It’s Not MTV, But I’ll Take It!
Not long ago, I decided to try to use YouTube to promote my second book, “Meeting Darkness.” How to use a video to advertise a book? The mind boggles – or at least, mine did. At first.
Eventually, however, I decided on the idea of a slideshow – pictures from Chatham, MA (the inspiration for my fictional town of “Barcliff”) juxtaposed with excerpts from my book. All of it accompanied by my brother’s music. Thankfully, I have a brother who’s a professional composer, and he promised not to sue me for using his stuff… although I didn’t get that in writing… hmmm.
In any case, I was up in Chatham a few weeks ago for a book signing, and I took a bunch of pictures to go with certain excerpts from my book – my hope was that the viewer would fall in love with the area just as I have. This book may be a murder mystery, but it’s also a love letter to the Cape…
Fun bit of trivia: it was WINDY when I took a lot of the pictures, and I had to delete plenty that had stray locks of hair interfering with the image! Needless to say, I stopped caring about how I looked about 10 minutes in…
Cameos in the video include: my husband Jack, my brother’s house, the late Senator Paul Tsongas’ place, not one but two bars from which my husband “appropriated” glasses, my favorite place on earth, one wicked good bowl of “chowdah,” and some fairly realistic pictures of what commercial fishing is really like.
When we got home from the book signing trip, I put together a list of what pictures went with what excerpts, chose the music – and left the rest to my husband. He did an absolutely amazing job! See for yourself -