Betsie's Literary Page
This past week I was solicited by a reputable director
to read a screenplay. His message read: I'd like to
get feedback form writers I admire.
*I Blushed - I've never been asked to grade a
I did as requested and immendiately returned it.
His reply: I'm astonished! How did you read and
correct that draft so quickly? Knowing you as I do, I
guess I shouldn't be surprised. Thank you so much
for catching so many typos and misspellings. Greatly
I need to get a copy of your diet and a list of any
supplements you're taking - you're energy level is
So what was my feedback?
Two thumbs up! The storyline is very suspenseful
keeping viewer interest from beginning to end. I liked
the twist, much better than Sixth Sense. Well done!!
For anyone interested: My diet consists of lots of
caffeine, zero sleep or nearly zero and heavy doses
of junk food! LOL
*A special note for authors: It doesn't take
much more than common sense when querying
agents. It is a well-known fact that many rejections
are due to a number of reasons, such as: poor writing
skills, submitting a genre not accepted by the
agency, submitting material when not requested or
just flat out not following the guidelines. Don't be
fooled by hype or quick fix solutions!
BLP has recently added an Author's on the Web page.
Writer's will be listed by area of expertise: Novelist-
Poet - Screenwriter. Anyone wishing to add their
information please send full name, link and category
BLP has also recently opened up several advertising
spots on the main page. Only ads aimed at readers or
writers will be considered. Anyone interested should
direct all questions to: email@example.com
Screenwriters you are absolutely correct! The agents
page is mainly for authors and talent. This has been
rectified by adding a page strictly for script agents -
more will be added as time permits.
go here for Screenwriter agents
In the News
Average Voters Are NOT Average Americans
According to an article in New Strategist Publications,
by Cheryl Russell, editorial director, politicians are
trying to portray themselves as in touch with the
average American. In truth, she says, they are
courting the average voter, whom she describes as:
- A woman. Fifty-one percent of the nation's 294
million people are female. Among voters, the female
share is a larger 53 percent. In the 2000 presidential
election, women cast nearly 8 million more votes than
- 46 years old, while the average American is 37.
Voters are older than average because young adults
are least likely to vote. In the 2000 presidential
election, only 27 percent of 18-year-olds went to the
polls (the smallest voter turnout by age). In contrast,
fully 73 percent of 67- and 68-year-olds voted (the
Russell concludes that "the demographics of voters
explain many of the antics of the Silly Season."
How much do you know about brand loyalty and
the 50+ market?
1. If a company markets a product to the 50+ market
and that product does nothing but maintain its
market share, it should increase sales by 35 to 50%
over the next 20 years.
2. About 50% of adults 45+ are "always looking for
better products," indicating their brand loyalty is not
set in stone.
3. At all ages, 91% agree that they care mostly
about value - not brand name.
Surprised? You're not alone. Marketers have ignored
this target for too long. But with the 50+
demographic increasing from 76.1 million in 2000 to
97.1 million by 2010, marketers can no longer
overlook this very lucrative audience.
AARP and Roper ASW conducted research to
determine how adults of all ages think about brands,
how loyal they are to certain products and services
brands and what might compel them to try something
new. The findings might surprise you.
IF YOU WANT PROOF THAT search is growing up,
count the keywords.
In late July, Dutch Web analytics company
OneStat.com released a new report on the number of
words in phrases people use for search engine
queries. Analyzing phrases ranging from one to seven
words, one- and two-word phrases were on the
decline, while longer phrases posted an increase.
This affects everyone: Internet users, companies
engaging in search engine marketing, as well as
everyone and everything searchable online.
One and two-word phrases still account for 46.7
percent of all searches, down from 51.6 percent
since February, a fairly quick descent of almost 10
Think what kinds of queries can be conducted with
one or two words. There are company names -
Starbucks, Eddie Bauer; there are celebrity queries
such as Madonna, Josh Duhamel, and Maria
Sharapova; and some news items fall into this group,
such as John Edwards, Iraq war, and Google IPO. Any
subject can have a short query (DVD player,
Philadelphia Phillies, Dow Jones, Bahamas flights,
ovarian cancer), but it tends to be so vague that
you'll need to drill down further.
The longer queries allow search engines to come up
with more specific information, and they underscore
how users are placing a greater amount of trust in
While two-word phrases are the most popular (at 30
percent of searches), there's a shrinking gap
between those and the runner-up, three-word
phrases. The difference was cut in half from February
to July, with the former month showing a 6.97
percent gap and the latter month with a 3.26 percent
difference. Four-word phrases are likewise nearly as
popular as one-word phrases, with the difference
between them dropping from 6.19 percent in February
to 1.77 percent in July. Additionally, phrases of five
to seven words now account for nearly 11 percent of
searches, up from just under 9 percent in February.
The difference between what users can do with a
four-word phrase and a two-word phrase is like using
either a candle or a raging fireplace to warm up. Both
will have an effect, but only one will really accomplish
BLP's Book of the Month
Good Morning, Darkness by Ruth Francisco
What makes this story captivating is that the author
writes for diverse ethnic groups. You'll begin to see
the characters mannerisms and impressions on daily
life and relate due to the savvy nature, style, and
flow of the author's speech.
