A New Book Trailer

I created a new book trailer for Sudden Mission and posted it on YouTube and Amazon. It is about 1:04 minutes and has some review quotes and updated info. Here are the links to those videos. The Amazon link takes you to my Author Page there:



I recycled some of the images from the previous trailer, and added pull quotes from some of the reviews. Then I updated the details in the last screen shot so folks can actually find my web site URL and Facebook Author Page.

Honestly, with iMovie and the Mac, making a book trailer is pretty simple. Apple provides some nice one minute audio tracks for us musically challenged types, so I don’t run into copyright issues with clipping audio from protected sources. The longest part of the process is waiting for the export of the final product.

Another option for audio is to find friends who are musically inclined and have them create something for you in GarageBand or similar tool.

If you use video with real people in it, make sure you get model releases signed. I stuck with the simple images and artwork for the book, since we have the rights to it.

The rest is simple in iMovie. Drag and drop the items you want to include, select transitions and play with the timing. Keep it simple. Have fun.

Keep writing.


Blog Tour Begins

Today I got the word on the blog tour. It includes two guest blog posts on August 19 and 27, and reviews on blogs from August 21 through 28. That’s what we scheduled so far, according to my book manager.

So, my first assigned topic for the blog tour is:

What motivated you to become a children’s author?

A children’s author. Hmmm … I think I had an identity crisis for a moment.

Granted, Sudden Mission’s main characters are fourteen. That puts the novel at a middle grade category (ages about ten to fourteen). So, I guess by definition I’m a children’s author. Being the cooperative, responsible, wonderful person I am, I immediately hammered out a 500 word answer to the question and gave it to my book manager. All those years of newspaper work paid off, you see. I can do 500 words standing on my head.

I also made arrangements for a promotional card to hand out. Here are the two sides of it:

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My cover designer, Scott Deyett, via his business InHouse Graphics, LLC created this. I think it rocks.

I should have these in time for the WordCon author table I set up on August 20. Just in case I don’t have printed books. The final cover upload is done, the final layout is done–everything is done that needs to be done to get the book out now. There is just a bit more lead time before print copies are available. We’re hoping we can get 25 copies shipped to me before the 20th.

We will still release on August 18, and there will be fun and games involved with that. Stay tuned for more information on the release events.

Keep writing.


The Vox Dei imprint manager, Heather Huffman, posted up a “coffee chat” with me today. It is kind of weird, being the interview-ee. I’ve always been the interview-er. Anyway, it was a fun little exercise.

Here it is.


Keep writing.