December 31, 2009
I’m excited because my ‘baby’ has just been released by Red Rose Publishing. As many of you know, it’s the first in a new series of shifter books and I hope you enjoy it!
May you all have Happy and Safe Holiday Weekend!
December 26, 2009
Each book trailer I’ve seen so far has three components. There is the visual content, the audio content and some text.
The visual components can be either short video clips or still images. The audio can be the spoken word, music or a combination of both. We shall gather all three in this next segment. This is where we’re going to start using the tools described in the Part One.
December 26, 2009
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December 25, 2009
The latest promotional buzz in eBook circles seems to be trailers. We’ve all seen them not only on YouTube and other online venues, but they are now appearing among network television commercials as well. I just finished my very first effort and you can see it here:
Creating a short video clip as a trailer for your latest publication requires a few extra skills that most writers haven’t developed, but it’s really not that difficult to learn. Since my promotional budget is about nil for this year, I’ve had to dive in and teach myself. What follows is a series of notes that may help you to avoid some of my errors and give you a little jump start on the process.
This tutorial will have four parts. The first will deal with the software tools involved, the second will go into more detail on the individual component creation process. The post-production assembly and editing will be the focus of part three. Disseminating your work to the world will be our final discussion.
Good luck and be sure to let us all know when your first one is posted!
December 24, 2009
My very first video trailer is up and ready for comments and thrown tomatoes.
Shifter Born is the first of a series of Urban Fantasy stories and part of it involves a band of young shifters that record their own animal sounds and use that as background music for their CDs. The trailer features the OtherSkins’ tune called Moon Song.
Here are the lyrics for Moon Song, the theme for Shifter Born:
In a subsequent posting, I’m planning a tutorial on how this was produced.
If you have any questions, you might want to call into the BlogTalkRadio interview on Sunday, December 27th, 2009. I’ll be there from 2pm to 3pm Eastern Time.
December 19, 2009
As most of you know, my wife and I live near Washington, DC. It started snowing yesterday (Friday) and is still snowing a little bit Saturday night. It’s being called the worst December blizzard ever and in sixth or seventh place for all-time record snowfall.
Around noon, I decided in all my infinite macho wisdom, to take my wife to lunch. We ended up at a Micky Dees about two blocks away.
Someplace under that white stuff is our Subaru. Thank goodness for four-wheel-drive. I love my Forester.
The snow started to lighten up a bit around 9pm, so I grabbed a couple of shots of the virgin pile on top of our patio table. It measured just at 18 inches based on the aluminum yard stick.
December 19, 2009
The last couple of weeks have been hectic around here. Besides rushing like mad to finish the edits on Shifter Born (I’m really proud of it), I attended an intensive computer seminar that was both interesting as well as exhausting.
Yesterday, I put in more than five hours, working on my first trailer. It’s going slower than I would like, but so are most learning experiences. Years ago, I helped to build a television station down in West Palm Beach, Florida. Part of that process was installing and learning the basics of an Avid post-production computer. Since I don’t have a few thousand dollars to spend on a custom hardware and software system to make trailers, I went looking for Open Source solutions.
There are two popular ones for my Kubuntu Linux desktop. A simple and stable one is called Kino. It seems to work, but doesn’t have the bells and whistles to which I’d grown accustomed. Then, I found KdenLive.
All software packages have a series of numbers after them. These are usually shown as three numbers separated by a period as in XX.XX.X. The numbers refer to the release version of that software. If you’re not a programmer, only the first one is really important. If that number is zero, it means the programming team considers it to be BETA, or still in development, with known bugs. The current version of KdenLive is 0.7.6. If you’re an impatient soul, than consider that a warning. After looking it over and seeing all the professional bells-and-whistles, I decided to bite the bullet and give it a try.
Yes. There are some memory management problems that cause an occasional crash. Don’t let that stop you though. Save early and often and it’s merely a minor frustration. The program is easy to use and feature-rich. If you are running a Linux box and want to do video post-production, give it a try.
Yep! You heard me right. It looks like we’re snowbound her in the DC metro area. A record-breaking snow started late yesterday and has already dumped more than a foot of fluffy white stuff. If their predictions hold, there will be another foot or before it stops, sometime Sunday.
Looks like I’m going to have plenty of time to work on my trailer and when I need a break, finish writing an erotic south seas pirate tale I promised my friends over at Captiva Press. There are some really exciting things coming from them and I’ll be sharing a lot more in the near future.
Here’s hoping you and yours stay toasty warm and safe over the holiday season.
December 6, 2009
Shifter Run [NEW RELEASE]
Kimmy’s starlet sister died at the hands of a serial killer. Can a disgraced paparazzo and an ex-con biker keep her alive?
Cambio [NEW RELEASE]
As a whole new world is revealed, can Sapphire’s inner beast shape a superhero? This is the second book in the shifter series that started with Shifter Born. Another great Red Rose Publication!
Cazy Taylor [NEW RELEASE]
Airships…intrigue…adventure! Just another day in the life of Crazy Taylor.
From the quiet privacy of an old bookstore to a castle in the mountains, true love can form the strongest chains of all.
What amount of freedom would you trade for a lifetime of pleasure?
Becoming an adult is scary. Even with fang and fur. This volume contains the first two stories in a new series of shifter tales with a twist.
December 6, 2009
This is a new layout (theme) for my blog. I’m experimenting with making things a bit more readable as well as easier to navigate.
Opinions welcome, of course.