So you’ll say. “Oh, okay. Yeah. I guess that sounds cool. As long as you can keep it under budget.”
So he’ll call all his friends and find out who wants to be on a book cover. He’ll schedule a photo shoot, but someone won’t be able to make it, so he’ll schedule another, and another and you’ll start to panic. He’ll finally get everyone coordinated and you’ll relax.
Before the photo shoot, he’ll point out that all the models are also actors. You’ll send him several snippets of work so they can all get their groove on for the shoot.
He’ll make some suggestions about the cover. You’ll explain why they don’t work. He’ll explain why they do, so you’ll say. “Oh, okay. Yeah. I guess that sounds cool. As long as no one’s half naked.”
He and his friends will have so much fun, they’ll start talking about how much fun it would be to shoot a book trailer. So, he’ll call to ask if it’s okay to shoot a book trailer.
You will freak out. None of these people have read the book. It could totally flop. You never planned all this. You were just going to release it quietly, write another couple of books, then give it a little push. That’s all. And doesn’t this cost a ton of money? *Gasp, Gasp* You will have a full blown anxiety attack, and say no.
Then you will vent to a friend, who will scold you for not letting these people who want to support you do so. You will feel like an idiot.
Then the actor will call you to explain he already pitched the project to a couple producers, who asked him to send them a teaser. He was so sure you’d be ecstatic, he scheduled the shoot before he asked you about it. Then he’ll be like, “So can we, please? We’re all aware it could flop and go nowhere. We’re just really excited for this project. We can do a crowd-funding thing. I’ll handle all the details and do my best not to stress you out.”
So you will pray, call your friend, and quiver in your husband’s arms while you explain everything that could possibly go wrong, including, but not limited to, a tidal wave washing Hollywood into the sea. Then you will take a deep breath, come to the conclusion that the Lord put actors in your life for a reason, trust Him to see to it you are still in one piece when all is finished whether it goes the way everyone wants it to or not, and tell the actor to go ahead.
Then you will write a blog post and invite people to support your book before they’ve even read it. You will feel gut-churningly awkward about it, but you will do it, because it’s the least you can do when you have wonderful friends like M@tch.
My deepest thanks and admiration to
Matthew “M@tch” Ray – the man behind it all.
Kelly Keyser – Harsha
Joshua Diolosa – Zeeb
Cat LaCohie – Seraph
Alan Clayton – Jason
Magdalene Bullock – Make-up
John Hawkings – photography
REDD – soundtrack
Memnoir – soundtrack
Amber Ruiz – Photography assistant
Abigail Erryne – Zeeb blonderizer (for book cover)
Leah Bowler – all around awesomeness
Everyone who chooses to support this effort. 🙂
And the team keeps getting bigger, so I’m sure I’ll have names to add soon.