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October 15, 2004
Betsie's Newsletter
Holiday Gift Press Releases Due Now!

Greetings Everyone!
Magazines and newspapers such as Better Homes and Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, Essence, and People are working furiously NOW to compile their holiday gift guides.

December will be too late to secure exposure for your product!

To ensure optimal lead-time, send out your holiday gift press releases in the next couple of weeks. Don't risk missing the most cost-effective way to promote your product or service.



JENNIFER LOPEZ has banned TV stations from broadcasting a saucy music video which shows her kissing former fiance BEN AFFLECK - because her new husband MARK ANTHONY is jealous of it. Lopez axed the promo for her hit JENNY FROM THE BLOCK because Anthony can't bear to watch her canoodling with the DAREDEVIL star in a yacht, a Bentley car and a hotel, reports Britain's DAILY STAR newspaper. An insider says, ''Anthony was really envious of the video and told her he doesn't want to see it again because it hurts too much.''

BRITNEY SPEARS has kicked off married life by dumping her manager of eight years, LARRY RUDOLPH. The pop superstar has decided not to renew Rudolph's management agreement, which runs out at the end of the month (OCT04). A spokesman for Rudolph, who has been the mastermind behind Spears' career and appeared alongside her in MTV documentary IN THE ZONE + OUT ALL NIGHT, says, ''Britney and I simply realised that we have done all we can do together and have amicably parted ways after eight years.'' The split comes hot on the heels of other pop diva/management splits in the past year - the most newsworthy being JENNIFER LOPEZ's decision to fire long-time svengali BENNY MEDINA.

NICK LACHEY is making a name for himself on TV after landing the lead in a new show. Studio bosses at 20TH CENTURY FOX have been so impressed with Lachey's recent work on ALYSSA MILANO's CHARMED show in America, which helped spike the programme's ratings, they've offered him his own show. Lachey has also appeared in the NICK + JESSICA VARIETY SHOW, which will return for a Christmas special this holiday season (04), in sitcom I'M WITH HER and as TOM JONES in retro drama AMERICAN DREAMS. And now he has signed up to star in a half-hour series project created for him by Fox writers. Lachey, the star of MTV reality show NEWLYWEDS: NICK AND JESSICA, has also recently landed his first feature role, joining the indie film THE HARD EASY.


Depp set for adventure in 'Shantaram' - Gregory David Roberts' "Shantaram: A Novel," which was scheduled for publication this week by St. Martin's Press, has attracted the attention of Warner Bros. Pictures, Initial Entertainment Group, Plan B and Johnny Depp's Infinitum Nihil. Together, they have acquired film rights to the novel as a starring vehicle for Depp in a deal said to be worth $1 million-$2 million. Depp would play the novel's narrator, a young Australian man who escapes from a prison Down Under and goes on to build a new life for himself in the slums of India before going to fight with insurgents in their struggle against the Russians in Afghanistan. Warners and IEG are co-financing with Warners taking domestic distribution and Initial handling international rights to the project. Initial's Graham King, Plan B's Brad Grey and Depp will be producers. Depp's current projects include "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" for Warners and "Pirates of the Caribbean 2" for the Walt Disney Co. Depp and Roberts are repped by UTA. "Shantaram" is also repped by publishing agent Joe Regal and Regal Literary in New York. (Liza Foreman)


Marika Flatt spent seven years with Phenix & Phenix Literary Publicists as the lead publicist. She has launched her own firm called PR by the Book. PR by the Book offers: full scale media campaign, ala carte publicity services such as media training, specific city promotion, press material development, and other training/ consultant services. Of most value to new writers, Flatt develops a complete marketing plan which writers can use in their promotion to agents and publishers.

** PR by the Book is offering "Betsie's Literary Page" readers a 15% discount until 11/18/04.


HURRICANE MAKES LANDFALL - Spring, Texas, October 1st, 2004. - When Houston area author Janice Thompson set out to write her novel HURRICANE (River Oak/2004), she had no way of knowing it would be released in the middle of one of the deadliest hurricane seasons of the past decade. Her book, which chronicles the events of the Galveston hurricane of 1900, just hit bookstore shelves and the timing couldn't be more appropriate.

