Thursday 26th July, 2012
So what’s been going on in my week then? Well it’s been all go with the book, or should I say book trailer. I’ve been meaning to create one for quite a long time as it seems to me looking at what other authors do, it’s quite an essential part of the marketing process. So knowing the actual book was nearing publication I decided to have a go at a trailer. I wasn’t sure how this was going to turn out and looking at others I’ve seen was quite convinced I could never come up to the same professional standard. However, as in a lot of things, it’s the fear of the unknown which makes something new seem like a mountain to climb. Luckily I have Windows Live Movie Maker on my home PC and when I opened up it looked straightforward enough. I had a trial run with a few photos from my own electronic albums just to get the hang of it. Then I searched on the websites I’d use when developing my book covers. Jane Dixon Smith had forwarded links and I had kept these just in case I needed them; it proved to be a sensible decision. First of all I looked at the back cover synopsis and took the key points. Then I searched the websites for shots to match. I downloaded samples and put together the draft trailer. Once I was happy I contacted Jane and ordered the photos. Next came the music. There are a lot of royalty free music websites and after looking at several I found Jewelbeat which I thought had by far the best tracks to suit the trailer. Looking through the website I actually found a piece of music that I liked and found I could download for free – even better! By Monday I had put the whole thing together, complete with a title and a finish which gave the title again plus where to buy. I have to say I found the whole process very addictive, more creative stuff you see, just like writing!
On Tuesday my proof copy of the book arrived by courier. I had been checking through the electronic version again while waiting for it to arrive and I could see there were at least half a dozen more tweaks needed. After checking through the book I e-mailed the corrections/amendments and am currently waiting for yet another proof copy to OK before the green light can be given. The book is already advertised on Amazon with no picture and in pre-order mode. There’s no e-book yet as that has to wait until I give the OK after receiving the up-to-date proof copy. My new website, courtesy of Jane Dixon Smith is almost ready too – another brilliant job! So, I’m thinking that by next week we should be ready to launch – it’s all extremely exciting and I’m hoping those who choose to purchase or download enjoy the book. I think it’s the best I’ve done so far.
Yesterday I had the worst thing possible happen. My iPod died. Now me and music are totally inseparable – the iPod goes everywhere with me. I find music both relaxing and inspirational – I simply cannot be without it. Anyway, to continue, I had recharged the battery over the weekend and used the iPod on Monday when ironing. There’s another area where music is so essential says she taking the story completely off course again. It almost enables me to have an out of body experience, drifting away somewhere wonderful with the distraction of Adele or one of my favourite rock bands while the ironing (one of my most hated jobs) is being done on autopilot. So as far as I was concerned yesterday morning, the fact that it was working on Monday meant that everything was OK.
But it wasn’t. When I connected up to iTunes to download some music I had purchased the day before, iTunes did not recognise the iPod. In fact when I opened up there was just a blank screen. Nightmare! So on my way to work I dropped into the local Apple Store. Very business-like there – you are greeted at the door and given a timed appointment. Mine was set in ten minutes, so very quick. I’d get a confirmatory e-mail message I was told. Unfortunately my mobile is just a basic communication tool, no fancy apps so a bit wasted really. Anyway, I returned as requested and was directed to this long bar at the end of the store. Pulling myself up onto one of the high stools I sat with five others to wait. When I did eventually get to speak to one of their ‘experts’ he asked me how old the iPod was and when I said two months old he smiled and said that it was probably having an adolescent strop. He showed me how to correct the problem – very easy – but he didn’t actually say what had caused it and I left the store none the wiser but happy that my sanity had been restored.
Tonight it is very hot and airless. The good weather is great, but it always ends the same way, humid and sticky with the inevitable thunder storm. Sitting up here in the office (which is another word for our smallest bedroom) it’s particularly uncomfortable as the front of the house faces west and the sun takes a while to lose itself behind the hill. Even with the blinds down and the window open there is no air. Time I think to leave and organise myself a nice glass of chilled white wine!