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Saturday, February 27, 2010

100 Books That Everyone Should Read:

1) 100 Years of Solitude

2) 1984

3) Alice in Wonderland

4) Anna Karenina

5) At the Back of the North Wind

6) Ballad of the Sad Cafe

7) Bleak House

8) The Bluest Eye

9) Brave New World

10) Buddenbrooks

11) Cairo Trilogy

12) Candide

13) The Catcher in the Rye

14) The Color Purple

15) A Confederacy of Dunces

16) Cracking India

17) Crime and Punishment

18) The Crow Eaters

19) Day of the Locust

20) Cry, the Beloved Country

21) David Copperfield

22) Death in Venice

23) Delta Wedding

24) Don Quixote

25) Dracula

26) Dream of the Red Chamber

27) The Egoist

28) The English Patient

29) Fahrenheit 451

30) The Fall of the House of Usher

31) A Fine Balance

32) For Whom the Bell Tolls

33) Frankenstein

34) Gargantua and Pantagruel

35) The God of Small Things

36) Gone With the Wind

37) The Grapes of Wrath

38) The Good Earth

39) Gora

40) Gulliver's Travels

41) The Haunting of Hill House

42) Hawaii

43) The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

44) Huckleberry Finn

45) Of Human Bondage

46) The Immoralist

47) Invisible Man

48) Interview with a Vampire

49) Ivanhoe

50) Jane Eyre

51) A Journal of the Plague Year

52) Left Hand of Darkness

53) Lestat

54) The Little Prince

55) Little Women

56) Lolita

57) Love in the Time of Cholera

58) Madame Bovary

59) The Magic Mountain

60) The Makkioka Sisters

61) The Member of the Wedding

62) Middlemarch

63) Midnight's Children

64) Les Miserables

65) Moby Dick

66) The Moviegoer

67) The Name of the Rose

68) Native Son

69) Nausea

70) The Old Curiosity Shop

71) A Passage to India

72) The Picture of Dorian Gray

73) The Plague

74) Pride and Prejudice

75) The Prince and The Pauper

76) The Prince of Tides

77) Remembrance of Things Past

78) Robin Hood

79) The Scarlet Letter

80) Sense and Sensibility

81) Shadow of the Wind

82) She

83) Siddhartha

84) Slaughterhouse Five

85) Sons and Lovers

86) A Tale of Two Cities

87) The Time Machine

88) Their Eyes Were Watching God

89) Three Musketeers

90) Thousand Cranes

91) Through the Looking-Glass

92) Tom Sawyer

93) The Travels of Marco Polo

94) The Trial

95) Tristram Shandy

96) The Turn of the Screw

97) To Kill a Mockingbird

98) Ulysses

99) Vanity Fair

100) Wuthering Heights
















Friday, February 26, 2010

KJA CHAIRING AGENTS PANEL AT AUTHOR 101 UNIVERSITY AT LAX WESTIN MARCH 5 (SIGN IN, BELOW)


"Top Publishing and Marketing Experts Reveal Tools and Techniques to Get Your Book Published and Double or Triple Your Income as an Author or Publisher."


Author101 University
March 5-6 in Los Angeles

Don't miss the special Bonus session with Tom Antion on Thursday night at 7:00 pm. The Insiders special early bird session is FREE to all attendees!

Space is limited and this event will sell out. Register early to insure your attendance! We've reserved a block of rooms at the hotel for attendees at only $109 per night.

