Jan 9, 2009

Fun Friday - Hilarious Book Trailer

Via The Compulsive Reader

A modern tale of star-crossed lovers with a fresh urban twist. At Fairfield High School, on the outskirts of Chicago , everyone knows that south-siders mixing with north-siders can be explosive.

"We were going to shoot on location, but then a week before the shoot decided to do it on a green screen and add in the background. Chris did some of the background shots (some I didn't like and made him change) and the school/hallway shots and football field background I actually took myself at a high school by my house (I asked permission from the principal to take the pics). I do wish we'd done it on location, but this way was a lot cheaper and easier."

You can read more behind the scenes on the making of this video here. But seriously, the green screen effect totally added to the charm and humor of this video.

Jan 7, 2009

Inside the Writer’s Studio – Mandy Hubbard


Mandy Hubbard is the author of the upcoming young adult novel Prada and Prejudice. Here you can see the cover of her novel proudly displayed over her desk. Mandy agreed to my first participant to let us into The Writer’s Studio. She has also graciously agreed to answer YOUR questions about her workspace. Be sure to leave them in the comments and come back next week to see the answers.

I also have some questions for the readers, the viewers of these photographs. Is there anything about this writing space that surprises you? Anything that catches your interest? Is there anything you can tell about this writer just by looking at the space?


Here is a different angle on the desk.

There is something very interesting about looking at a creative space and getting glimpse into the process. Maybe even something slight voyeuristic about it. Writers are very much over there, on the other side of the book, it is so simple to forget they are people too.

Don’t forget to grab the countdown to Mandy’s book from the sidebar to post on your blog or website as a way to thank her for helping me out and letting us into The Writer's Studio.

n682598093_702646_6716Mandy Hubbard grew up on a dairy farm outside Seattle and currently living happily ever after with her husband (who, sadly, is not a Duke) and her daughter (who is most definitely a princess). Prada and Prejudice is her first novel

Don’t forget to leave your questions in the comments so Mandy will have plenty to talk about next week!

Jan 4, 2009

The Sunday Salon - Book Trailers

The Sunday Salon.com

Last year we saw the emergence of book trailers. And let me say, for the most part I hated them. They often used live action movie shots similar to a movie trailer. But most readers don’t like having these images imposed on them. Instead of making me want to read they book, they generally made me resent the book for the preconceptions the trailer had forced on me. I made it a point to stop viewing them. There was no reason to go and ruin a perfectly viable book for myself.

I don’t think I was alone in my feeling about the trailers. Especially considering how much they have drastically changed in such a short amount of time. I recently saw (and stole) the following video from Devyn Burton’s blog.

Daisy Whitney is TelevisionWeek’s new media reporter. In this video she talks about the book trailer movement. As the video highlights, book trailers are particularly effective at reaching the young adult audience. Teens are online and authors are able to interact with them directly.

The trailer for Braless in Wonderland is one of the first book trailers in this new teen trailer movement that really caught my eye. The concept uses strong music, still images and text fragments to make something that leaves me wanting to race out to the store and buy this book.

This video was created by M²Productions.

How do you feel about book trailers? Have any enticed you lately?

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