We'd like to apologize to readers who were
expecting to read articles from our guest
columnist's. Unfortunately techincal difficulties
prevented us from posting them (not us.)
We haven't quite decided at this time, but
we may be taking several months off due
to upcoming scheduled appearances. It's
not like anyone will miss us anyway! ^_^
|Sale or return (SOR)
For those of you who are not familiar with
how the "Sale or return (SOR)" policy was
established in America.
It came about during the depression as a
means of indemnifying the bookseller and
has been a feature of publishing ever since.
It should be an incentive to the retailer to
take risks and stock more unusual or
unknown work, because if they cannot sell
something, they can send it back to the
The great American publisher Alfred Knopf
characterized this as "gone today, here
tomorrow." Returns are a brutal fact of a
publisher's life. In the US, the rate of return
for most houses exceeds 40 per cent. In
Britain, the rate among general publishers is
more like 25 per cent, but the figure is rising,
at least for hardbacks. These copies face
either the pulping machine or the unsentimental
hands of the remainder merchant.
Precious are those Readers!
Never forget that readers are doing you a
favor when they read your books, not the
other way around. Whether the readers
you're dealing with are fellow writing group
members or fans who walked into their local
bookstore and ponied up seven bucks to
read your novel, please remember that
they're doing you a favor.
As a matter of fact, there are readers
reading this piece of advice.
I atended plenty of book signing's and I
can't count the number of times I've seen
well-meaning readers get their heads bitten
off for offering constructive criticism ...
often criticism that the writers in question
would have done well to listen to.
Don't be one of those writers.
Be kind to your readers. Feed and care for
them properly. Otherwise, they will stop
being your readers... and a writer without
readers is no writer at all.
|Marketing to Libraries
Libraries provide a significant market for
publishers and vendors. According to
Book Industry Trends 2001 (Book Industry
Study Group, 2001), which examines
acquisitions expenditures of public, school,
college & university, and special libraries,
over $4.2 billion worth of books, periodicals,
audiovisual, and other materials were
purchased by libraries in 2000, with
nearly $2 billion spent on book purchases
alone. Over one-tenth of publisher's net
book sales are to libraries.
The Bowker Annual: Library and Book Trade
Almanac includes total acquisitions
expenditures on print, audiovisual, microform,
and machine-readable materials for public,
academic, special, and government libraries,
in all U.S. states and territories. It is currently
published by Information Today, Inc.
(Information Today, Inc., Attn: Customer
Service, 143 Old Marlton Pike, Medford NJ
08055-8750; telephone: 1-609-654-6266;
fax: 1-609-654-4309; e-mail:
web site: http://www.infotoday.com).
Find out more, including pricing information,
at the Information Today, Inc. American
Library Directory web page.
WHAT DO LIBRARIES BUY?
Libraries purchase books for adults, young
adults, children, and special readers
(emerging literates, large print, braille).
They also purchase newspapers and
magazines, reference sources, scholarly
journals, electronic resources (CD-ROM
and online databases, multimedia,
computer software), audiovisual materials
(film, video cassettes, music recordings
in many formats, books on tape), and
Sturdy, better quality books are an
important selling point to librarians who are
interested in books lasting for more than
a few borrowers. Also, books printed on
acid-free (alkaline) paper are more desirable
because pages printed on acid paper become
too brittle to use after 50 to 100 years.
HOW AND WHEN DO LIBRARIES BUY?
Two-thirds to three-quarters of book sales
to libraries come from a jobber or wholesaler.
Most of the balance is bought directly from
publishers. When libraries buy is governed by
when their fiscal year begins and ends. Most
(but not all) public libraries are on a July-
June fiscal year. University, college and
school libraries for the most part follow an
academic year calendar. A flurry of spending
can occur as the end of the fiscal year nears
and almost always just after it begins. In
general, though, libraries make purchases
throughout the year.
For more information on this or other fact
sheets, contact the ALA Library Reference
Desk by telephone: 800-545-2433, extension
2153; fax: 312-280-3255; e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org; or regular mail: ALA Library,
American Library Association, 50 East
Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611-2795.