Mark Victor Hansen
Mega-Best Selling Author
Rick Frishman
Public Relations Expert and Best Selling Author
Ken Atchity
Literary Agent
Tom Antion
Internet Marketing Expert
Craig Duswalt
RockStar Speaker and Author
Barbara DeAngelis
Best Selling Author,Award Winning Speaker
David Hancock
Morgan James Publishing
Author and Speaker
Armand Morin
Internet Marketing Industry Expert
Brendon Burchard
Best Selling Author, Speaker and Coach
Loral Langemeier
Best Selling Author and a Leading Motivational Speaker
Steve Harrison
Publicity Expert
Kristen Moeller
Coach, Author, Speaker and Radio Show Host
Jill Lublin
Best-selling Author
Influence Marketing Expert
Bruce Barbour
Literary Agent & Publishing Consultant
Alex Caroll
Best Selling Author, Radio Interview Expert
Ann Evanston
Social Media Expert
Gary Spirer
Business Building Expert
Jeremy Katz
Best Selling Author,Coach, Agent and Editor

Are you curious about what publishers like Harper Collins, Morgan James, Adams Media, Wiley, Random House, and Simon & Schuster are looking for? What is the best way to get your manuscript read when you're an unpublished author? Want to know the biggest mistakes to avoid when writing book proposals? You'll be engaged as these top pros share their expertise, reveal the inner workings of the publishing industry, and discuss various approaches to common marketing and publishing challenges.

Additional bonus after hours cocktail party where you'll have the opportunity to network with speakers from the day, industry experts and other attendees.

SPACE IS LIMITED - ONLY $399

VIP PASS $149 INCLUDES PREFERRED SEATING, 2 FREE DRINKS AT THE EVENING VIP-ONLY COCKTAIL PARTY WITH SPEAKERS AND AGENTS, AND AUTHOR 101 7 CD SERIES - A $200 VALUE

LIMITED TIME EARLYBIRD SPECIAL! Save $100 on your registration - use the coupon code "cooper" (without the quote) when you check out to SAVE!

Click Here to Register Now!

or... Register Yourself and bring a Friend for FREE!

Register yourself and a friend and save!!
Only $399 plus a $50 reservation deposit refunded at the event.


Some of the key topics that will be covered include:

  • How to write and present your book proposal to an agent so that your book can be sold to a publisher.

  • What are publishers looking for in a new book? What separates "yes" from "no" and what you can do
    to get the best advance.

  • What do you need to do to make your book a best seller.

  • How to promote yourself using low-cost means online to catapult your sales and exposure into the stratosphere.

What you'll learn

How to create "hooks" for yourself and your business that will make you virtually irresistible to every media outlet and make coverage for yourself a virtual certainty.

How to get rich and become famous by being a guest on radio show without spending a dime on advertising.

How to create promotional materials (media kits, etc.) that will have the media running to you for your opinion every time a story in your area pops up

How to quickly and easily create an automated process to capture leads and sales and to up-sell and cross-sell these people with a minimum of effort.

How to make any book you write or publish an Amazon best-seller with a system that has been PROVEN to work.

If you'd like to learn the secrets of getting your book published or how to turn your book or publishing business into a money machine, this course is for you.


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

SHREVEPORT RANKS AS #3 FILM-FRIENDLY CITY [via Arlena Acree]

01.18.2010
10 Best Cities To Live, Work & Make Movies in 2010

by by Julie Jacobs with Jennifer M. Wood


The Hughes Brothers direct Denzel Washington on the Albuquerque set of The Book of Eli (2010).
The Hughes Brothers direct Denzel Washington on the Albuquerque set of The Book of Eli (2010).

Some say that money is the root of all evil, while others hold that evil follows money’s absence. Likewise for today’s independent moviemakers, while some contend that bigger budgets open up more creative options, others maintain that limited budgets have a better chance of generating true innovation.

The latter seems to be proving true in American cities big and small, as increasing numbers of would-be auteurs make the leap from moviegoer to moviemaker. They’re being aided by the low cost of digital technologies, which make the medium ever more democratic at the same time that costs creep lower. The barriers that existed for independent moviemakers just a few years ago have all but disappeared, not only in terms of accessibility to reasonably priced production and post-production equipment, but with distribution opportunities, too. Best of all, freshly minted moviemakers don’t even need to leave home to make cinema happen.

For the past decade, MovieMaker’s editors have paid careful attention to location trends. From recent financial incentives to new soundstages, we have tracked these developments while being vocal proponents of the “backyard/backlot” lifestyle—the idea that one should be able to shoot close to where he or she lives.

