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From Website… Traci Sanders’ first book was published in January 2013 titled ‘Welcome to “Poop Camp”: The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth about Potty Training’. She released her first children’s book about family child care in May 2013.

To date, Traci has published five books, including her latest foray into adult fiction titled, ‘When Darkness Breaks’. She is an avid reader and writer, and finds inspiration all around her.

Currently Traci is writing her second adult novel, a light paranormal romance, titled ‘UNSEVERED’.

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How to Make a Video Slideshow Book Trailer

This is the method I use to make a video slideshow book trailer. I use the following software in this process:

  • ·     Audacity: Free Audio Editor and Recorder
  • ·     Wondershare Video Editor
  • ·     MP3 Recorder (if recording own backgound music)

This is a simple process to make a video slideshow book trailer. This method assumes that you already have selected your JPEG images and background music (if desired). Both Audacity and Wondershare allow you to record voiceover or a narrative. I find that Audacity has many features and effects that makes this task simple, but dynamic. Audacity allows you to fade in and out, generate silence, amplify, change the pitch and tempo, bass boost, noise removal, and adjust the volume of separate audio tracks among other numerous features and effects. What is really helpful is that you can test your edits and effects without changing your original tracks.Once you have edited your audio and music tracks, Audacity exports your edited tracks and saves them in common file formats, for example, MP3, WAV, etc.

If you are like me and do not have a commanding voice that produces a good voice over, you can purchase the desired talent.  There is a wide fee range for such services, but I found an economical one for which I was very satisfied with the results.  The VoiceJungle provides a filter for the type of voice for which you are searching.  The filter includes gender, style and age range.  A sample voiceover is provided for each talent you choose.  My non-broadcast voiceover was $65.00.  I used the VoiceJungle talent for two of my books, “Beginnings” and “Side-Stepping the Rules:  Broken or Not.”

There are a number of sites that provide free production music.  I chose Audionautix.  All music in this online collection is created by Jason Shaw.  Filters are provided to search for just the music you desire.  These filters include genre, tempo and mood.   You click on the “find music” button and the background music results are provided with description and listen option.

Now that I have my desired narrative and background music, I switch over to the Wondershare software to compile the JPEG (or other image formats such as PNG). Wondershare has dynamic style templates that you can use based on the number of images in your movie slideshow. For each image and style, you can specify the duration that you desire in your movie trailer. Wondershare also allows you to record a narrative for voiceover. After completing this process, you can preview what you have created and make any changes that you desire. You can then save your video slideshow movie in a variety of popular formats, including MP4.

And that’s it! You now ready to upload your slideshow video to your website, YouTube, or other sites. I hope this simple process is helpful to you in creating and editing your audio and video presentation.I have used this process to make simple video slideshow book trailers of my books. They are uploaded on the YouTube channel of my publisher, CCB Publishing at CCB Publishing YouTube Channel.

On this YouTube channel, you will find the trailers for each of my books:

  •  ·     “Twelve Upon A Time… Bedside Story Collection Series,” 12 Picture Books for Children·
  • ·     “Mirror, Mirror at 1600 D.C.” Mystery, Suspense
  • ·     “Beginnings” Memoirs, Biography
  • ·     “Side Stepping the Rules: Broken or Not” Humor, Entertainment

Please comment if you have any questions or ideas… Ed

AUTHOR INSIGHT: CHILDREN DRAW THE DARNDEST THINGS

July Image
“To Betsy, My Babe…Love, George W.”

When I wrote “Twelve Upon a Time: Bedside Story Collection Series,” 4 children created the images that accompanied each of the 12 books in the Series. I simply gave them a short description of what I wanted. At first, the kids kept asking clarifying questions, whch I did not answer directly. I wanted their point of view, not mine.

 

Case in point, one of the images required for the July story was Betsy Ross knitting the flag. This is the picture displayed here. The image was drawn, as asked, but may I focus your attention above the fireplace. It is a picture of George Washington with the following words: “To Betsy, My Babe…Love, George W.”

