Monthly Archives: April 2012

Are Book Trailers Effective?

I buy (and read) books for a couple of different reasons.  If I am a fan of an author then I’m willing to try anything they write even if it is in a genre I’m not a fan of.  I’ll also give a book a chance if it has an interesting premise.  With that said I know it can be hard to encapsulate the awesomeness of a book in a couple of paragraphs on the back cover.  There was an interesting article recently in The Writer that talked about how more people are creating book trailers to promote their books.  Below are a couple.




My question to you all is this, have you ever purchased a book because it had a good trailer?  Is it worth putting  in the time, $$, etc to create a book trailer?



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Recording My Ideas


During my “Idea Phase” I love to throw thousands of things to the wall and see what sticks.  The problem with doing this is that by the end of the process I have a notepad that looks like it has been through World War II.  I struggle to decipher my own handwriting and there isn’t really any kind of order or organization to what gets written where.  So when I attempt to go over my ideas I usually spend the majority of my time sifting through complete chaos.  With that said I have found a little program that I’m quite happy with.

If you’re like me then your ideas come at the strangest time.  Whether it be in the middle of the night, while your driving to work, using the restroom, or in the middle of a really good scene in a movie.  I don’t always have my notepad on me but one thing I do have is my Kindle Fire.  Now in their apps store I found a little program called Evernote.

This handy-dandy little program allows you to keep track of your ideas by either typing them in, recording a voice message, and even taking photos of whatever inspirational image you have just found.  Not only that but your information also exists in the cloud.  So you can access it through your mobile device, work computer, home computer, etc.  So far this thing has really helped me not only keep track of my different ideas but organize it in a way that doesn’t hurt my brain.

The program is free so if you struggle to organize your thoughts and/or your just tired of notepads I HIGHLY suggest it!

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A Change Of Plans

The story I have been working on for the last year is a pretty dark tale that examines things such as right vs wrong, fighting fire with fire, and to an extent what people would sacrifice in order to save someone (or something) they loved.  I’m around 60% finished with the story and still have a strong passion for it, but the problem is that I have to get my mind in a pretty dark place in order to re-enter that world.  As some of you know my wife & I just had our first child so its hard to enter a “dark place” when I am excited and loving the world!  So needless to say my dark WIP is going on the back-burner while I work on something new.

Now I plan on using this new-found love for the world to realize a story that I have had rolling around in my head for a while.  Some of the best books & movies I consumed as a child made me believe that anything was possible.  That the world was this giant place filled with wonder and beauty.  Now I still believe that is the case but once you lose those “innocence-glasses” it’s hard to see the world the same.  I want my son to have that same feeling of wonderment so I am going to tap into my inner-child and try to create something that will give him that same feeling.

I have another project I’m working on that I hope to make into a series of books.  This project is not inherently dark but does have some darker undertones.  Whenever I’m having a hard day or I’m just not in the kiddie writing mood I plan on developing and jumping into that world.

Just wanted to let you all know as your support and inspiration has continued to push me forward in my writing journey.  While I still haven’t nailed down a new writing routine having this little guy has provided me with plenty of inspiration.  Now if he’d only let me find a few hours a day to utilize it  🙂

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