Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
@PetreaBurchard on Twitter
petreabs on Instagram
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
"Camelot & Vine," a novel about a failing Hollywood actress with an honesty problem. The day before her 40th birthday, after losing her job, her married boyfriend and everything she never cared about, she hops a plane, gets drunk and falls through a gap in time to land in the Dark Ages. There she meets Mr. Honesty himself, King Arthur, and the first thing she tells him is a lie.
"Act as If: Stumbling Through Hollywood with Headshot in Hand," tragi-comic essays about being a journeyman actor in Hollywood.
Book reviews at Hometown-Pasadena.com.
"Portraits," a short story in the anthology "Literary Pasadena: The Fiction Edition"
"Things," an essay in the Adams Media collection, "A Cup of Comfort for Christmas."
"This could be just me, but I'll tell you my experience.
I used Smashwords. It's free and very easy. I had a designer put the book into InDesign before I uploaded, so it looks professional and not just a pdf uploaded from my…"
"They were very helpful. Charming, sure.
Some services have online chat, which works out as something between a phone call and an email. I've found that to be useful at times with services other than publishing."
"I was surprised to find that CreateSpace had live help, and they were very responsive! They have a system on the website where you can click to have someone call you. You choose "right now" or "in five minutes." And they do!…"
"Twisted Wave is another program that's popular with audiobook pros.
And keep your pace relatively slow. Not so slow that you bore the listener, but keep in mind that you know the story inside and out, and your listener needs a teeny bit of time…"
"It can be really cheap, Regina. I know one audio pro who used to tell his students if they couldn't make a sound booth they could make a tent with a thick blanket and that will deaden a lot of outside sound. Many pros use moving blankets,…"
"I believe I paid $25.00 to CreateSpace. This includes a listing on Amazon.com. If you want fancy typesetting, etc. they will do that for an additional fee. I wanted more control over that aspect of the book, so I hired a typesetter for InDesign, and…"
"I had no problems with Createspace. Did you try their phone service? They are responsive and helpful. You input your number and they'll call you within 30 seconds or 5 minutes, your choice. And they actually do it.
They'll give you a…"
"Good suggestions from the others. I would also take into consideration that you're going to have to say it in conversation. Practice it out loud. Does it sound like you talking, or does it sound stiff? Keep working it until you've got…"
"Learning and paying it forward: all good! I'm finding out that I can't do all the social media, don't want to spread myself too thin. Also, I'm not really good at Twitter and I don't get Tumblr, so I stick to Facebook,…"
"Thanks for making a connection. I'm all over the place with social media which usually seems like I'm not there much in one place at time, but I'm working to get better at the whole thing. I'm all about learning what I can and…"
Thanks for making a connection. I'm all over the place with social media which usually seems like I'm not there much in one place at time, but I'm working to get better at the whole thing. I'm all about learning what I can and paying it forward in any way I can.
I meant when the anime character's face becomes distorted because she is embarrassed or upset and you have to say "gaa" or something like that. It's your voice, not an engineered sound, and I wondered what the script said. My first anime series was Samurai Champloo, which had natural looking characters, except for one, and I expanded out into other series (for research) and was fascinated by the facial templates for embarrassment, rage, sorrow, fear, etc.
While hiking, do you carry your camera? What camera do you use...do you go digital or 35mm? I love your portfolio on redbubble and have just tweeted it!
An actress...you've got courage...moxie. (Love that piece in Lost In Yonkers...the movie...where Richard Dreyfuss explains moxie! Would love to see the play.)
I've also just completed my first novel, Blue Psyche, but have just about decided to publish/market it myself because, from what I hear, you must market your work, anyway. Your Camelot & Vine sounds fascinating! I like your protagonist's name, Casey Clemens - I go by my last name as a nickname. ;^ )
"Evelyn Krieger: So true—and that fear of not being enough then looks for another goal to pin its hopes on. It whispers, “Maybe if I do xyz that'll prove I'm enough.” It's a vicious, unending cycle—until you see…"