CJ’s Man Crush Monday

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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!

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It has been a while

Yes, It has been a while since I blogged. Busy writing, kids, running around doing all the mom things. And… I was diagnosed with breast cancer in the beginning of the year. Excuses? Maybe, but they are good ones.
Through it all, I’m still writing and editing. I am currently finishing up my last round of editing for Jane and writing my next book(temporarily called Mirror Image). I also have drafted an outline for a detective series I’m really digging. Also I have been workshopping–bettering my craft.
Crazy busy year so far. And by the way, I am free and clear of cancer. And in the processes, I received a new set of breasts and a new respect for life and family–who have been by my side the entire time.
So I’ll pop in every so often and post my thoughts and news.
Smooches
CJ