A Gentleman's Tale
Author: J. A. Short
Available at: Imprintbooks
Number of Pages: 70
"It's London that holds the future". Frank's words will
echo in our hero's mind many times throughout this
tale. Author- J.A. Short takes the conflicts of modern
youth and brilliantly entwines them with the essence of
Our hero, having lost the only two people he has ever
loved, finds himself faced with a decision whether or
not to leave his home. Frank is all Jacques has left in
this world, but does Jacques want to leave his lifelong
home and all that is familiar? Later, Jacques struggles
with a promise made to his deceased lover and a
growing, undeniable passion for someone new. Andrea
Barolini, young and innocent, but with a fiery
determination is quite the challenge for young Jacques.
Andrea's father, Armadeus Barolini, with some secrets
of his own, goes from sponsor to antagonist in the
course of "A Gentleman's Tale." The wonderfully faithful
servants provide the necessary allies in this romantic,
yet captivating story.
Music lives in the fiery soul of the impoverished,
uneducated Jacques. He waits only for a chance to
free it from the chains that bind. Will the trip to London
be his golden opportunity or is it just false hope? Will
London society applaud him or laugh him off the stage,
amused by the simple country boy's attempt at music?
Shorts own love of music is reflected in Jacques'
musical passion and the intense emotion he feels while
The author's historic reference to the Enclosure
Movement places our time frame in the mid 1800's. The
Enclosure Movement was a time when open fields and
common grazing lands were divided into privately owned
plots, as government and nobility denounced the lack
of profitability of common ownership systems. This
privatization greatly affected the commoners and
provided more land acquisition for nobility. It led to
large- scale conversion to livestock farming and the
closure of many small family farms. The story exposes
the upper class prejudices and depicts the lengths to
which Victorian aristocracy will go to secure their social
The plot is easy to follow with several twists and turns
to hold the readers interest throughout the story.
Character descriptions are strong and we come to know
each character's strength and weakness. The ending
leaves the reader anxious to know more.
This story is similar in style and setting to the many,
very successful novels by British writer, Catherine
Cookson. We are transported to a time of arranged
marriages, male dominance, and the ever-prominent
social order. This reviewer was captivated by the
author's style and flair for setting the scene and the
intensely descriptive dialogue throughout. I would
highly recommend this book as an intriguing and easy
flowing read for all ages.
Reviewed by Shirley Roe.
Shirley Roe can be contacted at:
|Books to Film & Media Links
BOOKS AND HOLLYWOOD
By Dan Lux
Books have always played a major role in Hollywood
And despite the often-heard criticism that "the book
was better than the movie," many authors and
independent publishers dream of having their books
picked up by a Hollywood movie executive who deems
the work magnificent and offers to turn it into the next
So how can you get your book made into a big screen
film? The standard answer is simple --- write a
bestseller. Once you've done that, you'll have
producers throughout the country calling for the film
rights to your novel. A bestseller has many built-in
components that appeal to Hollywood executives. For
one, much of the hard work has already been done.
Within the covers of a bestseller exists a well-crafted,
compelling story that is fully fleshed-out with three-
dimensional characters, detailed plot lines, conflict, and
suspense. In addition, there's already an audience of
hundreds of thousands of readers, as well as millions
who would like to read the book but "don't have the
time." All the studio needs to do is bring in a
screenwriter, hire a big-name star, roll the cameras,
and watch the box office tally skyrocket. Right? Not
Although this formula does work, there just aren't
enough books that meet these criteria to supply all the
movies made in Hollywood. In addition to movies made
and released by the major studios, there's also a big
market fueled by independent films, the broadcast
television networks (ABC, NBC, CBS and FBC), and,
more recently, the cable networks. Increasingly, cable
networks are producing their own movies. Some now
making original movies include HBO, Showtime, TNT,
USA, TBS, MTV, Lifetime, The Disney Channel, F/X, VH-
1, Fox Family Channel, A&E, Encore, E!, ESPN, Court
TV, and PAX. As you can see, the scenario outlined
above certainly simplifies the development process and
reduces the risk, but it can't possibly meet the demand.
So producers and development executives turn to
resources outside of bestseller lists to find novels they
can adapt to the screen, both big and small.
