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Britney studied journalism at College of DuPage (COD) and loves to write. She currently lives in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Celebrating African American History Month

 
Below are African-American multicultural children’s  books most customer reviewed on Amazon.com:
1.      The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman
2.      The Watsons go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis
3.      Monster by Walter Dean Myers
4.      Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
5.      Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
6.      Tears of a Tiger by Sharon M. Draper
7.      A Birthday Cake for George Washington by Ramin Ganeshram
8.      Fall Angels by Walter Dean Myers
9.      One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia
10.   Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
11.   Chains by Laurie Hans Anderson
12.   The Skin I’m In by Sharon Flake
   Now it is your turn to look up some multicultural books on Amazon. You can search by most reviewed, relevance,  price, or even put up your own written review for one of your favorites!
Enjoy!
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How to Write a Youtube Video Script to Sell Your Book

By Britney Pieta
 
For all those who are trying to sell their new book as a new or experienced author, here is some good information to get your product out in a technological format. This is for all those Youtubers out there who may be interested in hearing more about your exciting, unique, and original masterpiece!
 
 
1. KISS (Keep it Short and Simple)
While content trumps length, it’s critical to keep your script to a manageable length. Thirty to sixty seconds is ideal. Once you get above ninety seconds, you better have some pretty great content, or you’ll start losing viewers fast.
Creating a concise script depends on using short sentences and simple language. Always try to avoid industry jargon and make sure to have someone outside of your company review the script before signing off.
 
2. Set the Tone
Video is powerful precisely because you have the ability to choose a tone for your company and connect with your customers in a way that text cannot.
The tone you choose to write in often depends on the intended audience. However, with any script, it’s safe to assume that your audience wants to watch something engaging, unique and useful. In that case, be personal. The viewer should be able to relate to what you’re talking about. In certain situations (most, in my opinion), a little humor can go a long way.
 
3. Start with an Elevator Pitch
There are exceptions, but most great marketing videos start with a clear and compelling elevator pitch in the first five seconds. An elevator pitch is your hook. It should quickly convey the core message behind your product or service. Crafting a great pitch can take a lot of time (here are some tips from Businessweek), but once you’ve nailed it, it can significantly help people remember who you are and what makes you unique.
 
4. Tell a Story
Everyone loves a good story, so why should your video be any different? A story, in essence, is a progression with a beginning and an end. Along the way, it identifies a problem and presents a solution.
Start by identifying the pain point. What is the problem your product or service solves? Make sure you present it in a way that your audience can easily identify with. Oftentimes, walking through a simple scenario or case example can help viewers connect.
Once you’ve painted a compelling picture of the problem, present your solution. What makes your product or service the ideal solution? Why should they choose you over the competition? Be clear and confident with your value proposition. Your solution should create a desire in the viewer to act, and act soon.
 
5. What’s in it for Me?
Throughout the script, never forget to be continually answering the key question every viewer will have, “what’s in it for me?” From start to finish, your video should be focused on your potential customer, what they want and how you can help them get it. Finally, end your script with a call to action – a next step the viewer can take to get started.
Writing a great script is hard work, but when you do it right, it will pay dividends. By using a personal tone, simple language, an interesting story and a valuable offer, you’re well on your way to creating a video that sells.
 

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Alternate Endings and Choosing the Best Ending

By Britney Pieta

Many movies have special features with alternate endings or other scenes that might have changed how the story would have happened if they included those scenes in them. Choosing the ending is very important and difficult for a writer, because there are so many different endings or approaches you could take. Many movies leave things unfinished or have endings that were not dramatic enough and leave the audience feeling unsatisfied. Here are some of my thoughts on choosing the best ending for your story.
1. Think about if all of the major issues the characters were facing are resolved for the most part.
2. Think about your overall message of the story and how the ending might finalize some of the last remaining points you are trying to get across to your audience.
3. Ask yourself if your ending leaves too many questions unanswered. Remember that a little bit of unanswered questions is good because it encourages a discussion going in your audience and helps them decide what your story ultimately means to them.
4. Ask yourself if your story’s ending is exciting, emotionally stirring, or captures the audience’s attention in a big way. This makes your story memorable.
5. Ask yourself if you do want your story to continue on to a different book or a screenplay and how you might be able to engage the audience to want to read or see more of your story.

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