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HEY MOM -- DAD!
The Hottest Christmas Toys for This Holiday Season
Experts are all agreeing on a couple of things about
the hottest Christmas toys 2004: 1) that it will be a
blockbuster year for children's toys and other
playthings; and 2) that the hottest Christmas toys
2004 can be summed up in several categories, which
you'll find below.
This is an especially important year to get a
jumpstart on the hottest Christmas toys for 2004
because toy manufacturers are being more
conservative this year due to the economy, and
almost everyone is predicting Christmas toy
A little advice: The best gifts for kids are the ones
that he or she asked for - and thus the Xmas gifts
that you give your son or daughter will be right on
the money. Speaking of money, if the kids are like
most of the kids that I know, a twenty-dollar bill is an
excellent Christmas gift too.
1. Techno -Video games (and the systems
to play them on) are HUGE again this year -- again.
Some of the old favorite characters and game types
will still be hot, but there are new electronic
entertainment systems and interactive TV games
that will be equally popular. From snowboarding
to 'monster truck' interactives, and from action
heroes to mysteries, you can look for Nintendo, Sony
Playstation and xbox systems and games to be
leading the pack.
2. 'Boy Toys' -Action 'toys' like scooters,
dirt bikes and skateboards are for both boys and girls,
of course, and they are all among the hottest
Christmas toys for 2004. The Razor E battery-
powered scooter is sure to be hot, as is the Fisher
Price Power Wheels Go-Cart, and other electric or
battery-powered 'toys' that translate into
3. Remote Control -2004 will quite possibly
be the 'Year of the Remote Control' toy. Hobbytron's
remote control stunt cars are hot, hot, hot, and
there are remote control boats, hovercrafts,
helicopters and various kinds of action figures on the
list of the hottest Christmas toys for 2004. Be sure to
check them all out!
4. Oldies but Goodies -The classic
children's toys that have been around for a few
decades are still going to be around, and still going to
be among the hottest Christmas toys for 2004. For
example, Barbie and other Disney character toys,
games and accessories are on top of the list.
Some other old favorites will be back, but some of
them have a decidedly new 'flavor' - for example, the
EasyBake oven just got even easier, and even
Cabbage Patch kids have been updated and will be
hotter than ever this year.
5. Educational/Creative --Every year there
are newer and smarter educational or creative games
or toys that your children will learn new skills from --
the whole time they're playing and having fun!
A relative newcomer to the educational toys scene,
Leapfrog Enterprises, Inc. has burst on the scene
with junior computer games called 'LeapPad' that will
definitely be one of the season's hottest Christmas
toys. Other creative and educational games include
the classic Fisher Price toddler's line, and Discovery
Toys. You can start to shop anytime online or offline
for the hottest Christmas toys 2004 -- before the
shelves are empty!
6. Classics -If you're really not too sure
which category will work best, there's one category
that's as timeless as Christmas, and you can't go
wrong with these hottest Christmas toys:
the 'classic' toys like Barbie and GI Joe never seem to
lose their popularity with kids!
7. Books -Any time there are best-selling
children's books on the market, you can bet that
there will be lots and lots of 'spin-off' toys, games
and accessories in the book's theme that children will
absolutely love! Pay attention to any books that are
selling like hotcakes, and you'll have a good idea
what toys will follow. (And of course, if your child
doesn't actually have the book yet, start there!
8. Movies -Sometimes a movie follows a
best-selling book, but not always. Other times,
there's a blockbuster movie that children are
clamoring to see. Again, if there's a hot children's
movie, you can count on the merchandise that will
follow -- and children will clamor to own. Example: 1.
The new SpongeBob game comes with 30 new cards
and a complete set of rules. This game is less than
$20.00 2. You may not know Yu-Gi-Oh! But your kids
sure do. Here you'll find everything you need to play
this hot new game with special collectible tins
starting at less than $20.00 (Hey even I watch Yu-
Gi-Oh ^_^ )
9. Listen Up! -If you are still having trouble
figuring out what the hottest Christmas toys will be
this year, start paying attention to your children and
their friends. What are they interested in? You'll
easily overhear their conversations this time of year -
- what are they talking about, excited about? And of
course, you can always ask them -- or just wait for
the TV commercials to start, and they'll be asking!
IIN THE NEWS
FORMER ESSENCE/ HEART&SOUL EDITOR YANICK
RICE LAMB AND FRANCES CLAYTON GRAY IN NEW
YORK FOR BORN TO WIN - The Althea Gibson
Foundation, the New York Association of Black
Journalists and John Wiley & Sons. Inc. Present
Honoring Harlem's Own: A Celebration of the
Publication of "Born to Win: The Authorized Biography
of Althea Gibson" by Yanick Rice Lamb and Frances
Ms. Lamb is the founding editor of BET Weekend
magazine and has also served as editor in chief of
Heart & Soul magazine, editor at large of Essence
magazine, and as an editor at the New York Times
and the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Lamb has
written for numerous publications, including Emerge,
and teaches journalism at Howard University.
Ms. Gray is the cofounder and Chief Executive Officer
of the Althea Gibson Foundation. As Gibson's
confidante and caretaker, she came to be viewed as
the daughter Gibson never had. Gray has occupied a
number of roles in the state of New Jersey, including
businesswoman, community leader, and professor.
Included, a foreword by Bill Cosby and an afterward
by Venus Williams, Born To Win is the thrilling,
inspiring story of the larger-than-life woman who
broke the color line in tournament tennis as well as
women's golf. Born To Win offers a revealing glimpse
of Gibson, from her childhood in Harlem and her ten-
year reign as champion of the all-black American
Tennis Association to her historic 1950 debut at
Forest Hills and her momentous victories of 1957 and
1958, when she swept both Wimbledon and the U.S.
ROSS DELAYS TELL-ALL - MOTOWN legend
Diana Ross has delayed her second
autobiography ''indefinitely'' after she told publishers
she doesn't want to discuss her private life. Ross
signed a huge deal with REGAN BOOKS last year (03)
to write about the end of her second marriage to
ARNE NAESS, her December 2002 arrest for driving
under the influence and her subsequent 48-hour
prison sentence. The singer received criticism in 1994
for avoiding the grittier details of her private life in
her first book SECRETS OF A SPARROW. Despite an
expected publishing date of January 2005, a
spokesperson for Regan says the date has been
delayed ''indefinitely'', while Ross' rep adds, ''She's
still in discussions about the direction of the book and
no decision has been made.'' A source tells, ''There's
a disagreement between Regan and Ross about what
belongs in the book and what doesn't. ''She was
supposed to tell all, but she kept saying she doesn't
want to get into anything unpleasant, and kept going
on about how that's all in the past.''
DEAN MARTIN SHOPLIFTED - Legendary
crooner Dean Martin used to shoplift in busy
department stores - according to the late singer's
daughter Deana. Deana has infuriated fans of the
EVERYBODY LOVES SOMEBODY hitmaker by revealing
her father's dark side in her autobiography MEMORIES
ARE MADE OF THIS. At the book launch party this
week (15NOV04), Deana revealed, ''My father used to
go to crowded department stores and shoplift
inexpensive items like ties. ''Everyone would simply
stare at him slipping these items in his pockets, but
the stores, out of respect, would just let him walk
out and then send over the bill.''
Disney Publishing Worldwide - DPW has
acquired of the assets of CrossGen Entertainment
Inc., an innovative publisher of comicbooks and
graphic novels. CrossGen's stable of epic fantasy and
science fiction properties include ABADAZAD, RUSE,
WAY OF THE RAT, MERIDIAN, MYSTIC, ROUTE 666
and SOJOURN. Disney represents approximately 50%
of all children's comic magazines sold around the
world, reaching readers of all ages, with 220 million
comics each year.
12 GAMING FIRMS SUED OVER 3D PATENT. -
A patent infringement case has been filed for the
patent, "Method and Apparatus for Spherical
Planning," which could affect every 3D videogame
ever made, reports GameDAILY BIZ. Texas-based law
firm McKool Smith has sued 12 major game publishers,
including Electronic Arts, Take-Two Interactive,
Ubisoft, Activision, Atari, THQ, Vivendi Universal
Games, Sega, Square Enix, Tecmo, LucasArts and
Namco Hometek. The law firm is threatening legal
action against several small companies as well.
McKool Smith claims that the defendants infringed on
their patent, originally filed in March 1988 for a
specific method of displaying 3D images on a monitor.
The complaint doesn't request any specific damages
at this time. Eight of the 12 gaming firms are being
defended by the same law firm, Gibson, Dunn &
24 HOURS IN ENTERTAINMENT RETAIL
HISTORY. - HALO 2 broke entertainment retail
records in its first 24 hours on store shelves.
