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SCHOLASTIC & CARTOON NETWORK INK DEAL
FOR BOOKS BASED ON ORIGINAL SERIES. -
Scholastic will be the exclusive U.S. publisher of TV
tie-in books based on four new original series on
Cartoon Network. Scholastic plans to publish books,
beginning in fall 2005, targeted at young readers 4-
The new agreement between Scholastic and Cartoon
Network includes publishing rights for CODENAME:
KIDS NEXT DOOR, targeting boys and girls 5-11;
FOSTER'S HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS, for boys
and girls 4-8; HI HI PUFFY AMIYUMI and THE LIFE
AND TIMES OF JUNIPER LEE, targeting tween girls 7-
The relationship between Scholastic and the Cartoon
Network began in 1999 with the publication of THE
POWERPUFF GIRLS books. From 2000-2004,
Scholastic published more than 100 POWERPUFF
GIRLS books and has sold some 6.6 million copies in
formats ranging from 8x8 storybooks to chapter
books to novelty formats such as sticker books, lift-
the-flaps and pop-ups.
"We are thrilled to continue our ongoing, successful
partnership with the Cartoon Network," said Ellie
Berger, svp, trade, Scholastic. "Given our
extraordinary success with THE POWERPUFF GIRLS, it
was a natural opportunity to expand our relationship,
and we look forward to bringing these new original
series to new fans and readers."
The $100,000 Scholarship Day in Hawaii -
Not only has Wayne Y. Fujita's book received raving
reviews, but Governor Linda Lingle proclaimed
October 11, 2004, as "The $100,000 Scholarship Day"
in Hawaii. The Governor also encouraged all residents
to join in celebrating Wayne Y. Fujita's newly
released publication, "The $100,000 Scholarship." The
official Proclamation was signed at the Hawaii State
Capital in the Executive Chambers on September 21,
Even if you are not looking for a plan to save for
college, perhaps you have your own strategy, this
book is a fantastic resource for advice on
scholarships, financial aid, and college admissions. It
is concise and intuitively organized. The advice is
candid, useful, and most importantly, rooted in
personal experience that produced results. -Dave
Wilks, of Roundtable Reviews
After appearing on Hawaii's KHON TV2 Morning News,
better known as America's number one Fox Morning
News channel on October 20th to talk about his
book, Wayne Y. Fujita's sales soared!
Fujita's publisher; PublishAmerica included "The
$100,000 Scholarship" on October 31, 2004 at the
top of their TOP TEN list on their New York Times
BLACK POWER INC SELECTED FOR THE NATIONAL
PRESS CLUB BOOK FAIR - Fortune magazine
writer Cora Daniels will be in Washington, D.C. next
week to support the National Press Club choosing her
explosive work, Black Power Inc.: The New Voice of
Success, for inclusion in their prestigious annual
literary event on Wednesday, November 17.
Ms. Daniels' work has appeared in The New York
Times, Newsday, USA Today and Savoy.
Sponsored by: Friedheim Library
Event Location: Ballroom
Details: The 27th Annual Book Fair & Authors'
November 17, 2004
6:00- 8:30 p.m.
5:30- 6:00 p.m. NPC members only
Admission is free for members of the National Press
Club and $5 for non-members.
Tickets are available for purchase at the National
Press Club or Olsson's Books & Records locations (202-
347-3686). No outside books are allowed.
THE INTERNET CELEBRATED ITS 35TH
BIRTHDAY. - The Internet just had its 35th
birthday party at UCLA, where it all started. On Sept.
2, 1969, Leonard Kleinrock led a team of engineers to
establish the first network connection between two
computers, ushering in a new method of global
communications. A month later, the second node was
added at Stanford, and, on October 29, the first host-
to-host Internet-type message was sent from UCLA.
The message was "LO," which sounds prophetic until
Kleinrock explains it. "We wanted to send the
message 'LOG IN,'" he says, "but the computer
crashed after the first two letters."
Three other fathers of the Internet joined Kleinrock
at the all-day bash: Robert Kahn and Vinton Cerf,
who co-invented TCP/IP, the basic communications
protocol (still in use), and Lawrence Roberts, who
was the driving (and funding) force at ARPA, the
Advanced Research Projects Agency - the Internet
was first called the ARPANET. Kleinrock showed how
packet switching could work to chop data up into
a "common language" between computers.
The world did not share the vision of these four
pioneers right away. "I urged organizations to join the
network," says Roberts, "but several of them
refused - until I told them a would not fund them a
new computer otherwise." And so, with vision,
perseverance, brilliant hard work - and a little bit of
blackmail - the Internet was born and grew.
HAPPY 30TH BIRTHDAY HELLO KITTY WITH DVD
SET. - As that adorable feminine feline, Hello
Kitty turned 30 on Nov. 1, 2004, ADV Films released
HELLO KITTY & FRIENDS: HOLIDAY FUN, a deluxe two-
disc set collection features 10 episodes from the TV
series plus two bonus mini-episodes and three all-new
special episodes. The collection hit the streets
In September of 1974, a young artist named Yuko
Shimizu presented a drawing of a cat to her boss,
Sanrio founder Shintaro Tsuji. Two months later, on
November 1, HELLO KITTY was introduced to the
world. Preferring catnaps to catnip, this was a kitty
that had many of Shimizu's own personality traits like
baking cookies and playing the piano. In 1983, Hello
Kitty became the U.S. children's ambassador for
UNICEF, a position she still holds today. Hello Kitty
has stretched across the globe and has become one
of the most recognized images in many countries
around the world.
She has a net worth in the billions, has her own
theme park in Japan and her image is on thousands of
products, from 50-cent stickers to expensive jeweled
purses coveted by Hollywood stars.