You'll root for the bad guy, but... who is the bad guy?
Purchase a copy today!
Title: How to Find a Literary Agent who can sell your
book for Top Dollar
Author: Jill Nagle
Publisher: Get Published
Genre: "How to"
Rating: NOT RECOMMENDED
August 2, 2004
It's more like finding "private Ryan!"
I've read many marketing materials and "how to's"
worthy of mention, even when not related to
novelist, their methods could still be applied to reach
a goal in mind. So when I was approached to
evaluate this book I assumed it would be something
of value to share with subscribers,
friends, and authors in need of assistance.
One thing to keep in mind when writing these sort of
books is that many authors, especially novices
require being led by the hand so to
speak - in a step-by-step process.
Jill Nagle's - How to Find a Literary Agent
falls "below" short in this respect.
The book contains no new information that
cannot be acquired - online - for free. Once readers
get past all the fluff they'll notice it also contains a
number of well-traveled links, suggested by the
author. Most of these are websites selling their own
products such as the Literary Market Place and
Of the eighty pages, the introduction doesn't begin
until page seven, and at the end, five pages are filled
with the author's bio, how to acquire her books, as
well as other products and services offered. Another
implication within the book is that this "guide" will
expand in the next edition (scheduled for fall 2004).
This reader's next question is: will consumers have to
pay for these updates?
Does How to Find a Literary Agent show
readers - beginners and experts alike "how
to"? Is it worth the money to see what's inside? In so
many words: NOT REALLY. Readers should take their
savings and treat the family to a night out for dinner.
The title itself will surely work its magic in attracting
unsuspecting flies and the only impression one gets
from reading this book is that the author is out to
make some quick cash!
However, I do believe the author was on the right
track with such a book. Although its lack of
"real" substance and research of the simplest kind
was its ultimate doom. As the saying goes... if it
sounds to good to be true... it probably is!
For these reasons I am unable and will not
recommend this book.
Reviewed by Betsie
* This book will not be found on the BLP site due to
Beach House Films
I am looking for a completed character-driven, quirky
comedy, with a dramatic element to it in the vein
of 'Rushmore', 'Adaptation', 'Buffalo Soldiers', 'Eternal
Sunshine'. Off the beaten path with a unique point
of view and a deep message.
Please no immature or gross-comedy scripts
Budget range will not exceed 10-12 mil. WG and Non-
WG both welcome to submit.
Allen Martinez is an awarding-winning DGA director
(Project Greenlight, Clio, AICP, IBA and others). He
has been represented by Miramax Films/ A Band Apart
and has recently been taken on by the Creative
Please send a one-page logline and synopsis only in
body of email. NO ATTACHMENTS:
Allen Martinez - firstname.lastname@example.org
10 Tips to Successfully Promote Your Book This Holiday Season
Could the holidays really be just around the corner? If
you are an author, they may be here sooner than you
think. Now is the time to start preparing to promote
your holiday related or "gift appropriate" books. Here
are ten tips for authors to make this holiday season a
1. Plan ahead for the holiday season. Remember that
every media outlet has a different lead time and pitch
2. Media outlets still have to put out stories during
the holiday season, but with government offices and
schools closed, they have less news coming in, which
makes it the perfect time for your book to get
coverage it might not have during another time of the
3. Develop a promotional package that includes
descriptive passages, quotes, reviews or an excerpt
from your book to show how it is related to the
holiday season. This is an appealing and enlightening
way to leave your reader longing for more.
4. If you do not have a holiday book, think of ways
to promote your book as a good gift idea, self-help,
or enjoyment for the entire family.
5. Ask friends and family to help you market your
book. With holiday gatherings in full swing,
networking opportunities will abound.
6. When traveling during the holiday season, stop by
bookstores and offer to sign copies of your book if
they have it on their shelves. Signed copies make
nice gifts and sell faster.
7. Be aware the journalist you ordinarily pitch to
might be on vacation, if so, pitch to a higher up.
8. The media is looking for stories that deal with New
Year's Resolutions; it is a time for fitness, health and
9. Find a way to package your book as a gift,
perhaps with a CD or DVD.
10. For those authors who feel that they need to
trust their promotional efforts to a professional, begin
contacting publicity firms early because most of the
leading firms will book their fall campaign schedules
Written by client development coordinator and former
senior publicist at Phenix & Phenix Literary Publicists,
"While the holidays might be a down time for other
industries, the media is still in the office pumping out
stories. Over the winter holidays, government offices
and schools are closed, leaving the media open to
receiving story pitches that might otherwise have
gone underneath their radar," says Sammons. "As
publicists, we are planning ahead so we can take full
advantage of the downtime."
Begin building a solid foundation for success this
holiday season by sending in your book today. Please
contact Amanda Sammons at
email@example.com for more information or:
Visit Phenix & Phenix today!
Borders Books & Music needs authors
I am currently scheduling three Author Showcases in
1. A Cooking Showcase at Borders Ballwin on
Thursday, September 16 from 7 - 9 PM.
