Snappy, useful chat about email importance and etiquette.

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EMAIL WRITING SKILLS FOR TEENAGERS

An “email evangelist” outlines the value of email for teens addicted to texting.

“If you want to do big things in life, you’ll probably need to send e-mails,” advises Hausmann, who targets text-loving teens in her latest “Naked”-branded book. While texting is fun, fast, and effective for connecting to friends “in the now,” she says, teens must understand the nuances of email to function in an adult, career-driven world. Noting that networking is easier than ever thanks to digital communication, Hausmann details seven rules for drafting effective emails: use a professional, not colorful email address; respond within 24 hours; write a concise subject line; include a greeting (having none is too brusque); use correct spelling (particularly of the recipient’s name); ensure that all necessary information is included; and add a salutation (avoid the overused “Sincerely”). Hausmann concludes her book by sharing some “ludicrous” emails and tweets that she has seen (“They call it e-mail, because me-mail was too long”). Hausmann (Naked News for Indie Authors: How Not to Invest Your Marketing $$$, 2016, etc.) proclaims her primer is “a non-fluff, no-nonsense book.” For the most part, she is right: her email protocols provide common-sense suggestions for emoji-obsessed teens, especially the excellent tip that readers link to their professional websites or portfolios in email signatures. She does include some fluff, however, listing websites of teenage entrepreneurs, which seems like filler in this slim book. Overall, this is a quick, conversational kick-start for teens interested in building their professional presence.

Snappy, useful chat about email importance and etiquette.

Pub Date: Oct. 9, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-9963893-8-9

Page Count: 74

Publisher: Educ Easy Books

Review Posted Online: Nov. 18, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2016

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NUTCRACKER

This is not the Nutcracker sweet, as passed on by Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa. No, this is the original Hoffmann tale of 1816, in which the froth of Christmas revelry occasionally parts to let the dark underside of childhood fantasies and fears peek through. The boundaries between dream and reality fade, just as Godfather Drosselmeier, the Nutcracker's creator, is seen as alternately sinister and jolly. And Italian artist Roberto Innocenti gives an errily realistic air to Marie's dreams, in richly detailed illustrations touched by a mysterious light. A beautiful version of this classic tale, which will captivate adults and children alike. (Nutcracker; $35.00; Oct. 28, 1996; 136 pp.; 0-15-100227-4)

Pub Date: Oct. 28, 1996

ISBN: 0-15-100227-4

Page Count: 136

Publisher: Harcourt

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 1996

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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

A LIFETIME OF RECORDINGS

Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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