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On the day when Disney have purchased Marvel Entertainments, for $4 billion in cash and stocks. Bringing the prospects of many more films involving the more than 5,000 characters, I got to pondering over how you change a book into a film, or even get a book looked at to become a film.

As several people have remarked in my reviews the Across the Pond would make a great film, I would even suggest the next “High School Musical” perhaps Zach Efron, now’s he finished making “17 Again”, could polish up his English accent and play Fred?

Both Disney and Hallmark have been mentioned as possible people who might be interested and I’ve had a couple of emails asking about film rites, but where do I go from here.

Authors need to supply authentic Hollywood-style book “coverage” of their books, as well as provide Hollywood studios, production companies, networks, agencies, and producers access to this coverage.

Coverage means a 1 to 3 page report including synopsis of the book, and comments that would include a perspective of the plot/characters/theme as well as the adaptability of the work into a screenplay, analysis of marketability, and other pertinent comments. This report is used by studios, production companies, networks, etc. to evaluate new books and screenplays they’re considering acquiring for production.

So I guess my next step is to contact people/companies who can supply this service.


After that… well you never know.

High School Musical – Across the Pond

My mind is making up songs as I write.

Just imagine the leaving scene, the whole cast doing a “Leaving on a Jet Plane” number all around the airport as the two have to say goodbye… complete with flash backs.


Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
“Across the Pond”

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Before I start this page of further views of the USA, I should apologize to any that I might offend. These are my own personal views of the USA, or that part of the USA that I have known in the time that I have been living in America.

The Football Season is just about starting in the USA, large men trying to squeeze themselves into ever tightening trousers. to appear on the filed, pitch or whatever you want to call it for a couple of minutes. Before going to sit down again there work done.

To a person from anywhere else in the world except America and perhaps Canada, the word football means eleven players a side, charging around varying types of land chasing a round ball, throughout the world. Names like Pele, Charlton, Best, De Steffino, Maradona, and Beckham bring visions to ones mind. However in America it brings forth a totally different vision.

What the rest of world calls football, the Americans call soccer. This being the fact that to an American football is this totally different sport.

Now, in England we do actually know what “American Football” is, our screens being filled on “Channel 4” during the early nineties on a early Sunday evening.

Names like Dan Marina and Number 44, John Riggins were discussed around schools in the local pubs. When the fridge, was not a place for storing food but a Chicago Bear’s player the size of a small out house. For those who do not know any better “Football” as we will now just call it, is played by what seems to be several hundred players a side, who stay on the field a few minutes at a time, before having to go off for what seems to be an endless supply of “Gatorade” a drink, seemingly invented for the event.

Players have to ware what to any rugby player would seem a suit of Armour, complete with a crash helmet center. Touch downs do not mean the player has “touched the ball down over the line. God forbid anybody trying to bend down to do that in those trousers… one can’t call them shorts. And when the conversion/kick is done for an extra point. Kicking from where the “touch down” was scored would be way to difficult, so they have to take it from in front of the posts.

Don’t get me wrong I do enjoy the game, it’s one of the nearest sports that might actually be classed as physical except of course Ice Hockey.

Anyway I will be there, sipping a cold one watching the games and wondering where all the people play.

Next Sunday… things you don’t know about England


Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
Across the Pond
http://acrossthepond-storyheart.blogspot.com/
http://across-t-pond.com


OTHER SUNDAY UK BLOGSABOUT

THE GRAND NATIONAL
WHY UK DRIVES ON THE LEFT
MOTHERS DAY ACROSS THE POND
ABOUT THE UNION JACK
ENGLISHMANS VIEW ON BASEBALL
WHAT IS BOXING DAY
BRITISH TV TRANSPLANTS
WHO WAS SAINT GEORGE?
BOBS YOUR UNCLE
SWEET FANNY ADAMS
EUROPE’S GOT TALENT – WELL PERHAPS
GOBSMACKED, BOBBIES AND AN ARM AND A LEG
BIG BEN… OR IS IT?
THE USA NEEDS A CITIZENS CHARTER

FROM CHARIOTS TO NASCAR
WHAT IS FATHERS DAY?

