I was challenged a few weeks ago by several of my author friends, to write a book in thirty days. I love a good challenge. NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) for 2018 begins November 1, 2018 and carries on to the end of the month, an annual writing contest. I accepted the challenge, entered the contest, and as of today, I’m a week ahead of schedule with my preparations. The book is outlined, characters defined, plot and sub-plot laid out, social media images created and applied, book cover and video trailer created, and I’m set, ready to rock and roll. I have exactly 30 days to write this book, and hand in the rough draft of a minimum of 50K words. I believe I can do it, if the phone doesn’t ring to beckon my attention, nobody knocks on the door, my chores are done, meals prepared in the fridge or freezer, and my husband agreed to hand me food and coffee for the entire month of November.
You can find me on the NaNoWriMo website by searching for my ‘handle’ which is simple enough, considering I’ve used my full name with no spaces … or, you can click my name here and send me a writing buddy request … LailaDoncaster.
Below is a short blurb about this new book, the cover image, and the book trailer as well … yes, I’ve been a busy bee, and I’m pumped!
Cover Image for “Sing Me Home”
Book Description for “Sing Me Home”
“Passion for music put him in the wrong bar, on the wrong night. Murder. A life sentence for an innocent man. His guitar sang death row to their doom. Free in a world he knows nothing of, musical memories haunt him. A cowboy’s song was all he needed to give up the ghost. Sing Me Home, was his last request.”
Book Trailer for “Sing Me Home”
This project is scheduled to commence Nov 1/18 during #NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and will release to the public upon completion of the contest, as well as the editing, polishing, proofreading, formatting, and publishing processes.
Like books, music, paintings, and photographs, video also falls into the public domain and/or copyright protection. Please be sure to check and double-check that you have the appropriate license and usage rights prior to downloading and/or using any video for any of your projects. This list will continue to expand as I find more websites offering free & paid video, so please check back often. If you know of a great website, please let me know.
Public Domain Review
YouTube & Creative Commons
Wikipedia Sound Files
Choral Public Domain Library
Vimeo Creative Commons
Videvo & Videvo’s Stock Footage
NASA (SoundCloud) & Usage Guide
National Park Services
Looking for music for your book trailer, or perhaps just wanting to listen to something new? Here are the best websites that I’ve come across so far, for both free and paid music. Every genre under the stars, you’re bound to find that perfect tune. I love music, it inspires me in my writing, and I’m forever searching for that one song that will make my stories and thoughts come alive with emotion. Feel the beat, and go for a listen. If you know of a great music website that I haven’t listed yet, please contact me.
Tune-In Music Radio
Free Music Archive
Amazon Free Music
Free Soundtrack Music
FMA – Free Music Archive
Partners In Rhyme
Zapsplat – Music & Sounds & their Licensing Policy
Free Music – Public Domain
UnRoyaly – Royalty Free Music
There are some super tools to help you with many tasks. From finding the right Fonts and Graphics for your book covers to free Music for your book trailers, widgets, business cards or even making it easier to save your multiple account logins, this list will grow as I come across even more wonderful tools. Simplifying those tasks that take up your time, or automating them, you’ll find you have much more time to write. Isn’t that the most important thing on an author’s mind?
LastPass – Accounts Login Saver
Hongkiat – Free & Paid Graphics
1001 Free Fonts – Search & Download
Cover Vault & “How to use Photoshop Templates”
DaFont – FREE Fonts
FontSpace – Search & Download
ACX – Audio Book Creation
Giphy – GIF Maker
Globe Revolving Maps
MailChimp – Free Version
Amazon Associates Tools
Flash Vortex – Banners
WordPress Add-ons & Plugins
DropBox – File Storage & Sharing