You could call this week “Booked Up.” It’s always like that around here the week a book officially drops, or at least most authors like to think of it as a special week, worthy of celebration and events. Or some of us just hide and avoid the computer so we don’t know how it is being received. I’m not having any trouble avoiding the computer as mine had a rather fatal episode last week. Luckily for me, Norm, the guy who can resurrect nearly any Mac, will be able to bring it back to life (He’s sort of a Dr. Frankenstein of the Apple set) but in the meantime, it is on life support until he can get the needed part. So I am in the kid’s room typing away and just glad I am not in the middle of trying to bring a book in. Instead, I am between projects and keep telling Norm not to sweat it.
Speaking of the kids, I hired Nicholas, my oldest to help me make a book trailer. He thought it would be a great way to make some iTunes bucks and I had faith he could do a better than average job. At ony 11, he’s been making movies with his friends and editing school projects for two years now–and the lure of doing something professional and that it would be on YouTube (apparently the coolest place to be able to upload your masterpieces if you are 11) as enough to get him onboard.
So I wrote up my storyboard, explained royalty free music and images, and we began to work. We both discovered that working together wasn’t as easy as we thought it might be, and of course, I kept changing things, which didn’t set well with the director. But with a lot of work and a few arguments over who could use the mouse, he finally wrested control and did this:
I hope you’ve enjoyed it. If so, please feel free to share it on Facebook. And I do hope you can find your copy of Mad About the Duke quickly. It should be out on Tuesday, September 28th. If it isn’t on the shelf, ask. Make them go open that box in the back room. And take a little time this week to curl up and read. Believe me, without my computer around that is exactly what I am doing!