Many books that haven't climbed as high on bestseller
lists, or are no longer there, are also being discovered
by Hollywood. A few examples are K-PAX by Gene
Brewer, (1995) which Universal Pictures is making
starring Kevin Spacey; The Huntress by Christopher
Keane (1996), which became both a movie and now a
dramatic series for USA; Shot In The Heart by Mikal
Gilmore (1995) is being developed into an HBO film; the
children's book How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas
Rockwell will be produced by Ron Howard; Chain of
Evidence by Michael Detroit has been picked up by Walt
Disney Pictures; The Human Stain by Philip Roth was
purchased by Paramount; Danny DeVito's company has
acquired the 1993 novel On Mermaid Avenue by Binnie
Kirshenbaum; Tom Cruise's production company bought
Celia Brayfield's yet-to-be-released novel Heartswap, in
which Nicole Kidman will star; and the out-of-print book
The World of Ted Serios by Dr. Jule Eisenbud will be
directed by Chris Carter ("X-Files" creator). The list
goes on and on.
So, how does Hollywood get their hands on this
material? Many producers still rely on agents to submit
material to them. It's a passive approach that is quickly
changing as aggressive executives turn to more
intelligent methods of finding material, beating out their
competitors for the coveted "green light." Some of the
more popular resources that Hollywood executives turn
to in their search for material are trade publications like
Publisher's Weekly and ForeWord magazine, which
provide reviews on upcoming titles. The Sunday book
review section of major newspapers like The New York
Times, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles
Times are also good sources to find books. And there's
always the long-established method of paging through
press kits, catalogs, and directories distributed by the
major publishing houses.
While all of these methods are helpful to executives
skimming through a large number of books to find those
titles that might meet their development needs, there is
an important caveat to consider: most books reviewed
in these sources are new or soon-to-be-released
books, thus excluding past great titles from
consideration. Furthermore, because this information is
in print form, there is no efficient way to search for a
specific type of story other than browsing through each
and every listing. As the competition in Hollywood
becomes more intense, being the first to find that great
story becomes ever more important.
The Internet is quickly changing how Hollywood does
business. As young, Internet-savvy executives rise
through the ranks of the studios and production
companies, more and more are turning to the Internet
as a resource for stories. When they meet with an
actress, actor, or director who is looking for a specific
type of story, they can quickly search for certain
genres of books through online services, from the
Library of Congress to Amazon.com, and many other
sites that can locate out-of-print books. But none of
these services provide information on these books' film
rights. Often, weeks go by waiting for a response from
the sub rights department of major publishers, or the
actual rights holder can never be found. Still, Hollywood
is able to access books that were formerly tucked away
on a shelf or out-of-print. New Internet services are
arriving almost daily to help eliminate inefficiencies and
bring down the barriers that previously kept buyers and
So, with all these books getting produced, why isn't
your book being considered? It could be nothing more
than your book is not available to development
executives, agents, and producers. As hungry as
Hollywood is for great stories, you need to take an
active approach to getting your book noticed. With the
numerous art-house films being made, you are bound to
generate some interest in your title if it truly is a
Keep your eyes and mind open to new and innovative
ideas that will provide access to your material. Whether
you gravitate to traditional methods of finding an agent
or manager, or you align yourself with a publishing
group or association, or you send emails to
development executives, the important thing is that
you do something. Turning to the Internet for exposure
is one of the quickest bets for your novel. Look into
some of the inventive services that cater specifically to
these markets, like storyXchange. The important thing
is to make noise and do whatever you can to find a
producer for your material. In the long run, a hit film
based on your book will be worth the time and effort
you invest now.
Books Recently Purchased by Film Industry
Crisis Four, could provoke criticism at a
time when the film industry is steering clear
of disaster movies following the terrorist
attacks on New York and Washington. A
REMARKABLY prescient novel, which has
Osama bin Laden behind a plot to blow up
the White House in Washington, is to be
made into a Hollywood feature film by
Miramax. McNab's publishing house, Corgi,
said it was "not simply another novel which
had been bought by a film company for
development. The deal has been done and
it is currently in production, which means
the process is several stages down the
line," said a spokesman. McNab said the
contract was being signed and the script
in the process of being written.
