We’ve been thinking a lot about book trailers here, lately (what to do, and what not to do: first off, do NOT run a Google ad simultaneously at the bottom of the screen). Clearly there are some awful ones out there. But I thought it would be fun to post some favorites. First off, a Simon and Schuster trailer of Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan. Enjoy:
R.B. Wood on what you can expect from ReaderCON.
Excerpt: I arrived, hot and a little sweaty due to typical New England summer weather. I may have been a little cranky as well.
After grabbing a coffee I jumped on the pre-registration line. That’s where I overheard a gentleman discussing a story about post Civil War Vampires in Tennessee.
I was definitely at ReaderCON.
Read more HERE.
Although Readercon (the Conference on Imaginative Literature) is modeled on “science fiction conventions,” there is no art show, no costumes, no gaming, and almost no media. Instead, Readercon features a near-total focus on the written word.
Monica Marier: “Linus Meets Gandalf”
M.A. Fink: “The Unusual Patron”
Matthew Munson: “Thursday’s Life”
Kadin Seton: “Conversations Over Coffee”
Eden Baylee: “A Man of Wealth and Taste”
The prompt was: “Interaction with a character of your creation with a famous fictional character.”
Jack Williamson (1908-2006): a legendary SF author whose career spanned an incredible 77 years. His first short story, “The Metal Man,” appeared in the December 1928 issue of Amazing Stories, and his final work, the novel The Stonehenge Gate, was published in 2005. Most famous for his Humanoid series and his Legion of Space series, he successfully transitioned from a pulp author to a writer of highly praised works of science fiction literature. He won the Hugo and Nebula award while in his 90’s, by far the oldest writer to do so. He coined the word “terraforming” in 1942, and was an English Professor at Eastern New Mexico University from 1960 until 1977, and as a “Professor, Emeritus,” taught the occasional evening class well into the 21st century. — from Orion Press.
No, I’m NOT talking about the End of Days — that’s on the 21st! In the meantime, if you’d like to be on a podcast, write a piece following R.B. Wood’s prompt: “Interaction of a famous character of your creation with a famous fictional character,” read and record it, and submit it to Wood in Mp3 format, and you may get on the Word Count Podcast. Get the details HERE. If you can’t make it by the deadline, there will be another in the future (yes, there WILL be a future!) R.B. Wood writes urban fantasy, is the author of The Arcana Chronicles, and host of the Word Count Podcast.