Braving the Sea

Last week, my grandparents — along with my aunt and uncle — made their way to the Port of Miami. Their plans were to board the Norwegian Escape and set sail in celebration of my grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary. My abuelo and abuela had no idea that my aunt and uncle had arranged for my parents, my sister, and me to join them on their getaway. Needless to say, they were quite surprised! My family and I spent an amazingly wonderful week together. We visited St. Thomas, St. John, Tortola, and Nassau (where we got to spend the day at Atlantis). This video is a highlight reel of our vacation. 🙂

Book Launches: Games of Strategy

You’ve written your book. Now you can just sit back and relax. Nothing else remains to be done. Simply hit the “Publish” button and watch hundreds of eager readers flock to your novel as you grin in wild ecstasy.

*Sigh*

(If only…)

An author’s job does not end with writing their book — at least, not if they’re a self-published author planning to take charge of marketing their title. A feature of a well-thought-out marketing campaign is an equally well-thought-out book launch. What is a book launch, you ask? Allow me to illustrate:

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Now, just imagine that on the nose of this rocket lies your novel, and outer space — in this elaborate analogy — represents potential readers. Got it? Good! You understand what a book launch is.

If your book launch plan is a good one, you increase the chances that your novel will reach it’s intended destination and, consequently, that you and your closest loved ones will be able to celebrate like these guys:

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If your book launch plan isn’t too great, and if there are infirmities in your rocket, you increase the odds that this will happen:

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Most probably, only those who gathered to watch your rocket take off — and maybe a few others — will learn about your book. (Ouch!)

The main point to draw from the preceding is the following: the importance of a well-thought-out book launch cannot be overemphasized. With this in mind, I’d like to share a post published by author Joynell Schultz in which she discusses the specifics of her marketing plan. It’s a terrific read filled with no dearth of useful resources. Undoubtedly, you’ll be able to borrow a few ideas from her; I sure did!

Without further ado, here’s the post in question:

Is there such thing as a perfect book launch? I have my new novel, Blood & Holy Water, set to launch this week. I’ve done a pile of reading, listened to as many podcasts and webinars as I could find, and spoke with other indie authors on successful techniques. As I’ve mentioned in past posts, just […]

via Planning the “PERFECT” Book Launch — Joynell Schultz

New Book Trailers!

Earlier this week, author Lindsay Marie Miller released her eleventh novel, An Accident. I had the pleasure of composing the aforementioned title’s trailer, so I thought I’d share said video with you all. 🙂

Drum roll, please!

I was also fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to craft a trailer for Miller’s An Arrangement. Here’s that video:

I hope you all enjoyed these trailers! To learn more about Lindsay Marie Miller’s works, please click here. If you’re an author in want of your own book trailer, I encourage you to visit Stellar Book Trailers to view my portfolio and learn more about my packages.

Wishing you all a marvelous weekend!

– Jess

My Abigail — Book Trailer Launch

I had the pleasure of getting to interview David Duane Kummer on Coffee with Architects of Worlds Afar last year; to view that video, click here. For those of you who are unfamiliar with David, he is the author of She, As Trees Turned Away, My Abigail, and Enden. It’s also worth noting that he is still in high school. (Yup. High school!)

Yesterday, the trailer for David’s My Abigail launched. I’m excited to be able to share it with you all on this fine day. 😀


Are you an author in want of a book trailer like this one? If so, then I invite you to visit Stellar Book Trailers and get in contact with me.

Big News!

Today is launch day!

Earlier this year, I published my second novel, The Yesterdays of Tomorrow. Today, I am releasing its trailer. (Yay!) I am also launching Stellar Book Trailers, a site wherein I offer my services to fellow authors. ( 😀 😀 😀 ) Hence, I come bearing two videos to share with you all — my novel’s (as I mentioned a couple of sentences ago) and the trailer for Chantal Gadoury’s The Songs in Our Hearts. The latter is the first video to be posted to Stellar Book Trailers — when barring from consideration the two that I made for my own books, that is.

Alright! Without further ado, here are the trailers:

Are you an author in want of a book trailer? If so, then I encourage you to visit Stellar Book Trailers and get in contact with me.

Book Trailers

Fact: A properly crafted book trailer can be an invaluable asset to one’s marketing arsenal.

What, however, makes a trailer properly crafted? Well, if you spend a few minutes on YouTube or IMDb, you’ll notice that trailers in the film industry tend to be packed with visually-striking clips, each carefully picked to elicit viewer interest. Book trailers should be no different. That is, they should leave people yearning for more and scrambling to get their hands on your book. Unto this end, I can be of service. Don’t merely take my word for it, though. Here’s a sample of my work:

(C’mon. Don’t deny it. That trailer totally piqued your interest in Capering on Glass Bridges.)

Want to learn more about what I have to offer? Visit Stellar Book Trailers for details. 😉

Check Out This Reviewer

Are you a reader in want of reviews to peruse?

Are you an author searching for an unbiased assessment of your novel?

If you answered ‘yes’ to either question, I invite you to check out Jeyran Main’s blog, Review Tales — A Personal & Sincere Review On Books Read. Jeyran recently took a look at my debut novel, Capering on Glass Bridges, and I must say that her level of professionalism is difficult to surpass. She answered my query email within hours, and she provided me with a remarkably prompt and comprehensive review.

Just thought I’d share the link to this terrific blog. 🙂

19 Self-editing Tips

I came across this post earlier today and I had to share it with you all. It’ll undoubtedly be of use to fellow writers. 😉

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Help! Help!

Now that I’ve published my first novel, To Hunt a Sub, I can say from experience that writing it and editing it took equally long periods of time (and marketing is just as involved). After finishing the final rough draft (yeah, sure) and before emailing it to an editor, I wanted it as clean possible. I searched through a wide collection of self-editing books like these:

The Novel Writer’s Toolkit by Bob Mayer

Self-editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne

The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing by Evan Marshall

…and came up with a list of fixes that I felt would not only clean up grammar and editing, but the voice and pacing that seemed to bog my story down. Here are ideas you might like:

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A Few Notes on Editing

Questions answered in today’s video:

  • Can you explain what editing entails? What issues am I supposed to be addressing/focusing on during the editing process?
  • Should I edit my own novel?
  • I’ve decided in favor of self-editing. When should I start editing my novel?
  • How many rounds of editing should my manuscript be subjected to?
  • I’m done editing. Now what?