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As I mentioned in a previous post, Eugene filmmakers, Tyler Macklin and Michael Miller, are in the process of producing a video book trailer for the fantasy novel I have been promoting, “Glory Rose and the Gloaming.”

The story follows the adventures of a pink-haired, outcast fairy named Glory Rose, who sets out on a dangerous mission to save her magic world, The Ensorcelled Realm, from the evil sorcerer Bassarab. Along the way she encounters an interesting assortment of creatures, including giants, trolls, leprechauns, kelpies, pixies and even a wise old dragon. The most recent review of “Glory Rose and the Gloaming,” was featured in the Register Guard’s “Book Picks” section on March 2.

Here is the initial story board of the trailer.

Drawn by Tracey Gill

Drawn by Tracey Gill

The filming for the trailer was completed on March 11, and is now in the post-production phase. Macklin and Miller will be busy editing and creating the many special effects.

Here’s a sneak peak of what they’ve gotten done so far.

Let us know what you think about it. We would love to hear your feedback.

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In public relations, reaching out to the community and getting involved is often an important, common objective for many clients. Whether you’re doing PR for an organization that is active in the community, or you’re a PR student trying to find ways to use your PR skills to help out someone for a resume booster, the community is almost like a member of the family in the field of public relations.

Sharon Brandsma’s story is no different.

In September 2008, Brandsma finished writing, illustrating and co-publishing Glory Rose and the Gloaming. Since then, she has been busy with many book signings, marketing tours, agent meetings, a TV appearance and trying to finish writing Glory Rose’s sequel “Glory Rose and the Book of Shadows,” which is due out next fall.

Glory Rose and the Gloaming has inspired many local citizens to get involved and support Brandsma on her adventure and journey to becoming a nationally recognized author.

Recently University of Oregon electronic media major, Tyler Macklin, produced a news segment featuring how the local community of Eugene is involved with Glory Rose and the Gloaming.

So, here it is! Hope you enjoy, (you might recognize a familiar face).

How do you get involved with your local community? Tell me your story.

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I know that I have been on a blogging hiatus for more than three weeks now, but with the holidays, and my last college term plus two internships at The Ulum Group and KEZI starting up, I have been keeping busy to say the least.

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared any news on Glory Rose and the Gloaming, and it’s certainly time to update everyone because I have some very exciting news!

As many of you know, I began doing freelance PR work for Sharon Brandsma, author of Glory Rose and the Gloaming. In the time that I have been working with the book, the local awareness and success of the book has

Sharon Brandsma

Sharon Brandsma

substantially increased. Because of all the online archived stories from newspapers, as well as my blog and other social media efforts I’ve used, Glory Rose has a well-paved digital footprint. In fact, because of its “searchability” on the Internet, Brandsma was contacted by an interested, high-profile book agent. To make a long story short, Brandsma now has Sidney Kramer as her official agent. What’s really exciting is that Kramer is not just an any book agent; he is experienced and recognized. In 1945 Kramer helped co-found Bantam Books, which is a major U.S. publishing house owned by Random House. He was also named as having one of the top literary agencies, Mews Books Ltd., for fantasy novels. Bantam Books is part of the Bantam Dell Publishing Group and publishes fiction, nonfiction, mystery and suspense, science fiction and fantasy, romance and erotica and health books. Some of the current Bantam best sellers include “Light of the Moon” by Luanne Rice, and “The Appeal” by John Grisham

While the excitement of all of this is great, the anticipation and mystery is a bit distracting and preoccupying to Brandsma. The book is currently being “shopped” in New York City. The process of “shopping” a book on the market, especially in these economic times, can often take a long time. So as you can imagine, Bransma is optimistic, yet feels a bit stuck as well. When we talked last weekend, we joked about how wonderful all this is; however now, “we wait.”

In the meantime, Brandsma will be keeping busy with books signings, and trying to finish the second novel in the trilogy. Randi Bjornstad, the Register Guard reporter who wrote the first media coverage on Glory Rose, is going to write another feature story on the updates of the book, which is coming out right before Brandsma’s book signing at Tsunami Books on Jan. 24. We’re hoping to draw a large crowd for that signing because there is going to be an “in character” reader, as well as a local dijeridu musician playing background music. The Oregonian is also going to do a book review on Glory Rose in the next few weeks.

There is also a short teaser trailer in the works of production, which is going to be similar to the style of an attention-grabbing movie trailer. Tyler Macklin and Michael Miller, the two filmmakers I blogged about awhile ago, are the videographers that Brandsma has hired to work on this project. Within the next few weeks, the filming will begin.

