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STATUS: Smile. Because it’s TGIF and it’s supposed to be a gorgeous weekend in Denver.

What’s playing on the iPod right now? TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME by Supertramp

Brooke Taylor’s debut UNDONE releases in August. She, along with several of my other debut clients, is doing promotional counseling with Bella Stander (and the agency picks up the tab).

She couldn’t resist sending this youtube video my way. If you are a soon-to-be-published author, big beverage alert.

Today is a twofer. Ally Carter sent this video my way. Some of her savvy fans did a mock movie trailer for I’D TELL YOU I LOVE YOU BUT THEN I’D HAVE TO KILL YOU as their project for film class. So fun and clever. Enjoy. (And no, we don’t have an update to share on where this project is in the film world. Maybe this will inspire Walden Media.)

15 Responses

  1. Anonymous said:

    The first video is definitely funny. It was GREAT! I laughed out loud! I felt the guy’s pain and delivered a believable performance.
    The second video… I guess it was–cute? contrived? “please read this book?”

  2. ORION said:

    Okay. This definitely is going on my blog.
    It’s even more meaningful as the paperback of LOTTERY is due out in three weeks LOL!!!

  3. Anonymous said:

    Great vids. The first one especially gave me a good laugh.

    I hate to go off topic and nag, but I do wish to ask. Have you responded to the queries?

    I only ask because I’d like to know whether I should just sit tight and be patient, or resend mine. Thanks,
    and sorry again for bothering you.

  4. eliza said:

    The trailer seemed a little long-ish. I’d think they could have compressed it down to half the length easily (that’s when I started getting bored).

    I’ve always wondered why people didn’t make more commercials for books. I’ve been planning my own for a while (I have a degree in multimedia) and I keep wondering that if I do a very good job of it how effective it could be.

  5. Lindsay said:

    I have 2 websites going live in mid-June, and was ROTFL at the first one. I’ve gotten a crash course in social networking sites in the past month. Extremely funny.

    As for the trailer- what initiative! It’s really great when a book inspires such devotion that fans will go the extra mile for it.

    Have a great weekend, all.

  6. Anonymous said:

    I loved the first one!!! Laughed and laughed.

    The second one was way too long. I thought the rule of thumb for book trailers was don’t make them any longer than 2 minutes, ideally 1.5 minutes. I’m sure the book is great though.

  7. Agent Kristin said:

    For the sake of clarity, I just want to mention that the second youtube clip is not a book trailer.

    It is a clip made by fans of Ally Carter who needed to do a project for their film class (as in for school–middle or high school as I can’t really guess at their ages) and decided to create a film trailer for this book that they loved.

    I personally got a huge kick out of it and was pretty impressed with their savvy.

  8. Elissa M said:

    I think the girls did a great job on their assignment. It’s entirely possible their teacher required a certain length film and they chose to make it a trailer even though a real trailer would be much shorter. I hope they got a good grade ’cause I think they deserve it.

  9. WordVixen said:

    The first vid had me cracking up, but the second one very much impressed me! Now those are some dedicated fans.

    I haven’t read the book yet (been meaning to pick it up once I reduce my To Be Read pile a bit), and now I’m certain that I’ll be seeing those girls’ faces for each character as I read it. 🙂

  10. Greta said:

    I’m never going to get supertramp out of my head.

    My monday is complete.

    (long time lurker…first time stalker…I mean commenter)

  11. Greta said:

    (smacks forehead) And I double post. Way to be cool, Greta. Just pretend I said, “I carried a watermelon.”

    (Also, word verification is punishing me with “xbqgcwjb”)