Tuesday, June 12, 2018
by Daniel L Rappaport
"“Really? Well thank you! I find you fascinating as well, my Petite.”
“We do make a good pair, don’t we?”
- Lines from The Legend of the Lost Rose
Spark and Petite
In our epic, fantasy iBook "The Legend of the Lost Rose", our two main characters, Spark and Petite just happen to be gay.
Why did I choose this? I could've very easily had gone with an older "Hollywood norm" and chosen a straight couple.
I am very happy to say that the "Hollywood norm" is changing as time goes on.
There aren't a whole heck of a lot of LGBTQ characters in fantasy. Main characters who are, are even fewer.
But, beyond that, I just wanted to write about something that I knew and that I could be just a bit more true to myself in this arena.
In bringing Spark and Petite to life, I felt that it would be really great and totally interesting to see what happens if I just let them go, and be themselves.
I suppose that I didn't think about any particular "stereotypes" of any kind. I just wrote what came natural to me.
Something else rather exciting is the fact that the prequel to "The Legend of the Lost Rose" - "Spark the Flying Frog" and Legend aren't going to be the only two works that these adorable characters will be portrayed in.
At this time, I would encourage to see what we are offering for LGBTQ Pride month by seeing our special edition website here.
Thursday, May 31, 2018
by Daniel L Rappaport
"I want to put a ding in the universe."
- Steve Jobs
When I first saw the unveiling of iBooks Author, I said to myself, "My God. Steve Jobs has brought to digital books what Walt Disney brought to amusement parks. I can totally create one. My life is changed."
iBooks are viewable on Macintosh, iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad, and are available exclusively through iTunes.
This successfully brought Pazzaria Productions lightyears into the future, with the ability to create digital books to be more media rich, interactive and exciting then had ever been done previously.
Keynote, in and of itself, was incredibly impressive. It had web capability (much of that has been filtered into iBooks Author), it could do amazing animations, be hi-def, integrate audio, and have the ability to create very complex presentations in an extremely short period of time.
When I learned that one could import Keynote presentations into iBooks Author, this showcased a tremendous technological achievement in how I was going to create the iBooks.
To this day, Kindle can't come close to what iBooks Author can do; at least nothing that I've seen.
And, people who are using iBooks Author aren't taking full advantage (sadly) of it's incredible media rich capabilities.
It's akin to Walt Disney showcasing what the future of transportation is all about, with, for the most part, the public completely ignoring it, and, in some of the worst cases, calling them "carnival rides".
Now, I am not going to show you how to use the software. There is copious online training for both.
In Keynote, when you create animation, and select "On Click" in the animation panel, your "click" is the tap that someone does on an iDevice.
In certain cases, this is shown as type moving about the screen. In others, I have full on character driven scenes.
In our current incarnation, called The Spellbook (which is in production), each page will receive a small sampling of music. As one flips the pages, the audio will transition from one to the next.
Separately, we will have this suite all put together, and sold through iTunes as a separate album.
This is yet another way of how to use the software, that nobody is thinking about.
Not only have we made a technical advancement, but a marketing one as well.
Stay tuned to see the final results! You will definitely find them spectacular!
Saturday, May 19, 2018
by Daniel L Rappaport
"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child."
- Dr. Seuss
• The Spellbook
• Spark the Flying Frog
• The Legend of the Lost Rose
This is the current trilogy of the works of Daniel L Rappaport, which are part of the current legacy that is Pazzaria Productions.
What's in a book title? This is a great question. After all, it's often one of the first things that people see, when browsing for books and it is of great importance.
Do I name it after a main character? An important event in the story? Keep it short? Make it long? Etc...
I will just tell you about my own journey, and perhaps something can be learned from that?
I wrote the entire trilogy completely backwards. After all, it's important to know the end, so that you know how to get there. The Legend of the Lost Rose is the longest and is the first of the three.
Then, I saw that in film, prequels were all the rage. So, I thought that I might try my hand at one, and write Spark the Flying Frog.
Sales and marketing wise, something just wasn't quite right. The two works didn't fit into the Pazzaria Productions' mission statement quite well enough.
Then, it hit me. Ah ha! A third work to tie the other two together! It makes perfect sense!
The Legend of the Lost Rose is, at it's core, a legend. The rose plays a heavy role in the book, so I thought that I would include that. It's kind of lost, and kind of not, depending upon who you ask. During the writing of the book, the title just sort of hit me.
I didn't question it too much. I don't really sit around and mull over much of what I do. I am confident that my work is good and more often then not, I just want to get it out there.
For Spark the Flying Frog, I wanted to center around the main character. A tiny frog, with wings, flying about is totally cute and adorable. For this one, I knew the name before I wrote the work, because I had written The Legend of the Lost Rose.
For The Spellbook, I wanted to do something that centered around the wizard coven, in The Legend of the Lost Rose, just a bit. Or, at least, this idea of Wicca being the central backbone religion of the planet of Light (where everything takes place).
Keep the titles short or long?
I am always a fan of short titles. Well, at least, as short as I can make them, while still getting the message across. You don't want to write the book on the front cover of
The title serves as a name. It works in a similar psychological way that a brand for a company does. It's your very first entrance into what the book is about.
So, these are my thoughts on book titles. Keep 'em short, engaging and certainly have something to do with the work!