We also understand that moviemaking is not a solo enterprise; it’s an endeavor that benefits greatly from the support of like-minded artists. It would stand to reason, then, that moviemakers in traditional “cinema cities” such as New York and Los Angeles might have an edge over their peers in lesser-known production areas. But with previously under-utilized areas such as Shreveport, Louisiana and Albuquerque, New Mexico continuing to climb our “best places” list year after year, the truth is that moviemaking can happen anywhere—as long as there are creative artists willing to make a go of it and a community of supporters happy to nurture their talents.

Here, then, is MM’s 10th annual ranking of the country’s best cities in which to be an independent moviemaker.

1. Albuquerque, NM
2. Los Angeles, CA
3. Shreveport, LA
4. New York, NY
5. Austin, TX
6. Stamford, CT
7. Boston, MA
8. Detroit, MI
9. Philadelphia, PA
10. Seattle, WA

For the full version of the article, pick up a copy of MovieMaker‘s Winter 2010 edition, on newsstands now, or subscribe for just $9.95 for the year at https://www.moviemaker.com/subscribe/winter_2010.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Nik Halik Predicted the Global Financial Crisis – in 2003

The following is an extract from a popular news site. In response to the main article which castigates the financial power brokers and bankers of the world, one reader describes his experience when he attended one of Nik Halik’s seminars in Cairns, Australia, back in March 2003.

Cairns, being a tropical centre in North Queensland, is well known for it’s banana growing industry. Bearing this in mind will help you appreciate why the writer gave his comments the title “The Taste of Banana”.

Try to explain to someone the taste of banana ….. and you’ll have the same success as trying to convince anyone the financial collapse was planned, implemented and precipitated by financial controllers in the USA. Regarded as just business by the big end of town, the same psychopaths running the casino economics with the world economies are in the business of playing with other peoples money. They had plenty of practice in the run up with the California Electricity scandals of the 90’s.

In march 2003 I attended an options trading seminar in Cairns Australia which ran for three days. After the seminar, many stayed behind to chat and say their goodbyes. Someone asked the presenter Nik Halik whose mentor state side breathed the rarefied air of wall street, what plans he had for his portfolio for the next decade.

He went on to brief those present about what to expect for the years ahead and how to navigate the planed financial tsunami coming their way. The killer info was the USA was going to crash their economy in 2008. You didn’t have to be a genius to work out it would be in September. The advice was to minimise debt by the end of 2007, to downsize real estate assets into cash and commodities.

Some of my immediate family listened, while others would smile with a strange look on their face. With an early retirement, super cashed in and all debt paid out, with some physical possession of precious metal by the end of 2007, the money spent to hear what we were told that day was worth every cent.

This is not end game, we’ve only experienced round one. Forget the politically correct conspiracy theory crap, this is just business. They are far from finished with us yet and if people can’t get that inside their brain box by rational research from quality sources, perhaps the prospect of protecting loved ones and children from a future far less cruel would not seem such a waste of time.

The full article and comments can be found here:

www.alternet.org/story/144026/hightower:_obscenely_rich_bankers_claim_to_do_god%27s_work_–_they_can_go_to_hell?comments=view&cID=1368792&pID=1368711#c1368792

Nik Halik founded the Financial Freedom Institute in 2001 as an education vehicle to train and inspire men and women to “sieze the day” and take control of their own financial futures. His foundation platform for achieving this, is the stock market and in particular, option trading. Due to advances in technology, option trading can provide a business opportunity that can be run from anywhere in the world where there’s an internet connection.

Check out this YouTube Video Review of Nik Halik’s Seminars


The Stock Market is not going away. Those who know it’s secrets can expect a lifetime income. If such a prospect interests you, check out Nik Halik’s official website by visiting Nik Halik’s Wealth Super Highway

Monday, February 22, 2010

AEI Client Noire closes Six Book Audio Deal with E1Music

E1 Music, (formely Koch Records), a successful independent record label with a heavy roster of popular hip hop artists has closed a multi-book deal for English language audio volume rights to Noire titles, Unzipped, From The Streets to The Sheets, Candy Licker, Hittin' the Bricks, G-Spot and Thug-A-Licious.


