, Shirley MacLaine, Michael Caine. Executive Producer: James W. Skotchdopole. Producers: Doug Wick, Lucy Fisher. Director: Nora Ephron. Writers: Douglas Carter Beane, Nora Ephron, Michael Leeson. Distributor (U.S.): Sony.

Elizabethtown (Romantic Comedy) (Kentucky, Los Angeles)
Paramount Pictures/Cruise/Wagner Prods/Vinyl Films, 5555 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038. Phone: (323) 956-5000. Cast: Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst. Executive Producer: Donald J. Lee. Producers: Paula Wagner, Tom Cruise, Cameron Crowe. Associate Producer: Andy Fischer. Director/Writer: Cameron Crowe. Casting: Gail Levin. Distributor (U.S.): Paramount.

Click (Comedy/Drama)
Revolution Studios/Happy Madison Prods./Original Film, 2900 West Olympic Blvd. Santa Monica, CA, 90404. Cast: Adam Sandler. Producers: Neal H. Moritz, Jack Giaraputto, Adam Sandler. Director: Juan Jose Campanella Writers: Steven Wayne Koren, Mark O'Keefe, Juan Jose Campanella. Distributor (U.S.): Sony.

Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (Comedy) (Amsterdam, Netherlands, Europe)
Columbia Pictures/Happy Madison Prods./Out of the Blue Entertainment, 10202 West Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232. Cast: Rob Schneider, Eddie Griffin. Producers: Adam Sandler, Jack Giarraputo, Sid Ganis, Rob Schneider. Director: Mike Bigelow. Writers: T.J. Schneider, David Garrett, Jason Ward, Joshua Lieb. Distributor (U.S.): Sony.

Where To Get Published For Free Online
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Showcase your work on this website and automatically get a chance to win cash in their bi- monthly writing contest. They accept poetry, short stories and essays. Submission guidelines on site.

City Writers
Seeks submissions of short fiction and personal essays.

Cortland Review
Accepts online submissions of prose, translations, and reviews. .php

  scripts wanted

------ American Stonehenge Productions ------

I am looking for a completed character driven film noir, horror and/or thriller that can be shot in Chicago, set in present day.

Budget range will not exceed 100,000.

I have been filmmaking for 10 years and have produced numerous shorts and music videos. My first produced feature is titled 'Route 666, The Mother Road' (currently in distribution).

Please email a logline followed by a synopsis (no email attachments will be read) to: Scott Prestin

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Producer seeking material for an internationally- known commercial director seeking to make his first feature. The project must be a low budget drama (under $1 million) with a distinctly non-American sensibility, something along the lines of the following films: LANTANA, AMELIE, THE EIGHTH DAY or AMORES PERROS. Email loglines and a brief synopsis (1 page maximum). If the concept is sufficiently intriguing, you will be asked to submit the complete script (hard copies will not be returned).


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