When it comes to the indie publishing world, things have never been so exciting and daunting for us writers. These days, it's not enough to write a book, come up with a description, and go on social media to market it. Now, many writers are making book trailers. Luckily, I have a tech savvy husband who knows how to make anything work out whenever it comes to the computer.
We came up with this "music video" for our murder mystery "Fighting Demons: A New Orleans Mystery." I wrote the text and we both chose the pictures to show them on. I wanted the music to be slightly mysterious and more, important, it needed to be by a New Orleans musician. There are so many classics from which to choose. Ultimately, we picked Sidney Bechet's rendition of Summertime because not only is it fantastic, but it also corresponds with the mood of our story.
I've been looking at other book trailers and found one intriguing video that had each letter appear on the screen one-by-one, as if someone was typing them. I thought that it looked slightly "film noire": perfect for a mystery by Raymond Chandler, for instance.
So, without further ado, here is our music video/ book trailer for "Fighting Demons: A New Orleans Mystery."
Our world together has never been, and never will be at peace. In the short time I have walked this earth, i’ve learned a couple of things about the people surrounding me. How some may learn differently, see things differently, look at things differently. Though, one of the most important things I have learned about the people around me is that no matter your actions, nor words, never, will everyone be happy. Some people may disagree, some may agree. It’s a simple fact of life.
I’ve had my own experience with this idea when I was much younger. When I was arriving to my 1st year of elementary school I was as naive as any child. I thought for once in my young life, I could have the chance to be a big kid. I thought so fond of the fact that I was given more responsibility, I thought I could do anything. That year of 1st grade I made friends with most of my class. Going into that year, I wasn’t too experienced with people of different religions, or color. My family had always been supportive of everything. Remembering back to those years I could at least remember before, though, I was pretty much protected from the fact that there were bad things that happened in the world all the time. I was never told to expect hate from other people because of what I believed in, or what I looked like, or who i associated with.
During this year I met who I know now as a Muslim follower, my friend Muhammad. My friend at the time, Muhammad, was always so nice to me. I have always felt bad for him because of a disability that had tormented his life, that left him paralyzed from the waist down, leaving him, even as a first grader, in a motorized wheelchair. Being in a wheelchair, he was always left as an outcast to the rest of my class, and no one ever wanted to talk or play with him. Being the open spirit that I am, I decided to pursue a friendship with him. Muhammad’s personality was very outspoken. There isn’t much to say about his personality, except that he was usually grumpy or sad, due to having restrictions over what he could and couldn’t do like the rest of the kids. One day, however, my friendship with Muhammad halted unexpectedly, when he came to school that day with some bad news. Being Muslim, his faith of his family and him that he was taught speaks that Muslim’s can have no relations with Christian followers, and that as a Muslim he was supposed to execute me. Getting this news, Muhammad also informed me that his family did not want us talking anymore after he told them about me, and that he was also supposed to shoot me on stage as I get my diploma when I graduate my senior year of highschool. Getting this news that day, I thought, scarred me for life, though now I use it as a growing point of my understanding of people’s faiths and beliefs that are rightfully given to everyone as humans. This experience had completely opened my eyes to the world around me. Looking back on his perspective now, Muhammad completely obeyed his faith, his parents, and in his, and many other people’s minds, he did a service for his gathered community. In other’s minds, he did a disservice. This concept completely helps me to understand anyone’s point of view through thier eye's. Though I may not believe what was said or what was threatened was right, we both had faith for what we were taught to believe in, and we stuck with it.
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Many people treat life sometimes as a burden to themselves. They ask questions like, “Why am i here?” or “What is my purpose?” The burden of life itself in my mind or your own at times is like the lingering sense that you’re being watched. You can’t quite get rid of it, and it’s hard not to think about it either.
As a young teenager, my life hasn’t been much of a significance to anyone. I have my family, and my friends to observe beside me, people I just look up to even. Though, when it comes down to the truth, I must accept the fact that I can’t achieve much based on my current circumstances, and that goes for many people. Many people with a truly remarkable look on something or opinion of aren’t always given a chance to say what they want to say.
I wrote this book Through The Eyes Of as an example of everyone’s opinions in certain matters based on my own understanding and observation throughout my life. These perspectives may take on touchy topics in some people’s lives, political events, and even world understanding. I mean no disrespect to anyone. Throughout my life i’ve learned very much about people’s perspectives, whether they mean good or bad to you, I am here for you, the reader, to help shed some light to everyone, no matter what you believe in, who you are, what you do, or how you think. Please Enjoy.