Microsoft Game Studios announced that the highly
anticipated game sold through 2.4 million units in the
U.S. and Canada, driving cash register receipts to the
$125 million mark.
FILM and TELEVISION
THE INCREDIBLES HOLDS OFF THE POLAR
EXPRESS. - With only a 28% drop-off in its
second weekend, Disney/Pixar's THE INCREDIBLES
continued its box office assault for the period ended
Nov. 14, 2004. The 3D-animated superhero homage
tallied $50.2M on its way to $143.2M, which sent
Pixar stock soaring to a record $90 a share on
Monday. POLAR EXPRESS finished in second with
$23.3M The film is rumored to have cost $270 million
to make and market.
Opening in third place was New Line's Pierce Brosnan
thriller, AFTER THE SUNSET, which took in $11.1M
Focus Features' SEED OF CHUCKY opened in fourth
place with $8.7M Universal's BRIDGET JONES: THE
EDGE OF REASON (with vfx by Double Negative)
bowed in the fifth spot with $8.6M Universal's RAY
slipped to sixth in its second week, with $8.4M and a
total of $52.5M Sony's THE GRUDGE slid to seventh
with $7M and a cume of $99.2M, Lions Gate's SAW
came in eighth place with $6.4M and $45.7M so far.
Miramax's SHALL WE DANCE settled for ninth with
$4M and $48.6M And Paramount's ALFIE finished
10th with $2.7M and only $11.1M to date.
COMEDY CENTRAL ANNOUNCES 2005
DEVELOPMENT SLATE. - While Comedy Central
has had an impressive string of animated shows
premiere this fall the new development slate for 2005
consists chiefly of live-action shows and a videogame
project. The all-comedy network has closed talent
deals with Norm Macdonald and Jamie Kennedy,
completed production on five new pilots, including
two entertainment show parodies, and greenlit a
concert film with network star Dave Attell, it was
announced today (Nov. 16, 2004) by Lauren Corrao,
svp, original programming and head of development,
SCI FI RENEWS ATLANTIS & SG-1. - Sci Fi Channel
announced that it has ordered a second season of
STARGATE ATLANTIS and a ninth season of
STARGATE SG-1. The network has ordered 20 new
episodes of each show from MGM Television Ent., and
production on both is set to begin in March 2005 for
INCUBUS FRONTMAN RETURNS TO COURT -
Frontman BRANDON BOYD is returning to a New York
City court on Monday (22NOV04) to plead guilty to
possession of a weapon. The DRIVE singer was
arrested last month (06OCT04) when arriving at
LaGuardia Airport from Amsterdam, The Netherlands,
when baggage screeners spotted a switchblade in his
carry-on luggage. Boyd admits he ''totally forgot'' the
item was in his bag and was charged with criminal
possession of a weapon. The star will appear in
Queens County Court on Monday, where he hopes to
pay a fine up to $1,000 (GBP555), instead of a
possible year jail term.
ELTON SLAMS ASHANTI, STEFANI AND McFADDEN
- Flamboyant rocker SIR ELTON JOHN has
slammed Irish star BRIAN McFADDEN's new single
IRISH SON, claiming he had to stop listening to the
track ''in case I committed suicide''. The ROCKET MAN
star commented on new releases as part of his role
as guest editor of London magazine TIME OUT, and
gave McFadden, ASHANTI and even celebrity pal
GWEN STEFANI scathing reviews. John
complains, ''Brian is probably a nice man, but I nearly
died when I listened to Irish Son. I absolutely hated
it. It's the worst lyric on a record I've ever heard. I
had to take it off in case I committed suicide. It's
just horrible. No, no, no.'' When asked about
Ashanti's ONLY U track, John fumes, ''I hate this.
Absolutely hate it. It sounds so dated, it's just
painting by numbers. Awful. And that horrible cover.
How will this ever sell? Ugh.'' Despite admitting
he ''loves'' NO DOUBT singer Stefani, John is
unimpressed with her debut solo single WHAT YOU
WAITING FOR? John laments, ''Very disappointing. I
love her, but I just don't think the song is very
good.'' The bespectacled singer also took the
opportunity to mock BUSTED's new track SHE WANTS
TO BE ME, claiming the boyband trio ''are trying too
hard to get established'' in America, by trying to
sound ''quite SUM 41-ish''.
MADONNA ADAPTS KIDS BOOK FOR BIG
SCREEN - Superstar Madonna is adapting her
debut children's book THE ENGLISH ROSES into a film.
The MATERIAL GIRL penned the moral tale last year
(03), about young bullies NICOLE, AMY, CHARLOTTE
and GRACE tormenting lonely, but beautiful BINAH.
But, after a visit from a fairy godmother, they soon
see the error of their ways and make friends with her.
According to American gossip site THE SCOOP,
Madonna is hoping to start production on the big
screen version of the story this year (04).
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Teen Queens and
Has-Beens by Cathy Hopkins
Publisher: Simon Pulse (November 2004)
Genre: Preteen and Teen
Price: $ 5.99
Rating: Highly Recommended
Real Problems, Great Message
November 10, 2004
It's Valentine's Day and Lia Axford is depressed
because no one has sent her a Valentine's Day card.
She is still adjusting to her new life in Cornwall. Lia
had loved her old school, but ended up boarding
there when her parents moved to a new home, far
from London. She missed her family and decided to
live at home and start over at a new school. She has
made some great friends there, particularly Cat,
Becca, Mac and Squidge. But she wonders how she
will fit in at this new school. Her dad is a famous
rock star. Her mother is beautiful, her brother and
sister are popular and outgoing and Lia feels invisible,
no matter how beautiful everyone says she is. She
wants to conceal her parents' wealth and her father's
fame from her new schoolmates, hoping to fit in with
the rest of the crowd.
Kaylie O'Hara is teen queen of the new school, along
with her group of Clones. She has set her sights on
newly unattached Jonno Appleton, the most popular
boy in their class. But to Lia's surprise, Jonno is
interested in her, not Kaylie. While Lia is flattered by
the attention, she fears that Kaylie will be out for
revenge. Sure enough, Kaylie and the Clones set out
to make Lia's life miserable. No matter what Lia does,
Kaylie has zeroed in on her as target and the bullying
begins. Kaylie starts rumors, humiliates Lia at every
turn, making sure that whatever she does cannot be
pinned on her. This causes Lia's self-confidence to
take a nosedive, wondering if she is imagining that
Kaylie is behind this mess. She is also confused over
who her real friends are. In the satisfying resolution
of this book, Kaylie gets her comeuppance and is
exposed for the bully she is, and has always been.
It is sad and disturbing to realize how prevalent this
kind of bullying is these days, typified not only by the
experiences of so many young girls, but brought
jarringly to our attention by recent movies such as
Mean Girls and 13 Going on 30. It is important to
teach children that bullying of any kind is never
acceptable and that keeping silent is toxic to their
self-esteem and relationships with others.
American readers might have a bit of trouble
understanding some of the British colloquialisms, but
the message in this book is well worth the effort. The
writing is authentic and it is apparent that Cathy
Hopkins has done her research well, delving into the
psyches of young teens and creating characters that
will be immediately recognizable to her readers.
Reviewed by Nancy Machlis Rechtman
The Christmas Train
by David Baldacci
Publisher: Warner Books (November 2004)
Also available in Hardcover $19.95
Rating: Highly Recommended
Second chances and dreams do come true!
November 13, 2004
Tom Langdon is a journalist and a man determined to
change the world. Although Langdon also has a bad
temper, which erupts during a security check at La
Guardia Airport. Before the magistrate, Langdon
receives stern warning, instructions to enroll in anger
management classes, and two-year banishment from
all air carriers within the U.S.
Langdon makes the best of his situation, using the
opportunity to take the train to LA and write a story
about it. However, his motivation is much bigger than
meeting his West Coast girlfriend Lelia Gibson for a
holiday ski trip in Tahoe.
Once on board readers will meet a fascinating cast.
Such as Agnes Joe who loves trains. Drusella Pardoe
a palm reader. Julie and Steve who have eloped and
planned their wedding while riding train. Father Kelly a
retired Priest. Mark Powers a famous film director and
his entourage. And the one person Langdon would
never have expected, Eleanor Carter, his one time
girlfriend and the one he let get away.
Things heat up when Lelia decides to surprise
Langdon - on the train no less! Bad weather also stirs
things up along this adventure. Thus, making one
wonder, will the passengers make it home for the
Having ridden on Amtrak a few times this book
brought back fond memories of cross-country travel.
