How to Create Buzz for Your Book?

It’s official! My book is coming to the Amazon Kindle Store in November 2017 and whilst this is pretty exciting (and scary at the same time) I am consumed with trying to think of some way to create a bit of buzz around the publication – since there won’t be a physical book launch party in the same way you would have one for a traditionally published book. So, I tried my hand at making a book trailer using public domain images and Creative Commons CC0 licensed videos (which can be used for commercial purposes and don’t require attribution). The soundtrack comes from Youtube’s creator studio and is one of the tracks that are attribution free. I know that it’s not the most professional-looking trailer the world has ever seen but, for a limited budget production, I would say that it does the job. Thoughts?

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The Dream Parade (Part One) – Cover Reveal

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Cover Credit: Public Domain Stock Image from pixabay.com, cover design by C.S. Knight © 2017 all rights reserved.

It’s a hot and sticky Sunday (especially sticky) and thoughts, along with words, are just sticking between my fingers and don’t want to come out. So stuff editing! It’s an unproductive mess of an afternoon. But since I have now completed the second draft of my current dystopian YA project The Dream Parade (Part One) (yay!) I thought it’s maybe time for the cover reveal, which I am very proudly presenting to you. August definitely looks like a realistic publication date for this now. Such relief!

Any thoughts on the cover? Feel free to let me know in the comments below. Otherwise, enjoy your Sunday. Hope you are doing much better than me. 

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Here’s What It Takes to Be a Great Writer!

Hello

This cheered me up and I thought you might like to see it, too. I made this my screensaver and when I feel down it makes me feel better.

Keep battering your keyboards – no excuses!!!

…OK the occasional good cry is allowed. 🙂

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Plotting vs. Pantsing

If I had a plot that was all set in advance, why would I want go through the agony of writing the novel? A novel is a kind of exploration and discovery, for me at any rate.

— Chaim Potok

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The Mystery of Storytelling: Advice From a Literary Agent (Julian Friedmann)

How we tell stories seems to be a mysterious process that millions around the world want to be able to do, but 99.9% effectively fail.

Why is it so hard for storyteller and audience to be one? What we communicate can change the lives of the writer and the audience.

However, why stories matter and how to tell them better may not be as mysterious as it seems.

Julian Friedmann has worked with writers for over 40 years; he believes understanding that storytelling is more about the audience than the writer will result in better storytelling.

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