Thompson's novel carries the endorsement of Dr. Neil Frank, former director of the National Hurricane Center, who writes, "We tend to substitute education for experience, which is why it is so important to review history for accuracy. HURRICANE provides an excellent learning tool. Through the lives of Thompson's characters, readers can respond to a very real past experience and discover the message of hope along the way."


Eisner Says Toy Story 3 & 4 in Development
Team America Gets Its R Rating
Lion King Director Up for Open Season, Writers for Surf's Up

SHARK TALE TAKES A BIG BOX OFFICE BITE. DreamWorks got the big opening it was seeking from the 3D-animated SHARK TALE, considering the timing of its IPO to spin off the animation division, but the actual gross of $47.6M was $2M less than the early estimate.

Fox 2000 has hired John Woo to direct HE- MAN, a live-action flick based on Mattel's MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE toy line. Adam Rifkin will write the screenplay. Woo will also produce the film with Terence Chang through their Lion Rock Prods. Fox 2000 president Elizabeth Gabler and director of production Rodney Farrell will Shepard the project. The original story follows half Earthling/half Eternian Prince Adam, who receives the superpowers of Castle Grayskull when he turns 18 in an effort to defend his home world from the evil plans of Skeletor.

CRUISE GETS COSTARS FOR WAR OF THE WORLDS. - Tim Robbins, Miranda Otto and Dakota Fanning are all in talks to co-star along with Tom Cruise in Steven Spielberg's big budget rendition of H.G. Wells' WAR OF THE WORLDS, reports HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Robbins would play astronomer Ogilvy while Otto and Fanning would plays Cruise's wife and daughter respectively. The film will be a super fast production due to Paramount's desire to have this film be its tentpole for next summer after MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 3 was pushed back a year. DreamWorks will co-finance the film with Paramount and C/W Prods.' Paula Wagner and Kathleen Kennedy are producing. David Koepp (SPIDER-MAN) wrote the script.

TROY SCRIBE TO WRITE WOLVERINE SPINOFF. - 20th Century Fox has tapped TROY screenwriter David Benioff to write the X-MEN spinoff, WOLVERINE, reports VARIETY. Fox hopes to have Hugh Jackman reprise his role as the superhero. The assignment will net Benioff seven figures. The writer pitched the idea to 20th Century Fox president Hutch Parker and svp Alex Young, who'll oversee the project. Most likely, X-MEN producers Lauren Shuler Shuler Donner and Marvel Studios guru Avi Arad will produce the flick.


Why are We Here? The Scientific answer to this age-old question by Dennis Marcellino
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing (September 1996)
Genre: Non-fiction
ISBN: 0945272103
Paperback: 296pp
Price: $14.50

Rating: Recommended

" A Book For Everyone."

Oct. 4, 2004

"Why are We Here?" is a book for everyone. Have you ever wondered what Christians actually believe? Now, you can find out without having to ask anyone. Dennis Marcellino has written a well-organized account of why we are here.

Marcellino, who has a wide range of education, has written an organized account with out being overly scientific or overly pushy with his personal beliefs. Interestingly enough, it is his musical abilities that you would most likely know him for, having belonged to the Tokens who had the hit, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight."

I highly recommend "WHY WE ARE HERE?" to Christians and "Non-Christians" alike will gain information here. Christians will have an organized account of what they believe and why. Others will have an account of what Christians believe and why.

Reviewed by Deven Vasko

PeaceMaker by Dan Ronco
Publisher: Winterwolf Publishing; (June 2004)
Genre: Fiction/ Thriller
ISBN: 0975271148
Paperback: 284 pages

Rating: Highly Recommended

There's something sinister lurking in the computer corporation.

October 10, 2004

A long time alcoholic with two impressionable sons, a failing marriage, and only after an almost fatal car crash, does Ray Brown the primary developer for the Atlas Operating System check into a rehab clinic. The incident reawakens nerves and feelings, giving him the chance to re-examine his life.

Alan Goldman is the owner of Goldman Information Systems and business rival for Vantage Point Software. Ray's boss, Diana Morgan and CEO for Vantage Point Software, also has a hunger for power in this futuristic techno-world, bringing chaos & anarchy to all that cross her path. Diana uses her sensuality to manipulate Ray.