Buenos Aires (EFE)- U.S. actor and director
John Malkovich is working on a project
based on the novel "Sobre heroes y
tumbas" (About Heroes and Tombs), by
Argentine author Ernesto Sabato. In
comments to the Buenos Aires daily
Clarin, Malkovich described Sabato's book
as "beautiful and surprising," but
acknowledged the complex novel would
be difficult to transfer to film. Concerning
his relationship with Sabato, Malkovich
said that while so far they were just
exchanging letters, he had already bought
the film rights to "Sobre heroes y tumbas." "
I'm going to Argentina in March or April
because that's when Sabato is on vacation
and I don't want to bother him when he's
working, so it's very possible I'll see him
then." Malkovich himself is helping edit the
screenplay for the movie, which he says,
"is far from finished." He said he planned
to start auditioning actors "soon," but
added that financing was still up in the air.
David Nicholls was an actor before moving
into script writing on the film Simpatico
and writing half of the third series of Cold
Feet. His first novel, Starter For Ten
(Hodder & Stoughton, £10.99), is about
Brian, a student in the 1980s who wants
to appear on University Challenge to
impress women. The film rights have just
been bought by Tom Hanks.
Miramax has bought the film rights to a
character who they hope may be the
next Bridget Jones. Kate Reddy, created
by journalist Alison Pearson for a weekly
Daily Telegraph column, is an investment
banker juggling the responsibilities of work,
marriage and motherhood. The column has
been a hit for the newspaper and has even
produced a postbag from readers who
appear to believe that Kate Reddy is a real
person. Now Miramax has paid £700,000
for the film rights to Pearson's forthcoming
Kate Reddy novel.
The production company behind The Lord
of the Rings will make Whitbread Prize
winning author Philip Pullman's fantasy
trilogy into a film. New Line Cinema has
bought up the rights to the His Dark
Materials trilogy following the success of
its first Tolkien film according to industry
paper Variety. The Amber Spyglass, the
final book of Pullman's trilogy, was the
first children's novel to win the coveted
Whitbread Prize, picking up the £30,000
cheque in January. Negotiations are
underway to stage a play of the entire
trilogy at London's National Theatre, to
be directed by Nicholas Hytner in 2004.
Pullman's novel I Was A Rat was turned
into a TV mini-series starring Tom Conti
It's easier to get on national TV than you think ... as
long as you know three critical facts:
1. Who at each show is in charge of picking guests.
2. How to reach that person (including phone and email)
3. What kind of "pitch" will make them eager to book
* Newsweek's Web Site has introduced an Arts &
Opinions' section. The new section will include essays
and reviews on art, films, and books, and will include a
column by Newsweek art critic Peter Plagens, a column
by novelist Darious James, and one by Eric Banks, who
was a senior editor of ArtForum, and is now the new
editor-in-chief of BookForum. While the new columnists
do not maintain offices at Newsweek, the best way to
get in touch with them is through Newsweek
Interactive, 251 W. 57 St., New York, NY 10019, (212)
445-4000. The best way to reach Banks is at
BookForum, 350 Seventh, New York, NY 10001, (212)
Female Entrepreneur Magazine
* Female Entrepreneur Magazine is a new 100,000
circulation magazine addressing the unique challenges
women face in today's business world. Their articles will
provide insight on the latest technological
advancements, strategies on how to raise and manage
cash flow, human relations and government regulations,
and advice, trends and strategies in marketing, sales,
public relations and advertising. Their regular features
Boss, a monthly interview with female entrepreneurs to
find out what works and what doesn't; health and
fitness topics; book reviews; coaching and success;
humor; women's rights; and fashion and image. The
magazine debuted with the March/April issue. Reach
the magazine at 783 S. Boulder Highway, Ste. 250,
Henderson, NV 89015, (888) 663-2400, ext. 85. Keli
Swenson is the editor. Their Web Site is available
CNNfn's "The Flip Side"
* CNNfn is planning to make a number of program
Their "Halftime Reports" show will be eliminated, and the
network will replace it with "The Flip Side", a talk show
that will air between 11AM and 12:30. Kathleen Hays,
who was the anchor for "Halftime Reports", will anchor
the new show along with Valerie Morris and Geri Willis,
who is a new contributor, joining CNNfn from
SmartMoney magazine. The current producer of the
new show is Sean Yates, who is reached at (212) 714-
3660. The new show will have a talk show format, but
will focus on the financial needs of the daytime viewer.
