Rave Waves Radio Interview 1/10 @ 1PM EST/12PM CST

This Sunday, 1/10, I will be on Rave Waves Radio @ 1PM EST/12 PM CST to chat about my Contemporary Romance novel, Waiting for You. You can tweet your questions with hashtag #RRBCTagTeam2*4*5 and join in on the conversation! And, as always, feel free to tweet me @AlliW_writes!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ravereviewsbookclub

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Book Trailers (what am I doing?)

Book trailers seem to be a pretty popular trend. I’m not really sure why. The whole point of a book is to read, not watch. I browsed through a few on Youtube yesterday — most of them for Romance and Young Adult novels — and a good majority of them featured pictures of models or actors. One even had clips from a TV show. How many people actually watch these trailers?

I have a beef with this. One of the fun parts of reading a book is getting to imagine what the characters and settings look like. Book trailers that feature pictures and video clips of real people take away from the joy of using your imagination. For my previous Meet the Character posts, I included links instead of embedding the image in the post, offering people the choice to look or not. I had a very clear image in my mind of what my characters looked like before I found actors who best resembled them. I get that some people like knowing exactly what a character looks like beforehand, but not everyone does. Besides, you shouldn’t need to rely on pictures to portray your characters; your description in your novel should be able to do all the work.

Here are my thoughts and tips on book trailers, should you choose to make one for your book:

  1. Don’t include images of someone’s face. Perhaps someone looking away, with their face blurred, or the back of their head — you get the gist. Just not the entire face. Not all readers want to be shown exactly what your character looks like.
  2. Brevity is key. Keep it short and sweet. One minute, at the longest, should suffice. There were a few I saw on Youtube that were between 3-4 minutes long. I never made it past the 1:20 mark on any of them.
  3. Don’t spill the beans. What I mean: don’t divulge your entire plot. A book trailer should tantalize your readers and make them want to read it, like your back cover blurb.

For fun, I put one together for Waiting for You. I used iMovies, but to be honest, I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing when it comes to making videos.

Waiting for You book trailer from Allison Williford on Vimeo.

What are your thoughts on book trailers? Any tips for authors who are thinking about making one?

Waiting for You: A Playlist (And the Wonders of Music)

I don’t know of any indie authors who haven’t made a playlist for their novels — you all have, haven’t you? — or at least picked out actors who would play their characters if their novel was ever adapted for the big screen (which, by the way, I have an Evernote file of nearly all my characters and their respective actors…).

Music is such a phenomenal concept. I’ve been playing violin for 20 years and have had such wonderful opportunities to perform up and down the East Coast, including places like Epcot and Magic Kingdom at Disney World. In my private lessons, we studied via the Suzuki Method (which Adam makes a crack about in Chapter Two of Waiting for You. I couldn’t resist.) In high school, I also was a part of my church’s youth choir, which was associated with the Royal Academy of Music. In order to advance a level (and thereby getting to wear the next color adornment over your cassock and surplus), you had to take tests in music theory.

There are even studies on the effects of music therapy in psychiatric patients. Seriously, music is such an amazing thing. The right song can make us cry when we’re sad, cheer when we’re happy, and make us belt out a tune at the top of our lungs in rush hour traffic.

This is why I think it’s a great idea to create playlists for our novels. There’s something about the perfect songs that can help convey the heart and soul, bloodmusicspeaks, sweat and tears that we’ve poured into our novels. They can be the perfect accompaniment to, dare I say it, harmonize with our work.

So, without further ado, here is my playlist for Waiting for You!

  1. All This Time ~ OneRepublic (Main theme song)
  2. One Sweet Day ~ Maria Carey & Boyz II Men (Sarah’s song)
  3. Left Behind ~ Spring Awakening (Elliott’s song)
  4. Come Home ~ OneRepublic
  5. Nightingale ~ Demi Lovato
  6. Remedy ~ Adele

    (Sorry! Couldn’t find a video to embed of this song.)

Waiting for You is now available!

My newest novel, Waiting for You, is now available!

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You can buy the Kindle version on Amazon

or!

You can order a paperback copy from CreateSpace

I’m super excited about my new book, guys. I have loved watching my characters grow. They’re like my babies — I love them!

Also, if you’d like to write a review for me, I will send a free PDF copy. Email me at allisonwilliford@icloud.com if you’re interested!

Book Release!

I’m excited to announce that on 9/19, I will be releasing Waiting for You for ebook and paperback.

What’s even more exciting?

From 9/19-10/19, I will be donating 50% of my profits to the Susan G Komen Foundation for breast cancer!

You can also like me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/allisonwilliford1 and follow me on Twitter: @AlliW_writes

Waiting for You: Meet the Characters (Post # 3)

Today I’d like to introduce one of my secondary characters — Kylie Lewis’s best friend, Cat.

Be sure to check out the profiles for Kylie and Adam!

Full Name: Catalina Gabriela Gomez, nickname “Cat”
DOB: February 24, 1991
Height: 5’3″
Weight: 130 lbs.
Eye color: Brown
Ethnicity: Mexican
Hair color: Brunette
Family: Mother – Inés Gomez; Father – Felipe Gomez; also has two younger brothers, Carlos and Martín
Occupation: Ticket seller at the Coliseum (Charleston Performing Arts Center)
Hobbies: Surfing at Folly Beach, dancing,
Hometown: Born and raised in Charleston, SC
Current residence: Downtown Charleston
Friends: Kylie Lewis
Education: High School
Religion: Catholic
Personality: Extroverted, outgoing, bubbly, loud
Favorite Food: 
Mexican, seafood
Favorite Music: Pop, Pop-Rock

Here’s your link to the actress (singer, in this case…who also happens to be one of my idols for all her mental health advocacy work!)