It’s Here, We Are Live

OUT NOW!

Hello there fellow Blog readers! Today is the day, the release of my first fictional novel The Break, if you haven’t been a part of the journey and had the pleasure of my ramblings for the last three months then it’s a little project I’ve been working on for nearly two years, a project I decided to self publish in the end. A project which involved not only the writing of the story but the cover design, the proof reading, the editing, the formatting of both the paperback and eBook (nightmare!!), the promotion, the trailer (now loving this concept!) and loads of other little things that go on behind the scenes, all of which I can say with absolute certainty if I had traditionally published I would’ve took for granted! I’ve learned what works best and certainly what not to do in the future and yes there will be more in the future, I’m already working on a second project!!

So I guess all that’s left to say is Thank You to guys for all your support and please follow the following link which will tell you all you need to know about where to buy a copy of The Break

Oh and please feel free to retweet etc to spread the word!!!!

The Arc’s are Here!!!

Two posts in one day. Now you’re getting spoilt!!! Actually this one will be incredibly short I just wanted to share my news with you all! My Advanced Reader copies of my book arrived today which means I can start sending off the press packs as of Monday morning! Until then they’re being well Guarded as you can see, even I can’t get near them!! I have to admit I’m impressed with delivery they’ve arrived in really good time considering they’ve flown in from the US, I wasn’t expecting them until the Middle of April to coincide with the release which should, hopefully be the end of April (Fingers and Toes crossed pleased!) so it’s all looking rather Groovy!

Oh I decided to try my luck with the Book Trailer, I posted it on my Facebook page feel free to have a ganders, drop me a comment, “Like” it if you want!!! If it seems to be something people enjoy I might try my hand at something a little better and pop it on You Tube!!

Book Merchandise… Now there’s an odd concept!

Well I did it, I created a Book trailer and I still haven’t decided if the world will ever see it!! Now as a piece of tacky, retro looking, throw away experiment it’s pretty cool if you like that sort of thing!!! The images were pretty easy, it was finding the right piece of music that was the trick and I have spent endless hours listening to the most random Royalty Free tracks I’ve ever heard in my life!! But it’s all been rather good fun!! But it got me thinking about other Book promotions and I started contemplating the world of merchandise not that I’m thinking about going down that route I just mean in general and how, unless a book has been made in to a movie you don’t see any merchandise for really good books. Why is that? I’ve personally got Harry Potter merchandise coming out my ears, I also have some really cool Lord of the Rings Merchandise but these products weren’t around until someone decided to transfer them from page to screen (were they?) I mean you never see groovy little action figures for latest John Grisham or Chess Sets for the new Jeffrey Deaver, a video game based on the new James Herbert Why not? OK so maybe not the action figures and chess sets for certain authors but there are other merchandising products that would be more suitable and obviously it would depend on the books narrative. We have to be subjected to cheesy book trailers and even huge advertisements on the side of Buses why not Merchandise? Maybe it’s because it would be a little too geeky and if we were seen in public with an Alex Cross embossed brief case on the bus we’d get beaten up?! But just thought I’d ask before I start designing T-Shirts and Flip Flops (Just Kidding!!!!)

So anyway, let me know if you want to see the trailer if there’s enough demand I may subject myself to the inevitable humiliation, which to be fair I’m kind of used to by now!!! Oh and in case you didn’t know the whole of the first Chapter is up on The Break Book Site if you fancied a read?!

Book Trailers… Seriously?

So now the Car drama is over and Yes I did get the wing mirror fixed and no I didn’t do it myself my better half did!!! Anyway it’s now time to get back to business. The writing business!! Now, amongst all my research for a good marketing strategy and preparation for the release of The Break there is one thing that keeps flashing up everywhere and that I keep blatantly ignoring and trying to avoid and that would be the crazy notion of The Book Trailer. I remember seeing a book trailer on TV for the first time and my first thought was ‘You’ve got to be kidding me, why?’ But on further reflection my second thought was ‘What an interesting concept why isn’t everyone doing it’ and I kind of came to the conclusion that it’s a little odd to present imagery to the reader before they’ve read the book. I mean I enjoy reading because it’s my interpretation of the story and each reader takes out of a story what they will, what’s personal to them and their view of what’s significant and their own imagery, surely by presenting them with images of your own perception is manipulating your reader before they’ve even read your work. It’s different to movie trailers and obviously movies as a whole for that matter because we’re viewing that Directors interpretation of the script and there’s hardly ever any room for personal interpretation.

I have to admit though the concept of Book Trailers intrigues me still so I had a Google and found a few people who’d shared their experience of making such a trailer, now naturally my first reaction to the idea was Oh My God do I need to start casting actors and getting them to act out scenes from the book? I now chuckle at the idea! And the answer is certainly not, I typed Book Trailers in to You Tube’s search bar and trawled through the many listed from the amateur to the professional and found not one single actor in sight, which is probably good news as I doubt  Johnny Depp would’ve been available!!!  Now one of my many passions as a kid/teenager/young adult was film making, my first real shot at this was when I made a promotional video for a local education centre which they used to send to primary schools to promote what they did, I was seventeen at the time and I was all about the cinematography, I was always so excited about everything but unfortunately a passion which died once financial responsibility started and I needed to pay the bills!!! So now, I’m thinking why not relight that little film makers spark hidden away and experiment with a Book Trailer, I still think the idea is crazy but I’m all for crazy it’s all part of the adventure after all!!!!