The Christmas Train is a wonderful
novel that is filled with humor, mystery, romance,
adventure, as well as memorable characters that are
sure to entertain and not easily forgotten. David
Baldacci has created an excellent heartwarming
story, guaranteed to put spirit back into your holiday
Reviewed by Betsie
Uncle Sim's by
Publisher: Publish America; (March 2004)
Paperback: 236 pages
Rating: Highly Recommended
A Universal Story and Theme That Could Take
Place in Any Town.
November 15, 2004.
Derek grew up in a small Midwestern community in
which the secrets and gossip have taken on lives of
their own. There is little that can occur in this small
town that will remain secret or unknown. Derek has
questions of his own, primarily about the "black-
sheep" of his family; Uncle Sim. Derek has questions
about Uncle Sim, who is his father's cousin, but when
he questions his father about this relative, he
receives very brief and guarded answers. On a day
when Derek speaks to Uncle Sim, his father rushes to
Sim's home and warns his cousin to stay away from
his son. Sim's reply, "I'll get even with your some
Thus, the reader has questions and this piece of
fiction becomes a mystery novel of sorts. Little by
little we learn more about Sim as viewed through
Derek's eyes. Sim introduces Derek to a world of
drugs, lies, vengeance and murder. We see Derek
grow away from his childhood friends Kyle, Leslie and
James. One of them, however, will become one of
Sim's victims as he carries out a plot to get even
with Derek's father. This story can happen in any
town and many have seen what drugs can do to
people. The ones that sell or use will never be the
We grow up with Derek, meeting his friends, as they
were children and viewing their progress and fate as
the pages of this book turn. Liz Rohloff is a talented
writer and that talent is evident as you find yourself
lost in the pages. Her characters portray the
personal traits of many of our own childhood friends
that either fail or succeed in spite of everyone's
expectations. I think of the movie; Less Than Zero as
I ponder the message relayed. Derek is that friend
who took the wrong path and made some unwise
choices in spite of his personal beliefs. A recurring
theme throughout the book as stated by some of the
characters was to "control the drug and not let it
control you." However, the message is simple and
painfully true - if you deal with or in illegal drugs -
your life is no longer in your hands.
I can see this book as a springboard for Liz Rohloff
and many advocates who want to remove drugs from
the hands and lives of our youths. Liz Rohloff's book
will show you a scenario that's more realistic and one
that we know to be true. The book flowed along
remarkably and the end was one that some would
expect and others will never forget.
Uncle Sim's was a tragic but very
readable piece of fiction based on many remnants of
non-fiction. You will enjoy the book and its message.
Drug usage and abuse is not selective. It can
happen to anyone anywhere and this book will tell a
story that can be everyone's story in some manner.
I thank Liz Rohloff for her research and insight that
gave a living and breathing problem another
personification to examine - and prevent.
Reviewed by Tyrone Vincent Banks
False Profits by
Publisher: Mysterious Press (November 2004)
Rating: Highly Recommended
Excellent amateur sleuth!
November 15, 2004
For seven years, 30-year-old divorcee Tucker Sinclair
has worked for the financial advising firm Aames &
Associates as a management consultant and is now
being considered for a partnership. However, her risk
taking methods make others within the firm somewhat
nervous. Though since completing her work with Dr.
Polk, a neurosurgeon, who was in need of capital
expansion, Tucker feels confident she'll get it.
That is until the Doctor turns up missing, money can't
be accounted for and the firm is being sued for 11
To make matters worse - her original files, which
prove the claim is incorrect are missing, and her Aunt
Sylvia who has conveniently moved in with her dog
suddenly claims the Malibu beach cottage that
Tucker's grandmother left to Tucker in her will, is
hers! What Aunt Sylvia doesn't reveal is that the land
the cottage sits on is worth about 2 million.
Faced by a wall of secrecy, Tucker has too many
unanswered questions, leaving her with no choice but
to investigate the crime or face criminal charges of
fraud and embezzlement. She has one week in which
to clear her name, identifying Polk's accomplice and
the person who helped alter her business plan, while
Mo Whitner threatens to turn her into the FBI, which
could probably turn up an insurance scam as well.
Tucker isn't going to waste a second, and finds
herself investigating the crime-desperately hunting
for clues. Her amateur sleuth skills lead to a number
of high-level individuals, as well as her ex-husband,
Eric, her own staff, the doctor's insane receptionist,
and confrontation with autopsy photos.
False Profits is not only the author's debut
novel, but is well written, fast paced and fresh. The
result is a book you have difficulty leaving once you
begin its reading. Sinclair Tucker, the fiery heroine
would make Jessica Fletcher proud! Patricia Smiley is
a talented author, and certainly one to keep an eye
on - in a sequel perhaps?
Reviewed by Betsie
When Two Souls
Connect: A practical guide to living with or without
your Soul Mate by Steve Gunn & Johnette
Publisher: Kick the Fish Publishing
E-Book: 110 pages
Rating: Highly Recommended!
An essential and thorough guide to dealing with
love and relationships.
November 15, 2004
The following was taken from Chapter 1 of When Two
Souls Connect: Soul Shock:
"If you've met someone who's changed you
If you love someone so much you realize you just
weren't alive before them...
If you've met someone who's awakened you to the
unbelievable beauty of existence...
If you've met someone who is more you than even
If you miss someone so much you can't even
conceive of existing without them...
If you've lost someone and it feels like your soul left
Then read on..."
These powerful, poetic words summarize the lessons
in love and loss that you will discover in reading this
publication. It is so easy to speak of love and
everyone professes to be adept at the emotions and
feelings involved with this powerful state of being.
One can feel that there is no more to learn of this
topic and dismiss this work as documentation that
justifies the feelings and emotions that they already
However, we must ponder and discuss two issues.
Why do we fall in love and what do we do when the
love of our life is gone? In playing devil's advocate,
another school of thought must be introduced. Can
anyone and everyone self-qualify themselves as the
ultimate resource in matters of the heart? Perhaps...
but when you read this E-Book, you will see that
there is so much more to this emotion. Steve Gunn
and Johnette Duff have written this guide combining
medical documentation with actual real-life cases
that highlight and define the points that they make.
They have not taken a short cut or offered one half
of the knowledge that they have collectively
acquired - they have given this topic the scrutiny
and attention to detail that I personally have never
Both authors have experienced the reality of this
multi-facetted phenomenon. Steve Gunn is a psychic
healer and is aware of the hurt that people feel and
the source of that discomfort. Healing the psyche
can prove to be more difficult than healing and
obvious cut, bruise or laceration - the scars caused
by a Soul-Mate or potential Soul-mate's separation
from the patient may never heal. Gunn identifies the
root cause of failed or lost relationships and uses this
knowledge as a tool to heal or at least begin the
Johnette Duff is an attorney and a nationally
published author who has experienced first hand the
reality of being torn away from her Soul-Mate. She
has also suffered emotional setbacks and tragedies
that those weaker than she would have surely
succumbed to. Instead of giving up hope and being
victimized by this harsh side of reality - she will share
with you the results of her research. She has
searched her heart and the hearts of others and
contributed information that will aid in the healing
process. Collectively, they offer us advice, insight,
theories and first-hand experiences that can help the
reader as they experience some or all of the cases
The chapters are broken up in a manner in which the
case studies and actual experiences of the subjects
exist in their own space. Some of the cases start off
in a fashion that will lead the reader to believe that
the couples will fail or succeed in their efforts. As we
revisit those same subjects many chapters later, we
find out that we were right or very, very wrong. Just
like the love and relationships that they speak of,
these experiences embody the spontaneity of this
emotion and the peaks and downfalls that will surely
What each reader learns or gains from this book will
be unique. There are so many ideas and facts
presented. As you read; When Two Souls
Connect: A practical guide to living with or
without your Soul Mate, there are many ideals
that will accumulate in your thought process. Those
ideals, when categorized and organized in a manner
that you may benefit from, plot a logical course to
emulate as you look for your Soul-Mate or try to
cope with the absence of that Soul-Mate. There is
so much more that you can gain as you embark on
that personal journey that is just as unique as the
person taking the journey.
There's something for everyone in this E-book and I
recommend that you review this work. If you have
questions that can be answered by your own heart,
this book will lead you in the correct direction.
Reviewed by Tyrone Vincent Banks
Absolute Friends by
John le Carré
Publisher: Back Bay Books (November 2004)
Paperback: 456 pages
Also available in Hardcover and Audio Cassette.
