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Welcome to the blog.

 

Here you will find all the updates on how my writing is going, how the quest for publishing is coming along, and details of any new additions to the website. You will also find any announcements, and the details of where you can find my work.

 

Chelle

Posted By Michelle Birbeck

Last Chance, the sequel to The Last Keeper, is out next May, and the trailer is finally ready. To celebrate, there'll be a blog tour starting tomorrow. Here are the stops:

 

October 27th: Short, Sweet, and Snappy: http://shortsweetandsnappy.wordpress.com/

October 28th: Ja Ĩitam, a ti? http://jacitamati.blogspot.co.uk/

October 29th: Passion for Pages http://passionforpages.blogspot.co.uk/

October 30th: Scotzig's Blog http://scotzig.wordpress.com/

October 31st: Talk Supe and the trailer reveal http://www.talkingsupe.com/

 

For the posts themselves, check out the homepage of the site: www.michellebirbeck.co.uk for the links!

 

And while you're there, I'm taking part in a charity write in during November. The aim is to write as much as possible in the 24 hours of Nov 9th through Nov 10th. We're raising money for the Bloogrun EVS charity, who are a volunteer emergancy transportation between hospitals for blood and other essentials.

 

Click here: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/24hourwritein to go and donate. Even if all you can do is share the page on your facebook/twitter, then that would be greatly appreciated!

 

Many thanks

Chelle


 
Posted By Michelle Birbeck

There was a monumental occasion last night in my house. And another one this morning.

After a bit of a rough weekend involving ambulances, emergencies, and goodbyes to friends who are leaving the country, both these occasions have brought a much needed smile to my face.

The first was that I got paid! An actual payment of actual royalties from something I wrote. My first royalty payment for making stuff up. So what did I do with the money I got? I spent it. All of it. In about twenty minutes.

As it wasn’t a huge amount of money and there’s no chance of me having to pay tax any time soon, I decided to treat myself. Not to shoes or a new top, and not to a holiday or anything expensive. I got five new books. They’re all for my collectible cabinet, and though I spend very little on them, they’re worth about seven times what I paid. They’re also all books I’ve read in the past, and the copies I’ve bought will not be getting read. But I bought them with money I earned for making up my own book, so it seemed fitting that I spend it on books. Also, I’ve been working on a couple of the collections I’m now adding to for years, so I’m even more excited now!

The second thing that happened is the book trailer for The Last Keeper. It’s here on youtube, and was the second book trailer I ever made. Now, I’ve been watching the numbers go up a little bit at a time since I posted the video. And over the last few weeks I’ve been watching it inch closer and closer to a big target of mine. 1000 views. Not just 500, or 700, but that extra digit of 1000. This morning, when I logged on, there it was, 1000 views exactly!

So there we have it, an exciting couple of days!

Chelle


 
Posted By Michelle Birbeck


It’s been a long couple of months with the final edits for The Last Keeper, and moving house. Out of the two of them, I’m looking forward to editing again for book two more than I am ever moving house again.

For a start, I almost came to the conclusion that I had too many books. This was a brief lived thought, and died as soon as I realised what a silly notion that was. Too many books! No such thing! Of course, ask me that again in ten years after I’ve added some more to my collection and have to move house again, I might change my tune. Or I might pay someone else to move my stuff and not be bothered by it.

However, with editing, that is happening, and the release for book 2 in The Keepers’ Chronicles is now slated for 2013. To say I am looking forward to editing would be slightly wrong. I’m not, but I am looking forward to it more than moving house.

This will be my second time around with editing, and the finished product is what makes it all worthwhile.

A few days ago the preorders went up on my published website for The Last Keeper. It is to be released on May 3rd, and the ebook will be available on the day. There are links up on the site to the preorder details, and you can find them here, also.

If you want to know more about the book, you can click the link above, or check out the trailer.

Chelle

The Last Keeper book Cover


 
Posted By Michelle Birbeck


It has been an interesting journey from deciding to make my own book trailer to the release yesterday. From writing the script for it, deciding which bit to include without giving away the story, to organising props and models, taking the pictures, and putting the whole thing together.

I would say that it has been an easy ride from start to finish, but that might not quite be the truth. It has, however, been a wonderful one.

Writing the script perhaps took the longest. There is a lot that happens in The Last Keeper, and deciding which bits to include, and which bits I could feasibly capture, took a lot of thought. There have been several versions of the script, right up until the last second changes as the trailer came together.

Props were easy enough to find. Fabric for the backdrops was given to me by my mother. Skulls and fake blood was available in abundance close to Halloween. Even the wig used for Serenity easy to find at a reasonable price.

Models were slightly harder. Where possible I wanted people who looked about right for the characters they were playing. Partly because of the cost involved in using wigs and other such items. In the end my wonderful friend Cait found some of her student friends who were willing to come play dress up for the day.

Taking the pictures was perhaps the most enjoyable part of the whole experience. Planning out where to go and what backgrounds to use, getting dressed up, and ordering everyone into their various poses. Not all of the pictures turned out quite as I’d hoped, but the ones I used I am very happy with. And, of course, now that I’ve had one go, I know a bit more about what I’m doing!

Putting the whole thing together took more time than I anticipated. It was a complicated affair getting the length of each clip just right, figuring out which effect to use on each one, and then picking music that reflected both the story and the clips. I lost count of how many different pieces of software I used during the whole process!

The end result is now up for everyone to see, and I am very happy with how everything turned out. Despite all the faffing and fiddly bits, it was a wonderful experience, and one I plan on repeating for book 2 in The Keepers’ Chronicles.

You can see the full trailer here.

Chelle

Nat and Paul as Elena and Kiros