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A book trailer and other graphics by concept artist Mike Sissons for the SF murder mystery IN RETROSPECT (Nov 2013) by Ellen Larson.
A book trailer and other graphics by concept artist Mike Sissons for the SF murder mystery IN RETROSPECT (Nov 2013) by Ellen Larson.
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My science fiction murder mystery IN RETROSPECT will be published by Five Star (Gale-Cengage) in Nov 2013. I've been a freelance editor for many years, but having a book traditionally published is a major life even for me. So I'm going all-in on promotion, well aware that these days success is all about attracting attention on the Internet.

Incredible artist (check it out) and my old friend Mike Sissons teaches a class in Concept Art, which he describes as being "about taking ideas--concepts--from the written word and putting those concepts into something visual for film and video game producers to base their productions on." Mike, who has always liked my writing, approached me to see if I had any descriptions from my books that he could use to turn into concept art.

Did I.

A dozen stunning illustrations done in Concept Art style resulted (check it out). 

When I learned that Mike had training and experience in film-making, I asked him if he would be willing to do the book trailer for IN RETROSPECT. Having a unique trailer is one of the best ways to generate a buzz for a book on line.

Mike agreed, glad to get the chance to work on 3D video and other techniques. So this Kickstarter project was conceived to defray the costs of making a top-flight trailer (purchasing software, paying for the license for the incredible music, paying a voice-over artist) and for printing posters and postcards based on art from the trailer to use as additional promo.

This project will take many months. Mike is currently in the process of doing what can best be called "building sets" for the trailer. Seriously: check it out:

About the Kickstarter Video: The In Retrospect Book Trailer Video is a visual representation of how the Trailer was conceived. It includes the first draft of the trailer itself. All artwork is by Michael Sissons. The music for the first half of the video is Luvorène I by Bacalao (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). The music for the Trailer is Soul Angel by Petite Viking (with permission). The cover graphic you see in the video and on this Kickstarter page is a stand in, and is _not_ the final cover for the book, which will be designed by Five Star in due course.

Risks and challenges

The risks in this project are negligible. I suppose Five Star could fold before November, but they're a division of a huge publishing conglomerate. The worst that can happen is that I might not have books to ship till early December. It's possible that something might prevent Mike from finishing the trailer on time, but even if he does, the books will be out, I'll have the posters and cards, and I will be able to fulfill my reward promises. I've been a freelance editor for over twenty years, and I've never failed to deliver an edit to a client yet. It's golden.

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    ONE limited edition 4 x 6 postcard (mailed to you in an envelope) featuring original artwork from the In Retrospect Book Trailer.

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    SIX limited edition 4 x 6 postcards ++ ONE limited edition approx. 11 x 17 poster (mailed to you in an envelope) featuring original artwork from the In Retrospect Book Trailer. ++ ONE hardcover first-edition copy of IN RETROSPECT signed by the author.

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