Rating: Highly Recommended
In the pursuit of principle: Yesterday and
The U.S.-Iraq war has ended and dissatisfied with
the British Government, Ted Mundy is betrayed by his
English Language School partner, Egon. Egon has fled
with the last of their assets, leaving him broke. Out
of a job and business Mundy wanders the streets
aimlessly. While at a café Mundy meets Zara, a
young Turkish prostitute. Instead of taking her up on
her offer, Mundy plays the Good Samaritan and offers
her a meal.
Drawn to this neglected and abused woman, Mundy
escorts her home, against her will. It doesn't take
long for Mundy to establish himself as a father figure
to Zara's eleven year old son, Mustafa, and soon
enough within Zara's bed.
Although things change while Mundy is entertaining a
multicultural group of English speaking tourists at
Linderhof, a Bavarian Palace, where he works as a
tour guide. Like a shadow from the past, Sasha
shows up requesting a meet. Sasha is the son of a
East German Lutheran Pastor and a middle aged
double agent. Mundy agrees and follows Sasha to a
secluded flat. Here Mundy's memories take over after
the two men greet.
Recollections reveal who Ted Mundy really is, where
he comes from, as well as his feelings. A boy born in
Pakistan, an adolescent with an alcoholic father who
refuses to clarify his mother's identity, and for most
of life has associated himself with any cause
encountered. From communism and socialism to his
first meeting with Sasha in Berlin, when they were
university students and at the height of the cold war.
Mundy himself is a flawed individual that has
practically failed at everything: college, reporter,
novelist, businessman, and radio interviewer. But has
managed to succeed at one thing: a secret double
John le Carré's book could be seen as "anti-American"
if one chose to read into things and very easily find
reason with phrases such as: Journalists,
were blandly reminded that the United States
reserved to itself the right to "hunt down its enemies
at any time in any place with or without the
cooperation of its friends and allies." Or "The
easiest and cheapest trick for any leader is to take
his country to war on false pretenses. Anyone who
does that should be hounded out of office for all
But how far is America willing to go? How much are
we, the people, willing to tolerate?
The war in Iraq, government deception and corporate
misdeeds on an unsuspecting public are just some of
what readers can expect. Absolute
Friends is filled with engaging characters
that guarantee to generate reader sympathy. The
underlying layers and messages are sure to evoke
much thought no matter how one feels of the
ongoing war, 9/11, political views or President Bush.
Absolute Friends is an exceptionally
powerful and spellbinding novel. Not only in its
implications of democracy but also in how the threat
of terrorism is being used, in our world of today. If
you liked Fahrenheit 9/11, you'll like this book. This is
one book you'll want to read or give as a gift to your
Reviewed by Betsie
Lux: A Novel by
Publisher: Little, Brown (October 2004)
Hardcover: 272 pages
November 17, 2004
This is a love story with a strange twist between two
people living in Cape Cod. Lux is a landscaper with a
somewhat mystical element since childhood has
scarred his life and contributed to his alcoholism.
Alden Warren is a troubled female who works for the
National Seashore Visitor Center and is haunted by
the disappearance of her husband, Monty, as well as
childhood neglect and abuse.
Since Monty's disappearance two years ago, Alden is
tormented with the need to be loved and has been
trying desperately to adopt a baby. Lux is in love
with Alden and both are currently involved in extra-
marital affairs with other people.
Lux and Alden eventually become lovers after Lux
helps Alden with a couple of vengeful schemes
against those who have hurt her. Luxs' obsessive
love ties him into Monty's disappearance and conflicts
with his feelings for Alden. How is he going to reveal
to her his involvement?
Alden's vindictive actions and child napping
eventually land her in a mental hospital and Lux in
jail. After resolving the above dilemmas Lux and Alden
are left with a platonic love that may or may not
Maria Flook's love story takes two individuals on the
edge, let's them dive off the cliff, and the chips fall
where they may. Highly entertaining!
Reviewed by Juanita Reynolds
How Producer's Consider Loglines - Part 2
The key to your success is to get your story across
in a way that intrigues someone enough to request
the script and do it in a way that feels familiar to
Every time we take a project out, the entire first day
of marketing is about testing our potential loglines.
With every call, we're checking to see if your logline
works (gets the script requested) or if it gets a less
desirable result (thanks, but no thanks).
I think there are really four keys to a great logline:
If your logline meets all of those requirements, then
you can write it anyway you'd like and it will most
likely produce results.
- That it is short
- A hook
- And that it gives us a good experience of the
When exposing the story in the logline and the
synopsis, readers are unmoved by what is sometimes
referred to as the "TV Guide" syndrome - bored!
It's not totally necessary to tell the ending in order to
intrigue someone about your story... but I do think
you need to hook them and that usually means telling
the best part of your story.
Why? Because you are up against
unbelievable competition and you need to convince a
producer that your work is as good as a writer with
CAA or William Morris, etc. So you need to show them
something that truly amazes them.
Now, a little reality: When giving away the ending
causes a reader to be bored with it, I usually look to
the script for the source of the real problem. Why?
Because the ending should be written so well that it
is worth reading EVEN IF WE KNOW IT.
Stay with me here, because this is very important to
your success. I have three possible solutions for you,
including what to do if I am incorrect.
A. Increase entertainment level
Have you ever read a script and loved it so much
that you read it again... or even twice more? If so,
you already knew how it was going to end, right?
But you read it again. Why?
My guess is that somehow the script entertained you
on an emotional level and so, even though you
already knew how it ended, you enjoyed the read so
much you had to read it again.
That is the first solution. Increase the entertainment
level to such a degree that they don't care if they
know the ending.
B. Design the reveal and setups so they are
Think about making one change there -- spice up the
setups to create more intrigue.
Consider The Sixth Sense for a moment. Even after
people had seen the movie, they went back to see
the setups... and still enjoyed it. People who saw the
movie then read the script (I was one of them) just
to see how it was written.
What M. Night Shyamalan did that was brilliant. He
created setups that made total sense at the time,
but when the ending was revealed, the setups had a
completely different meaning.
If your ending is set up with that level of intrigue,
people will read your script over and over. If you're
not sure what I'm talking about, read the script to
Sixth Sense and notice all the setups, then watch
your emotions as you get to the final reveal. Is it still
interesting? My guess is that it is.
C. Find a way to give the essence of the
story without giving away the reveal.
Assuming I'm not correct about the need to improve
your script, then I'd look for a better way to rewrite
One way to do that is to imagine that your story
ended just before the reveal. Then write a logline for
that story. Work on that logline until it is extremely
compelling. That way, you give the best part of the
story up to the reveal, without giving away the
Creating a Screenwriting Career
First let's get one thing straight - - you and only you
have control of your actions and if you take the right
actions, you can succeed. No studio or production
company can keep you from taking the right
actions... until you are being paid. Your job is to get
to the point where you are being paid, because at
that point, you'll have agents, managers, and/or
lawyers who can advise you.
First, a perspective on succeeding. Here's what you
need to succeed in this business:
A. A solid plan that can produce success.
B. The resources to make that plan happen.
C. The willingness to do what it takes to make the
Before you think that I just said "If you have a plan
and resources, you can succeed," look back and
you'll see more in those three lines.
First, it is a SOLID plan that CAN PRODUCE
SUCCESS. That means that it considers the
marketplace and what they will buy and it gives you
a step-by-step process to produce that quality of
screenplay and get it to the buyers.
Second, you need the RESOURCES to MAKE
THAT PLAN happen. This means time, effort, and
money when necessary. But money is the least of the
three, by far. Most importantly, you need to acquire
the skills to write at the quality level that Hollywood
Third, you need the willingness to make that
It's inspiring to see a screenwriter who continues to
take whatever effort is required. Like when a writer
has a great script and promotes it to everyone who
could possibly buy it, or when I hear back from a
writer who started only yesterday, and had their
script optioned! (This happened to a very nice person
Before I present the first part of a plan that could
work for you, there is one more thing that you must
IMPORTANT: To create a truly marketable
script, plan and design it from the very first step in
the process. Marketability doesn't just appear after
you've written your screenplay.
You'd be amazed how many times a writer has asked
me how to make their script marketable... after
they've written it. Their story may be wonderful, but
from a "marketability perspective," it has major
problems at the concept level, the outline level, the
structural level, and in many other places.
Instead of that, what if you build marketability into
your script from the very first decision?
1. Start with a marketable concept.
In the first weekend of any movie release, two things
sell the movie to an audience -- the concept and
Here's the good news, you have 100% control over
one of those extremely important factors -- the
concept. Isn't that amazing? As a writer, you
actually have more control of whether a movie does
well at that box office than most Studio execs.
A marketable concept is one that is unique in a
significant way and appealing to a wide audience.
Make sure your concept is as marketable as possible.