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After the discovery of the God Gene is announced, a firestorm of media frenzy erupts. Marcus, Hemi, and Sim team up with a former Russian FSB agent to thwart a plan that will kill billions. They face the worst fiend ever, but time is running out, and they must beat him to the alchemists documents, Sim's inheritance. Alchemists of the Grebov Circle dabbled in immortality, alchemist 13 the greatest existential scientist ever known, left his notes on the Alchemy of Life. The three must get to the notes in time, to save humanity and the world.
I am self distributing this documentary that I produced called
"The Great Detroit, It was-It is-It will be"
I believe that the film is very good.
Some say its the finest documentary ever made about Detroit
And, as many might say Detroit gets a bad rap in the media
Either its our crime statistics or decline in population or the blight that came as a result of various problems.
Well I decided to look at Detroit from a different angle.
I interviewed 55 people to cover the entire story, starting with how and why Detroit was founded with talk about the history of Motown, Techno and so much more.
I figure that especially now with news that Detroit is on a comeback
There's a lot of people who are fascinated with Detroit, people who just love Detroit, people who know stuff about Detroit but love to see it on film, people who are history bluffs and just want to learn more about this city.
This should add up to thousands of dvds or digital downloads sold
Resulting in making money for my 3 years of production and the concerted efforts over many hours.
Para el 1984 aproximadamente entre las 10:30 am me ocurrió algo que me dejó marcado para toda la vida, un anciano de 80 años aproximadamente se me acercó camino al colmado en llanos del sur en Cotto Laurel, en Ponce. Me pregunta: ¿Están vendiendo alguna casa cerca? Yo le contesté que no, que la mayoría eran casas de cemento y el buscaba una casa de madera. Luego cambio a 180 grados para comenzar a decirme cosas que yo; a nadie le había comentado, entre ellas menciono mi gusto por el cine, la radio, la televisión que iba estudiar comunicaciones, que aunque parecería que no voy a lograr ciertas cosas como producir cine que edifica, que no me diera por vencido que aunque parezca imposible ciertamente lo lograrás, me comentó. Permanecí en una pieza, sorprendido, y le pregunté: ¿Me conoces?; y él me lanzó una sonrisa especial, honesta, como si supiera cosas muy profundas, poseía un parecido sorprendente a mi padre biológico pero mucho mayor que él, era algo raro pero presentía que era un ángel diciéndome algo que con el tiempo se cumpliría.
Luego le pregunté a mi vecina dueña de un colmado, si lo veía, si era real, ella no entendía mi pregunta, pues en ese momento esta persona no sabía nada del mundo espiritual. Yo había leído la Biblia con mucho detenimiento y sabía que estos seres creados por Dios suelen tomar forma humana para hablarles a los hombres.
Consiguelo en 3 formatos audiolibro desde este enlace puedes escuchar un pedazo, papel( versión fisica) y digital para celulares, tablets y computadoras
In the opening pages of How to Meditate For Real Shelly warns readers to "be prepared to experience disruptions to life as they now know it;" disruptions like "illogical inner peace, sudden acquisition of true riches, and friends looking at them funny." Shelly's quirky humor sets a relaxed tone but she quickly gets to her "politically incorrect" point and pulls no punches. Her point is actually two-fold: First, meditation that calls for emptying the mind is dangerous, and second, meditation on the words of the God of Christian Scripture is what Shelly calls "Real Meditation." Parts II and III consists of Bible passages accompanied by Shelly's original artwork and pages for journal-style reader responses.
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This is my story's story. A year ago I finished writing my play, "The Devil's Dancer: A Satire of Nothing". I had resolved to relax for awhile after I finished writing my "dramatique" piece. Last season I had begun to submit my piece to publishing companies. Now, publishing companies for dramatic pieces are not exactly the same as literature companies by reason that some are exclusively in the business to print theater scripts for theater plays. But, there are literature companies that will consider drama pieces for publication through their processes. My piece, is very long. Very, very long. If it wasn't for its interesting topics and colorful ( literally ) charms, I couldn't realisticly expect to get a publishers attention. The same pitch goes for watching the actual show, because again it's a play. Nobody's going to sit through a 5 hour show ( I'm serious ) if it was something less than a modern odyssey.