CNNfn is reached at Five Penn Plaza, New York, NY
Fox News Channel's "Pat Sajak Weekend"
* "Pat Sajak Weekend" airs every Sunday at 9PM on
both coasts. The format is simple: one hour with one or
two guests per show in a one-on-one format providing
a venue for quality conversation. They are looking for
top-flite names in all fields of endeavor: entertainment,
business, the arts, etc. The talent booker-producer,
and the contact for the show, is Scott Gorenstein, who
is reached at Pat Sajak Weekend, 1211 Avenue of the
Americas, 17 floor, New York, NY 10036, (212) 301-
5339; Fax: (212) 301-5250.
|IN THE NEWS
All things considered, we'd rather be in Margaritaville.
The pseudo population of a tequila-inspired pseudo
nation apparently is pretty good at spotting pseudo
relationships. As far back as July 4th, the populace of
CuervoNation were laying odds that the next big
celebrity couple to call it quits would be Ben Affleck
and Jennifer Lopez. In fact, two out of every five
islanders contacted by market researcher Ipsos on
behalf of CuervoNation said BenLo would be a bust. But
hope springs eternal on the eight-acre Caribbean island,
which has invited the Hollywood couple on an all
expenses paid trip to CuervoNation in hopes of
rekindling their relationship.
McDonald's has a new man in their commercials. Pop
star Justin Timberlake will be playing a large role in the
company's worldwide branding campaign. The "I'm lovin'
it," campaign is launching in more than 100 countries
beginning this month. Timberlake will record the vocals
for several commercials and appear in cameo roles
throughout the new campaign. McDonald's also plans to
sponsor Timberlake's 35-city 2003 European tour, which
kicks off in November in Germany. Ads featuring vocals
by Timberlake are already airing in Munich, Germany,
with the U.S. launch slated for September 29. German
agency Heye and Partners created the ads.
Coinciding with students going back to school:
Abebooks, an online marketplace for used, rare and out-
of-print books, launched Textbook Central, a new area
on its website created specifically for students and
textbook buyers. The new area features a contest for
students to win $2000 each semester to help pay their
tuition. Winners are drawn twice a year from all
students who have purchased books on the site.
Abebooks.com/Textbooks provides students with easy
access to the Abebooks database of over 45 million
used books, which are listed by 11,000 independent
booksellers. The database includes millions of
secondhand textbooks, reference books, literature,
poetry, study guides, and nearly new bestsellers. Other
benefits of Textbook Central include a student-
focused "wants list," where students can enter the
name of a book they need and Abebooks will email them
when it's available.
Nancy Reagan: One doesn't have to be a Republican to
appreciate the courage that the former First Lady has
in dealing with her ailing husband, Ronald Reagan. Being
a caregiver for a loved one is difficult no matter how
many staff members help with daily chores. Mrs.
Reagan will be George Stephanopoulos' special guest on
his Sunday morning news show when it airs on ABC
September 21. They will discuss the publication
of "Reagan: A Life in Letters," a collection of over 1,000
of Ronald Reagan's personal letters that were delivered
to friends, actors, world leaders, politicians and other
Americans. Mrs. Reagan will also discuss President
Reagan's health. Ron Reagan will be on the show to
read from some of his father's writings. It'll be a family
affair that deserves attention.
Dr. Phil: It should come as no surprise to anyone on
this planet that the good doctor's newest self-help
book, "The Ultimate Weight Solution: The 7 Keys to
Weight Loss Freedom," will debut at number one on the
New York Times best seller list for the week of
September 28. In less than one month, an astounding
2.5 million copies of the book had to be printed by Free
Press in order to keep up with demands from retail
outlets. Dr. Phil has spent so much time with Katie
Couric lately on NBC to talk about obesity that his book
would be a failure if it didn't hit number one. Free
advertising from any established network is worth gold.
Other authors should ask for equal time.