This is the place where the screenwriter has the
greatest power. Don't waste your chance to "Wow!"
them with your concept.
2. Create characters that A-list actors will
want to play.
Most likely, you won't be able to interact directly
with A-list actors, but it is still very important that
your characters are appealing to bankable actors.
Because the public attends movies with stars they
like. So it is easier for a producer to secure funding
for a script they have stars attached to. Naturally,
that is one of the first things producers look for in a
3. Outline your script to make sure every
part of it is dramatic... and fresh.
If you want to make sure your story is marketable
and will work for a Hollywood production company or
Studio, take a few days to create an amazing outline.
Here's a tip: If you can't create a
compelling outline for the story, your script will
probably never be more than mediocre.
When you create an outline, you have the chance to
test the quality of your plot, subplots, scenes,
twists, turns, opening, ending, etc. It is so much
easier to solve problems before the story is covered
with thousands of words and images.
Even more important, the outline is the chance to
design even more amazing situations into your story.
Often, looking at a 10- page outline will have you see
many places you can improve to bring your story to a
Don't let anything keep you from the creative
opportunities that outlining can provide.
4. Write a great opening that will engage
the reader and audience.
While the Indie market may be accepting of slow
openings, the Hollywood market isn't.
Some people think it takes many pages to reveal
character. I think you can start on page one and
reveal your characters through their first actions and
lines of dialogue. It isn't an easy thing to do, but it
is doable, and that will have your writing stand out as
Remember, your first page is your first impression. If
you make it a great one, you'll have the reader,
agent or producer feel like they are in the hands of a
professional. That's the first impression you want,
From a creativity perspective, keep in mind that it
still takes a lot of creativity to write a great
screenplay that is highly marketable. If it didn't,
everyone would be doing it.
Know other screenwriters? Feel free to send this
newsletter in its entirety to them.
Author Writing Tips
Literary archetypal references, including
different types and examples.
Archetypal analysis of a work is one of the most
common forms of literary analysis. It is easy to
understand and use with a little knowledge of the
First of all, an archetype is a pattern from which
copies can be made. That is, it is a universal theme
that manifests itself differently on an individual basis.
Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung believed that these
archetypes were the result of a collective
unconscious. This collective unconscious was not
directly knowable and is a product of the shared
experiences of our ancestors. Jung believed it was:
Primordial: That is, we, as individuals, have
these archetypal images ingrained in our
understanding even before we are born.
Universal: These archetypes can be found all
over the world and throughout history.
The manifestation of the idea may be different, but
the idea itself is the same.
Archetypes fall into two major categories:
characters, situations/symbols. It is easiest to
understand them with the help of examples. Listed
below are some of the most common archetypes in
The hero - The courageous figure, the one
who's always running in and saving the day. Example:
Dartagnon from Alexandre Dumas's "The Three
The outcast - The outcast is just that. He
or she has been cast out of society or has left it on a
voluntary basis. The outcast figure can oftentimes
also be considered as a Christ figure. Example: Piggy
from William Golding's "The Lord of the Flies"
The scapegoat - The scapegoat figure is the
one who gets blamed for everything, regardless of
whether he or she is actually at fault. Example:
Snowball from George Orwell's "Animal Farm"
The star-crossed lovers - This is the young
couple joined by love but unexpectedly parted by
fate. Example: Romeo and Juliet from William
Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet"
The shrew - This is that nagging,
bothersome wife always battering her husband with
verbal abuse. Example: Zeena from Edith
Wharton's "Ethan Frome"
SITUATIONS AND SYMBOLS:
The task - A situation in which a character,
or group of characters, is driven to complete some
duty of monstrous proportion. Example: Frodo's task
to keep the ring safe in J. R. R. Tolkein's "The Lord of
the Rings" trilogy
The quest - Here, the character(s) are
searching for something, whether consciously or
unconsciously. Their actions, thoughts, and feelings
center around the goal for completing this quest.
Example: Christian's quest for salvation in John
Bunyan's "The Pilgrim's Progress"
The loss of innocence - This is, as the name
implies, a loss of innocence through sexual
experience, violence, or any other means. Example:
Val's loss of innocence after settling down at the
mercantile store in Tennessee William's "Orpheus
The initiation - This is the process by which
a character is brought into another sphere of
influence, usually (in literature) into adulthood.
Example: Ayla's initiation both into the Clan and into
adulthood in Jean Auel's "The Clan of the Cave Bear"
Water - Water is a symbol of life, cleansing,
and rebirth. It is a strong life force, and is often
depicted as a living, reasoning force. Example: Edna
learns to swim in Kate Chopin's "The Awakening"
Hopefully, you will now be able to recognize and
understand archetypes as you create your literary
works. They help to add depth and underlying
significance to some of the world's best literature.
Are you trying to write children's poems?
If you've read the writings of Dr. Seuss, children's
writing may seem to be a snap. However, anyone
that has ever tried to write a children's poem knows
that the process is much harder than it seems. It's
very easy to fall into overused conventions and
produce work that is not original. It is a well-known
fact that publishers rarely accept children's poetry.
This is the reason that there are so few established
children's poets. Use the following tips to create
original and engaging children's poetry that may just
beat the tough market:
1. Don't Be a Mimic
The first mistake that all new writers to children's
poetry fall into is writing like another writer.
Publishers receive tons of Dr. Seuss-like poems from
hopeful writers. If you are going to write children's
poems, you first have to develop a unique voice, one
that no one can dispute or copy. Courses in this area
are usually available at local colleges, and writer's
groups are invaluable for testing new work. This is
the key to breaking into the poetry market.
2. Know your Market
You can't get a feel for the market that will buy your
poems unless you read into it. Spend some time at a
local bookstore, and browse other sets of children's
poems in order to see the different types that are
out there. Order children's magazine, and take a look
at what makes the cut.
3. Find Areas of Interest
There are some areas that will always be of interest
to publishers for poetry. Some publishers prefer easy
reading, other prefer non-fiction and teaching books,
and so on. Read up on this.
4. Make your Work Challenging
Children are very intelligent. Many writers feel a need
to make their work very simple. Allow children to think
while they are reading. Also, provide text that will
lend itself to rich illustration, because most children
5. Be Original
Avoid moralizing, because everyone does not have
the same beliefs. Cute and typical stories will not
make it, whereas original, off-the-wall ideas will.
6. Hone your Advertising Skills
If you can write a good query letter, you can often
get your poetry in the door. Read up on writing these
letters, and sending them in a manner that will incline
publishers favorably toward you. Read up on
publishers before you send them a manuscript. Some
specifically say that they do not accept children's
poems, while others may not be suited to your work.
7. Don't Give Up
It is very easy to give up in the field of writing. But
remember, if your style is truly original, you have a
good shot at getting something in print eventually.
8. Test your Work
Kids always love a good story. Find a class, family or
preschool and ask if you can read your stories to
their children. Feedback from kids is usually the best
gauge you can have.
RADIO REFERRALS TO PRESS, SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS, AND RETAIL
After your interviews are underway, there are some
very useful things that you can use the stations for
while you are still promoting yourself to them.
Amazingly, these techniques sometimes actually work
better with smaller stations, especially non-
commercial public and college stations, than with the
large commercial stations that everyone always
wants. These techniques can also work quite well
with stations that have not even interviewed you
yet, just so long as they are familiar with your
Besides radio, there are three other main parts to
marketing yourself... press, speaking and retail...
which can be quite difficult for a new author, expert,
or website owner to get started. But fortunately,
radio can be used to get these areas going, by using
radio referrals. Here's how it works; we'll start with
radio referrals to press...
After the stations have been contacted for several
weeks, and thus they are aware of (and hopefully
considering interviewing) you, they can be asked
what local magazines, newspapers or websites they
would recommend that the you should be reviewed
in. Since the people at the station reside in the
station's local area, and since these folks are
involved heavily in their locals' happenings, they are
the perfect people to tell you where to try to get
reviewed. And of course, these station people are
going to be looking forward to reading these reviews
that they helped set you up with.
Then there is speaking. Same process: After the
stations are aware of (or are interviewing) you, the
stations are asked what venues or businesses you
could be booked at in the stations' local areas. With
non-commercial college stations, some of the places
might even be on campus; this is an advantage for
the right kind of speaker since college venues
sometimes pay more than venues off campus.
Another plus for referrals to college venues is that
sometimes the college stations can participate in
promoting the engagement for free.