MARVEL SUES DISNEY OVER SUPERHERO
COPYRIGHTS. - Three months after suing The
Walt Disney Co. in a dispute over royalties, Marvel
Enterprises Inc. wants to take the copyrights to
Marvel superheroes away from the Mouse House. In a
suit filed on Oct. 29, 2004 in Los Angeles federal
court, Marvel requests a judge to declare that Disney
never legally assumed copyrights to Marvel
characters when it bought the original licensee, Fox
Family Worldwide, in 2001.
WES ANDERSON TO DIRECT FANTASTIC MR. FOX
STOP-MOTION FEATURE. - First it was Luc
Bessen, now indie wunderkind Wes Anderson has
moved from the live-action director chair into more
animated seating. Anderson has teamed with
Revolution Studios to write and direct a stop-motion
feature version of Roald Dahl's THE FANTASTIC MR.
FOX. Anderson's producing partner on LIFE AQUATIC
WITH STEVE ZISSOU Noah Baumbach will co-pen the
screenplay. Sony will distribute the flick. The book
finds a crafty fox and his family under threat from
three dumb, plug-ugly farmers for stealing chickens.
KIDMAN IN TALKS FOR FLUSHED AWAY. -
Nicole Kidman is in talks to voice a streetwise sewer
rat in DreamWorks' upcoming animated film FLUSHED
AWAY. Dick Clement and Ian LaFrenais are writing the
film. Hugh Jackman has been named as the lead
character Roddy with Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis
playing a villainous frog and his hench-rat Spike,
respectively. The story follows pampered uptown
British rat named Roddy, who after being flushed
down the toilet into the sewers of London, must learn
how to survive in the real world.
CATCH ME/TERMINAL SCRIBE GIVEN CRACK AT
INDY 4. - With George Lucas rejecting the last
script from Frank Darabont, Lucas and director
Steven Spielberg have hired CATCH ME IF YOU
CAN/THE TERMINAL scribe Jeff Nathanson to take a
crack at penning the fourth installment of INDIANA
THE BLOB GETS A SECOND REMAKE. -
Paramount Pictures and producer Scott Rudin have
teamed to remake THE BLOB. The original film's
producer Jack Harris worked out a deal with Warner
Bros., producers of the 1958 Steve McQueen version,
to bring the remake rights to Paramount where he
has production deal. Studio evp Brian Witten and
creative exec Ed Goemans will oversee the pic. No
writer or director has been signed.
DISNEY RETELLS SNOW WHITE WITH SHAOLIN
TWIST. - Walt Disney Pictures has hired Pulitzer
Prize-winning author Michael Chabon to pen SNOW
AND THE SEVEN, a martial arts take on SNOW WHITE
AND THE SEVEN DWARFS. Hong Kong director Yuen
Wo Ping will make his English-language directorial
debut on the film. Andrew Gunn is
producing with Gunnfilm's Ann Marie Sanderlin serving
as exec producer. Brigham Taylor is overseeing the
film for the studio. Set in 1880s British colonial China,
the fantasy and martial arts film will follow the Grimm
Brothers fairy tale with seven Shaolin monks aiding
PLAYTONE MINES CITY OF EMBER FOR FEATURE
FILM. - Playtone has secured the film rights for
Jeanne DuPrau's young adult bestseller, THE CITY OF
EMBER. Partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are
negotiating with Caroline Thompson (EDWARD
SCISSORHANDS) to write the screenplay and Gil
Kenan to make his directorial debut. Walden Media is
in talks to co-produce and co-finance the picture.
Set in a future where humans live underground due to
the pollution of the surface, two teens follow their
dreams - one to become a messenger and travel to
the surface world and the other to help repair the
generator, which is the key to survival underground.
FOG ROLLS IN AT REVOLUTION STUDIOS. -
Revolution Studios is set to remake John Carpenter's
1980 horror flick, THE FOG. THE CORE scribe Cooper
Layne has been hired to pen the screenplay. Debra
Hill and Carpenter, who wrote the original, will
produce along with David Foster. Production is
scheduled to begin in February. The original film was
set in a Northern California coastal town where a
thick fog descends and brings back the drowned
seaman who died in a shipwreck 100 years prior.
HELLBOY DIRECTOR'S CUT DVD DELIVERS
IMPROVED STORY. - As anticipated Guillermo del
Toro's recently released director's cut of HELLBOY on
DVD (Columbia TriStar Home Ent. $34.95) offers minor
improvements in characterization to make this a
worthwhile purchase, along with several additional
bonus features on this three-disc set. The new
footage sheds light on Rasputin and Ilsa as well as
greater interplay between Myers and Liz Sherman.
New footage is seamlessly integrated into the feature
with no loss in quality.
MELUA SLAMS IMAGE-OBSESSED MUSIC
INDUSTRY -British jazz star KATIE MELUA is
disappointed with the music industry for
concentrating too heavily on pop stars' looks rather
than their sound. The CALL OFF THE SEARCH singer is
not impressed by manufactured bands and believes
they have had no positive influence on the
development of music. Melua says, ''What's happened
to the music industry nowadays, it's not about the
music, it's about the dancing, it's become about the
image, it's become about the lifestyle that you
represent as an artist. ''The only thing wrong with
manufactured bands, at the end of the day, is just
about the quality of music; that they make that it
doesn't progress music into a different stage of
GRAZER + HOWARD LAND 9/11 MINI-SERIES -
Movie moguls BRIAN GRAZER and RON HOWARD have
been given the greenlight to make a movie based on
the findings of the 9/11 Commission Report. The
producer-and-director team behind hits like THE
MISSING, A BEAUTIFUL MIND and HOW THE GRINCH
STOLE CHRISTMAS have beaten other Hollywood
heavyweights to the rights in what became a
highpriced bidding war. BAND OF BROTHERS writer ...
will pen the screenplay for the project, which is
expected to be made into a TV mini-series. The
bestselling book documents events leading up the
2001 terrorist attacks on America.
