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?
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.Read more "The Dream Parade (Part One) – Cover Reveal"
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. 🙂Read more "Here’s What It Takes to Be a Great Writer!"
Most writers will agree that writing authentic dialogue can be a b***. Far from trying to be negative (totally not listening to the little voice at the back of my head right now), I thought it would be a good idea to point out the obvious before launching into an explanation of how to address […]Read more "3 Essential Strategies for Writing Authentic Dialogue"
As my friends and I, are counting down the last few hours of an exceptionally tough year, I can’t help but think about how lucky I am to still be writing. Those who have been reading me regularly since the launch of this blog will have noticed the effects of what I can only describe […]Read more "My 3 Most Important Writing Lessons of 2016"
Read more "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.