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Screenwriting and Writing News By Cynthia Brian

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Screenwriting and Writing News By Cynthia Brian

 

Teens talk and the world listens every Tuesday NOON PT on the Voice America Kids Network. Produced by StarStyle® Productions, LLC and Cynthia Brian, these young adults know how to rock and express their unique views. Join the fun!

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” ― Toni Morrison

That’s why the hosts and reporters of Express Yourself!™ are writing a new book, Be the Star You Are!® for Millennials scheduled for release later this year! In the meantime, the team are busy interviewing, reporting, and gathering life skills. This week hosts Asya Gonzalez and Katie Choo interview seventeen year old award winning actress and screenwriter, Mandalynn Carlson about her meteoric career, her screenplays, and what she’s learned working in show business. Katie Lyons joins the conversation to share her love of writing indicating that she’s been crafting stories since before she could write. The young ladies greatly admire writer JK Rowlings who rose from homelessness to being the most famous writer in the world. The message is to believe in your dreams, work hard, never give up, and write on!


Bio for Mandalynn Carlson
Mandalynn Carlson is an award-winning American teen actress, whose first professional film appearance was a supporting role in the 2011 action biopic “Machine Gun Preacher” with Gerard Butler. Leaving Michigan for Hollywood, Carlson has found success staring in dozens of independent films and television shows, including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “CSI:NY”. Mandalynn is outspoken against bullying, having dealt with it during elementary and middle school. She started college at 15 years of age and maintains a 4.0 GPA in the film studies curriculum. A fantastic story-teller, Carlson is creating screenplays she hopes to produce and direct that deal with women and girls self-image and self-worth under her production company Smash The Glass Pictures. While she prefers to be in front of the camera, she maintains that she must always be creative and will pursue directing, to fill in gaps. Carlson cares about children and being a positive role model. www.MandalynnCarlson.com

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Express Yourself! Teen Radio is produced by Cynthia Brian of Starstyle Productions, llc as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are! charity. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences, visit http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Dare to care!

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Achieving Your Goals and Being in the Moment By Ariel & Shya Kane

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Achieving Your Goals and Being in the Moment By Ariel & Shya Kane

Achieving Your Goals and Being in the Moment
An Excerpt from Practical Enlightenment
by Ariel & Shya Kane
We’re not implying that you shouldn’t have goals. What we are saying is that there is a different way to go about fulfilling your heartfelt desires, where there is well-being every step of the way and where you recognize that the result is not more important than this moment.  Here is an example:

Our friend Menna sold her first novel, Men, Money and Chocolate, to a publisher that liked it so much that they also paid her an advance for a sequel, which she had yet to write. Thrilled, Menna wrote her second novel and submitted it to them. They rejected it. Feeling stressed but determined, she wrote another version of a sequel and the publisher didn’t like it either.

Discouraged, she closed herself off from her husband and her world while she got down to business. After much stress and struggle she completed yet an entirely different novel, which she submitted. They rejected that attempt also.

By now Menna was tired, irritable, and feeling like perhaps her first book was an accident.  Maybe it was just a fluke that I wrote something good in the first place, she thought. Sitting at her desk, she would gaze longingly at the garden out back, wishing to be out in nature; but thinking that this was off-purpose, she would wrestle her attention back to her project.

Menna eventually wrote an outline for yet another novel, which she submitted to her publisher. As a result, they called her in for a meeting and told her she needed to go in another direction.  How she was going to go about it, they didn’t know. But if something didn’t happen soon, she would be obligated to give back her advance.

Tired, frustrated, confused, upset and feeling pressured to get it done in truth it was time to take a break. Fortunately for her, Menna was registered to attend one of our transformational immersion courses in Costa Rica along with her husband Artur. Once there, she let everything go. She forgot about home, forgot about being a writer, let go of trying to get somewhere and trying to get her book done. She simply invested herself in being where she was while being there for the experience. She rode horses, zipped through the tree tops on a canopy tour, ate delicious food, enjoyed friends and made new ones. She also sat in the course room and truly listened.

Menna marveled at the birds, how the rain could fall hard enough to practically drown out speech, only to have the sky clear a short time later, and she watched the ground steam as the sun reemerged. She discovered her husband once again. She enjoyed Artur – really enjoyed him. She fully engaged. She slowed down. She fell into the moment and as a byproduct effortlessly bypassed her intelligence and accessed her genius.