DE NIRO'S NEW FILM SHELVED -ROBERT DE
NIRO and LEONARDO DiCAPRIO's much-anticipated
new movie THE GOOD SHEPHERD has been shelved
after production company INITIAL ENTERTAINMENT
GROUP pulled out its funding. The spy thriller was in
pre-production when Initial boss GRAHAM KING chose
not to go ahead with the film, which had a $110
million (GBP61.1 million) budget - according to trade
paper DAILY VARIETY. Studio bosses at UNIVERSAL
insist they're still committed to bringing the film,
about career CIA agent JAMES WILSON, to the big
screen. The project is set to be De Niro's second
directorial job after taking charge of A BRONX TALE in
'BUSH'S RE-ELECTION IS HEARTBREAKING' -
ANGELINA JOLIE is devastated GEORGE W BUSH was
re-elected as American President (02-03NOV04),
branding it ''heartbreaking''. The SKY CAPTAIN AND
THE WORLD OF TOMORROW actress is stunned that
the majority of American voters chose Bush over
Democrat candidate JOHN KERRY. Jolie says, ''In the
past, I was able to tell people, 'Trust me, that's not
the American people - they're great.' ''But I can't say
that now because the majority voted to support
what is going on and it's heartbreaking for me that I
can't defend the people I love in America.''
LARRY KING WINS SHREK IDOL -Gravel-
voiced CNN talk show host LARRY KING has become
the unlikely winner of an online singing contest. King's
quirky rendition of GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN for
the SHREK 2 DVD release won an AMERICAN IDOL
send-up, FAR FAR AWAY IDOL, after 750,000 fans of
the sequel voted via cyberspace after checking out
the special addition. King sang the tune as his Shrek
character, DORIS THE BARMAID. The DVD sold 11
million copies in its first three days on release this
NOW CAGE TACKLES PHILIP K DICK -
NICOLAS CAGE is to join stars like TOM CRUISE,
ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER and HARRISON FORD by
taking the starring role in a movie adaptation of sci-fi
writer PHILIP K DICK's work. The movie star has
signed up to play a man who is forced to choose
between saving himself and the world after having a
premonition in NEXT. Cage will also produce the
project, which will be directed by LEE TAMAHORI.
Dick is the sci-fi mind behind TOTAL RECALL,
MINORITY REPORT and BLADE RUNNER, among other
AFFLECK BARELY SURVIVES CHRISTMAS
BEN AFFLECK's new holiday movie SURVIVING
CHRISTMAS is breaking records for all the wrong
reasons - it's set to become the fastest big screen-
to-DVD release. The film, which also stars JAMES
GANDOLFINI, flopped when it opened in America last
month (OCT04), making just $4 million (GBP2.2 million)
in its opening weekend and has gone on to make a
meagre $10 million (GBP5.5 million) at the box office.
So, in order to cash in on the upcoming Christmas
spirit, bosses at DREAMWORKS are rush-releasing the
DVD next month (21DEC04), just eight weeks after
the film hit cinemas. It was initially set to be released
in time for next Christmas (05).
Lessons From the
Gypsy Camp by Elizabeth Appell
Publisher: Scribes Valley Publishing (January 2004)
ISBN Number: 0974265217
November 3, 2004
"Consequences."10 year old Lolly Candolin
knows her Daddy's threat is not empty. Each
reminder of the "consequences" is followed by yet
another brutal lesson, mercilessly taught by her
overbearing alcoholic father. But, ironically, it is
because of one of these cruel actions that Lolly
comes upon a colorful tribe of kind-hearted gypsies
who enchant her with their love of life despite its
hardships, something she sees very little of at home.
Set in California in 1955, "Lessons from the Gypsy
Camp" is the story of a young girls induction into
the adult world. After one of her gypsy friends is
accused of murder, Lolly has to decide what is more
important: friendship and justice, or her father's
love. Her inner struggle not only helps her grow and
discover herself, she also begins to understand her
parents and how they are a product of their own
The lessons from the gypsy camp are well worth
learning, and are made all the more entertaining by
the intensely vivid and endearing characters that
teach them. From the bouncing and vivacious Tick
and her adoring, unconventional mother, to the
simple giant Bob Bob and his lion-taming mentor Sam,
Elizabeth Appell has brought to life truly believable
characters, a challenge made all the more so by their
And she could not have chosen an more ideal student
and teacher that Lolly Candolin, whose sense of
justice binds us to her while her stubborn strength,
tempered by innocence, carries us safely through to
a deeper understanding of the consequences of
actions and the cultural assumptions that direct them.
Overall, the book is an easy read with a challenging
theme. The writing has a comfortably flow at a good
pace. It is the kind of book that makes you want to
return to in every spare minute, but friendly enough
to put down for a few moments when need be.
Reviewed by Nancy Morris, Allbooks Reviews
Native Tongue by
Publisher: Warner Vision Books November 2004 (for
Genre: Fiction, Humor
Paperback: 481 pages
Rating: Highly Recommended
Hang On to Your Seats!
November 5, 2004
A typical family is on their way to the Amazing
Kingdom in Florida when suddenly, someone in a blue
pickup truck flings something out of the truck and
onto the back seat of their rented Chrysler LeBaron.
Thus begins the wild and crazy convergence of blue-
tongued mango voles, senior citizen eco-guerillas, a
burnt-out ex-reporter, two inept thieves, an ex-
governor turned ecological avenger, and a former
mob informant who is now one of the sleaziest and
richest land developers in all of Florida.