Americans Grow Cynical Of U.S. News Coverage
Only 14% of Americans believe U.S. news reporting has
gotten better since the events of Sept. 11, 2001,
according to a survey released Wednesday by Harris
Interactive. More than twice that percentage (36%)
thinks news coverage has grown worse, while 45%
believe it is about the same.
Time Warner Expected To Disconnect AOL Prefix
The AOL Time Warner board today is expected to vote
to remove the AOL prefix from its corporate name.
News Sites Loosen Linking Policies
News sites that once staunchly refused to link offsite --
especially to competitor sites -- are now testing the
waters with offsite links in blogs and e-mail
The New York Times on the Web has two email
newsletters -- Drive Times (on autos) and DealBook (on
business) -- that include blurbs and links to outside
The Washington Post's site features two online-only
columns -- Filter (on technology) and Media Notes (on
media) -- that include quotes and links to outside
sources. Advance.net's regional hubs and MSNBC.com
have gone blog-wild with Weblogs that have almost
total freedom to link.
And The Wall Street Journal Online has two regular
features, The Daily Fix (on sports), and The Daily Scan
(on health news), which regularly link outside the pay
walls of WSJ.com.
Once Upon A Time in Mexico
Once Upon A Time in Mexico delivers on every level. El
Mariachi (Antonio Banderas) returns seeking revenge
against General Marquez, the man who killed his wife
(Salma Hayek) and daughter in a series of flashbacks
that do not really catch the audience up to speed with
the previous two movies in the series (El Mariachi and
Desperado). Still, we get the gist none-the-less. He's
one angry guy.
Visually stunning, and chocked full of all the elements
we love about movies, Rodriguez ultimately succeeds in
the art of storytelling. This MexiCAN do it all.
Cast: Heath Ledger, Shannyn Sossamon, Mark Addy,
Benno Fürmann, Peter Weller, Francesco Carnelutti.
Written and Directed by Brian Helgeland.
The Order is just plain confusing. Sure, the concept
sounds intriguing and all that fun stuff, but nothing in
this movie really flows.
The Order gets "some" bonus points for at least putting
most of the plot together for a sufficient ending.
Cast: Jackie Chan, Lee Evans, Claire Forlani, Julian
Sands, John Rhys-Davies, and Anthony Wong. Written
by Gordon Chan, Alfred Cheung, Bennett Joshua Davlin,
Bey Logan, and Paul Wheeler. Directed by Gordon Chan.
Chan stars as another Hong Kong detective chasing
another smuggler with a British accent (Julian Sands)
this time with the help of goofy Interpol agent Lee
Evans and the lovely Claire Forlani, whose character
supposedly shares a romantic history with Jackie. Yeah,
right. Not in this America.
This movie literally looks cheaply made. The now
defunct Tri-Star pictures had the nerve to dump this on
there smaller division Screen Gems, probably because
they know they're gonna score a hit with "Underworld."
All I can say is, "I was robbed!" Jackie you're still a kewl
dude, but age seems to have creeped up.
Upcoming Movie Releases
"Out of Time"
directed by Carl Franklin. Starring: Denzel Washington,
Eva Mendes, Sanaa Lathan, Dean Cain. Washington
plays the police chief in a small Florida town who finds
himself accused of a double homicide and the hunt for
the real killer begins. Washington and Franklin reunite
after working on 1995's "Devil in a Blue Dress" together.
"The School of Rock"
directed by Richard Linklater. Starring: Jack Black, Joan
Cusack, Sarah Silverman, Mike White. Laugh riot Jack
Black plays Dewey Finn, a hard rocker who gets hard up
for cash. He becomes a substitute teacher at a stuck-
up prep school and teaches the kids there a thing or
two about how to rock. From the director of "Dazed
and Confused" and writer of "Chuck & Buck". October 3
"The Human Stain"
directed by Robert Benton. Starring: Anthony Hopkins,
Nicole Kidman, Ed Harris, Gary Sinise. Hopkins plays a
professor who gets in hot water after he's accused of
uttering a racial slur in his classroom. He finds solace
with a local woman in town (Kidman), but trouble
occurs when he finds out she is being stalked by her
psychopathic ex-boyfriend (Harris) in this film from
three-time Oscar winner Robert Benton. October 3
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