Five years later, back at work, Ray Brown stumbles across PeaceMaker, a computer virus that is designed to spread and relocate itself. If not isolated, PeaceMaker threatens to cripple billions of computers across the globe. Unable to pinpoint the source, Ray brings in a first-class developer named, Richard Kim. Ray uncovers the truth only to find out another twist to the plot; his boss is in on the bad deeds.

Author Dan Ronco has created an action packed novel with intense drama and emotion that is realistic and all too plausible. This novel sends a message that technology, used correctly, is a great boon. In the wrong hands, it can be devastating! For all you cinematic fans, this is along the lines of the movie Antitrust, but far better! Although anyone remotely connected with the computer industry will find this novel an intriguing read.

Reviewed by Betsie

Questing Marilyn: In Search of My Holy Grail by Marilyn Barnicke Belleghem, M. Ed.
PUBLISHER: Quest Publishing
Genre: Inspirational/ Memoir
ISBN: 0973412909
Paperback; 364 pages
Price: $24.95 Cdn. Or $19.95 U.S.

"Living is about Learning. It is a lifelong Quest."

October 13, 2004

Questing Marilyn is a memoir of one woman's journey to seek the ever-illusive "SELF." Marilyn shares her journey from Canada to England, Wales and Ireland as she visits known places of self discovery- Stonehenge, Chalice Well, Glastonbury Abbey and Tintagel. We move with her through her confusion, her anger and her realization that her life is not what it seems. We listen to her arguments in an effort to regain her composure based on years of training and discipline only to watch it crumble at her feet. Finally she emerges a stronger, wiser woman full of "Self."

The location descriptions are vivid giving the reader a true sense of being there. Armchair travelers will love the imaginary feeling of the drizzle settling on their faces as they gaze at thousand- year- old structures. The author mentions in one chapter that she would like to become a good storyteller as she listens to a local woman describe the beauty and superstition surrounding her hometown. This reviewer feels that she has achieved this and Questing Marilyn is an excellent example of her story telling skill.

Each one of us is on our own personal quest to find our life's purpose, our "soul", if you will. This book will give readers some insight into one person's search and the conclusions she draws. It will stimulate readers to look with earnest, travel farther and dig deeper to find their own "Holy Grail."

Author, Marilyn Barnicke Belleghem is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist with a Masters degree in adult education and applied psychology. She is a sought after counsellor, consultant and speaker.

Recommended to anyone on a quest.

Reviewed by Shirley Roe, Allbooks Reviews

The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't by Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Publisher: Star Publish; (July 2004)
Genre: How To
ISBN: 193299310X
Paperback: 248 pages

Rating: Highly Recommended

A "how to" guide packed with resources!

October 13, 2004

Need the tools to sell your book(s) more effectively?

Whatever path you chose for your book, whether it's published by a major publisher, co- publisher, self- publisher, Office Depot and Kinko's, or your handy lap- top and HP laser jet printer, no one will know about it unless you are ready to take the next step; marketing and promotion.

Marketing a book can be a very complex process. Author Howard-Johnson, a former publicist, award- winning author and instructor for UCLA's world- renowned Writers' Program shows you how to use promotional gifts, how to get an editor's attention, how to build relationships with the media, editors, readers and librarians. How to gain exposure through radio, television, magazine and newspaper book reviews. Included is a step-by-step guide to building a media kit.

THE FRUGAL BOOK PROMOTER contains everything you need to write, print and promote your book- faster, easier and cheaper. This book will show you a clear, well-mapped path for distinguishing your work from the crowded clutter of the publishing industry. In fact, savvy individuals should take advantage of this author's know how!

Reviewed by Betsie

Here's how to write for television...

Sitcoms are the most popular form on television and provide more work than any other kind of writing. The best comedy writing in the entertainment industry is done on sitcoms. But Sitcoms are NOT jokes. They are comic short stories, and they have unique, highly structured forms. The trick is knowing the sitcom story structures that actually produce the laughs, writing comedy from character, and playing with the ongoing web of oppositions.

