Book Videos

Rose Fox, editor extraordinaire at Publishers Weekly and cofounder of magazine’s Genreville blog, took some video of the authors at the Barnes & Noble mass signing a few weeks ago that featured Charles Ardai, Anna DeStefano, Leanna Renee Hieber and Jack Ketchum .  A full transcript of the video can be found here.

I especially love what Jack Ketchum says about getting to know his characters inside and out before he writes their story.  I think this is so important for authors.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read a manuscript and felt as though I didn’t really get the hero or heroine’s main personality until 2/3 of the way through.  It’s then a lot of work for the author to have to go back and layer that personality through from the beginning in a realistic way.

But it’s also really fun to see what inspires different writers and where the ideas for books like DARK LEGACY, HUNT AT THE WELL OF ETERNITY, COVER, and THE STRANGELY BEAUTIFUL TALE OF MISS PARKER come from.


Thanks for the folks at Bookgasm for passing this on.

I especially like her solution for dealing with writer’s block.

Sandra Ruttan, author of the ah-mazing thrillers WHAT BURNS WITHIN and THE FRAILTY OF FLESH, forwarded this video about an author trying to promote his book.  Many of the points are all too true–and absolutely hilarious in an The Office kind of way.

And while we’re on the subject of videos, I wanted to share Leanna Renee Heiber‘s for her debut novel, THE STRANGELY BEAUTIFUL TALE OF MISS PERCY PARKER.  It perfectly captures the gaslit, gothic, ethereal feel of the book itself.

For those who really  like to plan ahead, Tanya posted some peeks at our April and May 2010 lineup yesterday. 

And Gemma Halliday debuted her new book video for SCANDAL SHEET, coming in November.

The whole purpose of going to the trouble of doing a book video is to drive interest in your book.  And there’s been all kinds of speculation on how effective they may or may not be.  Jeff Strand recently did one to promote his new release, PRESSURE, that I just have to share.  The humor transcends any genre, and I think people will get a kick out of it, whether they’re book lovers or not.  And though PRESSURE is definitely not a romance, if you’re a fan of the kind of chills from Obsession, Single White Female or Hand that Rocks the Cradle, I think you’ll want to give this one a try.

Some of these actually gave me goose bumps.


STOLEN HEAT by Elisabeth Naughton – August

WHERE THE WIND BLOWS by Caroline Fyffe – August

If you’re starting to go through any kind of withdrawal from all the festivities in Orlando, Marianne Mancusi and Liz Maverick have put together a 10-minute video to keep you in a Sunshine State of mind.

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