Recently, I had the opportunity to record an excerpt from Crossroads for a new podcast called Authors Read, where you guessed it, authors read excerpts from their works. I think it’s a really cool concept, and I was excited to be selected to be featured. I’ve always toiled with the idea of trying to record an audio book version of Crossroads in my own voice, since the narrative of the story is essentially told through my point of view and with my own personal speech patterns and quirks.
Luckily, I have a friend who has his own podcast (One Hour Wasted), and has a nice setup for recording. Even better still, he was willing to assist me with recording my reading. I read two chapters, and it took three hours of recording/editing before my thirteen minute segment was completed. The recording quality was top-notch. My performance on the other hand…yikes. Overall it was a great learning experience, and the episode was just released! You can follow the link here to find the podcast and here for the website. I’m hoping to follow-up with a reading from Crossfire once it’s released, so stay tuned for part 2!
So it turns out book trailers are a thing. Now I’m not talking about a trailer full of books. No, that would be a bookmobile. Stay with me here – it’s a movie trailer but for a book. I know, it seems so simple now, doesn’t it? It also seems kind of silly to create video footage and visuals for an otherwise non-visual medium. Books are meant to engage your imagination and put your mind’s eye to work, right? Well there lies the challenge.
Once I was introduced to the concept, it also compelled my hyperactive brain to see what I could come up with. At the core, book trailers are intended to help build hype surrounding a title that is coming soon or newly released. Similarly to a movie trailer, you just want to tease your audience without giving anything away. A major difference between the two though, is casting. In a movie, it’s all about who is starring in it. I suppose the same could be said for a book, but in a completely different way. Fictional characters should be up to the reader to imagine and picture in their mind, so a book trailer needs to be very careful not to provide any distinct, identifying information. You want to use overly generic footage, or B-roll if you will, so the reader is still free to imagine things as they see fit. The tricky part then is creating a trailer that doesn’t provide any distinct features, doesn’t give away any details, yet still somehow manages to draw in and captivate the audience. Suddenly it doesn’t seem so simple, huh? Well needless to say, based on the title of this post, I decided to give it my best effort. Continue reading
Okay, so I may have jumped the gun just a little. I have been working diligently on my first short-story for at least the past month, and I’ve had the idea bouncing around in my head, gaining momentum, for far longer than that. I’ve been working out the plot, the characters, and the twists. As I was confident that I was nearing completion, I was starting to get a little excited to share it with you all, and maybe even a little proud of myself. I’ve always wanted to give writing a shot, and since the beginning of this year I have started taking baby steps. I don’t know what I’m doing, but I’m excited about the possibilities. At the same time, that lack of knowledge and experience is easy to spot from a mile away.
My excitement got the better of me, and I set up this site. I have already quietly linked to it on several other pages across the internet. At the same time, without having any substantial content, I have been hesitant to advertise about it. What good is a site for my short-stories before there are any short-stories? So I’ve (im)patiently waited, and the time was near. Almost imminent I thought.
Then I sent out my first preliminary draft the other day to get some feedback. I got a lot of really good suggestions, and I was excited to hear what somebody else thought of my creation. It was great. Then reality sank in. I have got a TON of work to do still. The thought has been a little disheartening, I won’t lie to you, but I didn’t expect my first draft to be perfect. I’m thankful for the encouragement I’ve received and the advice that was given. I’m anxious to use that feedback to improve this story and make it something worth reading.
My rather simple, easy-way-out solution? Tell you about the delay. It keeps the site from going unused, and lets you all know about my progress. I still hope to have a finished product in the very-near-future. But for that to happen, I’ve gotta get back to work!
Thank you, that is all.
I have been a die-hard fiction junky for as long as I can remember, and I’ve always harbored the idea of trying to write my own mystery someday. A large reason for starting my blog in the first place was to get some practice writing, hone my skills, and develop my style.
Well, as you can tell from the label on the top of this page, it appears that time has nearly come. A little while back, inspiration struck. A thought hit me and I got several ideas for some short stories. The ideas persisted to pester me, and I have decided to begin working on series of short-and-sometimes-not-so-short-stories.
I have thrown myself into more murder mysteries than I can recollect, and I’m starting to think that I may have learned a thing or two from them. With prior life experiences that I prefer not to discuss, my background in criminal justice, and influences such as Harlen Coben, Dennis LeHane, James Patterson, Patrick J. O’Brian, Dean Koontz, and Dan Brown, how could I possibly go wrong?
So turn out the lights, crawl in bed, throw a sheet over your head, grab a flashlight, and immerse yourselves into my foray into “fiction.” Or is it?
(And yes, I ripped this post off from my personal blog almost word-for-word. Plagiarizing already…off to a good start!)
Thank you, that is all.