When the last two blue-tongued voles in existence
are stolen from the Amazing Kingdom, Joe Winder is
assigned the task of spinning the story into the
standard drivel consistently served up to the media
by his bosses. Joe was once an investigative
reporter, and he now feels as if he has sold his soul
as he fabricates the lies promulgated by the PR
machine at his new job. Bud and Danny are the two
thieves who stole the voles at the behest of Molly
McNamara. Molly is a deceptively innocent-looking
senior citizen who hired Bud and Danny to kidnap the
voles. She is extremely upset when she discovers
that both voles have met untimely ends before
reaching her. Molly is the head of Mothers of
Wilderness, a group bent on stopping the desecration
of Florida's land and animal population by any means
available. Francis X. Kingsbury, who owns the
Amazing Kingdom, once ratted on the mob and is now
living under an assumed name and identity. Francis X
struck it rich by developing land in Florida in
questionable deals. He then built the Amazing
Kingdom - glossy and insipidly cheery on the outside,
stinking like a sewer just beneath the surface. And
then there is Skink, ex-governor of Florida who now
lives a solitary existence in the swamplands, trying to
save what little is left of Florida's undeveloped land.
He saves Joe's life early on, then wreaks spectacular
revenge upon Francis X and his desecration of the
land in the climactic ending of the book. We also
meet many minor oddball characters along the way,
all pursuing their own interests.
While this is a lengthy book, it was easy to read and
I often found myself laughing out loud. Carl Hiaasen
has a passionate devotion to his beloved Florida and
a righteous anger towards those who refuse to
acknowledge the value and importance of the fragile
ecosystem that sustains it. Joe Winder is the alter
ego through whom Mr. Hiaasen can play out his quest
for justice and retribution against those who continue
to destroy the beauty of the land. I must admit,
there are a few scenes that are not for the weak of
heart or stomach, and I found myself quickly
skimming over them. But I appreciate the author's
ability not only to make us laugh, but also to make us
think and appeal to our collective conscience about
what is happening to our planet and to us as a
people. When Bud, one of the thieves, accidentally
ends up walking through the nursery of a hospital, he
looks at the cooing parents and wonders why people
are still having children when the world is in such a
mess. More victims, thought Bud Schwartz. Bud then
imagines the babies' futures: They would grow up to
have automobiles and houses and apartments that
would all, eventually, be burglarized by lowlifes such
as himself, It is apparent that the author is wearing
his heart on his sleeve in this passage as both
optimist and cynic. As hope springs forth by the
dawning of new life, it bumps up against the reality of
our damaged and fractured world. But with Hiaasen
leading the charge, there will always be a few laughs
to help us along the way.
This is a new paperback edition of Native Tongue,
which was originally published in 1991. It is a fun and
enjoyable read. And, alas, the theme of
environmental devastation is as timely today as it
was when it was first written.
Reviewed by Nancy Machlis Rechtman
Industry by Jennie Kermode
Publisher: Double Dragon Publishing (October 2004)
E-Book: 233 pages
Also available In-Print Edition
Rating: Highly Recommended
Greek Mythology for the 21st century.
November 9, 2004
Oscar is the lead singer of the Scottish Band
Snakeskin. They are a young group however
they have a profound effect on the masses that
listen to their music, always leaving their audience in
frenzy. One night, after a set, Oscar meets a
beautiful young lady named Peri. They have a
passionate encounter and soon thereafter, Peri
presents Oscar with what seems to be an enchanted
guitar. This guitar serves as a bridge between the
emotions felt within Oscar's heart and the outside
His music captures the attention of the god Apollo
himself. Perhaps Apollo is reminded of his son
Orpheus. Orpheus was a talented musician in Greek
mythology. His words and music were played from his
heart as he mourned the death of his wife Eurydice.
His music was said to charm man, beast, gods and
other inanimate objects. His music was heartfelt and
the listener could not resist being pulled into his
melodies. Oscar later finds out that Peri is
Persephone, the goddess of the underworld and the
goddess of Spring. What is it that makes this guitar
so special? Is it the instrument, or the musician?
Apollo and his cousin struggle to gain the love and
fidelity of Oscar, who enjoys the company of both
gods in the same manner. Apollo offers Oscar the one
thing that he perceives that Persephone cannot, a
promising music career. The characters in The
Orpheus Industry exist in a world that has
rejected monotheistic ideology. Zeus is seen as the
major god and his children do what is expected of
them as dictated by Greek Mythology. This is a place
where one's destiny is not determined by fate, it is
determined by The Fates - who themselves pre-date
all of the gods.
Oscar and Snakeskin move from obscurity to
the top, becoming world famous performers. While
their success takes shape, primarily due to the
vested interest that Apollo has taken in his lover and
his band, a battle of jealousy rages. Apollo wants
Oscar to himself. Persephone wants Oscar to herself
after her husband Hades left her for Eurydice, who is
Orpheus's former soul mate. Oscar wants the
relationship with Apollo and Persephone, but in a
different manner. What he wants most is his freedom
This book was masterfully written and I was inspired
to read and re-read every passage to acquire some
inner meaning about the events that transpired. I've
rarely read books in an e-Book format, but I found
that it proved to be very enjoyable. The author,
Jennie Kermode, has mastered a writing style and an
ideology that I have rarely seen. I've received a
lesson about the gods of Greek Mythology and an
entertaining story that will be enjoyed by the Young
Adult to Adult audience. I was entranced by the
words and I felt that I had to move forward through
this story. Perhaps this can be likened to the
emotions that are activated as one listens to the
music of Orpheus?
The story moves from our world to the underworld
where Oscar's music inspires the beings that exist in
that realm. It seems that irregardless of where the
protagonist travels, his music can create a desired
response in every listener. That "desired response"
even angers Hades, the god of the underworld and he
is forced to make a difficult decision to regain order.
One mere mortal has caused so much change in the
world of The Orpheus Industry. Oscar will pay the
price for his unrivalled success, but will that price be
paid on Earth or in the realm of the dead?