 

Children draw the darndest things…

Bedtime Story Collection Series – “July: Furly and Kurly Color the Flag”

 This is the seventh book in my 12 book Bedside Story Collection Series spanning across the 12 months of the year.  This July bedside story is entitled Furly and Kurly Color the Flag.  It celebrates the birth of our country by visiting the woman who knitted our flag on our first birthday.  This year, 2015, America is 239 years old.  Happy Birthday America!  The images included in the story are displayed.julyNEW

Side-Stepping the Rules: Broken or Not – Manifesto 2 Avoid Eye Contact with Women and for Heaven’s Sake…Shut Up!

Side-Stepping-the-Rules_-Broken-or-Not
Available in paperback and eBook

Side-Stepping the Rules: Broken or Not – Manifesto 2 Avoid Eye Contact with Women and for Heaven’s Sake…Shut Up!

See book sample in above link.

A big fuss is made of eye contact in psychiatry. The mature, emotionally balanced individual is able to initiate and sustain ocular contact. Presumably, those who inconsistently maintain, avert or avoid eye contact are less healthy, less assertive or attempting to hide something—or perhaps just legally blind. Of course, there is always an exception to every rule. Those male individuals who gawk and ogle at women are blatantly transparent with an obvious modus operandi. If you are a male gawker or ogler, forget it! You are beyond hope. You stand there drooling and you are not only susceptible to the hook (or hooker), you likely invite such behavior with that wantoned look on your face. A quick wink or fleeting eye contact and you are putty in the hands of the winker. Dictate your last will and testament and have it notarized that you are legally insane for it is all over for you.

“Mirror, Mirror at 1600 D. C.” Chapter 9 Double Take

Chapter 9 Double Take

Mirror, Mirror at 1600 D.C.
Available in paperback and eBook

In this chapter, it is one of the few times that the reader gains insight into the relationship of Mentor (Greg) and his special agent, Hardware (Harrison). The intensity of the ongoing case allowed for little familiarity among the men, as the search for the president took center stage. Yet, professionalism sometimes must give access to friendship if the relationship is to endure. And Mentor and Hardware have that kind of relationship where neither one has to complete a sentence or thought for the other to understand. There is comfort in that kind of familiarity.

“Mirror, Mirror at 1600 D. C.”

Mirror, Mirror at 1600 D.C. Video Book Trailer with Excerpt – by Edward Galluzzi

Mirror, Mirror at 1600 D.C.
Available in paperback and eBook

Writing “Mirror, Mirror at 1600 D.C.” seemed simple enough at the start.   You describe an event in American history that almost every citizen can see coming from a mile away:  the electiion of the first woman President of the United States.

Initially, my inspiration in writing “Mirror, Mirror at 1600 D.C.” was (1) the belief that the event of nominating the first woman president of the United States would soon be upon us; and (2) it was long overdue given the state of affairs in Washington DC and the rest of the world shaped by men during my period of time on this earth.

However, I did not want to write solely a political novel.  Over the period of a year, I was intrigued by elements of mystery, suspense and romance, with a little humor thrown in on the side to seduce the reader in the story.  I think I am a frustrated comedian at heart.

So, we have somebody whose role as President of the United States is complicated more than enough without the added political stress of being the first woman elected to this high office in America.  She is delighting her supporters and converting readily her critics when she goes missing while attending a fundraiser.  The unfolding plot is a matter of survival —not only personal survival, but also hanging in the balance is the endurance of the Presidency and democracy in America.

Throughout my writing, many of the names, numbers, signs, etc. have a personal connection to me.  Relationships in the novel are as important to the story as the plot.  The president, the special agents,the lady in waiting, the supreme bishop in Rome, the hunter and the hunted–and of course, the intrusion of the evil doers whodrive events with the potential for great tragedy and destruction.

The reader will become emotionally involved with the main characters through not only their interactions with each other, but the events that propel the main characters.  It is these events that supply the mystery, suspense and romance  in “Mirror, Mirror at 1600 D.C.”  Plot twists and turns are important in writing this kind of novel, and there are enough of them to satisfy even the most passionate reader with the final twist arriving late in the book.  You can try to imagine  the outcome, but those who have read my novel told me they did not expect what actually occurs in  “Mirror, Mirror at 1600 D.C.”

So, kick back and relax if you can as you bury yourself in “Mirror, Mirror at 1600 D.C.”  I hope you enjoy the read as much as I enjoyed the write.

Best regards, Ed