Sitcoms are part of our lives. We really do love Lucy and Raymond, not to mention Archie, Bernie, Jeannie, Malcolm, Mary, and, yes, even Gilligan. The characters in sitcoms tickle and annoy us as much as our own family and they enter our homes almost as frequently. The biggest difference: they leave after thirty minutes.

To break into sitcom writing, you need a great "spec" script - a perfectly executed episode of a still- current show. In our course, you will learn how to structure and format to industry standards, stay true to a show's characters and spirit, and combine a stand-up's joke precision with a dramatist's sense of dialogue, scene, and setting.

To successfully pitch a TV show, you have to have a great idea, convince powerful people that it's good, and get a production company to buy it. It involves a lot of careful research, networking, and ass-kissing.

Pitching Fiction

Sitcoms and dramas like The Honeymooners or E.R. are fiction - they feature original characters and situations. If you have an idea for a fictional program, be inventive! Create characters that viewers will want to visit over and over again. Again, if you get your general idea from a book, movie, or person, you must find out if you need to option the rights to the story. There are plenty of lawyers out there who can help you figure that out.

Whether your idea is fiction or non-fiction, you must find out as much as possible about your subject. The creators of E.R. learned all they could about how real emergency rooms operate, and the creators of Seinfeld used their knowledge of New York.

What kind of ideas work? Well, it's always changing. After Friends premiered, tons of knockoffs popped up the next season. You want to come up with something different and original, but that people would want to watch. Here are a few things to think about:

  • Location: Work? Home? School? Jail? Some combination?
  • Social structure: One star (e.g., The Drew Carey Show), two stars (e.g., Will & Grace), six stars (e.g., Friends)?
  • Personalities: A rich, snotty society matron? A struggling wise-ass student? You need to create a fine balance of having people that are realistic enough for the audience to identify with, yet are different enough from each other to allow for interesting dramatic encounters.
  • Situations: What kind of things do the characters go through? Seinfeld dealt with minutiae, The X-Files deals with the supernatural, and The Simpsons goes for pure laughs.

Whether you're pitching a script or a treatment, pitch with passion, enthusiasm, and professionalism. You must convince the production company not just that you have an exceptional project, but that you are the perfect person to bring your show to life. For instance, let's say it's a reality dating show and you're a psychologist specializing in relationships. Or it's a drama about a busy hospital in an urban war zone and you happen to either be a doctor or a nurse, or a social worker in such an area, or an ex- gang member -- any of those bring a credibility and freshness to your idea, and make producers take notice.

However, I wouldn't write a query to pitch a series, I'd make a phone call.

Find about fifty production companies that are a good match, call, tell them you have a show to pitch, and if they are receptive, pitch it. Practice the pitch beforehand to anyone who'll listen, and get it down to about three minutes -- just the essentials, and why people will watch this show above all others. If they're interested, they'll probably ask you to fax a synopsis or send them the completed script with a standard release form (usually provided by them).

The television business runs in cycles, with summer into early fall being the best times to pitch new series. Don't worry about the idea being stolen. If you don't pitch, your idea may never get stolen, but it'll also never get made. Keep a log of every place you call -- name, number, with whom you spoke, whether or not you pitched, whether or not you sent a treatment, and what they said. They may tell you they're already working on something similar, and you should jot that down on your log as well. There are only a few ideas, with a million different spins on them, and the same pitches are heard, and ideas developed, all over the place. What makes yours different is your unique view of life; be professional, be passionate, and bring something fresh to the table.

Scripts Wanted!

New Independent Film Company and Director/Producer duo looking for a dark comedy screenplay to be made July and August 05. We have produced many short films some you can see at this years New York independent film festival in New York and Los Angeles. Intended for the festival circuit, (Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, ect...) and ultimately widespread distribution, but most importantly intended for greatness... Send screenplays, treatments, and/or taglines to

Director and Production company looking for a screenplay to produce in '05-'06. Will be filmed on a low budget, so please accommodate scripts. Film will be submitted to festivals nation-wide. Looking for authors who are open to collaboration and fun! Email:

Original 90 page comedy screenplay for 35mm feature film project. Sale price negotiable based on writer's experience/credentials. Interested parties should submit log line and treatment to

Want your script turned into a film? Young talented filmmaker seeks scripts to film! Avant-garde, Experimental, Drama, Thriller, Short or Feature Length, it doesn't matter! Am looking for a challenge! Email me with your synopsis. Email:

Poague Entertainment - I am looking for two different types of scripts:

The first one I am looking for is a completed teen horror script. The script MUST have minimal locations and characters.