The end will amaze you!
Reviewed by Tyrone Vincent Banks
Fall (Witch Season)
by Jeff Mariotte
Publisher: Simon Pulse (October 2004)
Genre: YA Fiction
Rating: Highly Recommended
Are there really witches among us?
November 10, 2004
Kerry, Josh, Brandy, Scott, and Rebecca have left
the quaint resort on the coast of California. A life-
altering summer in which they spent most of their
time in pursuit of an evil witch named Season Howe.
Ultimately ending in Daniel Blessing's death, Kerry's
Almost a hermit, Kerry barely leaves her Northwestern
University dorm room. Instead she sits day after day
pouring over Daniel's journals. Kerry's hope is to
unearth even the smallest detail that will aid in some
chance of exposing the enigma of a ruthless killer.
Finding her efforts fruitless, Kerry decides to find
Mother Blessing the only link left to Daniel
Again she pours over the journals piecing a map
together, a route that will lead her into the Great
Meanwhile her friends have grown restless after
receiving a cryptic email from Kerry- and discovering
that Season Howe has been spotted in "Sin City."
Striking a nerve, the five friends embark on a
pilgrimage to Las Vegas--the city of dreams,
gathering, to duel the evil witch. Their cause has
several reasons: Making her pay for what she did to
Daniel and making sure she never makes it to the
Although after a grueling match of wits Kerry learns
Mother Blessing is hiding something. Something she
feels even Daniel was unaware of....
If you don't believe in witches, this series will surely
help change your mind!
Characters from previous books appear lending a
feeling of continuity for long time readers and will
keep you gripping your seat until the very last page is
read. Fall (Witch Season) is entertaining and
well done; unique in that it is both a book and a
series. Mariotte's style is deceivingly fresh. Definitely
a scary novel for teenagers, yet one that anyone
would enjoy, and could make a nice gift for young
and old fantasy fans alike.
Reviewed by Betsie
Secrets And Kisses
by Celise Downs
Publisher: Gemini Mojo Press; 2nd Rep edition (March
Genre: YA Fiction
Paperback: 116 pages
Rating: Highly Recommended
Capturing the essence of youth!
November 11, 2004
Seventeen-year-old Skylar Knight and her best friend
Elliodie "Ellie" Arparo are in their final week of classes
at Valley View High. Final exams are just around the
corner, as well the junior's only party at Blair
Nueman's house. It's well known by all the students
that Blair throws the "very best" parties and this year
would be no different. But Skylar is terribly nervous
and worried. Why? Because of the "Kissing Game,"
and the fact that she doesn't know how to kiss!
Skylar and Ellie decide a little research is in order and
they head for the library, and to their amazement find
a book titled "Kissing 101." Upon exiting the library
she bumps into Kedren Price, the most popular boy in
school. Skylar has a crush on Kendren, but their
conversation seems more like an interrogation, on
Kendren's part, leaving Skylar with an odd feeling.
While attempting to study Skylar is unable to get the
kissing book out of her thoughts, and students
around her are acting out of the ordinary.
Unintentionally Skylar overhears odd conversations,
all concerning the Nueman family.
One thing is definite for Valley View High, is that
something big is about to explode and high school for
Skylar will never be the same again!
Secrets and Kisses has a realistic cast of characters
which explore issues that real teenagers experience.
The book uncovers a conspiracy, secret agents, and
scandals, absolutely not your typical high school!
Author Celise Downs has done a stupendous job of
capturing the essence of youth. This is a great book
that any teen is certain to enjoy!
Reviewed by Betsie
DEADLINE: DECEMBER 1, 2004
SLIPSTREAM POETRY CONTEST offers a $1,000
prize plus 50 professionally-printed copies of your
book. Send up to 40 pages of poetry: any style,
format, or theme (or no theme). Entry fee: $15
DEADLINE: DECEMBER 14, 2004
The Connecticut Sports Writers' Alliance is accepting
applications for its
KOLINSKY MEMORIAL JOURNALISM SCHOLARSHIP
. The scholarship honors the memory of
Bohdan "Bo" Kolinsky, longtime scholastic sports
editor of The Hartford Courant, who died Dec. 14,
2003. He was 49. Application forms are available at
website The winner will be honored at the 64th Gold
Key Dinner April 24, 2005, at the Aqua Turf Club in
DEADLINE: DECEMBER 22, 2004
JOHN SOUTHAM AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN
SAILING COMMUNICATIONS , with $11,000 in
cash prizes for winning journalists, is seeking entries.
Now in its eleventh year, the Southam competition
offers a $5,000 grand prize and crystal cup, along
with six additional judging categories with $1,000
prizes each, including newspapers under 100,000
circulation; newspapers over 100,000 circulation;
magazine; adventure; electronic/broadcast;
expanded outlets (web/books/documentary films) and
the newly introduced columns category. Entries must
be published or produced in 2004, and submitted no
later than December 22, 2004.
DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 1, 2005
The "PRINCIPLES OF WAR ESSAY CONTEST" will
award $15,000 to the writer who best answers the
questions: "Have the principles of war changed? How
are they changing? Or do they remain valid?" The
2nd- and 3rd-place finishers will also receive $10,000
and $5,000, respectively. All three top finishers will
have their essays published in Proceedings. There will
be five additional honorable-mention awards given
out that will carry a $1,000 prize. All essays must be
3,500 words or less and turned in by Feb. 1.
Selling your script is a matter of exposure. The more
people in the industry reading your pitches and
scripts, the better your chances are of making it.