It was when Menna returned home to Cambridge, England, that she actually remembered she had a project that was due. She had literally forgotten all about it. Oh yes, she said to herself, I have a book to write. Three weeks later it was complete. Happier Than She’s Ever Been was a great success. Each book she has written since has been easier and more successful than the one that came before.

When you push yourself to get somewhere, common wisdom says that you will accomplish great things. But what if stressing yourself to get to where you think you need to be is not a necessary component to being successful? There is only one of you on a planet of billions of people. You already are a success.

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Since 1987, internationally acclaimed authors, seminar leaders, radio show hosts and business consultants Ariel and Shya Kane have acted as guides, leading people through the swamp of the mind into the clarity and brilliance of the moment. Find out more about the Kanes, their seminars in NYC, in the UK, Germany and Costa Rica, the Say YES to Your Life! Meetups their work has inspired, their Being Here radio show or join their email newsletter. Also get information about their award-winning books.  Their newest book, Practical Enlightenment, is now available on Amazon.com.

The Gift of Writing By Cynthia Brian

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   Every Tuesday at NOON PT, the talented teens of Be the Star You Are!® bring you an exciting, informative, mind-boggling program with fresh ideas from youthful minds. Join the fun!
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The Be the Star You Are!® teens are gifted writers as well as radio reporters.
Hosts Zahra Hasanain and Brigitte Jia share their personal poems and essays as well as talk with reporters Maria Wong and Katie Choo about writing.  As avid readers and writers, they the chapter on writing from the book, Be the Star You Are!® for TEENS by Cynthia Brian. With the enormous talent of our Express Yourself!™ Star Team, these reporters may soon be contributing to the next Be the Star You Are!® empowerment book bound for publication.

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Maria talks about the various ways to express oneself through writing via journaling, exhanging letters with penpals in foreign countries, or penning poems and songs.

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Katie discusses avenues to careers in writing which can begin with writing for the school newspaper, yearbook, designing a website, or blog then lead to jobs in the field. If you love to write, write on! It is a gift to all.
“Infinitely more important than sharing one’s material wealth is sharing the wealth of ourselves – our time and energy, our passion and commitment, and, above all, our love.”
William E. Simon, former Secretary of the Treasury

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Express Yourself! Teen Radio is produced by Cynthia Brian of Starstyle Productions, llc as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are! charity. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences, visit. Dare to care!

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HOW TO WRITE A PROFESSIONAL-LEVEL BOOK THAT WILL SELL By Hemda Mizrahi & Janet Spencer King

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HOW TO WRITE A PROFESSIONAL-LEVEL BOOK THAT WILL SELL By Hemda Mizrahi & Janet Spencer King

Independent book editor and publishing expert Janet Spencer King  joined me on “Turn the Page” to discuss how to become a published author.”

In this post, Janet offers additional advice to help make your book a success!

WILL MY BOOK BE A SUCCESS?
Janet shares, “Just about every client I have ever had asks me the Big Question: “Will my book be a success?” No one can answer this question upfront; there simply isn’t a way to determine if a book—however good it is—will do well. However, there are several factors to keep in mind when you decide to write and publish your book.

Fiction writers need to keep writing! Most first-time fiction authors can’t expect to sell many books. But we fiction readers are a greedy bunch—when we find an author whose work we like, we want more. Authors who hang in there, writing another and yet another novel, have a much better chance of being discovered. It may not be until the third or even fourth book, but once success starts creeping in, readers are apt to go back to purchase your previous titles. The beauty of being a self-published writer is that your books live on in perpetuity unlike traditionally published ones, most of which are pulled off the market well within the first year.

Many non-fiction writers have the advantage of an existing platform that will help sell their book. Given that non-fiction is often based on a successful business, or expertise in particular areas, these authors may already be doing presentations, holding workshops, and in other ways meeting people who are in their reader niche.

Read books in your genre that are currently popular—you’ll find out how to handle many areas in your own book by learning what other authors did. Go to writers’ conferences as often as possible. You will learn lots more about writing and meet editors and agents. Google lists conferences around the country according to region and genre.”