KJA CHAIRING AGENTS PANEL AT AUTHOR 101 UNIVERSITY AT LAX WESTIN MARCH 5 (SIGN IN, BELOW)


"Top Publishing and Marketing Experts Reveal Tools and Techniques to Get Your Book Published and Double or Triple Your Income as an Author or Publisher."


Author101 University
March 5-6 in Los Angeles

Don't miss the special Bonus session with Tom Antion on Thursday night at 7:00 pm. The Insiders special early bird session is FREE to all attendees!

Space is limited and this event will sell out. Register early to insure your attendance! We've reserved a block of rooms at the hotel for attendees at only $109 per night.

Mark Victor Hansen
Mega-Best Selling Author
Rick Frishman
Public Relations Expert and Best Selling Author
Ken Atchity
Literary Agent
Tom Antion
Internet Marketing Expert
Craig Duswalt
RockStar Speaker and Author
Barbara DeAngelis
Best Selling Author,Award Winning Speaker
David Hancock
Morgan James Publishing
Author and Speaker
Armand Morin
Internet Marketing Industry Expert
Brendon Burchard
Best Selling Author, Speaker and Coach
Loral Langemeier
Best Selling Author and a Leading Motivational Speaker
Steve Harrison
Publicity Expert
Kristen Moeller
Coach, Author, Speaker and Radio Show Host
Jill Lublin
Best-selling Author
Influence Marketing Expert
Bruce Barbour
Literary Agent & Publishing Consultant
Alex Caroll
Best Selling Author, Radio Interview Expert
Ann Evanston
Social Media Expert
Gary Spirer
Business Building Expert
Jeremy Katz
Best Selling Author,Coach, Agent and Editor

Are you curious about what publishers like Harper Collins, Morgan James, Adams Media, Wiley, Random House, and Simon & Schuster are looking for? What is the best way to get your manuscript read when you're an unpublished author? Want to know the biggest mistakes to avoid when writing book proposals? You'll be engaged as these top pros share their expertise, reveal the inner workings of the publishing industry, and discuss various approaches to common marketing and publishing challenges.

Additional bonus after hours cocktail party where you'll have the opportunity to network with speakers from the day, industry experts and other attendees.

SPACE IS LIMITED - ONLY $399

VIP PASS $149 INCLUDES PREFERRED SEATING, 2 FREE DRINKS AT THE EVENING VIP-ONLY COCKTAIL PARTY WITH SPEAKERS AND AGENTS, AND AUTHOR 101 7 CD SERIES - A $200 VALUE

LIMITED TIME EARLYBIRD SPECIAL! Save $100 on your registration - use the coupon code "cooper" (without the quote) when you check out to SAVE!

Click Here to Register Now!

or... Register Yourself and bring a Friend for FREE!

Register yourself and a friend and save!!
Only $399 plus a $50 reservation deposit refunded at the event.


Some of the key topics that will be covered include:

  • How to write and present your book proposal to an agent so that your book can be sold to a publisher.

  • What are publishers looking for in a new book? What separates "yes" from "no" and what you can do
    to get the best advance.

  • What do you need to do to make your book a best seller.

  • How to promote yourself using low-cost means online to catapult your sales and exposure into the stratosphere.

What you'll learn

How to create "hooks" for yourself and your business that will make you virtually irresistible to every media outlet and make coverage for yourself a virtual certainty.

How to get rich and become famous by being a guest on radio show without spending a dime on advertising.

How to create promotional materials (media kits, etc.) that will have the media running to you for your opinion every time a story in your area pops up

How to quickly and easily create an automated process to capture leads and sales and to up-sell and cross-sell these people with a minimum of effort.

How to make any book you write or publish an Amazon best-seller with a system that has been PROVEN to work.

If you'd like to learn the secrets of getting your book published or how to turn your book or publishing business into a money machine, this course is for you.