NOTE: In the subject of the email please put 'RE: InkTip query (Teen Horror).'

The second one I am looking for is a completed coming of age, farce, teen comedy, in the vein of 'American Pie' and/or 'Animal House'. The script MUST have minimal locations and characters. The budget range for the above will not exceed 1 mil.

NOTE: In the subject of the email please put 'RE: InkTip query (Teen Comedy).'

You can find my credits on Please email a logline followed by a synopsis (NO ATTACHMENTS) to John Poague:

Wide Awake Theatre company seeks plays for a radio production to be produced by WNYC this month. Need texts that are socially and politically relevant and which are conducive to radio. The performance will last no longer than 45 minutes. Please e-mail ideas and/or submissions to Ethan Perry:

TV Writer.Com, Cloud Creek Institute For The Arts, Larry Brody, whichever "entity" you feel like responding to, is now helping the network execs and producers in their search.

Representatives of at least two major networks--one broadcast and one cable--are actively seeking half- hour shows presenting and/or investigating psychic phenomena of all kinds.

If you've got what you think is a suitable project, send the title and logline to JUST the title and logline. If it attracts interest I'll let you know where to send the rest.


Once you are certain the listing is legit, submit material through an attorney or agent. Never, never, never send your complete script to anyone over the net. A half page synopsis is all that should be expected via email, the requestor should supply full postal details for anything more. Unless you intend to make more money from the potential lawsuit than selling your script, make sure your script is registered with the AWG/wga-west or east. Best of luck!

Accepting cutting edge short fiction, political satire, and reviews.

3 am Magazine - International literary magazine which was launched in April 2000. Features all the best new interviews, fiction, flash fiction, poetry, music and gig reviews, literature reviews, articles, politics, arts and a great selection of categorised links, along with Buzzwords, a daily dose of literary and cultural news from around the global village. They are always on the look-out for fresh, innovative, irreverent previously unpublished writing.

The Dramatic Exchange - Website offering free space for aspiring playwrights to publish their plays and allow producers and readers to access their work.

The First Line - This magazine designed to explore the different directions writers can take when they start from the same place accepts submissions of fiction and nonfiction and pays in copies if your work is published. Get more details on site.

The Morpo Review - Publishes short essays and stories.

The StarliteCafe's Poets Corner -The StarliteCafe's Poets Corner - You can post your original poetry for free, create your own on-line portfolio, and link to your poems from another website. Some themes include: love, nature, insight, friends, dedication, fantasy and dark poetry. Check out the chat room and links to other poetry resources.

Print Magazines

Remember pitching your story idea to any one of these magazines will not only bring your book or product to the attention of thousands of readers, but will also increase sales!

Family Planning Perspectives
120 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005-3904
Phone: 212-248-1111
Fax: 212-248-1951
Frequency: 6 x year
Circulation: 7,000
Editorial Profile: Publication presents articles on sexual behavior, birth control, sex education, unintended pregnancy, infertility, contraceptive use, family planning, and sexually transmitted disease.

Alternative Family Magazine
P.O. Box 7179
Van Nuys, CA 91409
Phone: 818-909-0314
Fax: 818-909-3792
Frequency: 6 x year
Circulation: 10,000
Editorial Profile: Publication is geared toward gay and lesbian parents, as well as their children; offers support, news, and reviews.

Clikque Magazine
1117 Peachtree Walk, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: 404-817-3898
Fax: 404-815-1196
Frequency: 1 x month
Circulation: 25,000
Editorial Profile: Publication is written for the black gay and lesbian community nationwide.

Children's Surprises
3000 2nd Street North
Minneapolis, MN 55411-4000
Phone: 612-588-7571
Fax: 612-588-8783
Frequency: 6 x year
Circulation: 80,000
Editorial Profile: Publication features games, puzzles, and educational exercises for children ages 5-12.