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As they say, the show must go on, so pulling myself out of my sick bed (why is it always the bed that is sick?) I managed to chat and croak with the very interesting
J.R. Hauptman about him and his new book “The Target: Love, Death and Airline Deregulation”

J.R. Hauptman, is a retired pilot. His book is set in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West, and tells the tale of the tumultuous first years of airline deregulation and the effects it had on that industry and the people who worked there. There are many people today who believe it was, in large part, the rush to overall dLove, Death and Airline Deregulation back then that led directly to the economic chaos that threatens to overwhelm our entire economy today.

Why not stop for thirty minute and share this enjoyable and interesting chat

Listen to it at
You can listen to the show (as I am now) at

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Across-the-Pond

Direct location you can link to is

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Across-the-Pond/2009/08/29/A-Book-and-a-Chat-with-JR-Hauptman

or on my blog at

http://acrossthepond-storyheart.blogspot.com


Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
“Across the Pond”

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So what have I got to offer you in this weeks “Views, Reviews and Weird news?

There has been some really interesting and weird news this week, so I’ll jsut concentrate on that this blog.

WEIRD NEWS

Some of you might have read about Microsoft (in Poland) getting into trouble for altering a photo on its website to change the race of one of the people in the picture. To my mind, while this was interesting and of course Microsoft had to make an apology. You’ll notice that while on the website of its Polish business unit the black man’s head was replaced with a white face, the color of his hands was unchanged.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/2/hi/technology/8221896.stm

A British tourist has spent a night trapped in a French town hall after mistakenly thinking she could book a room at the “hotel de ville”.
The hapless female visitor arrived in the Alsace town of Dannemarie on Friday and tried to find a bed for the night.
Spotting the impressive-looking “hotel de ville”, the tourist popped in to use the toilet before trying to check in. But as she was in the convenience, officials finished a meeting, left the town hall and locked its door.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8218069.stm

Australian palaeontologists say they have discovered a new species of dinosaur on a sheep farm in the northern state of Queensland.
The fossil remains of the large plant-eating sauropod, nicknamed Zac, are about 97 million years old.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8224279.stm

A bear climbs out of a concrete skateboarding park after staff provides a ladder for it.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/2/hi/americas/8223717.stm

Police in the Indian city of Mumbai say they have arrested a man for forgery and polygamy after he married at least six women over the past two years.
Tushar Waghmare, an engineer with Air India, allegedly kept all his wives in the dark about their counterparts.
He was arrested after his sixth wife went to the police when she discovered he was married to someone else.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8224746.stm


Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
“Across the Pond”

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Join with Randy Sue Coburn, journalist, screenplay writer and author, as we discuss her life, and her books. Including her new book “A Better View of Paradise

Randy Sue Coburn began her career as a journalist whose essays and articles appeared in numerous national magazines and major newspapers. Her screenplays include Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, the 1994 film about Dorothy Parker that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and won Jennifer Jason Leigh the National Society of Film Critics Award for best actress. Film work and teaching at The University of Washington subsidized the writing of Remembering Jody, (1999, Carroll & Graf), and Randy Sue’s second novel, Owl Island, was published in June, 2006 by Ballantine, a division of Random House Publishing Group. A Better View of Paradise, also from Random House/Ballantine, is being published in July, 2009. Born in Chicago and raised in South Carolina, Randy Sue is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The University of Georgia.

Why not stop for thirty minute and share this enjoyable and interesting chat

Listen to it at

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Across-the-Pond/2009/08/25/A-BOOK-AND-A-CHAT-with-Randy-Sue-Coburn

or on my blog at

http://acrossthepond-storyheart.blogspot.com


Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
“Across the Pond”

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I’m going to start today’s blog with a just a little piece blowing my own trumpet.

