The book trailer is up on YouTube

I last posted about building a book trailer to publicize my memoir Leaving the Hall Light On on April 2. We were in the first stages of design then. And now just three and a half weeks later the two-minute video is up on youtube. This was truly a labor of love. My son Ben and his friend, Frank Artes, produced it; Frank was the director and one of the photographers -- we decided we need additional photos to better illustrate the story, and Frank put the whole piece together. Another friend of Ben's Chris Bouffard, who is an actor and experienced in this sort of thing, did the voiceover. Other contributers were my book photographers Paul Blieden and Madison Poulter. I provided the script with a little help from my very brilliant writer friend, Marlene McPherson. She's worked writing for the soaps for years, so she knew just how to add the right amount of drama to the piece. Last, but of course the most important, Paul's music plays in the background. One of my friends says it makes … [Read more...]

Building a book trailer

I've decided there is never an end to the things that need doing in getting a book published and out there to the world. My latest chore is developing a book trailer, and when I began just days ago I really didn't have a clue about how to do it. I actually thought about having a trailer some months ago when I saw the one for Alice and Richard's book The Art of Aging. And then when two of my Lucky Press author colleagues came out with theirs, I decided it was time for me to get a move on. And since I'm a me-too kind of person, I didn't want to be left out. Their books will be released after mine, and their trailers are already on YouTube. So I asked my son Ben if he would work on it with me he of course with his acting talent and his experience in writing, directing, and producing short films he was the logical choice. And like a good son, he said he'd be glad to help which really meant doing most of the design and production work. We met on Thursday and talked about a … [Read more...]