Lastly, there is retail. Not recommended unless you
already have the speaking and the press working,
because retail is the most difficult to do. But for
those that do want to get radio referrals to retail...
the process is the same, except that the stations are
asked for mom-and-pop retail stores that are friendly
College and community station people are unpaid, and
thus they work jobs in their communities. So not only
do these folks provide much knowledge of what's
available in their town, sometimes they are the same
people that you need to talk to at the stores,
companies, or venues in the first place. It goes for
smaller commercial stations in smaller markets... they
are more connected with their community, and thus
their referrals are more powerful.
What do you do with the referrals once you get
them? Try this: If Bob at WXYZ says he recommends
that you speak at the Rotary, then you call up the
Rotary and say, "You know the radio station WXYZ
there in your town?... Well Bob over there has been
considering interviewing me, and he said that I should
call you up since you might be interested in booking
me to speak. Would you like a kit to review?" It works
For press, it's "you might be interested in reviewing
our book/site/topic." For retail, it's "you might be
interested in consigning our type of product."
Either way, one thing is very important: Once you
have the referrals, you have to use them right away.
One of the reasons the referrals are being given to
you is because the station people want to feel they
are making something happen for you. If nothing
happens, they feel let down.
Professional Producer - I am looking for
feature film screenplays All budget and genre
considered. Give it your best shot! Send your
synopsis to firstname.lastname@example.org
Acuna Entertainment - We are seeking
completed horror scripts for immediate production. I
am looking for a horror that is very, very scary!! It is
scary because of the writing, NOT because of the
monsters in it. I prefer psychological horrors.
This will be produced on a low budget. The FX,
animation must be limited. The story must be
contained - meaning that it only takes place in a few
locations. By locations, I do NOT mean one or two
cities. By locations is meant that the shooting
equipment needs to be broken down, loaded up and
unloaded again just a couple of times. A city is not a
shooting location. A house is.
AE's most recent accomplishments include setting-up
the screenplay 'Mulligan' at Fox 2000, 'Touch of Grey'
at Atlas/Mosaic Media, 'Borders,' a one hour dramatic
series at FX, the upcoming Miramax release, 'The I
Inside', starring Ryan Phillipe. Additionally, the
company developed, packaged, and produced 'Two
Days', starring Paul Rudd and 'How Did It Feel',
starring Blair Underwood (both marked directorial
debut's for AE's literary clients). We just completed
producing 'Touched' starring Jenna Elfman, Samantha
Mathis and Bruce Davison
Please email a logline and synopsis followed by a
resume (if available) in the body of the email (NO
email attachments. Those emails will be deleted
without being read) to:
New City Films - I am looking for a
completed drama, action/adventure, comedy and/or
romantic comedy script (no sci-fi, horror etc.). The
story MUST be set in Jamaica.
Budget range will not exceed 10 mil. WG and Non-
WG both welcome to submit.
New City Pictures is a Vancouver-based production /
distribution and finance company with many film
credits. Our most recent credits include: 'The Last
Stop', 'Mr. Rice's Secret' and 'Big and Hairy'.
If you have a story that takes place in Jamaica,
please email a logline followed by a synopsis to
Lindsay Moffat: email@example.com
Zieger Productions - I am looking for
completed action/thriller scripts where the story stars
Americans, but it is shot entirely in Spain. The lead
character must be a male who is a good guy at
If you are a previous contest / festival winner or are
produced, please put 'produced' or 'winner' in the
subject of the email, in addition to 'InkTip'.
Budget will not exceed 2 million. WG and non-WG
writers are welcome.
I (Michele Zieger) associate produced 'Skulls ll' and
have a first look deal at Maverick Entertainment. I
have quite a few projects in development around
town ('Sex, Drugs & Mozart' by Carl Gottlieb of 'Jaws,'
and 'The Jerk' is at Maverick. My producing partner in
Italy and I are also doing remakes for his Italian film
library which includes the Fellini films, 'Cinema
Paradiso' and others.
Please email a logline and synopsis followed by a
resume (if available) in the body of the email (NO
email attachments. Those emails will be deleted
without being read) to: Development
Space Program Films - I am looking for a
horror / slasher film that is VISUALLY DRIVEN.
Something similar to Cabin Fever, The
Grudge, Night of the Living Dead. We
do NOT want period pieces.
Budget will not exceed $5 million. WG and Non-WG
My Credits Include: 'Silver Lining,' producer of
Silverlake three day music festival documentary
starring Elton John, Robert Downy Jr., Beck. 'Two Hip
for the Room - the Story of Lord Buckley', 'Mother
Load' currently in pre-production.
Please email a logline and synopsis followed by a
resume (if available) in the body of the email (NO
email attachments. Those emails will be deleted
without being read). Please include 'InkTip.com' in
the subject of the email and send to Joe Jenckes:
Stag-Films - Is a new production company
with film currently in postproduction and looking for
original material for future projects. Do you have a
warped sense of humor? A twisted mind? An
unhealthy attraction to B-movie drive-in exploitation?
Stag Films is looking for you! We are in search of
original stories told by original voices. Genres include
gore, horror, sexploitation, drug, rock n' roll,
psychedelic and family/G-rated. Or any mixture of the
above. All screenplays must be completed, no more
than 110 pages, and low budget.
1001 N. Sierra Bonita Ave.
West Hollywood, CA 90046
NOVEMBER 2004 RECENT SCRIPT SALES
Title: The Ivy Chronicles
Log Line: A former highflying Wall Street woman not
only loses her job but finds her husband in bed with
the wife of her replacement. She then sets out to
establish a kindergarten referral service for well-
heeled Manhattanites vying to get their tots into the
country's choice schools.
Writer: Karen Quinn (author)
Buyer: Warner Bros. Pictures
Novel. To be published in February. Jerry Weintraub
will produce. Catherine Zeta-Jones will star
Title: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
Log Line: Poseidon's son, a 12 year old boy, sets out
on a quest in present-day America to rescue his
mother, return Zeus' stolen lightning bolt and prevent
a civil war from erupting among the gods.
Writer: Joe Stillman
Agent: Joe Cohen of CAA
Buyer: Fox 2000
Genre: Children's Fantasy
To be based on the children's book by Rick Riordan.
Maverick Films' Guy Oseary will produce.
Title: Room Service
Log Line: A spoiled young heiress has been
disinherited by her father and is forced to abandon
her socialite lifestyle. She takes a job in the hotel
where she must work to pay off her tab and, along
the way, she finds love and learns that not getting
what you want can be its own best reward.
Writer: Janus Cercone
Buyer: Emmett/Furla Films
Genre: Romantic Comedy
To be based on the novel by Beverly Brandt. Gale
Ann Hurd, Joe Simpson, Emmett/Furla Films' Randall
Emmett and George Furla will produce. Elisa Salinas
and Ashli Stockton will executive produce. Jessica
Simpson will star.
Title: The Evil Dead
Log Line: Five twentysomething friends are holed up
in a remote cabin and discover a Book of the Dead.
When an archaeologist's taped translation of the text
and its incantations is replayed, the kids accidentally
summon dormant demons that possess them.
Buyer: Senator Intl.
Remake of the 1981 film written, directed and
produced by Sam Raimi. Bruce Campbell and Ghost
House Pictures' Sam Raimi & Rob Tapert will produce.
Title: V for Vendetta
Log Line: In an alternate future, Germany wins WWII
and Great Britain becomes a fascist state. A terrorist
freedom fighter known only as "V" begins a violent
guerilla campaign to destroy those who've succumbed
to totalitarianism, and recruits a young woman he's
rescued from the secret police to join him.
Writer: Alan Moore (author)
Buyer: Warner Bros. Pictures
Genre: Science Fiction Action
Graphic novel. James McTeigue will direct. The
Wachowski brothers will produce. Joel Silver will
Title: Escape Artists
Log Line: A professional escape expert is hired to
break someone out of prison and is shocked to find
out who he's liberated.
Writer: Jay Wolpert
Agent: Rich Freeman of Paradigm
Jason Hoffs will produce.
Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Log Line: As his fifth year at Hogwarts School of
Witchcraft and Wizardry approaches, 15-year-old
Harry Potter is in full-blown adolescence, complete
with regular outbursts of rage, a nearly debilitating
crush, and the blooming of a powerful sense of
rebellion. Harry is feeling especially edgy at the lack
of news from the magic world, wondering when the
freshly revived evil Lord Voldemort will strike.
Writer: Michael Goldenberg
Agent: Cliff Roberts of William Morris Agency
Buyer: Warner Bros. Pictures
To be based on the novel by J.K. Rowling. Fifth
installment of this franchise. David Heyman will
WRITE FOR RADIO SHOW
Major market public radio stations have joined
together with PRI (Public Radio International,
distributors of 'This American Life with Ira
Glass', 'Studio 360' and other shows) in an
unprecedented collaboration. Together, we're
creating innovative true short stories and
commentaries for radio called 'PRIMARY SOURCES'.
