I am still waiting for my manuscript to come back from the editor, which is totally fine by me, because it gives me a few more days to get some things in order. Today I’m thinking about the book trailer. I have a cinematographer husband (Wes) and a producer brother (Greg). So between the two of them, they have convinced me that we are going to create a book trailer for my little Icelandic mermaid tale that could easily verge more on the side of movie trailer, and outshine the book itself by leaps and bounds if I allow them to fully unleash all of their creative prowess. I have been trying to rein my husband in all morning with requests like, “just a wish list of shots, not anything fully scripted,” and “I can totally add iStock filler videos,” and “I don’t really need voiceover,” and “you know this is just for my book, right??” (Most book trailers are still images and text, afterall…)
The thing is that Wes and Greg have serendipitously scheduled a film shoot for a client IN ICELAND…IN TWO WEEKS. Could it be any more perfect?? After a blissful freakout when my husband said he was staying extra days to shoot footage for me, I started to get a little worried. I didn’t want him to go to all of this extra work, especially when I am trying to line everything up with a book release that isn’t even slated yet. I have no idea what to tell them on time frame. It’s all kind of up in the air at the moment.
But in the mean time I sat down and had a planning pow wow this morning with Wes about trailer possibilities, his vision, booking talent in Iceland (oh gosh, that means paying people), and generally pulling this off. I had to leave to pick my daughter up from Pre-K. When I returned I found Wes with both of our laptops, pulling my personal reference images (which I call “inspirationages”) from my computer over to his, and emailing people in Iceland about this “shoot.” I blanched.
“Oh…you’re sending them all of my images for reference?”
(I chew my nails.)
(I’m feeling like he’s just let them into my private world, but maybe in a good way. So I decide to just go with it. But then another thought comes to mind.)
“Wait. Are you telling them what this is all about?”
“That it’s about mermaids?”
(I mumble something about how this suddenly feels slightly embarrassing…but I am getting used to publicly owning the fact that I like to write stories about mermaids.)
Then he puts everything into perfect perspective:
“I’m sending this to Icelanders who believe in trolls. So I think we’re good.”
Alright. I’m in good hands. 😉 Proceed!