A new genre from an established writer – a modern-day fairy story from @EmmaCalin #childrensbooks

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Emma Calin, Romance novel and gritty short story writer has now turned her hand to children’s fiction.

The first in Emma’s series of modern-day fairy stories ‘ALF THE WORKSHOP DOG’ has its debut on Amazon this week in print, Kindle e-book and audio book formats.

Amazon USA        Amazon UK

This chapter-book story tells of a real-life dog who works in an inner-city garage with a bit of magic and adventure thrown in. Anime and manga artist Miko Abellera has created beautiful illustrations to bring the story to life.

The story is sprinkled with modern magic – QR codes link to bonus features such as video clips, music, photos and downloadable colouring pictures.

This book is for young readers (reading age seven and up) or adults to share with younger children.

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Having fun with Vine for a quick trailer for the Love in a Hopeless Place Collection

Well, just for a moment of light relief we decided to use some of our photos of the individual titles in the Love in a Hopeless Place Collection to create a Vine video book trailer.

Vine is to video what Twitter is to short messages – we are allowed just over 6 seconds of recording time in total so VERY short and sharp visuals only. Once created, you can post the video on Twitter, your website, blog etc.

The recording is done via the video button on a smart phone – I used an iPhone. Vine allows you to make split-second shots and then links them all together in a continuous loop. At the moment Vine does not allow any editing after recording – so you have to get it right first time! Also, there is no audio editing – so you have to make sure that whatever is playing in the background makes sense for your visuals.

It’s very important to plan out in advance what you are going to include – the finished article is so short that every split second counts.

In this video we used images of the 5 covers of the titles in the book collection, along with a few images of the collection cover on an e-reader and also as a printed book, as well as an additional image to indicate the book was available on Amazon. We lined all the shots up on the computer in order and filmed each for a split second. Everything looked great – the Vine video looped round and played on and on and the images made sense. Then we watched with the sound up – it was horrendous, everything from paper shuffling to computer keys to a kettle boiling and music from a distant TV show. A veritable cacophony. The snippet of music though, did not sound so bad. So, we decided to play We Found Love in a Hopeless Place by Rhianna on the CD player whilst we recorded the shots. Obviously it is not a nice smooth audio track – it gets broken up each time we change video clip – but we thought it was better than completely random background noise.

Unsurprisingly, the whole video took a whole morning to complete – getting all the photos for the clips in a similar format, sorting out the sound…. to say nothing of the number of times we recorded it before we managed to fit the whole lot in.

The result… well it’s obviously not going to win any Oscars – but for a quick snap of what the book is about it does serve a purpose. What do you think?

To hear the sound click on the top left of the video on the speaker symbol (you may want to switch it off after a short period!). Click the video to stop and start it.