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And NOW For My Next Trick…

February 27, 2012

I will attempt to insert a YouTube video into my blog.

Actually two of them.

But that’s only because these videos are freaking hilarious and so awesome it’s crayyyy-zy.

I’m not really sure if I spelled that right. Actually, that’s a lie. I spelled it right. But I’m not really sure if you read it right. For the record, I didn’t want any cray-ay-ay-ay-zy readings going on. It was meant to be read as a very long cray, and then a zee.

If I ever own a restaurant or a store or something, the customer is not always going to be right.

I think it’s highly unlikely that at this point in my life I’m going to own a restaurant or a store, so I’m just implementing that rule here. You, my blog readers, are just not always going to be right. Unless of course you’re agreeing with me. Then I’d say it’s highly likely that you will be right.

Speaking of all my former jobs (was I speaking of them??), I feel like I was thinking of doing a blog post relating to them somehow, but I can’t remember what it was.

Then my husband just walked in and he had a really good idea for a post the other night, and I remember because we laughed when I got that spacey look like the wheels in my brain were turning (run, little mice, run!), but neither of us remembers that post either.

Which I guess brings me back to this post.

Sorry to make it feel so third rate. It’s really not at all. Because I’m going to do all these shibumi special effects.

It’s kind of funny about YouTube. I’m not really a YouTuber, but these are just too shibumi (shi-tube-i??) not to be shared. Although if I were ever going to post a YouTube video of my own, it would definitely be of 3yo and 6yo doing JustDance to Dyn-o-Mite.

But I digress.

Now, small disclaimer here. These are video promos for my author’s new book FLUID. But still, if you are going to make a “book trailer,” do it smart like this! Not that I want to get into a whole discussion about book trailers and do they work etc. because I don’t know, maybe there are people who really like them, and um, hey, publishers that are doing my authors’ books, don’t think anything I say here means you don’t have to do them.

But again, just check this out and think about the possibilities. Because personally, these are the kind of videos that would make me try a new book. But then I’m the kind of person who would try a new brand of something because I liked their commercials. I like to give credit to creative thinking. But of course I don’t watch commercials anymore, but I applaud myself when I manage to time my DVR clicking juuuuust right so that I don’t watch even one millisecond of commercial time and I haven’t missed even one second of whatever critically important show I’m watching. Like the Bachelor or something.

Now, you may recall that Travis Sentell’s book FLUID (info and excerpt here) is all about the nature of choice and consequence and one super cool thing is how right from the beginning, YOU the reader get to make choices that ultimately affect the outcome of the book. Did I mention it’s AWESOME?!?!?!

For now, though, just think about WHAT IF you did a trailer as cool as THIS?!?!:

Or wait, let’s say you think it’s all a bunch of hooey (don’t ask me what “it” is here, just if you think there’s hooey in the world, go watch the second one). Then you absolutely MUST go watch this one!!

Tell me those aren’t SO AWESOME and you don’t want to go download FLUID to your kindle immediately?!?!

Ok, go download it, and then tell me in the comments how shibumi you think it is.

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17 Comments
  1. So it’s like… evolved Choose Your Own Adventure? But how will I keep my finger in the page, so I can go back and make the other choice? 🙂

    Seriously, it’s like what the hypertext novels of the late nineties were trying to do — maybe the concept just wasn’t ready for mainstream back then. Or maybe a web browser was just too nerdy, and the Kindle will be the bridge. Good luck to him!

    • Well, FLUID actually doesn’t let you go back and make the other choices. That was a conscious decision on the part of Travis and the publisher at Coliloquy–because it’s part of the novel–that your actions have consequences. Although at the end, it unlocks all the choices and you can go back through the menu bar to the choice points and make different choices.

      In all of Coliloquy’s other books so far (such as Getting Dumped by Tawna Fenske, my author) and the other launch books, Witch’s Brew, Arcania, and Dead Letter Office, you can go back and read the other choice points as you go along simply by hitting the menu button on your kindle which will take you back to a choice point. It’s pretty cool. And very user friendly.

  2. That is freakingly, awesomely SHIBUMI! I chose Eiffel Tower! Downloading now.

    • Erm…well, I tried, but I don’t own an actual Kindle, just the app for Mac and iPhone. So, I’ll wait until I get my Kindle for Mother’s Day (I hope). I guess I should start dropping hints now, eh?

      • Definitely start dropping hints now. I prefer blunt, smack ’em over the head hints (the only kind that work in my household) like GET ME A KINDLE E-INK DEVICE FOR MOTHER’S DAY!!! 😉

  3. Evil Editor permalink

    Of COURSE you chose Eiffel Tower. It’s the most famous one. It would be more impressive if he correctly predicted you would choose the Schwedagon Pagoda. Obviously if he said name any editor in the world, most people would choose Evil Editor, not because of some mystical principle, but because Evil Editor is the only editor anyone’s ever heard of. My theory: choosing the number one answer comes naturally as a result of years of watching Family Feud

    • Well, in most writers’ minds, all editors are evil editors, though I’m not sure they’re thinking specifically of you… 🙂

  4. ljfetters permalink

    I read books, I do not “get” book trailers. out of the loop.

  5. I do love that this book trailer is not an animated cover with quotes floating by. The book trailer itself has actual content that is more than just a commercial for the book — and that’s what makes it great and worthwhile. 🙂

  6. I love both of those! Either one would totally make me want to buy the book. Even if I wasn’t already going to because he’s, yanno, one of your clients.

    Seriously, what is it about you that makes you attract such brilliant clients? 😉

  7. Now I’m feeling kinda shibumi that I didn’t choose any of the stock answers. That was nifty, though. 🙂 (Dear Coliloquy, Some of us own Nooks. Just sayin’. ~Delia)

  8. That was soooooo cool!!!!! Okay–now I have to read FLUID too!!!!

  9. :o) I want him to make my trailer. Those totally sold me!!!!

  10. I like that in his book you have to own your choices and cant go back until it’s done. that’s cool. I still can’t imagine 500 choices though. That seems like overkill.

    • Michelle Wolfson permalink

      I don’t think it’s 500 choices. It’s that your choices could lead o over 500 different versions, some with very subtle differences, others with a completely different ending.

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