2. A Sports Showcase at Borders Sunset Hills on
Saturday, September 18 from 2 - 4 PM.
3. A Historical/Regional Showcase at Borders Fairview
Heights on Thursday, September 23 from 7 - 9 PM
Please follow these instructions before replying. If
your book does not fall into these three categories or
you are unable to attend the above dates please do
If you are a children's author please alert me so I can
place your name in my Children's Authors Distribution
Those who qualify - please note - I will collect all the
e-mails first, then schedule the above showcases at
one time and then send out confirmations. If I am
unable to schedule at least three authors for each
showcase, the showcase will be cancelled.
REMEMBER, YOUR BOOK MUST BE PROPERLY BOUND
(WE WILL MAKE EXCEPTIONS FOR COOKBOOKS),
HAVE AN ISBN AND BE 100% RETURNABLE. No
Area Marketing Manager
If you collect autographs, it's a great idea to write
the celebrities below now. Most of them are all up-
and-coming stars that will most likely be very well
known within a year's time.
Get their autograph now when they are most
responsive and watch its value soar as they become
Authors don't be shy about approaching for
A. Kelly Brook will star in "Three," an independent film
from director Stewart Raffill. The movie, which also
stars Billy Zane, is about three people who are
stranded on a desert island and are forced to survive.
c/o Hyler Management
20 Ocean Park Blvd #25
Santa Monica CA 90405
B. Josh Janowicz will appear opposite Jamie Bell and
Ralph Fiennes in the independent film "The
Chumscrubber" for director Arie Posin. He will play a
drug dealer at a high school. He recently placed a
priest in "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle."
c/o Darren Goldberg Mgmt
5225 Wilshire Blvd #419
Los Angeles CA 90036
C. Rick Gomez will star in "Sin City," Robert
Rodriguez's adaptation of Frank Miller's comic books.
He will play a character called Shlubb. He has
starred in "Unchain My Heart" starring Jaime Foxx,
and recently finished an ABC pilot called "Countdown."
c/o Pop Art Management
9615 Brighton Way #426
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
D. Collin Stark will star in "Mixing Karma," about an
artist who falls in love "Romeo and Juliet" style with a
new neighhbor whose family is from India. He has
appeared on "The O.C." and Pax TV's "Anna's Dream."
c/o Impact Artists Group
1050 La Maida St
Toluca Lake, CA 91601
E. Ron Canada will star in "Cinderella Man," directed
by Ron Howard. His credits include "The Human
Stain" and "The Hunted."
c/o Stone Manners
3340 Barham Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90068
F. Henry Czerny will star opposite Steve Martin in
MGM's "The Pink Panther" for director Shawn Levy.
He will play Yuri, a trainer on a soccer team whose
coach was murdered and who is being investigated
by inspector Clouseau (Martin.) His credits
include "Mission: Impossible" and "The Ice Storm."
438 Queen St E
Toronto ON M5A 1T4
G. Lieli Arcieri will appear in New Line's "untitled
Anthony Anderson project." She will play a Bible-
toting reformed party girl who is one of star Anthony
Anderson's co-conspirators in his kidnapping plans.
She has appeared in "Daddy Day Care," "XXX," and
the TV show "Son of the Beach."
10100 Santa Monica Blvd Fl 25
Los Angeles CA 90067
Agent's Seeking Clients
Richard Henshaw Group
127 West 24th Street, 4th fl
New York, NY 10011-2418
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Computer Sciences, Cookery, Crafts/Games/Hobbies,
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Environmental Studies, Erotica, Fiction, Finance,
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Science, Health/Nutrition, History, House & Home,
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Medicine/Nursing/Dentistry, Military Science,
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Natural History, Non-fiction (general), Outdoor
Recreation, Psychology/Psychiatry, Religion,
Romance, Science (general), Science
Fiction/Fantasy, Securities, Self-Help, Western
Fiction, Wine & Spirits, Women's Studies, Young Adult
Erin Murphy Literary Agency
P.O. Box 2519
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Genre: Children's Books, Children's Picture Books,
Young Adult Fiction
Want To Get Published For Free - Online?
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is launching Marketing y
Medios in September, 2004. This will be a monthly
English-language publication which will cover
marketing, advertising and media targeting the U.S.
Hispanic/Latino population. The print edition will be
supplemented with a Web Site and a daily push E-
mail newsletter. The new publication will explore the
challenges encountered by marketers and media
serving this widely diverse population, including the
distinctions between Spanish-dominant and Spanish-
English households as well as between recent
immigrants and more acculturated Hispanic
Americans. They will also address questions about
marketing to Hispanics whose countries of origin
range from Mexico and Central and South America to
Puerto Rico and Cuba. The publication will attempt to
help marketers and others understand the differences
among the largest Hispanic/Latino communities, the
largest being in Los Angeles, New York, Miami,
Chicago and Houston. Laura Martinez is the editor of
the new magazine, and she is reached at Adweek's
offices at 770 Broadway, New York, NY 10003-9595,
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