I'm just discussing my unique troubles with publishing a play before discovering createspace's convenience. Drama publishing is just as slow, if not slower, than literature publishing. It has a smaller audience, less open door companies, and though plays are shorter to read, it doesn't cut down the waiting time of months to seasons to years. I knew my big fat play was ready to hit the stage. I've been studying theater for years, I have enough natural confidence and good honest writing to judge my own piece as stage worthy.
I was in Denny's moping about the excrutiatingly long process of just submitting my play. My thought process went to comparing the length of time it would take just to reach readers if only I had physical copies to give away. Oh, is there a company that will print an order of scripts for you? I googled it, and at first the articles of "print your own book" lead me to Lulu.com. I was so excited, and it was really the first time I felt that entrepreneur spirit. The rest of the month I used all my free time to meticulously self edit my book for simple errors. I was excited to get started printing and get started with spreading my book.
When I explored createspace, as a competitor to Lulu, I was very attracted by their association with Amazon. I still think that's hands down the best part about createspace. My goals here shifted from book printing, to book publishing. The process is over. I don't need a publishing company because I know my play will sink or swim on its own merits. I'm pretty glad for this new modern service. Publishing companies do have their dignity, choosing what they produce. We've all heard of the horror stories of what books get published through this service, relying on the last straws of free speech. I feel like I've been an ideal customer, a young indie artist who's confident and good to go with his piece. Amazon has a place for me on their website, and the made-to-order production makes for a zero risk start up.
One more thing I'd like to flatter, my interior and exterior service was 4.5 star work. The price is worth it for the professionalism, but I will state some cons I had in my experience. With the exterior, my play is completely blank and minimalistic. See "The Devil's Dancer" on Amazon, the image inserter is not functioning on any device. I payed them basically for a font change from Helvetica to Avenir, and to make sure the book meets their dimensions. With how busy I was, I willingly forked it over. I had to buy the custom service, so even though I had a simple cover, I had to pay for the designer's full timeslot. A better DIY cover maker would have been suffice, but they have it so clunky and unattractive on purpose. They want you buying a nicer cover. Unless your making a cookbook for your grandma, you're not using their cover creator.
Their interior service for me was a different story. I was expecting a lot of "sorry, we can't touch that" technicality policy. I got it a little bit for the hard returns. I had to tell them over the phone to please ignore the hard returns and just get started. After that, I was very surprised. I have a special intro for my play, the script has an experience that also describes the character's costumes and basic personalities. Again, I thought there would be trouble. And I wouldn't blame them, plays have slightly different structures that wouldn't fit in to their typical work. There are twice as many scenes compared to an average of chapters, at least in mine. Then it's split in four parts, not including the intro. Everything was spaced beautifully. Just perfect, and the font too. Scenes, starts, exits, section spaces, and they nailed my quote page at the end! My big fat play was organized, and in a beautiful font. There was just one problem with this service. Images. Images are their golden goose for marking up. They'll define the juggling of images as difficult. I can't imagine why, they were far from professional the first time around. My images where put in boxes with some horrible shadow effect. All of them are simple signs and symbols, such as a bus symbol or male/female bathroom signs. Even my cover image was put in a horrible image box. 70 bucks per image, please.
I still gave them a good review for everything else done on point. When it's all finished, and your dream is in your hand, you won't even be thinking about how meticulous the process was. I'm happy with my book, we'll be skipping off into the sunset. I've already begun advertising my book to friends, families, and interest groups. I'm going to start networking at Chicago expos and hopefully get my book some momentum. Thanks, createspace-amazon.
In case you don't know, my play is called, "The Devil's Dancer: A Satire of Nothing", available now on Amazon.com!
Life isn't a option it's to a choice. Humans focus to much on what the next person is doing. Figuring out your purpose is the first step. Putting your passion over a paycheck, will open so many doors in your life. My book "Trials and Tribulations of a Hustler" will lead you in the right direction. It's important that we as people believe in something. Write down your goals and check them off one by one. Things will get greater later !!!
If you like strong female characters who triumph against the odds, you will like this story. In this suspenseful and romantic murder mystery, Homicide Detective Yvonne Dauphin risks her life and sanity when she checks herself out of the hospital after a bipolar meltdown, determined to prove to her boss and coworkers that’s she still up to the job of capturing a serial killer who has been terrorizing New Orleans. To further complicate matters, she’s hoping to reunite with her ex-husband at the same time she’s fighting a blossoming attraction to a young detective. Which man will she choose?