** Remember - DO NOT SEND MATERIAL TO ANYONE
LISTED UNLESS YOU ARE CERTAIN THE COMPANY
AND/OR PRODUCER IS LEGIT AND YOUR WORK HAS
Gallagher Literary Management -We want to
hear your pitch! Please pitch only COMPLETED SPECS
in only the following format via my email address
ONLY (no attachments). Pitches that do not follow
these instructions will be deleted, as we don't have
time to read long unformatted pitches.
· Title, Genre
· Author, Phone number
· Log line
· 50 word synopsis
· Similar films (CITY OF ANGELS meets MAN ON FIRE --
that's right, a kind hearted angel goes nuts and
starts chopping fingers off)!
Because we often get over a hundred pitches per
day, we can only reply to those pitches that we are
interested in, but Rob does read all emails himself
within a week or two. We take on very few new
scripts and must feel strongly about the concept, but
if Rob likes your pitch you will hear from him quickly.
Having worked on countless blockbuster films as a
Development VP, Literary Agent, Head of two literary
departments, and most recently an Acquisitions &
Distribution EVP of a major international distributor,
Rob is confident that no one represents writers as
wisely and as THOROUGHLY as he does (attacking a
project from every conceivable angle).
Gallagher Literary Management
8160 Manitoba Street Ste. 309
Los Angeles, CA 90293
Miracle Mile Entertainment - is an Indi.
Production Co. looking to Produce and Shoot YOUR
Feature Length Horror/Psychological Thriller. We are
looking for scripts that have great dialogue/story and
that can be produced on a low budget. PLEASE NO
CHEESY/GORY STUFF. We are looking for something
fresh and new that won't need "Special Effects" to
scare the audience!!! Submit you BRIEF synopsis first
and if we like your story we will contact you for a
copy of the script. There is no pay, but if chosen,
your script will be made and submitted to all major
festivals as well as distributors and you will get a
percentage of the sale/proceeds of the film.
Company Name: Miracle Mile Entertainment
ContactName: David Ara
PrizmHead Pictures - I am a film Producer
and I am looking for a ZOMBIE horror script to shoot.
Please send a copy of your Synopsis and/or Script to:
222 Wye Moor CT
Queenstown, MD 21658
If you have any questions, please feel free to
contact me at: Chanda1010@aol.com
Green Valley Entertainment - We are looking
for the following types of scripts: Horror (both
creature horror and atmospheric horror - blah serial
killers, no; supernatural, yes...think the Ring, the
Grudge, 28 Days Later, Dog Solders, Seven, Saw).
Thrillers (think Last Seduction, House of Sand & Fog,
Sexy Beast, Swimming Pool, Panic Room, Memento).
Action (think Roadhouse, Above the Law, Reservoir
Dogs, El Mariachi, male and female leads). Sci-Fi (this
is tough...think Pi, Cube, Screamers, Battle Royale,
and smart scripts that avoid sci-fi cliches).
Contact Person: Steve Antczak
One-Eleven Productions a Division of Back
Forty Group Inc. is seeking scripts for development
immediately. All genres. Company will produce a
feature length film in January and two others to
follow throughout 2005 and 2006. Ideal budget is
around 250,000 however big budget scripts are
welcome as well. Writers with multiple scripts, submit
all works. A Director will be attached to the right
script. If you have any objections to someone other
than yourself Directing your script, please do not
submit. (Scripts must be polished) One-Eleven will
greenlight the right script!
One-Eleven Productions Inc.
21115 Vanowen St. Second Floor
Canoga Park, California 91303
Coda Culture Productions Seeking
Screenwriters: Independent producer seeking hip
young writers with projects in one of three
1. Urban Horror films - The scarier the better,
centering on anAfrican-American lead character.
2. Studio Genre Pictures - Clear cut films, easily
identifiable. Also focusing on an African-American
3. School Story - The story of African-American
college students brought in to teach an arts program
in a troubled South Central high school, only to
become embroiled in the students' personal
lives, and discover the hidden racists within the
Currently has first look deals with several producers,
and willing to work with writers on a one on one basis.
NO SCRIPT ATTACHMENTS, LOGLINES ONLY unless
requested. Email: CodaCulture@hotmail.com
Blue Tattoo Films - We are seeking
copyrighted script submissions. Prefer dramas
referring to characters overcoming some sort of
physical or mental obstacle. Send scripts to:
Blue Tattoo Films
5640 Franklin Ave., Ste. 302
Los Angeles, CA 90028.
For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Canary Films, a NY independent production
company, was started in 2001. We are developing our
film slate and currently searching for a COMING OF
AGE DRAMA set in the United States. (We do not
have financing in place for these projects. Currently
we are looking to spec option material). We are also
looking for novels for screenplay adaptation.
1.Send a logline, synopsis, and any additional
information about yourself.
2. Indicate if your screenplay has won any
3. No attachments please.
Contact: Jenny Schweitzer
SANGER LEE -I am an independent producer
seeking projects for development and sale. I am open
to all genres and budgetary ranges, theatrical and
television. No experience, representation, training, or
credits are required to submit.
All submissions MUST be copyrighted and be
registered with the WGA. Additionally, YOU MUST
SIGN A RELEASE FORM BEFORE SENDING ME ANY OF
YOUR WORKS. Any submission without a proper
release form signed will not be read or reviewed under
Please e-mail me your logline and brief synopsis. No
attachment. I will send you a copy of release form
after reviewing them. You may submit more than one
material at a time. If you would like materials
returned to you, include a SASE.
Upon your submission, you will be notified that your
work has been received. All works will be read and
you will be contacted ASAP. Feel free to contact me
for any questions.
2303 S CATALINA ST
LOS ANGELES, CA 90007
** 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!
Finding Your Target Market
Achieving sales is probably the biggest
challenge a web business owner has. It requires a
balanced mix of the right product, competitive
pricing, optimal web design, aggressive advertising
and attracting the right online visitors.