So there you have it, all the current news on Glory Rose and the Gloaming. I will certainly be keeping you all updated on Glory Rose’s journey to success! Until then, if you haven’t already read Glory Rose, then you should. Look at it this way, if the book goes big, then you will have yourself a first edition (collectors’ item) copy of the book!

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Book poster that Tyler Macklin and I created

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The end of fall term has quickly stumbled upon me, and I am thrilled to say that this has been the most successful, and rewarding term of my college career! For the first time ever, I feel enthusiastic and confident about where my future in public relations will take me.

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Brandsma and I at the 2008 Author and Artists' Fair

I am so grateful to have gotten to work with Sharon Brandsma and “Glory Rose and the Gloaming.” As you know, I’ve been busy pitching and promoting her book, and so far the results of my work have been beyond successful.

Getting involved with Glory Rose was definitely a new experience for me; I became passionate about something I was working on and because of that, I did everything in my power to support Brandsma in accomplishing her goals. Even though I am talking in the past tense, I am still very much committed to continuing to help Brandsma next term.

Besides being ignited by Glory Rose, I have to give a major thanks to my professor Tiffany Derville. She made this term productive and worthwhile (i.e. she challenged me). This could be seen as a negative thing for some students, but I tend to do better when I am challenged. Thanks to her, I am now a part of the blogosphere. I have sharpened my social media and Web navigational skills. I have created a professional resume and portfolio. I have a digital footprint: when you Google my name stuff actually comes up. I better understand common grammar errors PR professionals tend to make. And most important, I have a sense of confidence in my work.

Enough about the past, let’s talk about the future.

My winter term is going to be significantly different than this term. I will be working as a public relations intern at The Ulum Group, which is a full-service public relations firm in Eugene. I am also going to be working as the creative production/promotions intern at KEZI-TV. Both of the supervisors who hired me on seem really excited to have me joining their team, which makes me even more excited and motivated to prove my worth! I am looking forward to all the opportunities and challenges that will emerge from these internships. Having these two internships will hopefully make my soon-to-be transition of college (kid) life to career (adult) life a bit smoother as well. I will be working Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, as well as taking my last four college credits. So I will be busy! But who isn’t these days?

So there’s a recap of fall term and highlights of what’s to come for next. I will probably be taking a hiatus from blogging for a bit to rightfully celebrate the holidays with friends and family; however, I totally intend to keep blogging it up next term so stay tuned!

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picture-151Over the holiday weekend “Glory Rose the Gloaming” was given the gift of being featured in three more regional newspapers! It is amazing to watch the progress since Glory Rose’s release in September 2008. Since her initial media coverage on Nov. 16, Brandsma has continued to receive fan mail and inquires about the book through e-mails. She is hoping that people will continue to follow their interests and curiosities by buying the book and spreading the word.

The Gazette Times entertainment reporter, Theresa Hogue, wrote an excellent review of the book that portrayed Glory Rose and Brandsma’s writing in high regards. This is the first published book review of Glory Rose, and I’m happy to announce that it was a success! The article that ran in the Gazette Times, also ran in the Albany Democrat Herald on November 28, 2008.

Today, an article in the Bend Bulletin came out, which featured a more detailed look into Brandsma’s background and how she began writing Glory Rose.

It has been refreshing that all three articles have had different angles to them. Each reporter has personally told Bransma how much they enjoyed the book, which they have all clearly shown in their writing.

One PR concept that I have learned from doing this project is that reporters usually need (or highly prefer) an event or special occasion to tie in with a story, especially for something like promoting an author and book. It was much easier to pitch the story idea to reporters after Branssma landed a book signing or reading somewhere.

The next steps for Glory Rose are to continue to promote and market the book to even more areas of Oregon, including Salem and the Portland. I will keep you all posted on Glory’s Rose’s escalating journey to success!!

Since I am Brandma’s publicist, it would only be appropriate for me to remind you that Glory Rose is available on Amazon.com and Target.com for only $14.99. Books are great gifts to buy for friends and family. I’m sure many of you gave the “Twilight” books a chance, so why not give an Oregon author a chance?

Here are even more reasons why you should give a book as a gift:

  • “A Book. Longer-lasting than a fruitcake, cheaper than a flat screen, more fun than a partridge in a pear tree.”
  • “Books return dividends for life.”
  • “Why a book? Because a new tie never changed anyone’s life.”
  • “Affordable. Portable. Memorable. Books are a gift beyond measure.”
  • “Give love. Give time. Give joy. Give books.”
  • “A Book: The perfect gift for someone who has everything. The perfect gift for someone who has nothing.”

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