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Monday, 10 March 2014

Listen and Watch with Chris Longmuir


Writing a book is exhilerating and labour intensive. It usually takes the best part of a year before you’re ready to publish. But when you do press that upload button and the book nestles on your Amazon Kindle Book shelf, just panting for all those eager readers and buyers, the feeling is beyond belief. But wait a minute. How do all those readers and buyers know it’s there? Well, it’s simples! The author has to let them know.

That’s not an easy thing for an author to do. You see an author is a writer, not a marketer, or a publicity agent, and the last thing this author wants to do is inundate everyone with “buy my book” posts on Facebook, Twitter and all those other media sites. But if no one buys the book there is no income stream to go towards writing the next one. It’s quite a conundrum.

All this is a lead in to asking you (pretty please) to watch and listen to my new You Tube video. I don’t do the kind of promotional video that is all pretty pictures, captions, and lovely music. Most of them are very good and look more professional than my videos, but to me they seem like adverts, and as I explained above, I’m not very good at that kind of thing.

The kind of video I produce is possibly less professional, but it does introduce you to the book. I usually read the first chapter of the book, and I look for the kind of pictures that will illustrate this. Sometimes this is easier than others. In Dead Wood for example, there are a lot of trees, because the killer has a tree fetish. In Night Watcher I follow the footsteps of the character in Chapter One, through the streets of Dundee.

Historical novels, however present their own difficulties, and in A Salt Splashed Cradle I resorted to museum type pics, interspersed with photos of the setting. I’m not sure how successful that was.

So what have I done for the new book, The Death Game. Well, this one is set in 1919, in Dundee, and the Prologue I’m reading doesn’t really have a lot of pictorial content. I resolved this with scenes of The Howff Cemetery, a historic graveyard in the middle of Dundee. This is where the murder victim is found. I’ve also included some historic photos of Dundee Police Headquarters, which are very different from today’s ultra-modern building. And there are shots of the female cell area of the time. And if you read the book, you can walk up the steps in the picture, in company with Detective Inspector Jamie Brewster, and Kirsty Campbell, Dundee’s first policewoman.

I hope you’ll now want to view the You Tube video of The Death Game, which I sweated blood and tears over earlier this week.



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5 comments:

  1. You express the dilemma about promoting our books, very well, Chris. The best marketers are not necessarily the best writers and vice versa. But I think your trailer is very effective. Far better than anything I could manage, I'm sure. I was immediately drawn in, both relieved that the unnamed girl seems to have been rescued but fearful of her rescuer....... gx

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  2. What, no comments. Does nobody like it?

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  3. Oops, sorry Gilli, but there were no comments showing up when I posted mine. Maybe I should have refreshed my screen. By the way, how can you be sure she's been rescued. 'Trust me', would I ever mislead anyone?

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  4. It's a tough business, this marketing malarkey, isn't it? Where to turn, what to do, etc but I think you're doing a grand job, Chris! A super trailer! :)

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  5. Great video! Everybody enjoys being read to. I think it reminds us of our childhood bedtime stories.

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