While all of the above are equally important
in achieving abundant sales, none of them will work
at all if you don't target the people that are most
likely to buy your product. These people are known
as your target or niche market. Focusing in on your
niche market will allow you to find only those that are
ready, willing and able to buy what you have to offer.
Your niche market provides you the
competitive edge over bigger name competitors
because many tend to market to a much broader
range of people. Their promotions are more
generalized and less focused. For them, the smaller
markets are not worth bothering with. This now
becomes your opportunity to capture those highly
defined niche markets that they left behind.
Defining your Market
In order to find these people you must first determine
who they are. This might sound like a simple or
perhaps insignificant question at first but it can
possibly make or break the success of your sales if
you don't give it some serious thought. Here's how to
Think about the following and jot down all those that
might apply to people interested in your product.
Don't rule out any category completely. Think about
each group of people and how they might apply.
infants, children, teens, young adults, baby boomers,
middle aged, elderly or all.
Male, female or both.
single, married, divorced, widowed or all.
Ethnic or religious backgrounds
Executives, doctors, lawyers, housewives, business
owners, teachers, blue collar, white collar, students,
out of work, etc.
healthy, diseased, home bound, active, sedentary,
sports, hiking, music, arts, computers, reading,
television, animals, home, decorating, cars, walking,
running, relaxation, health conscious, age conscious,
physical fitness, etc.
low income, middle income, high income, no income.
high school dropout, high school, college, MBA, PHD,
hates school, loves school, etc.
Certainly all categories are not listed above, however
these can get you started on thinking about all the
Next, it's important to determine what
benefits you are offering. Examine your product
carefully listing all the benefits that you can think of.
Perhaps take a poll of your existing customers and
ask them what it is they like about your product.
What benefits them the most?
Once you have a listed all of the benefits, think
about what people would be interested in these
benefits based on your list above. Then put them
together to assist you in reaching a market that will
bring you sales.
Reaching Your Target Market
Search engines are the best way of finding a
targeted market because those searching on the web
can type in exactly what they are searching for and
receive the targeted traffic the search engines so
But attaining good placement on the search engines
is often difficult and time consuming.
Ezines and newsletters are a very effective
Most ezines cover specific subjects such as finance,
marketing, health, internet, etc. Your job will be to
find an ezine whose topic matches your target
market. To do this you must locate an ezine
directory. Directories usually list contact information,
advertising rates, and circulation. Once you find a
targeted ezine then place your ad. Be sure your ad
includes as many of your product benefits as the ad
The idea is to define your target market
specifically enough so that you can find the
appropriate place to advertise and then create sales
messages that make your readers feel you are talking
directly to them.
You'll be amazed at the amount of traffic you can
receive by finding your target market and reaching
them in the appropriate location.
How Producer's Consider Loglines
One of the biggest problems that a screenwriter
faces is the lack of information about the decision
process a producer might go through when
purchasing a screenplay.
The more you know about how producers make
decisions, the easier it will be for you to present
materials that a producer might buy.
In the previous issue, I presented three tips to
increasing the success rate of your loglines. They are:
First: MAKE IT ATTRACTIVE to a producer.
Second: Write your logline to be pitched.
Third: Tell the best part.
To more fully understand this, let's look at two ways
to write a logline for the same story.
After his cooking show becomes a hit, the now-
famous baker has the one thing he can't tolerate
show up in his kitchen -- his overbearing mother.
That logline would work fine for a phone or in-person
pitch, but not for as a stand-alone for a written
pitch. In a phone pitch, it would hook the listener
and you are there to answer the obvious questions.
But this kind of logline is often the kind seen on web
sites or in the publications that provide 200 loglines.
It does poorly because there's not enough there for
an assistant to justify why they should request the
There's a big problem with this logline...
....it only presents the first Act.
Do you see that? It leaves out most of what the
movie is about. So the assistant or intern reading
through 200 loglines doesn't know enough about the
story. It could be about a mother and son
reconciling or it could be a murder mystery where the
son kills the mom at the beginning of the 2nd Act.
What if the logline were written like this...
A small town's baker achieves fame for his cooking
show until his overbearing mother joins the show,
upstages his cooking, belittles his lovelife, and his hit
TV show becomes the town joke.
Don't worry if that isn't a great logline. Just consider
this part. How much more do you know about the
story, now? You don't know the ending, but you
know the setup and the 2nd Act, right?
That is how producers pitch a logline. Writers pitch
the setup. Producers pitch the 2nd Act.
Why is this important? There are so many stories that
have an amazing setup, but the 2nd Act doesn't live
up to the first. After hundreds of scripts with poor
2nd Acts, producers have been forced to ask for
more than the setup.
FORTH tip: Pitch the 2nd Act to give a producer
certainty that this really is a great script.
As long as you have a great 2nd Act, you should be
proud to highlight it in your logline. But if you don't,
then this is a great time to brainstorm a 2nd Act that
is as good as your 1st Act.
Once you have the 2nd Act represented in your
logline, make sure of one more thing -- that your
logline is a hook!
That is probably the most valuable thing you can do
with a "marketing logline" and... we'll discuss how to
do it in the next issue.
Popular British Columbia 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 locations."
Page Eleven Books
1070A Shoppers Row
P: (250) 286-6476
F: (250) 286-9782
Blue Heron Books
1775 Comox Ave.
P: (250) 339-6111
F: (250) 339-0413
301 - 535 Victoria Ave. N
P: (250) 417-2628
F: (250) 417-2630
Black Bear Books
1013 Canyon St.
P: (250) 428-2711
F: (250) 428-2711
Volume One Bookstore
149 Kenneth Street
P: (250) 748-1533
F: (250) 748-6544
Polar Peek Books
P.O. Box 1589, 592 2nd Ave.