Landing Zone
4200 Amon Carter Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX 76155
Phone: 817-967-1819
Fax: 817-967-4162
Frequency: 2 x year
Circulation: 500,000
Editorial Profile: Publication features fun and educational entertainment while in flight.

Continental Newstime
501 West Broadway, P.O. Box 265 Plaza A
San Diego, CA 92101-3536
Phone: 858-492-8696
Frequency: 2 x month
Circulation: 500,000
Editorial Profile: Publication presents unreported and under-reported national and world news; contains commentary, cartoon humor, travel columns, and entertainment news.

8605 Explorer Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80920-1049
Phone: 719-531-3400
Fax: 719-531-3499
Frequency: 1 x month
Circulation: 90,000
Editorial Profile: Publication is specifically geared toward boys, ages 12-16.

1755 Broadway
New York, NY 10019-3743
Phone: 212-246-1313
Fax: 212-586-8003
Frequency: 4 x year
Circulation: 50,000
Editorial Profile: Publication contains new writing, including international fiction, travel writing, reportage, and autobiographies from contemporary authors.

Literary Cavalcade
555 Broadway
New York, NY 10012-3919
Phone: 212-343-6100
Fax: 212-343-4808
Frequency: 8 x year
Circulation: 270,000
Editorial Profile: Magazine focuses on contemporary literature and student writing.

New Leader
275 7th Avenue
New York, NY 10001-6708
Phone: 212-807-8240
Fax: 212-727-2229
Frequency: 6 x year
Circulation: 26,000
Editorial Profile: Publication covers domestic and international affairs, literature, and the arts.


Smaller papers are more apt to getting the news out about your book or product in front of readers, so don't leave them out!

Beulah Beacon
324 2nd Avenue, N.E.
Beulah, ND 58523-6613
Phone: 701-873-4381
Fax: 701-873-2383
Daily Circulation: 2,568
Frequency: 1 x week

Ainsworth Star-Journal
921 East 4th
Ainsworth, NE 69210-1355
Phone: 402-387-2844
Fax: 402-387-1234
Daily Circulation: 2,250
Frequency: 1 x week

Burke County Tribune
P.O. Box 40
Bowbells, ND 58721-0040
Phone: 701-377-2626
Fax: 701-377-2717
Daily Circulation: 1,600
Frequency: 1 x week

Daily News
601 Dakota Avenue
Wahpeton, ND 58075-4325
Phone: 701-642-8585
Fax: 701-642-1501
Daily Circulation: 5,100
Frequency: 5 x week

Black Chronicle
1528 Northeast 23rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73111-3260
Phone: 405-424-4695
Fax: 405-424-6708
Daily Circulation: 29,803
Frequency: 1 x week

Bryan County Star
111 West Main
Durant, OK 74701-5007
Phone: 580-924-6499
Fax: 580-924-7685
Daily Circulation: 2,635
Frequency: 1 x week

Belle Fourche Post
1004 5th Avenue
Belle Fourche, SD 57717-1609
Phone: 605-892-2528
Fax: 605-892-2529
Daily Circulation: 2,500
Frequency: 2 x week

Brookings Register
312 5th Street
Brookings, SD 57006-1924
Phone: 605-692-6271
Fax: 605-692-2979
Daily Circulation: 6,000
Frequency: 6 x week

Jackson Hole News
1225 Maple Way
Jackson, WY 83002
Phone: 307-733-2047
Fax: 307-733-2138
Daily Circulation: 8,500
Frequency: 1 x week

Laramie Daily Boomerang
320 East Grand Avenue
Laramie, WY 82070-3712
Phone: 307-742-2176
Fax: 307-721-2973
Daily Circulation: 6,500
Frequency: 6 x week

Radio stations

With thousands of listeners (to & from work or even at work) it's hard to leave out radio stations and their talk programs!

