Book Trailers: Avoiding the suck, Part II

Quick recap: In Part I, I posted ten tips for those interested in creating short trailers (or other animated videos). In this post, we’ll focus on the art used in the Backwards trailer, and artist’s Kari Lennartson’s creative process. If you’ve seen the book trailer for Backwards then you probably know that the art is amazing. What you might not […]

First Chapters of BACKWARDS now Free!

Like words? Try this. I dare you… Candlewick just made the first three chapters of BACKWARDS available for free online. Here’s the link: http://www.candlewick.com/book_files/0763662771.chp.1.pdf Please spread the word. Literally. Like butter on bread, ’cause words are yummy. PS: If you check out the chapters, you can see that nifty backwards title font I’ve been talking about. And please […]

What Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic Books Say About Us

For years, I’ve been wondering why dystopian and post-apocalyptic books are so popular, especially with teens. Personally, I love reading these books. I also enjoy writing them. Now, I’m generally a very optimistic person who believes we can create a good future. So what is it about corpse-ridden zombie-sucking industrial wastelands that appeals so much […]