CRAFTING YOUR WEBSITE URL
“All writers, whether fiction or non-fiction must have a web site! I advise using a URL with your name plus the word “author.” For example, www.spencerkingauthorservices.com . The reason is that your site now welcomes your next book and your next. Using one book’s title locks you into one book only. Non-fiction authors might want to link their expertise to their name in the URL.”

PRICING E-BOOKS
“Many traditional publishing houses are setting e-book prices nearly as high as print books, but self-published authors are free to set their own. I advise no higher than $9.99 and as low as $6.99 for smaller books. Amazon pays 70% royalties on sales of e-books priced between $2.99 and $9.99, and 35% on books that are priced higher than $9.99. The price on your e-book must be at least 20% lower than the print book in order for you to get the 70% rate.”

WHY IT’S SO IMPORTANT TO OWN YOUR BOOK’S ISBN
“You must own your book’s ISBN! It tracks all information including the publisher (you!), sales and revenue. The ISBN cannot be transferred; once purchased by someone, it remains with that entity and you’ll want it to be you. In the US, purchase of ISBNs are through Bowker.com, one number or a packet of ten. I suggest purchasing a packet since you can use it for e-books and other future books.”

RECOMMENDED RESOURCES
Janet recommends, “The Novel-Maker’s Handbook” by Diane O’Connell (Station Square Media), and “Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors & Literary Agents,” by Jeff Herman (New World Library).

Listen to our conversation for guidance on navigating the options of traditional and self-publishing, and more tips on writing a professional-level book that will sell!

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Raising CEO Kids

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Raising CEO Kids

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How do young people launch a business or a non-profit? Entrepreneurial hosts Henna Hundal and Asya Gonzalez discuss their personal journeys into the business world and give credit to their guides and mentors behind the scenes. Asya’s mom and dad, Tamie and Julian Gonzalez join the ladies, providing a parents perspective on how to support and enrich a child who wants to launch a business in childhood. Margaux Froley, author of Hero Complex and Escape Theory, works in Hollywood with TV networks including TLC, MTV, HGTV, and CW, CMT, and the Travel Channel. Margaux encourages young people to not fear going after their dreams. Become the CEO of your own life. It’s never too early! Listen at Voice America Kids Radio and for photos, descriptions and links listen here. Listen to all broadcasts at ITUNES

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Congrats to everyone who volunteers and supports Be the Star You Are!®. BTSYA has been named a 2014 TOP NON PROFIT for the 6th straight year and is one of the first to be awarded this honor by Guidestar and Great Non Profits.  Read more at Press Pass.

Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio is produced by Cynthia Brian of Starstyle® Productions, llc as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are!® charity. For information on being a guest email caiekelley@gmail.com. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences. Thanks for supporting teens! 

Be the Star You Are!® charity. It’s the Season of Giving Make a donation today.  Buy books and shirts here. 

 

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Third Anniversary and Thanksgiving Celebration

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Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 charity presents: Express Yourself Teens With the on-air Be the Star You Are!® youth reporters.

On behalf of the entire Express Yourself!™ radio team, we are grateful to be celebrating our third-year anniversary of weekly broadcasts! It’s been a humbling, awe-inspiring, transformational journey filled with teen reporters from across the United States, guests from around the world, and a production team dedicated to making a difference in the world.

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It is also the season of Thanksgiving as Hosts Henna Hundal and Caiseen Kelly talk with Social Responsibility Reporter, Asya Gonzalez about gratitude. The first Express Yourself!™ teen host and show administrator, Steven Zhou, returns to reminisce about the impact being part of this positive radio program has had on his college life, and our hosts interview the star of Amazon’s new series, “Gortimer Gibbon’s life on Normal Street”, Sloane Morgan Siegel. He is best known for his recurring role in CBS’ “Partners” and his appearance on Nickelodeon’s “Wendell and Vinnie.”His film credits include “Hate Crime” and the short “Between the Forest and the Field.” 

Tune in for an uplifting hour of Thanksgiving, entertainment, and Anniversary Celebration. For what are you grateful?

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SPECIAL BOOK SALE FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Buy Be the Star You Are!®, Be the Star You Are!® for Teens, or The Business of Show Business for the ULTRA DISCOUNT (55% off) PRICE  of $9.99 plus shipping through December 31. Buy ONLY at ourSTORE and ask for personalized inscriptions.

Congrats to everyone who volunteers and supports Be the Star You Are!®. BTSYA has been named a 2014 TOP NON PROFIT for the 6th straight year and is one of the first to be awarded this honor by Guidestar and Great Non Profits.