Bemidji State University
215 Deputy Hall
Bemidji, MN 56601
Phone: 218-755-2059
Fax: 218-755-4119

207 North Main Street
Charles City, IA 50616-2016
Phone: 641-228-1000
Fax: 641-228-1200

2241 West Main Street
Moses Lake, WA 98837-2826
Phone: 509-765-3441
Fax: 509-766-0273

1371 West Lair Road
Fairmont, MN 56031-2320
Phone: 507-235-5595
Fax: 507-235-5973

1360 West 18th Street
Merced, CA 95340-4402
Phone: 209-723-2191
Fax: 209-383-2950

P.O. Box 877
Lovington, NM 88260-0877
Phone: 505-396-2244
Fax: 505-396-3355

On film location

Celebrity endorsements are a good way to boost book sales or any product for that matter, so don't be shy about sending out those requests!

Kill Switch (Horror)
11136 Hesby, Suite 218
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Phone: (818) 571-8856
FAX: (818) 752-4171
Cast: Eric Acsell

Pumping Up! (Comedy)
Smash-One Productions, Inc.
34-23 Steinway Street, #911
Astoria, NY 11102
Phone: (212) 613-3394
Cast: Goumba Johnny, Clint Howard, Nick Scotti, Mike Kimmel, Catherine Natale, Danny Badalamenti

Rap Therapy (Drama)
Reach For The Stars Productions, L.L.C.
Phone: (646) 496-7183
FAX: (267) 989-5142
Cast: Cassidy, Aesha Waks

Controversy Revenge (Drama)
Masterminds Refords & Films
232 Seastone Street
Raleigh, NC 27603
Phone: (919) 773-1825
Cast: Syrine Reese, Marie D. Marshall, Victoria Angel, Tyren Reese

Martha Stewart reported to jail on October 8th. For those of you who wish to send her letters of support and condolences, here's her new address:

Martha Stewart
Prisoner #55170-054
Alderson Federal Prison Camp
Glen Ray Rd. Box B
Alderson, WV 24910

It almost doesn't seem real, does it?

This past week Hollywood lost two amazing legends, Janet Leigh and Christopher Reeve. Here are the addresses of their estates, in case you wish to send your condolences to their families.

Janet Leigh
1625 Summitridge Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Christoper Reeve
500 Mooris Ave.
Springfield, NJ 07081

Bragman/Nyman/Cafarelli, the high- powered publicity firm that represents stars such as Jessica Alba, Cameron Diaz, and Goldie Hawn has moved. Here's their new contact information:

Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Ave. Fl. 8
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(310) 854-4800 Phone
(310) 854-4848 Fax


Always query first! DO NOT send materials until requested.

Wales Literary Agency, Inc.
PO Box 9428
Seattle, WA 98109
Contact: Elizabeth Wales

Kristin Nelson Literary Agent
1020 15th Street, Suite 26L
Denver, CO 80202
Conatct: Kristin Nelson

Mildred Marmur Associates
2005 Palmer Avenue, Suite 127
Larchmont, NY 10538

DHS Literary, Inc.
2528 Elm Street, Suite 350
Dallas, TX 75226
Contact: David Hale Smith

Susan Bergholz Literary Services
17 West 10th Street, #5
New York, NY 10011

Popular SOUTH CAROLINA Independent Bookstores

What many authors may not realize is that you can call these bookstores, pitch your book, and ultimately have the owner stock it on the shelf!

Then make sure you post this information on your website under "available at the following locatiions."

Bay Street Trading Company
808 Bay St
Beaufort, SC
(843) 524-2000

Firehouse Books & Expresso Bar
706 Craven St
Beaufort, SC
(843) 522-2665

Ravenous Reader
520 Folly Rd
Charleston, SC 29412
(843) 795-2700

Clemson Newsstand
102 North Clemson Ave
Clemson, SC 29631
Tel: 864 654-2210

The Happy Bookseller
4525 Forest Dr.
Columbia, South Carolina 29206
Phone : (800) 787-1503 Fax: (803) 782-0086

Poor Richard's Booksellers
107 West Main St
Easley, SC 29640
864-859-0687 email:

The Open Book
110 S. Pleasantburg Dr
Greenville, SC 29607
Phone: (864) 235-9651

The Bookstore Inc
204 C Montague Ave
Greenwood, SC 29649-1937
Phone: 864-227-1096

McCaslan's Book Store
208 Main St
Greenwood, SC 29646-2760
Phone: (864) 229-3503
Fax: (864) 229-2456

