So, I heard back from Vimeo. They wrote that I had violated their terms and conditions of use. I just looked this over, and no, I have not read the entire thing, but I am still a little unclear as to how I erred. Now, as we all know, I didn't graduate from law school, but I don't think I should need a law degree to figure this out. It's okay though. I am not sure I'll be making any more book trailers; it was a lot of fun, but, uh, I need my books to do a little better than they're doing in order to justify shelling out that kind of cash. But if I do, I'll probably just skip Vimeo and go right to the sites that I already use (I joined Tubemogul and Vimeo and Blip specifically to upload the trailer, while I've been using YouTube for a while.
The one thing I can think it might be is...(and if this is the case, it's my bad, I listened to my director on this point) we didn't get permission to use the music. Which I'm sure can be removed if need be. If that were the case, I can have my director recut it without the music. Anyway, like I said earlier, this is all a little indie publishing experiment to try to reach people who'd never think of picking up a book like Spanked, who've maybe never heard of erotica or read any. The predominant word I'm hearing to describe the trailer is "cute," and I like that, because, well, I hope I am cute. Not just in looks or whatever, but I hope I bring both a kinky sensibility and an a somewhat innocent or wholesome or at the very least not jaded perspective to all this. I totally think there is room for giggling, in sex, and spanking, and book trailer making. We did plenty of that during the shoot. Thanks again for all your comments and support about the trailer.
I've realized, too, that while one part of me is thinking, "How many books do I need to sell to make this worthwhile?" there are other reasons to make a book trailer. A woman I've published several times and have emailed with over the past few years wrote that this was the first time she'd heard my voice. Even if you have your photo on the back cover of a book, or write a blog, or are public in some way, readers don't really know you, know you. I'm not saying they "know" me by me talking for less than 90 seconds in a book trailer, but I hope I infused it with some of my personality. There could have been other, more XXX ways to go with it, too, but I'm really proud of what we came up with. I'm not a spanking model and don't want to be; I prefer to save the really intense moments for privacy, or at least, not to videotape them. So it's not meant to be an insider look at what it feels like to get spanked; that's what you get when you read the book! It's supposed to be a fun, inclusive, accessible, a little sexy, and sure, cute. So no, I'm not heartbroken over the loss of Vimeo. It's okay, I just wanted to know what the problem was, because I do have those oral sex books coming out in September. I'm not really sure if there's a way to do a "tame" oral sex book trailer. But I do see lots of possibilities for playing in the snow for Bedding Down, my winter erotica novella collection. Not to worry - I'm mulling over the possibilities, time and money and energy permitting.
Anyway, just fyi for those who've asked. Again, you can watch it on YouTube and on Blip (see below, and you are more than welcome to embed either on your own blog). And if you want a personally autographed copy of Spanked for $14 including shipping (U.S.), write to me at spankingantho at gmail.com - I take Paypal (I'll give you the address).
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