The Antiquarian Chronicles book trailer

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The Antiquarian Chronicles Book Trailer

It’s been quite an odyssey. Over five years ago, I started on a novel. A novel experience for an old plumber but I’ve always been a storyteller at heart. In grade school, I had a reputation for crafting funny stories for the class. In the service, I entertained my coworkers in the wee late night hours with stories. I told my kids stories I made up as they grew into adults. I like to tease my grandkids with silly stories.


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I worked on that story at different times and forgot about it completely at others, picking it up again when life slowed down, or during times of recovery from surgery. Eventually, I finished The Antiquarian Chronicles and worked for a couple of years trying to get a publisher interested in it. Finally, I got an offer from a publisher and jumped at it. That was last September. Seven months later, I have survived the edit process, the design and layout processes, waited on pins and needles for the final edit copy (the galley) and just today, received the long-awaited book trailer.


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I can’t say when, exactly, it dawned on me that I am a novelist. It seems like there has been so much work preparing the book and working with the publisher to get it to the printer that there just hasn’t been time to soak in the published author glow.


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Now, I have a second novel first draft about two thirds done, and plans afoot for yet another one. I find myself wondering what happened to that fella I knew who had worked with his hands for almost forty years. The guy who was a plumber, who taught himself blacksmithing, who learned welding on his own, who built and sold wrought iron work, cabinetry, and who discovered rather late in life that he had a certain talent (probably primitive) for drawing, playing music (the guitar, mandolin, banjo) and who won a ribbon for one of the first paintings he ever did.


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Yeah, I look back and wonder what happened to me. I find myself in some of the most peculiar circumstances and I guess I have to attribute it to an innate curiosity. I can’t stand it until I find out how to do something. That’s what led me to computers. I hate ‘em but I absolutely had to find out as much about them as I could. It kept me awake at night trying to figure out how they worked.


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That same driven peculiarity made me build a boat, then buy, and rebuild a second one. I just wanted to figure out how to do fiberglass work.


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That same idiosyncrasy drives me to want to experience racing (automobile), and flying ( I hate to fly ordinarily but I think I would enjoy piloting an aircraft, especially a fast one!) and travel, and too many other things to list. A man my age ought to be able to settle down and adjust to the rut. I have not been able to, so far, but my bride is still trying.


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And now, I’m stuck with a novel and having to learn how to market the thing. I’m told that a book trailer is currently one of the premiere methods of doing just that so…here is a book trailer that I hope you all will give me some input on. Think it will work as a marketing tool? Does it make you want to read The Antiquarian Chronicles?


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Whaddaya think?

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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Wow. What a path you've taken. Congratulations on reaching your goal of becoming a published novelist and on already having a second novel partially completed.

I think your book trailer is excellent and most importantly, it does make me want to read the book.

Good luck with your efforts to market the Antiquarian Chronicles.


Jerry 5 years ago

Thanks, Happyboomernurse. That's the name of the game. The book event in Charleston was for The Antiquarian Chronicles because that is the setting for the story. The book signing was held in front of the Borders Store in old Charleston in the lobby of that hotel (which I forgot the name of...I think it was The Charleston Plaza or something like that) and it was a blast. Met a lot of great people, sold books and had a really good time.

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