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Nisei wins the Columbus Creative Cooperative Great Novel Contest

My novel Nisei, won first place in the Columbus Creative Cooperative Great Novel Contest. Grand prize was $1000. Press release: We are pleased to announce that Terra Chalberg has chosen Nisei by John White as the winner of The Great Novel Contest 2014!

You Don't Know Me by Jessica Halliday was chosen as the runner-up.

You can read more about the announcement here: http://columbuscoop.org/blog/2014/05/23/john-white-grand-champion-great-novel-contest-2014/

Congratulations to John White and Jessica Halliday. 

How to Make a Bad Book Trailer on a Limited Budget

The competition is tough out there, baby, with over five million books available on Amazon. So how do you stand out from the minions and get your name to be a household world among the literati? A well-written interesting book helps, but apparently it's all in the marketing. A good book publicist cost six figures, while the bottom of the publicist heap will run you about four thousand for three months of her trying to get you on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
So like most new authors, you handle your own marketing. One tool necessary for promotion is a book trailer. Again, they can cost thousands or as in my case $1.76. I downloaded Microsoft Movie Maker for free and used the $1.76 to buy an Almond Joy candy bar. With the software on my computer and the candy bar in my belly, I put together my own book trailer.
It's a bit premature to release the trailer since the book won't be out till the end of the year and my new website is still in production, but common sense has never st…