Friday, March 19, 2010

Para-publishing

As we move into high-gear with the publishing of MINDER, I keep being impressed with the people who work in all of these creative fields. I got the sketch for the opening scene of the trailer yesterday, and I'm giddy with the possibilities. We rarely think beyond the author, but so much goes into making a book!

Case in point (with a nod to Nathan Bransford, for posting this in his blog last week):



Cool, right? This is the book trailer for BLAMELESS, the third in Gail Carriger's series that started with SOULLESS. Loyal BFFs may recall that I reviewed the first book in this series back in January. I've also pre-ordered book 2, which comes out at the end of March. Buy it. Read it. Love it.

Also, great news for Mac-people; Amazon has now released the Kindle for Mac software. Click here to get it for yourself. I loaded up yesterday and read my first Kindle download last night. I like it, but I'm used to reading and editing on my laptop. Has anyone else tried Kindle for Mac or PC?

6 comments:

Disgruntled Bear said...

That reminds me--I said I'd do book reviews.

Brenda said...

I was thinking of book trailers just today for some weird reason and wondering if I even like the idea of them. Because part of the cool thing about reading is that you create the world in your head. Isn't that why everyone always says the book is better than the movie? And book trailers are taking at least a snippet of that away...providing the visual where there once was none.

I get that authors have to use media (plural) to reach readers and potential readers. I think I'm just lamenting the days where the reader created the whole world in his/her head. Maybe I'm just old? :)

Disgruntled Bear said...

Actually, you hit on why I'm doing my trailer the way I am. So many people use royalty-free images to make their trailers. The artist I've commissioned is creating them from my descriptions. However, the faces of the main characters aren't really a major part of it; there are a lot of dimly lit images, as well as silhouettes. That keeps a lot of it in the minds of the viewers.

I'd HATE to have someone make a trailer or movie of my work without my input; I just know it wouldn't be right.

I should have my trailer done in about 6 weeks--and then we'll see if I know what I'm talking about or not. :)

june said...

How did you decide on the artist and how did you go about finding one?

Disgruntled Bear said...

Hi June,

I posted a call for artists here in the blog a few weeks ago. I then went and did a Craigslist search for local/regional artists and directed them to the blog post. I had several respond and send samples, and I picked the one whose work was the best match. She's sent me a couple of sketches now, and they are WONDERFUL!

I also know some other local artists here in NH; I didn't commission them for this project because their styles weren't a good fit.

There are a bunch of other ways to find someone, if you're looking. Email me if you'd like some suggestions!

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