Sunday, February 21, 2010

DEADLINE FOR THE WRITERS BOOT CAMP FELLOWSHIP - February 25th

Fellowship Details


Each month, the Writers Boot Camp Fellowship awards three $5000 full scholarships to our Online Professional Membership (OPM), including an opportunity to compete for an annual writing/development deal with Writers Boot Camp Productions and/or a studio, network or independent producer.


The Writers Boot Camp Fellowship is unlike any other:

* a minimum of three awards are granted monthly
* Creative Categories change each month, reflecting viable genres and project parameters for both feature film and original television series
* Selection is only the beginning of the Fellowship process.


Monthly Creative Categories also include awards for diversity in subject matter and lead characters, as well as inspired writers based on personal experience and circumstances. After Fellows complete a project within the first six months of OPM coursework, they compete for the development deal with our sponsoring partner.


Writers Boot Camp encourages its current members and alumni to apply. If selected as a Fellow, your coursework will be extended, and as a Fellow you will be eligible to compete for the development deal six months after your selection.


The deadline for application is Thursday, February 25, 2010.

Candidates need the following to apply for the Fellowship:

* An original idea for a feature film or television series pilot.
* One scene (no more than three pages) conveying the entertaining potential of your idea.
* A short paragraph on your goals and completed online application with fee.
* A commitment of at least 10 hours per week for your creative and writing process through OPM.

February Creative Categories – your submission MUST be in the categories listed below to be eligible for the February Fellowship:

Feature Film: Romantic Comedy
Television Pilot: Half-Hour Relationship Comedy

When a Romantic Comedy or Comedy TV Series does break out, it can achieve a wide audience. But the challenge of anticipating the social zeitgeist a few years out and transcending cliche in these genres is not a no-brainer. Whether you're currently in love, or not, these genres require articulate characterization and relationship progression that is particularly electric.

Too many past candidates have underestimated the competitive nature of this Fellowship. If you're planning to submit an idea, it will have to include more than just a set-up. The set-up in a feature story and the situation of a series can intimate potential, but it's the development of the middle of the story or story line that will provide the momentum of comedy and that will sustain the rooting interest of romance.

The question is not only how to create a prescient comic platform but also how to complicate and extend the entertainment in a more thoroughly fresh way.


Submission Tips and Info:

In the first five months, we have found that it's the scene work (no more than three pages) that can differentiate a writer from the pack and create separation from the other worthy ideas.


For writers submitting TV pilot ideas, remember that half-hour scripts may be either single-camera film, formatted the same as feature films, or multi-camera sitcom, in which page format is double-spaced. It's always helpful to compare your idea to the lineage of past and current shows and to articulate your vision accordingly.


Apply Now to Become a Fellow!

SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR INFOLIST.com!!

Use your special discount code INFOLIST0210 and get 15% OFF the cost of submission – that's just $45.90 (normally $54) to submit (due to the significant costs of labor, evaluation, administration, marketing and ongoing instructor support, there is a fee for applying). You can also add additional categories to submit for (such as Diversity for an additional $10.20 (normally $12)) - in any case, no matter how many categories you submit for, you get 15% OFF the entire submission fee!


The application deadline is Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 11:59pm!

Winners will be notified by Monday, March 1.

TO APPLY:

Go to: www.writersbootcamp.com/Fellowship
and click on "Become a Fellow" once you're there.

For additional questions, please email Max Timm, Writers Boot Camp's Creative Director at:
mtimm@writersbootcamp.com

Saturday, February 20, 2010

AEI Client Darby Roach interviewed TODAY - 5:00 PM on Rules of Engagement - radio KFWB 980 Los Angeles


Your Three Second Window

Changing Everyday Moments into Extraordinary Opportunities for Success.
















Roach has developed successful, high-profile marketing campaigns for Apple Computer, Microsoft, T-Mobile, Nike and Westin Hotels and Resorts, to name just a few.


He is the author of three novels and and currently lives and works in Seattle.

http://web.me.com/darbyroach/Darby_Roach/Home_Page.html