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Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio is produced by Cynthia Brian of Starstyle® Productions, llc as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are!® charity. For information on being a guest email caiekelley@gmail.com. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences.  Thanks for supporting teens!

Be the Star You Are!® charity. It’s the Season of Giving Make a donation today. Buy books and shirts.

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Halloween Spooktacular

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The season of screams and scares is officially here! Halloween is right around the corner, and it’s time to embrace your inner ghoul. For a skelton’s spooktacular holiday inspiration, Express Yourself!™ gets you into the spirit of Halloween faster than you can say BOO! We celebrate Halloween traditions from around the world with hosts Henna Hundal and Katelyn Darrow as they pepper our trick or treat show with tips on how to enjoy haunted attractions, create gory decorations, carve peculiar pumpkins, cook monster mash, and don unique costumes. Rising star on Nickelodeon’s “Henry Danger”, hilarious and fun loving Sean Ryan Fox, talks about his love of superheroes, superpowers, and his similarities to his crazy character, Jasper. Debuting reporter of Hope Heals, Zahra Hasanain, delves into the history of Halloween while offering the best places and ways to trick or treat. As the chairperson of Be the Star You Are!®’s Trick or Treat for Literacy Campaign, Zahra as well as hosts Henna and Katelyn encourage donations to http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm to give books instead of candy. No matter what your age, as the skies darken and jack-o-lanterns glow, get your goosebumps on for a walking dead scary Halloween!

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Congrats to everyone who volunteers and supports Be the Star You Are!®. BTSYA has been named a 2014 TOP NON PROFIT for the 6th straight year and is one of the first to be awarded this honor by Guidestar and Great Non Profits.

Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio is produced by Cynthia Brian of Starstyle® Productions, llc as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are!® charity. For information on being a guest email caiekelley@gmail.com. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences. Thanks for supporting teens!

Be the Star You Are!® charity. It’s the Season of Giving Make a donation today. Buy books and shirts. 

Trick or Treat for Literacy: 

Give to Trick or Treat for Literacy. Instead of collecting candy, collect donations to give a child a book treat. 

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The Business of Books, Forever and Always By Cynthia Brian

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The Business of Books, Forever and Always By Cynthia Brian
cynthia on airAfter nine blissful months of pregnancy and thirty-three excruciating hours of labor, my beautiful baby boy was born. After ten years of searching for land two years of construction mishaps, our custom home was erected.  Both experiences were only the beginning of a lifetime of commitment and dedication.

Birthing a book is equivalent to building a house or having a child. The real work begins and continues after the grand entrance.

When I was a newly published author, I was erroneously under the impression that the five years I had spent toiling to make every sentence sing signaled the end of my arduous journey. Now, I presumed, since I had built it, “they” would come while I embarked on my next writing adventure. Wrong, oh, so very wrong!

Publishing is a business, not a hobby. To grow a business, marketing and promoting are essential. When it comes to the book business, publicity and platform are the key elements to success. Whether traditionally or self-published, every author must be the writer, producer, director, and public relations firm of her own production. Publicity is 24/7, ongoing, and perpetual. Creating buzz around a book costs money, energy, time, and an Olympian spirit to win.

The most important thing any author needs to know about the book business is that being a laudable author is a marathon, not a sprint. As cliché as it is, if you want to become a star, you have to be the star you are. Be prompt, be persistent, be passionate, be everywhere!

As a mom, I am and always will be a doctor, lawyer, cook, teacher, housekeeper, police officer, playmate, entcynthia-booksertainer, and head cheerleader to my children. As a homeowner, it’s up to me to be the decorator, landscaper, window washer, pipe cleaner, fence fixer, maintenance provider, bill payer, pooper scooper, and good neighbor. And as an author, I am the Chief Enthusiasm Officer of my books, championing my cause, walking my talk, and exciting others to read my words by constantly promoting, publicizing, and producing while being the consummate mother and contractor of my artistic empire…today, tomorrow, and forever.

Cynthia Brian is a New York Times best selling author, radio personality, media coach, and Founder of the literacy and positive message charity, Be the Star You Are!® When she’s not writing and coaching, you’ll find her with her menagerie of adopted animals mucking her barn. Cynthia@CynthiaBrian.com.

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