Well, it’s now up on kindle, minus the cover at the moment, as I received this after the book content. But that will adorn the book shortly. But what I’ve done differently with this one is to embed my trailer into the actual book. How advanced is that? Needless to say, I wasn’t responsible for it – I just asked and it was done by my lovely ebook formatters hitch@Q.com and her staff.
Here’s the trailer:
Hitch thinks it’s a hoot, but she may be biased!
Have any of you embedded a trailer in an ebook? I have to admit this is a new concept for me. I’m still gobsmacked about the whole ebook revolution. It seems like some sort of miracle to an ignored midlister like me. Now we can perform on something like a level playing field with the bestsellers.
I love being able to set my own price, decide on my own cover and control what extras are put in the book. For the next one, I think, as well as an embedded trailer, I’ll probably put the first chapter of Absolute Poison, the next in my Rafferty & Llewellyn mystery series.
How about you? What plans do you have in this mad ebook world? Going to bring out an anthology of your short stories? Or your writing tips articles? Admittedly, with the latter, you can’t begin to compare to the king of tips, J A Konrath and his Newbie’s Guide to Publishing (see Blog List at right). This thousand-page book, made up of countless blogs about the publishing industry and marketing and epublishing, is a phenomenon. It helped to persuade me to join the revolution. I’m glad I did: by the time I publish Absolute Poison, I should be earning £400 a month. Maybe more, as it’s said that the greater the number of books up on kindle, the better the all-round sales. We’ll see. But I’m not complaining. How about you? And if you’ve yet to join the revolution, you could do worse than buy Konrath’s Guide. You’ve nothing to lose and maybe everything to gain. I think it’s the best advice book I’ve ever bought.
I”m delighted to announce that Deadly Reunion is published today. Deadly Reunion is my eighteenth novel and the fourteenth in my humorous Rafferty & Llewellyn crime series. Here’s the blurb:
Here’s the trailer I made for my latest ebook, Dead Before Morning, the very first crime novel in my fourteen-strong Rafferty & Llewellyn series. It is available on kindle, iPad, iPhone, nook, sobo, android, iBookstore, etc. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mo-BPA8GByM
Ever have one of those days when everything you touch goes wrong? I’ve had three of them on the trot. I tried to download some music to put on my third video. Would the music go in the shopping cart? Would it heck! Every time I tried, I got thrown off the site. Turned out it was a problem with the Java script and their techie was able to do a small alteration to the programming to set things right.
Then I tried to add exact amazon links to the individual books on my website. I had trouble with this, as well. I had these individual links once, but then I changed my website software and they disappeared; though I didn’t realize this for ages. And then when I tried to do the links I found I’d forgotten how to do it… Anyway, I have finally discovered that I shouldn’t copy and paste all of amazon’s code for a book, but only the bit from http to the end of my individual reference. Of course, there’s no mention of this on amazon associates’ website.
Before that I sent a signed contract to America for converting my ebook for use on iPad, iPhone, etc (it’s already up on kindle), only to discover when I emailed them several weeks later after not hearing anything, that they hadn’t received my letter. Then I tried to scan the contract. Would my scanner work? No, it would not. So I downloaded various drivers from the net. It still wouldn’t work. So then I thought I’d photograph the darn thing, which I did. Would the email with attachments send? You guessed it. The computer just kept telling me that due to ‘technical problems’ my email hadn’t gone. So it was back to snail mail for a second attempt.
Anyway, I’ve got my website book links properly set up now. The music is on my video and ready to upload once Dead Before Morning is converted from its Amstrad disc, edited and proofread. And the American contract is in the post.
I’m glad this week’s nearly over. Next week must be better. Mustn’t it?
Here’s the book trailer for my first ebook. Would have put it up before, but I forgot how to do it!
I was interviewed today by Gay Webster, Editor of Just Regional Magazines (North Norfolk, England). Lovely lady, we chatted about Death Dance, my latest book, how I got started, why I chose to write. I told her about my blog and how I’d just made my first video book trailer. She took a number of photos of my books and me and let me say which photos of me I liked (hate it when an interviewer takes your pictures and it turns out not to be one of the better ones that gets published. You know, double chin and all…! The interview should be in the next edition. I look forward to seeing it.
Much to my amazement, technophobe that I am, I actually managed to post a video to my blog. It’s pretty short and basic, lacking refinements like music or commentry, but it’s not bad for a first stab at it.
Have now become cocky and have also created a book trailer for Down Among the Dead Men. This is coming out as an ebook on kindle and other ebook formats. Originally published by Macmillan in 1994, it is the second in my Rafferty & Llewellyn crime series. I’m still tinkering with the video and will put it up shortly.
Memo to self: Do not post everywhere you have an account! Need only do it once and click for other postings. I’m learning, you see. I started off a few short weeks ago, not knowing how to set up a blog, how to make a video, how to post same on YouTube and now look at me! 🙂
I’m trying to put together a book trailer for Death Dance, the latest in my Rafferty & Llewellyn crime series. What a job! I’m beginning to wish I’d never started. I found it reasonably easy to create the actual trailer, but when it comes to uploading it to the web… Still struggling with it. Hey ho!