Burry Bookstore
130 W. Carolina Ave
Hartsville, SC 29550

The Island Bookseller
71 Lighthouse Rd
Hilton Head, SC
(843) 671-3773

Port Royal Bookstore
11 Palmetto Bay Rd
Hilton Head, SC
(843) 689-9996

Litchfield Books
14427 Ocean Hwy Unit G
Litchfield Landing
Pawleys Island, SC 29585
Tel: (843) 237-8138
Fax: (843) 237-0201


ARG - 3D Artist - Job description: Studio is looking for strong trackers, modelers, texture artists and Lighting T.D.\'s to work on a high profile feature film. These are contract positions with short term and long term available. Company works on Maya. Great Canadian rates! Please submit resumes to:

Reels will be requested at a later time.

FLW International LLC - Environment Artist - Job description: Responsible for conceptualizing, modeling and texturing to create 3D architectural environments for real-time action videogames. Utilize CAD to design, develop and costruct 3D levels. construct 3D environments with an understanding of mapping, scale, proportion and lighting Requirements/skills:3D Studio Max, Maya & Lightscape.

Contact: Steven Williams email:

NYComedyRadio, a new humor website for up-and-coming talent from the New York comedy scene, is seeking written submissions from columnists, humorists, essayists, bloggers, comedy writers and general smart-asses.

Reply to:

Submissions should be witty, intelligent, perhaps a bit off-beat. A little New York attitude doesn't hurt, either. We are seeking a variety of humor styles from diverse points of view.


The Philadelphia Gay & Lesbian Theatre Festival is currently accepting submissions for it's 3rd annual festival, which will take place June 9th - 19th 2005 throughout various locations in Philadelphia. Submissions may include full length plays, musicals, one-acts, one-person shows, young audience plays, monologues and cabarets. Previously un-produced pieces are encouraged! To submit, please mail manuscripts to:

P.O. Box 1164
Philadelphia, PA 19105

Please also include a $10 submissions fee (check or money order) made out to PGLTF and a SASE if you wish the manuscript to be returned. Deadline for submissions is October 31st. Plays chose for production in the June 2005 Festival will be notified by December 15th. For any further info, please contact the Festival at

Turnip Theatre Company in association with American Globe Theatre will accept submissions for the 11th Annual New York City 15-Minute Play Festival through December 15, 2004. This popular short play competition will be presented at American Globe's 75 seat theatre on West 46th Street in the heart of Times Square April 18 - April 30, 2005.

Visit the American Globe website for additional information and guidelines.

Inner Voices Social Issues Theatre at the University of Illinois is now accepting submissions. They want 10 minute & 40 minutes scripts which focus attention on social issues and concerns such as racism, domestic Violence, sexism, and body image issues

USA residents only. For further info and an application form visit Inner Voices today! Call for Scripts closes: 12/15/04


WriterOnLine - is an e-publication dedicated to writers and lovers of writing. Fiction, poetry, business and technical writing, how-tos, articles, reviews, freelance markets, jobs for writers and much more, published bi-weekly.

Phenix & Phenix Literary Publicists, Inc. - Since its inception in 1994, Phenix & Phenix has built a reputation that ranks it among the industry's most highly respected publicity firms, and the publicist of choice for authors and publishers throughout the United States and 17 foreign countries.

Phenix & Phenix also offers a no charge comprehensive media analysis of your book, to evaluate its potential reach and scope in the media.

Contact: Phenix & Phenix Literary Publicists, Inc: 2525 West Anderson Lane, Ste. 540: Austin, Texas 78757: 512.478.2028: 512.478.2117


Just a thought, I don't know about other reviewers but books can begin to pile up. I recently discovered a website called Bookcrossing. You register your books, they receive a Bookcrossing number and then, you can list them as part of your permanent collection, available, to be read or traveling. Also, you write something about each book online.

I don't like the idea of selling books I get for free, I'd rather pass them on to others to enjoy.

I've "released" two books that were given to me this week. And I'll most likely do the same with my review books. It's a fun way to see where books go. When someone finds a book with a bookcrossing label inside and goes to the site and types in the number, it pulls up that book with all the journal entries ever written.

I think it's a cool idea and thought you might like to check it out.



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