Yesterday my book “Across the Pond” reached the BIG 100 reviews status on Amazon

I am so pleased that that many people have taken time not only to read my book, but to review it as well.

Any way I said I would try and help people out with free software, useful links etc. There are plenty around these are just a few that I can recommend.

ALL IN ONE

All your favorite links and downloads on one page, well worth checking out (allmyfaves.com)

ANTI- VIRUS

While people pay out for various anti-virus software when of the best available on the market is actually free

AVG (free.avg.com) is a popular anti-virus/spyware program with a free and pay version. The free version is very good with automatic updates etc.

SPYWARE

Spybot Search and Destroy (safer-networking.org) is a good antispyware program which is free for noncommercial use

FIREWALL

ZoneAlarm (zonealarm.com) a free firewall for individual users

HTML CREATION

FirstPage 2006 (evrsoft.com) a good WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) html editor with various templates and add on.

JAVA SCRIPTS

Snazz up your web pages with free java scripts (raindrops, reflections, rollover etc) from Anyflash (anfyflash.com)

INTERNET

Instead of using Internet Explorer more and more people are using FIREFOX (mozilla.com) it tends to be faster than IE

OFFICE SUITE

While Microsoft are talking about adding a “free light” version of programs such as Word and XL, for now if you do not want to pay for the Microsoft there is Open Office (openoffice.org) is free software that includes word-processor, spreadsheet, drawing program, and presentation program (sound familiar)

Also there is WordWeb (wordweb.info) a writing utility combining thesaurus, dictionary etc.

V- BLOG INFO AND HELP

Thinking of creating V-Blogs check out FREEVLOG (freevlog.org)

CREATE YOUR OWN MOVIE POSTER

Turn your book or any other picture into a movie poster (bighugelabs.com/poster.php)

GOOGLE RANK CHECKER

Check Page Rank of any web site pages instantly (prchecker.info/check_page_rank.php)

VISITOR MAP

Create a map of where all the visitors to your Web site/blog come from Clustermaps (clustrmaps.com)

SHORT NAME URL

Twittering or just want to shorten a URL address try TinyURL (tinyurl.com)

LARGE FILE SHARING

Want a location for your large v-logs or book video’s zSHARE (zshare.net)

I hope some of these were of use to people

Barry (Storyheart)


Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
“Across the Pond”

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It’s been a busy week on the radio side with some fantastic shows and guests on my blog radio show “A BOOK AND A CHAT”.

I have been very lucky with my guests, and the response and feed back has been nothing but good. So much so that there seldom seems to be a day go by without an email or a message asking if such and such a writer could be a guest.

I am now, or so it seems going to shows on three nights a week, with even these dates filled for much of the next couple of months. Up and coming guests range from bloggers to reviewers to writers and publicist. Hopefully all will enjoy their chat over a cup of tea, in the friendly fun format I always try and promote.

I have been asked recently to create a couple of guest blogs about doing a radio show, the first of which can be found at

http://marketmynovel.com/2009/08/how-to-find-a-good-online-radio-show.html

I was also asked in another interview for the pitfalls and drawbacks of blog radio, guest no shows etc. One item I did forget, which was brought home to me over the last few days is the fact that to do a show, I have to shut the windows and turn off the air conditioning or fan while doing the show, to avoid background noise. in the humidity we’ve had on the east coast the last week, this is definitely not a good thing.

For those of you who caught the show on Friday with The Story Siren, we had a little dog interruption on one of the calls, as well as discussing Kristi’s own dog, Xander who appears on her Vlogs. Well if you check “The Story Siren” today you see Xander can also help put book cases together.

Many blogs are full of helpful advice, for writers and readers, places to go, books to read, free things etc. I even did my own “Book Promotion on a Budget” five day blog to help people. On Wednesday I will hopefully be producing a blog with some more helpful locations for software and advice.

As for the AMAZON reviews… the number at the Deli counter has not ticked over and I’m still standing at…

Barry (Storyheart)


Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
“Across the Pond”

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