Think of them as 'three minute movies', an incident, a
story, something that shook you up, and then a
conclusion. Maybe some advice that comes from
your experience where you're the character. Tell
your story to public radio listeners in major markets
(NY, LA, Boston and more).
Each 'PRIMARY SOURCES' episode will push the
boundaries of what public radio can say, who can say
it and how it's presented by featuring the voice of an
individual who is not usually associated with public
Your most creative input is essential. Here's what
we're listening for: individuals with a story to tell and
SOMETHING THAT HAS CHANGED THEIR OUTLOOK.
We'll produce the final pieces we select with sound
and music. We like experimentation.
Authors/performers on pieces produced and
broadcast will receive $250 and the appreciation of a
smart audience. E-mail me with a brief written sample
of what you have in mind to: KRT47@aol.com, then I
will get back to you.
NOTE: In the subject of the email please specify: 'For
PRI Primary Sources'. Keith Talbot
Job description: We are looking to rebuild our website
for online sales. We had a website posted very
original and won 2 website awards. Now we want to
expand and make our website into a business
machine. We are a music source, we have our own tv
show now we want to build a one stop shop for our
fans. If you have any work you can show us and are
eager to be in a music environment work please email
us back. This site will be half html and half flash
mostly. The closest idea we are looking for is
www.launch.com... Please reach us asap if you are
Company Name: Innerstate 5
Type of contract: Contract
Duration of job: 1-3 months
Benefits: Benfits for this job will be on going work in
the music industry. Also a lot of viewers to witness
Location: Glendale, CA, USA
Job description: Print / graphic design for various
projects including poster design and background
design for animation.
Requirements/skills:3-4 years experience with
extensive knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator and
Company name: Noodlesoup Productions
Location of work: New York, NY USA
Job description: Do you love Japanese Anime?
The US division of Gonzo - a Japanese animation
company - needs part time office help. 2 days a
week. Paid and an invaluable educational
Requirements/skills:Basic Mac skills. Word, excel.
Light filing. Need a self starter and good thinker who
wants to learn and take on responsibility.
Company name: Gonzo
Type of contract: Part Time/Freelance
Contact: Eric Calderon
7527 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 91335
Office Production Assistant This is a PART
Location: West Hollywood, CA
Description: West Hollywood full-service creative
television Production Company looking for an Office
Production Assistant for 2 days. Could lead to future
work since we always need help in the office and on
shoots. Pay: $125 per day. Hours: 9am until usually
Responsibilities will include: answering phones,
creating labels, running errands & deliveries and other
misc. production office needs.
Requirements: Must have a pleasant phone manner
and have experience working in a production office. A
can-do attitude can go a long way!
Contact: Please send an e-mail with a note and your
Via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bupa Music Publishing Songwriters This is a
PART TIME JOB
Location: Atlanta, GA
Description: Bupa Music Publishing is looking for 5
new songwriters that are serious about taking their
careers to the next level.
Requirements: Songwriters must have a professionally
recorded demo of at least 3 songs that they have
written. Must have ability to professionally demo new
songs independently. Must be able to meet
consistent deadlines for submission of new
Contact: Please send email and cover letter and we
will contact you with further information.
Via email: email@example.com
Talent Agent's Assistant This is a FULL TIME
Location: New York, NY
Description: A prestigious, Legit, bi-coastal talent
agency is seeking applicants to work as a full-time
assistant in our New York office. Salary and health
Start date: ASAP
Requirements: Experience in a talent agency or
casting office is strongly preferred. Please, no actors.
The ability to work effectively in a fast paced
environment and multi-task is absolutely necessary.
Contact:Reply via email please. As previously
specified, we prefer resumes as text in the body of
Via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lieberman Productions - Be acne-free and
have a chance for TV exposure This is a PART TIME
Location: San Francisco, CA (all locations will be
Description: Do breakouts keep you from doing the
things you love? Do you think everyone is looking at
your blemishes and not at you? We are looking for
upbeat men and women with mild to severe breakouts
ages 18-55 of all ethnicities to participate in a 3-
month user group in San Francisco. If you're British,
that's a plus! We want to give you the chance to
have the clearest, freshest skin ever! Qualified
applicants will be sent free product for the duration
of the user group - and the possibility of national
television exposure! The user group is a feeder group
for our infomercial testimonials; we will collect
information from everyone, and select a few
participants for the show.
Requirements: Ideal applicants suffer from mild to
severe acne or other skin conditions, and should send
a description of their skin issues, age, name and
contact information to Danielle or call 1-800-736-
3223 ext. 4521.
Lieberman Productions is a top producer of nationally
broadcast infomercials for respected direct response
television company Guthy-Renker.
Salary: product compensation only
Contact: Please send email or mail with your name
and contact information, age, a description of your
skin issues and a photo and un-retouched photo if
Via email: email@example.com
Via fax:415 955 0822
455 Ninth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Reich New York Booking Agent This is a FULL
Location: New York, NY
Description: Looking for a high energy, self motivated
employee to work in a fast paced modeling agency.
Candidates should be able to multi task and problem
solve. Specific job requirements would include a high
amount of phone work while working with models and
clients in the advertising, fashion and entertainment
industries. Representing models as a model manager.
Computer knowledge a must. Good public relations
skills a plus in dealing directly with the models and
Requirements: See Above
Salary: determined by experience
Contact: no phone calls please
Via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Via fax: 212-725-6628
Bauman, Redanty & Shaul Assistant This is a
FULL TIME JOB
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Description: Bauman, Redanty & Shaul (BRS) has an
immediate opening for a highly motivated,
experienced assistant to cover two agents in the LA
office. Duties include heavy phones, appointment
scheduling, project submissions, etc. BRS is a bi-
coastal boutique agency representing adults (18 and
over) for television, film and stage. No commercial or
Salary plus benefits.
Requirements: In addition to being able to multi task
and think quickly, applicants should possess strong
computer, verbal and writing skills. Prior agency,
talent management, or casting experience required.
Contact: Email or fax resume (entertainment related
work experience only.)
Via email: email@example.com
Do NOT send resume as text in body of email
Via fax: 323-904-4565
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
c/o Irving Azoff
1100 Glendon Ave #2000
Los Angeles, CA 90024
William Morris Agency
151 El Camino Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
c/o Craig Fruin
9200 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90069
c/o Jason Weinberg
Untitled Entertainment (LA)
8436 W 3rd St #650
Los Angeles, CA 90048
56 Beethoven St.
London, England W10 4LG
CELEBRITIES ON FILM LOCATION
The Fountain (Science Fiction)
November (Queensland, Sydney)
Warner Bros./Regency Enterprises
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz
November (England, Los Angeles, Mexico)
Milkshake Films/Icon Productions
9444 Sierra Mar Place
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Cast: Diego Luna, Stellan Skarsgard, James Nesbitt,
Brian Cox, Matthew Goode
Last Holiday (Comedy/Drama)
November (New Orleans, Czech Republic)
5555 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Cast: Queen Latifah
The War of the Worlds (Science
Paramount Pictures/DreamWorks Pictures/Amblin
5555 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Cast: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning
Producers: Kathleen Kennedy, Paula Wagner
Director: Steven Spielberg
These agencies deal in both authors as well as
Always query first! DO NOT send materials until
* Common sense will tell you query only one
agent from an agency - not all of them!
International Creative Management
40 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
8942 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Amanda Urban (Binky)
William Morris Agency
1325 Ave. of the Americas
New York, NY 10019
Virginia Barber (Not sure if she is still accepting any
works - possibly retired)
Jennifer Rudolph Walsh
Harold Ober Associates, Inc.
425 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10017
Don Laventhall (left hollywood for the book world -
well not really - he kept his foot in the door)
Agent, Film Rights
Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency
216 East 75th Street, Suite 1E
New York, NY 10021
Dystel & Goderich Literary Management
One Union Square West, Suite 904
New York, NY 10003
Popular West Virginia 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."
1603 Bland St #A
Phone: (304) 325-6896
Frog Creek Books
800 Smith St
Charleston, WV 25301
226 Capital St.
Charleston, WV 25301
(304) 342-1464 (fax)
In Other Words Women's Books &
Specialties: Womens Issues, Women Authors,
Christian Bible Store
302 Patrick Street Plaza
Charleston, WV 25312
Gulliver's Travel Center & Treasure
4838 Maccorkle Avenue Southwest
Charleston, WV 25309
James & Law Company Booksellers
217 W. Main St
Fort Ashby Books
Route 28 N
Fort Ashby, WV
National Park Bookstore
PO Box 197
Harpers Ferry, WV
Four Seasons Books
116 W. German St
Snowshoe Mountain Pulp & Paper
10 Snowshoe Drive
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!