P: (250) 423-3736
F: (250) 423-3736
Merlin Books Ltd.
448 Victoria Street
P: (250) 374-9553
F: (250) 374-0596
Book Masters/Toys 4 U
202 City Centre
P: (250) 632-7323
F: (250) 632-7329
2239 West 4th Ave.
P: (604) 732-5344
F: (604) 732-5314
Banyon Books & Sound
2671 West Broadway
Long Distance (Canada & USA): 1-800-663-8442
People's Co-op Bookstore
1391 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Phone: (toll free) 1-888-511-5556 or (local) 604-253-
Women in Print
3566 West 4th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6R 1N8
P: (250) 545-1885
F: (250) 545-0095
Remember pitching your story idea to any one of
these magazines will bring your book or product to
the attention of thousands!
The Women's Review of Books
Center for Research
Wellesley, MA 02481
Frequency: 11 x year
EDITOR IN CHIEF: Amy Hoffman
Editorial Profile: Publication features reviews of
current books by and about women, including fiction
29 Bennitt Avenue
San Anselmo, CA
Frequency: 4 x year
Target Audience: Young Adult
The Women's Times
323 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA
Frequency: 1 x month
Editorial Profile: Publication contains interviews,
essays, articles and resources on topics of interest
20 Exchange Place
New York, NY
Frequency: 6 x year
Editorial Profile: Publication covers national and
international news, the arts, personality profiles,
health, and fiction from a feminist viewpoint.
New Writer's Magazine
P.O. Box 5976
Frequency: 6 x year
Publication Category: Consumer
4508 Walsh Street
Frequency: 6 x year
Editorial Profile: Publication contains reviews, market
information, calendars, and articles on writing for
writers, as well as lovers of literature.
Landing a feature in any one of these magazines
could also add up in sales - so don't procrastinate -
get cracking and call, write, or morse code your news
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!
P.O. Box 213
Daily Circulation: 8,500
Frequency: 1 x week
3712 Highway 1
Rehoboth Beach, DE
Daily Circulation: 25,000
Frequency: 1 x week
Greenville Community News
P.O. Box 549
Daily Circulation: 10,500
Frequency: 1 x week
24 West Main Street
Daily Circulation: 4,800
Frequency: 1 x week
609 Division Street
Daily Circulation: 25,000
Frequency: 1 x week
The Harrington Journal
110 Center Street
Daily Circulation: 2,000
Frequency: 1 x week
The New Castle Weekly
203 Delaware Street
New Castle, DE
Daily Circulation: 1,200
Frequency: 1 x week
The Sussex Countian
115 North Race Street
Daily Circulation: 4,500
Frequency: 1 x week
Bay News 9
7901 66th Street North
Pinellas Park, FL
News Desk: 727-437-1239
Toll free Tipline: 888-437-1239
Description: General Interest Periodicals - National
Central Florida News 13
64 East Concord Street
Channel 4 San Diego
1370 India Street
San Diego, CA
Description: Sports - General
2000 York Road
Oak Brook, IL
Description: General Interest Periodicals - National
Talk Radio Stations
92.7 The Ticket
2495 N. Cedar Street
Continental Media Group
People's Wave Radio
252 W. 37th Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY
City Coverage: New York
3415 University Avenue
Saint Paul, MN
City Coverage: Saint Paul
KQEI / KQED
2601 Mariposa Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
City Coverage: Sacramento / San Francisco
2300 Powhattan St.
City Coverage: Washington DC, St.Louis, Chicago
NPR -Most news reports by freelancers and
member station reporters come to NPR's programs via
one of our four newsgathering "desks"-- foreign,
national, science and arts information. These desks
take pitches and also solicit coverage. Desk editor's
work with reporters to shape and focus the story for
broadcast. Please do not e-mail our programs if you
want to do a story; contact our liaison to
independents at: email@example.com
City Coverage: National
Whether your looking for an autograph, celebrity
endorsement or just interested in communicating with
a star... here's the latest addresses.
Remember: 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!
Sarah Michelle Gellar
c/o George Freeman
William Morris Agency (WMA-LA)
1 William Morris Pl
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
c/o Staff Member
Richard De La Font Agency
4845 S Sheridan Rd
Tulsa, OK 74145
c/o Staff Member
360 N Crescent Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90210
PO Box 8899
Anaheim, CA 92812
c/o Erin Culley-LaChapelle
Creative Artists Agency LCC (CAA-LA)
9830 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
This past week Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former Vice
Presidential candidate John Edwards announced that
she was diagnosed with invasive ductal cancer,
which is the most common type of breast cancer.
You may send her your well wishes at this
P.O. Box 34640
Washington, DC 20043
The highly anticipated sequel to "Bridget Jones
Diary", "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason" comes
out today in a theater near you. You can write the
film's star, Renee Zellweger at this address:
c/o John Carrabino
100 N Crescent Dr #300
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Supermodel Claudia Schiffer has given birth to her
second child with husband Matthew Vaughn, a 7
pound, 2 ounce baby girl. She was born at 11 a.m.
yesterday at London's Portland Hospital. You can
write her at the following address:
c/o Lisa Jacobsen
United Talent Agency (UTA)
9560 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Always query first! DO NOT send materials until
The Robbins Office
405 Park Avenue, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10022
Wieser & Elwell, Inc. Literary Agency
80 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1101
New York, NY 10011
Marcy Posner Literary Agency
85 John Street
New York, NY 10038
Watkins Loomis Agency, Inc.
133 E. 35th Street, #1
New York, NY
Kristin Nelson Literary Agent
1020 15th Street, Suite 26L
Denver, CO 80202
Raphael Sagalyn, Inc.
4825 Bethesda Ave., Suite 302
Bethesda, MD 20814
Susan Schulman Literary Agency
454 W. 44th St.
New York, NY 100362
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