Make Room For a Trailer

As far back as I can remember, I’ve always been a visual person. I’ve learn and absorb greatly with images. Visuals helped me through high school and cosmetology. I learned along the way many people are the same.

So when my editor suggested that I would benefit in having a book trailer for Forgetting Jane, I thought it was a fabulous idea, but didn’t have a clue where to begin.

I watched many trailers on youtube, talked to many author friends–I even went on line to see how much it would cost me to have it made by someone else…Can I say HOLY COW!

As a debut author, my budget minded brain eked out in pain when I saw the cost. Therefore, I decided to tackle the trailer myself. I have a Mac, which included IMovie, and using that application was a breeze.

Within reach of my fingertips, I had all the tools I needed. So without hesitation, I dug deep into the right side of my brain and slammed it overdrive. I began piecing together images I’ve collected from various sites my fellow authors had suggested-some were free and some were paid for.

Once I got my picture collage together, I then broke them down to where they would best describe my novel. I have to say, as a novice, I did pretty damn good.

By the end of it, I got quite acquainted with my computer and learned a great deal more than just putting together pictures.

Don’t be afraid to make a trailer. Yes, it’s time consuming but in the end, it’s worth it and your budget brain won’t cry out in pain.

So without further ado…Let the trailer speak for itself.

 

Happy Thursday!

CJth-1

Stories Are Like Diamonds

Stories are like diamonds. The precious stones are mined, cleaned up and cut into brilliant karats of shapes, colors and clarity. I find a writer does the same with their stories. Well, at least I do. 

My stories come from the depths of my mind and sometimes, my soul. They come out in various sizes, from novellas to long lengthy series. I dig out what moves me, and like a diamond, I clean it, cut it and shape it into what I think will drive a reader to want more.

Sometimes, what I see in the beginning doesn’t always come out the way I wanted, but it still shines. So with help from others, they recut and re-polish my story, making my shiny diamond more sparkly and attractive to the eye.

Once your diamond is finished, you want to sell it to the best jeweler. Who, in turn will mount it to the best platform it deserves. 

Every writer has a mine full of diamonds. And, if you cut it, shape and polish it to the point of brilliants, it too will sell.

CJ Warrant