Interview, not with Vampires

After Thursday’s post, which is probably our longest yet, you’ll be pleased to know this one’s brief.  On Tuesday, we had a phone interview with Danielle Wrate from Wrate’s Editing Services. Phone interviews always make us nervous. If you read our last post, you’ll know we had a big problem with using the phone and it still lingers to a certain degree. But whenever something makes us nervous, we hear our psychologist telling us “feel the fear and do it anyway.” So we did the interview. It started off so well – Lynx went to hit the speaker button and accidentally hung up. If you were harbouring any thoughts of us being slick professionals, those should have gone by now. We will never be smooth 😀 Anyway, you can read the interview here. As a bonus, there’s also one of our baby photos in there.

And on Friday, we released Romance Is Dead’s book trailer. Check it out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dt1LUaYL7Yk

Don’t forget – Romance Is Dead will be out on Friday!

Book Trailer Contest

Faithful followers, we need your help. We don’t ask for much from our dedicated followers – we’ve never asked you to take up arms and go into battle with us (yet) nor have we asked you to sign a pledge to support our world domination/steal Stephen King’s throne plots – though that time will come. So we’re just asking a tiny favour. There’s not much effort involved – certainly a lot less than having to train in swordmanship and archery – see above for why you’d need these skills. Our book trailer for Soul Asylum, done by the amazing Ryan Ashcroft of Fireclaw Films is in a contest for best book trailer. Unfortunately, the trailers aren’t judged by independent judges. They win on votes. Which means it’s basically a popularity contest and whoever has the biggest army of voters will win. We’ve never even come close to winning a popularity contest. We don’t have a huge army of people who are willing to do our bidding at our command (though we have a small band of loyal friends who are invaluable) so we don’t think we stand a chance of winning. Which is a shame, because we truly believe Soul Asylum’s trailer deserves to win. And we’re not just saying that because it’s ours. Hell, we didn’t make it. But we think Ryan is extremely talented and with all the hard work he put into this trailer, he deserves the accolade. He has to put up with us taking the piss out of him on a daily basis, but there’s not a reward for that 😀

If you haven’t seen the trailer, you can watch it here. To vote for it click here then all you have to do is click on the VOTE HERE link, type your name, email and the name of the trailer you want to win – Soul Asylum. Ok, to make it fair, all the book trailers in the contest are on that link too so if you want to watch them then vote, go ahead.

Want a further incentive? *Cue sad music* this is our X-Factor sob story. Kidding! IF Soul Asylum’s trailer wins, we’ll put up the first chapter of one of our unpublished novels. It will either be Scott the Zombie, Bleeding Empire or maybe a totally random novel that you don’t even know about. Is that enough incentive? No? How about a place in our World Domination Government? Yeah, that’s what we thought… 😉

Book Trailer Win

We’ve managed to lock Scott back in his freezer, but because he shared our book trailer on Twitter, we now have to go capture a doctor for him. He wants Baked brain Alaska for tea. Why did we agree to this? Oh yes, because we wanted him to tweet about our book trailer. You read right. It’s done! You can watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8BYiu3PRTE let us know what you think.

With our book trailer out of the way, we could concentrate on formatting. We’ve been dreading it the same way people dread going to the dentist’s. We were expecting the pain and blood loss of a tooth extraction, but it was more like a check up. With no fillings 😀 Formatting isn’t as hard as we feared – there’s just a lot of steps. The best advice we can give is to download the Smashwords style guide. It explains every step in an easy to follow way. We then tried uploading it to Amazon, to see if there were any errors. There were – we hadn’t saved it in HTML format. So word of advice – for Amazon, save it as web page, filtered. For Smashwords, it’s .doc. We haven’t tried uploading it to Smashwords, but we will. That’s usually where the problems lie, if other authors are to be believed. We’ll upload it a few days before Valentine’s, just to give us breathing space to correct any formatting errors.

Book Trailer Woes

Do you want the bad news first? Might as well, stop it spoiling the good news. On Tuesday, we were lamenting the fact we’d had two rejections. Our lovely Facebook friends were rallying around to boost our flagging confidence and encourage us. On Wednesday, we had another one.

That’s the bad news out of the way. Though there isn’t actually any good news to heal the wounds. Sorry about that. But we want to share our mistakes so you don’t make the same. These mistakes concern the book trailer. If you follow us on Twitter, you will have seen all the tweets that end with #booktrailerwoes because this thing is driving us crazy. Well, ok, we were already there, but it’s jabbing us with sharp sticks and taunting us that we’ll never escape. First there was our epic search for the right music. One of the best sites we’ve come across is http://incomptech.com which is Kevin Macleod’s site. It’s all royalty free, free music. You just have to credit him and if you want to donate, it’s optional. The guys ha literally hundreds of tracks. We know, because we’ve listened to almost all of them. We’ve picked out a couple we think we can use for our book trailer, but have to see if they match our images first. http://freesounds.org is another that has free sound effects, things like howling wind, crunching snow, screams, etc.

So the music’s sort of done, it’s just the images. The bloody images. We have spent DAYS, if not weeks, scouring websites for royalty free images. http://morguefile.com has absolutely free ones. So far, the best ones we’ve found are on http://123rtf.com and http://fotalia.com. 123 is the cheaper of the two and they have thousands of really cool images, for 47p/63p per credit (you need credits to download the photos). But this is where we made our mistake. After days of trawling the sites, marking down the pages of images we liked in our journals, a notebook, whatever paper we had to hand, when it came to narrowing down our selection, some of the images had jumped to a different page, or we hadn’t written down which website the pages for ‘woman with rose’ came from. We trusted our memories, forgetting our memories eloped with our sanity years ago and neither have been seen since. When we finally got round to registering on 123, we discovered the lightbox feature, where if you find an image you like, you add it to the lightbox and all your images are stored there, save you searching for them. We nearly cried when we discovered this. So if you find images you like, register and put them in your lightbox before they do a disappearing act on you. Do it now! NOW!

Urged on by our friend, Lisa Dee, who’s also learning about ebook publication with us, we’ve set up a fan page for Gunning Down Romance on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gunning-Down-Romance/234554763292573 there’s also going to be a launch on Facebook for it. We’ll probably post anti-love songs, links to buy the book and have the book trailer on there. If the damn thing ever gets made. Oh we also have to write a synopsis, finish redrafting the stories, do a proper front cover then format it. With just over two weeks to go. Might need some more Red Bull…