Tampa Bay Times - Is in its second week of
publishing. Published by the Times Publishing
Company, publishers of the St. Petersburg Times, this
new free weekly is specifically designed for the 25 to
35 year old market. The weekly, with a distribution of
75,000 copies, is a combination of news and
information of interest to the younger reader. Their
various departments include information about sports,
politics, children, entertainment. t*guide pays
attention to what is going on in the area in terms of
its culture, etc., while t*tech, gives information
about the latest in technology, gadgets, and other
pertinent information. They also have sections on
sports, TV, dining out, jobs, planning weekends,
music, information about airlines, volunteering, etc.
The editor of the weekly is Anne Glover, while Patty
Cox is their creative director. Sharon Kennedy Wynne
is their copy editor and a writer, and Adrienne P.
Samuels is a reporter. Kelly Smith is news editor. You
can contact the editors by E-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling them at
(727) 893-8477. You can also reach them at:
Tampa Bay Times
PO Box 1121
St. Petersburg, FL 33731-1121
Hoy - Is one of the nation's leading Spanish-
language daily newspapers serving Hispanics in New
York, Chicago and Los Angeles, and is debuting
several editorial enhancements. The new format will
offer a comprehensive glimpse of the day's news in a
tighter, bolder manner, with more sidebars and
photos. Some of the enhancements: Aqui entre
nos, which is an entertainment section, with
news and gossip about celebs, and culture presented
in a bright and bold format, including the coverage of
the best in TV and movies. Desportes, which
is the enhanced daily coverage of football, baseball,
basketball, auto racing, and soccer.
Their reporters and editors will be placing more
emphasis on information about services, by including
additional facts that help the reader to understand
and take advantage of local and national advantages.
Hoy will continue to provide extensive local, national
and international coverage through dedicated
sections such as: Locales, which will highlight
news and issues such as immigration, housing,
politics, education, health, etc. Nacion &
Mundo, incorporates national and world news.
There is an opinion section, special sections, a Family
page, travel, good living, style, billboard, pastime,
weather, Life Today, which is an entertainment
guide, and a section called At Night for dining and
dancing options. Hoy's national office is at:
330 W. 34 St., 17 fl.
New York, NY 10001
Armando Varela is charge of the editorial. Their
Chicago office is at 435 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago,
IL 60611, (312) 527-8400. The editor-in-chief is
Alejandro Escalona. Their Los Angeles edition is
reached at 207 Broadway, Ste. 600, Los Angeles, CA
90012, (213) 2237-3001, and the editorial contact is
With thousands of listeners (to & from work or even
at work) it's hard to leave out radio stations and their
Book Talk - Is the weekly 30-minute radio
program produced by the Memphis-Shelby County
Public Libraries, is syndicated to more than 20
stations throughout the US, including Dallas and San
Francisco. Shows, originating in Memphis, are taped
with a studio audience. They feature fiction, and are
open to narrative non-fiction, political, historical,
memoirs, humor, cookbooks, and self help. They are
not interested in diet or religious books, or poetry,
and do not feature books that are self-published.
Non-fiction should be something of general interest.
Contact the producer: Johanna Edwards
Book Talk, WYPL-FM
3030 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38111
Fax: (901) 323-7902
The best way to reach Edwards is by E-mail:
Remember pitching your story idea to any one of
these magazines will bring your book or product to
the attention of thousands!
TANGO - Will launch February 2005, just in
time for Valentine's Day. The magazine, which debuts
as the first magazine dedicated solely to love and
relationships, will be the authority on all that matters
in personal relationships: communication, sex, money,
leisure, career, home and the family. Founded by
Andrea Miller, who conceives of the magazine as
enriching the lives of couples. A way to visualize the
magazine is to think Sex and the City in print, with
more serious content. The staff is headed by founder
Andrea Miller, while Ellen Abramowitz is the publisher.
Elise O'Shaughnessy is the leader of the editorial
team, with Patrick Mitchell the creative director. The
contributors to the magazine will include some of the
top names in journalism. Tango plans to offer a rich
mix of expert advice, in-depth reporting, personal
narrative and opinion. You can reach the magazine at
their new editorial offices:
33 Little West 12 St
New York, NY 10014-1313
Reach Andrea Miller at (646) 773-3060
They plan to publish four issues in 2005, with a
The use of organizations is also a great way to get
the word out about your works!
The Adoption Annex - Is a new non-profit
organization dedicated to adoption, that hosted a
ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 11 at a new
venue in Roslyn, NY. The luncheon event introduced
the facility to dignitaries, the media, and politicians.
They seek books on the subject of adoption for their
library. They plan book readings with adoption
For more information contact:
Robin Gorman Newman
Trying to get your product on TV... here's your
Marti Ann Schwartz is THE CONSUMMATE
CONSUMER and she is looking for gift items to
showcase on her upcoming TV segments. She seeks
items appealing to all ages from toddler through
adult, as well as all prices... for example bargains
through if you have to ask, you can't afford them
range. The segments currently being planned are:
Best Gifts for Kids; Gifts You Didn't Know You Had To
Have; Hostess Gifts; Shopping the Internet for Gifts;
Specialty Items for the Cook, and more. Send
samples of the products to show on the air as well as
press kits and information on where viewers can
purchase products in the Southern California area.
She is at
THE CONSUMMATE CONSUMER
25650 Velan Dr.
Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 254-5828, phone/Fax
Life & Style - Heard over WB stations
throughout the country, calls itself the modern
women's ultimate guide to issues, relationships,
fashion, beauty, and entertainment. A multi-topic
show, with daily segments hosted by Jules Asner,
Cynthia Garrett, Lynne Koplitz and Kimora Lee
Simmons, the show is a fast-paced one-hour program
aiming to re-define the genre, and is a guide to the
life and style for women, emphasizing compelling first-
person narrative field pieces in addition to in-studio
interviews. The show identifies the newest trends
and hottest topics in pop culture, relationships,
fashion and celebrity news, and has edgy stories
about important issues from a modern and honest
point of view. Life & Style offers expert advice, how-
to segments for viewers to incorporate into their daily
lives. Ray Giuliani is the executive producer, with
Michelle Mazur the co-executive producer. The
show's production offices are at:
Life & Style
226 W. 26 St.
New York, NY 10001
Wolf Blitzer - Anchors two shows on CNN, is
seen on "Wolf Blitzer Reports", a nightly newscast
that focuses on the day's top news, live interviews
with the top news makers of the day, and discussions
with CNN newscasters from around the World. He is
also seen on Sundays on the show "Late Edition with
Wolf Blitzer", which is seen in more than 200
countries and territories. Each show is hot on the
news of the day, and features the top world leaders,
political professionals, writers and editors, hot on the
news and the stories, which make the headlines of
the day. At "Wolf Blitzer Reports", Kay Jones is the
booker, with Brian Todd senior producer, and Eric
Sherling the executive producer. At "Late Edition with
Wolf Blitzer" Elizabeth Rey is the booker, Suzanne
Nelson, senior producer, and Linda Roth is the
executive producer. They can be reached at:
CNN's Washington Bureau
820 First St., NE
Washington, DC 20002
Other numbers for Wolf Blitzer:
So you can't get people to request your book in the
library? Well there's an easier way of solving this
issue - contact them yourself!
Joint University Libraries
419 21st Ave. S.
Nashville, TN. 37203
Univ. of Tennessee-Knoxville
James D. Hoskins Library
Knoxville, TN. 37916
Memphis State Univ. Libraries
Memphis, TN. 38152
Univ. of Mississippi Library
University, MS. 38677
Mississippi State University
Mitchell Memorial Library
P.O. Drawer 5408
Mississippi State, MS. 39762
Rare Books & Special Collections
University of Louisville Library
2301 S. Third St.
Louisville, KY. 40208
Univ. of Kentucky
Margaret I. King Library
Lexington, KY. 40506
Rare Books & Special Collections
Ohio State Univ. Libraries
Wm Oxley Thompson Memorial Library
1858 Neil Ave. Mall
Columbus, OH. 43210
Bowling Green State University Library
Bowling Green, OH. 43403
Univ. of Toledo
William S. Carlson Library
2801 W. Bancroft St.
Toledo, OH. 43606
Rare Books & Special Collections
Case Western Reserve Univ. Libraries
11161 E. Blvd.
Cleveland, OH. 44106
Cleveland Public Library
325 Superior Ave.
Cleveland, OH. 44114