Tale of a Book Trailer

On September first – American something or other time – a new competition will be launched on novel crowdfunding site Inkshares. This new competition focuses on horror, so I decided to toss my hat in the ring with Ward of the South and made a book trailer.

Book trailers are funny beasts – and not in a that-funny-hobgoblin-in-your-granny’s-spooky-outhouse way. That shit just scars you for life.

I’ve wanted to do a book trailer for a while now, and was just waiting for the right chance to do so. Given the Inkshares competition, I thought now would be a good time so I fired up Blender (no, not a Blendtech). Then ditched Blender and downloaded the trial for Adobe After Effects.

Before we get to the video though (yeah I’m totally going to make you wait till after the commercials!)…

The Competition

… is associated with Crypt TV, and the focus seems to be on supporting horror books and potentially picking something up for film or television. I’ve often imagined Ward of the South as both. I’m sure most writers must. Sitting and idly picking the cast list for your creation can be as frustrating and satisfying as the writing, our not having any choice in the matter in real life notwithstanding. But if I could, I would totally get Daniel Craig, Marina Sirtis, Kimiko Glenn, and Aussie model and blogger Teer Wayde for my main character, Stacey, because she is the SPITTING IMAGE of what I had in my head.

Yeah. I may have thought about this a few times.

Anywho. I wasn’t sure who Crypt TV were, so I went a-Googling and found their interesting site. From said site, they describe themselves as follows:

CryptTV creates original genre content guided by its motto #WeirdIsGood. Together we create and share the dark, edgy and different stories that bind us.

To be honest, after watching some of the stuff on there I don’t think WotS is weird enough. Well most of it. But there’s no harm in trying, right? If nothing else I might get some exposure for WotS.


Without Further Ado…

Well maybe a little ado.

Check out the sample chapters for Ward of the South on Inkshares.

If you like it, please share.

If you love it please share and support on Inkshares so it can be published and you will get a copy of the eBook, or paperback AND ebook, along with drafts and other swag.

I may even send you a random dick pic. Could be Dick Tracy, Dick Van Dyke, Dick York or Sargent, Spotted Dick… I’ll totally surprise you!


The Trailer


DISCLAIMER: Spotted Dick is not a person so I have no idea why this was made into a proper noun. Other than it’s kinda funny.

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