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Listen to Me and Other Local Authors With a Little Wine

Are you a lover of reading and good drink and live in the Portland-Hillsboro area and want a fun night out? Come to “Bards & Brews” sponsored by Jacobsen’s Bookstore and Northwest Independent Writers Association. Drink your favorite wine or beer while I read the prologue from the sequel to “Echoes of Avalon,” and Mark Niemann-Ross, Jenna Bayley-Burke, Connie Carmichael Hill,  and George Byron Wright read from their wonderful works.

Making a Movie Trailer for Your Book: Part 2.5 – Music

Though you can make fantastically effective trailers for your book with free stock images, simple slide show animation, some text, and no sound, you’re better off having a little bit more than that. Naturally, the quality increases exponentially with the amount of money your throw at it.

Such is the case with sound. Mood music is what makes your nerves tingle, your hair stand on end, and goosebumps rise on your skin in the theater during an exciting trailer, or have your emotional heartstrings tugged during a dramatic one. Music is where it’s at, baby!

Now, you can’t just use music from your favorite artist in your promos. There’s this pesky thing called rights and royalties that prevent that from happening (well, with enough money almost anything is possible, but I’m going to assume that’s not the case here), so you won’t be using a Rolling Stones song anytime soon.

But there is plenty of free music out there or you can get some for, well, a song (yeah, I know, terrible pun).

Where do you find such music? A simple internet search “free stock music” will give you an adequate list of sites, but your are always best querying those in your community who have personal experience with such things. I posted a question on the forum of my writers group, Northwest Independent Writers Association (NIWA). I was certain that many of the authors there had previously used music in promos and they didn’t disappoint by the skads of suggestions they gave. Some of the more useful ones included:

Freestockmusic.com: A decent collection of quality works in a variety of genres. As the name of the site implies, it’s all free. A common quote for each sample often says, “100% royalty free license that allows you to use the music in all types of productions, for worldwide distribution, forever. There are never any licensing fees.” It’s hard to beat that.

Soundcloud.com: A ginormous collection of music and sounds showcased by a community of talented artists. If Facebook and CDBaby had a love-child it would be Soundcloud. The challenge of this site, however, is sifting through the shear volume of awesomeness and trying to narrow it down to what you are looking for. It seems to cater mostly to up and coming performance artists (heavy in R&B), but there is plenty of other offerings as well. I didn’t spend enough time to figure out how you download the music, how “free” (if at all) it was, or what the licensing agreement was. But I did hear mostly good things about it.

Incompetech.com: A one man extravaganza of music by artist Kevin McLeod. He offers a substantial collection of a variety of music and sounds of great quality. Though he asks for donations, music is free so long as you credit him in any work that uses his music. If you can’t or don’t want to credit him, then there is a “Non Attribution” license you can download starting at $30 for one piece, and then incrementally increases for additional music. There is a list of similar artists on Kevin’s website.

Purple-planet.com: Probably the smallest collection (that I could tell) of the sites listed here, but still good. It’s a free collection of royalty free music available for download, composed and performed by Geoff Harvey and Chris Martyn. All music can be used free of charge for web-based projects e.g. YouTube in exchange for a link to their site. Donations are welcomed. They specialize in music production and sound services for games, multimedia, TV and film. Specialists in Surround Sound 5.1 production. Large additional track catalogue available for licensing.

Stockmusic.net: A huge library of royalty free, diverse, and pro-grade music and sound effects for all occasions. You do have to pay, though. Depending on your needs and the depth of your pocket book, you’ll pay anywhere between $29.95 (individual pieces and small collections of sound effects) and thousands of dollars (for huge libraries of entire genres). This isn’t as scary as it sounds. I found the most perfect music for a project, a collection of 18 works, for $129.95. Each work alone otherwise would have cost $39.95. A relatively easy to understand blanket-license agreement accompanies each purchase for use in personal projects (TV, film, podcasts, etc), or you can license for more public use (restaurant background noise, elevator muzak).

I spent many a night just sitting with my laptop with headphones, sampling what was out there. I found lots of cools stuff, much of it free, but purely by coincidence or fate I found a collection at Stockmusic.net that fit like a glove. Every element I was looking for was in the package. It was too perfect to pass up, so I didn’t mind paying the fee, and the fruits of which can be seen in the movie trailer for my book, Echoes of Avalon.

Here is a sample of the intro to the trailer:  FilmEdge2_Epic_Z262-TheWorldAwaits-Schatz

Northwest Indpendent Writers Association Share Indie Writing and Publishing Experience

MARCH 31, 2012 – SILVERTON, OR–The Silverton Green Store, Wolf Building, 201 Main St., Silverton, OR, will host a book discussion and signing with Northwest Independent Writers Association (NIWA) members on March 31 between 1 and 4 PM.
Discussion will center on independent writing, publishing and promoting. Slated to appear are Pacific Northwest authors: Luke Alistar, Pam Bainbridge-Cowan, Mike Chinakos, Adam Copeland, Tonya Macalino, Cynthia Robbins, Brad Cameron, and Lizzy Shannon.

Local Authors Brad Wheeler, Adam Copeland, Pam Bainbridge-Cowan, Cynthia Robbins, Mike Chinakos, and Andy Bunch

“Magic to Mayhem” Dreamed Into Reality by Northwest Writers

What’s better than reading a great collection of entertaining stories of speculative fiction? Writing, then publishing them with your best friends.

That’s precisely what Northwest Independent Writer’s Association (NIWA, for short) did when we banded together less than a year ago to form a co-op of writers from the Portland, Vancouver and surrounding areas. At the time when I helped co-found the organization I had thought at best we would lean on each other for support and help motivate one another to write short stories and share them at meetings over lots of beer (well, that does happen quite a bit too). But I had no idea that we would be on fire to publish an anthology of quality sci-fi, horror, fantasy, and Twilight Zone-ish stories.

I can confidently say that this is just the tip of the ice berg. Expect more from us in the future. If you’re a lover of speculative fiction, read on, and follow the links to your preferred means of literary entertainment….

NIWA presents stories to chill the heart and warm the soul.

An old school sci-fi murder mystery in the vein of Clarke and Asimov; A mousy cubical drone with desperate hidden desires; A servant of evil hell-bent on a bargain to make himself immortal; The wasted land of the future holds more than a girl thought to find; Unannounced visitors push a wounded vet to the edge of sanity; A lonely man and a shopkeeper find faith in the smallest of articles; In war and peace, some scars never fully heal, and sometimes the monster in the woods may be your only chance not to become prey.

From the coffee stained, microbrew soaked Pacific Northwest comes a collection of speculative fiction from the Northwest Independent Writers Association. NIWA has assembled eight short pieces from up-and-coming local authors, ranging from stories to keep you awake at night, to tales of swords, sorcery, and humanity’s far-flung future.

Magic to Mayhem: Northwest Indpendent Writers Association 2011 Anthology of Speculative Fiction
ISBN-13: 978-1466437173
ISBN-10: 1466437170
Electronic ISBN: 978-1-4659-2640-1

Amazon
Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Magic-Mayhem-Independent-Association-Speculative/dp/1466437170

Kindle Store
ebook: http://www.amazon.com/Magic-Mayhem-Independent-Association-ebook/dp/B005YVAIES

Createspace Store
Paperback: https://www.createspace.com/3706931

Smashwords (all digital formats – mobi, epub, stanza, etc):
ebooks: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/98718

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