This is the third installment in a series of Listening Recommendations. Today I’m pleased to present Paul Wensley – Paul and I attended the same high school, Malvern Collegiate Institute, in Toronto! Since graduating, Paul has been an actor, voice actor, producer, editor and is also a fine musician, singer/songwriter.
What is your latest release and what type of music is it? Smooch You Crazy – pop rock
Quick description of the music you perform:
Paul writes/performs a mixture of different styles of music including rock, progressive rock, soft rock. His eclectic influences include David Bowie, Steely Dan, Hall & Oates, Blink 182, John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Thomas Newman, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and many others.
Your brief bio:
Paul is an international award-winning producer, writer, editor of promos and trailers. In 2009, while producing promos for the CBC series Being Erica, and after years of using library music for his numerous promos and trailers, Paul decided to score one with original music. This launched an unwavering musical passion that encompasses scores for numerous film/television projects and a multitude of songs. Recently, record producer Tim Thorney (Alanis Morissette) produced three of Paul’s tracks.
Links for people to buy your music or hear you perform:
*A New Big Bang for sale on iTunes (produced by Tim Thorney)
Smooch You Crazy – YouTube
Focus Away – YouTube
Not Hooked Up Right – Soundcloud
No Escape – Soundcloud
A New Big Bang (lyric video) – YouTube
Breathe In (cover) – YouTube
Big Wall (lyrics) – YouTube
What are you working on now?
Paul is working on completing his first CD.
Please recommend the name of a musician or band whose work you’ve enjoyed hearing lately.
I think Chasing Pavements by Adele is the perfect song.
A very important post on the problems of finding a traditional publisher for your work by Jane Dougherty who was previously featured on Reading Recommendations.
Originally posted on Jane Dougherty Writes:
I was discussing with an editor friend of mine the other day some of the infuriating comments I had received from publishers about a rejected manuscript. I have had a couple in a row now saying more or less the same thing—great story, great writing and we’d love to take it if only you could change a few things. The few things being essentially take out all the imagery, introduce snappy smart-ass dialogue instead of description, cut the number of important characters who the reader will get to know down to two, and get rid of all the passive voice. In other words, rewrite in such a way that my story resembles, in everything but irrelevant details, a hundred other stories that have made money for their publishers.
Keep the language and the concepts simple, they advise, because no reader likes having to think about the meaning of an image…
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From Dylan Hearn’s blog, Suffolk Scribblings … I plan to add this logo to both my blogs and link to the code to show my support and aggreement.
Originally posted on Suffolk Scribblings:
A couple of weeks ago the Alliance of Independent Authors announced the establishment of an Ethical Author Code in response to a general concern about the behaviour of some authors, both self-published and traditionally published. Like the vast majority of authors I know, I already follow the principles behind this code but I believe there is a real value in stating this more explicitly.
I would encourage any of my author friends to also publicly commit to this code. It doesn’t cost you anything, you aren’t signing up to an organisation, it is just a public declaration to behave responsibly and ethically in all aspects of your writing career.
To find out more, please either click on the image above or click on the link here.
Ethical Author Code
Guiding principle: Putting the reader first
When I market my books, I put my readers first. This means that I…
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I’m reblogging for #MondayBlogs the guest post I wrote for Chris The Story Reading Ape’s blog on the problem of Intellectual Property Theft.
Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog..... An Author Promotions Enterprise!:
Intellectual Property Theft – a growing problem that hurts everyone in this writing business
By Susan M. Toy
Recently, I’ve become aware of the increasing amount of Intellectual Property (IP) theft that’s taking place online. It’s been happening for a long time: artists—visual, photographers, musicians and writers—seem only able to stand by and watch as what they have created is either copied and pasted elsewhere on the net without permission or no attribution at all is given for their work. Yes, there are copyright laws in place to protect us and the illegal use of our IP. But internet users seem unaware of these laws, or blatantly flout them, or truly believe that, whatever is on the Internet is free for their own personal use and by anyone who wants to copy and paste it into their status update or to their blog.
I’m going to speak specifically to the…
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I thought it was time to revisit a promotion concept I organized while I was still living in Alberta, since an author friend in Ontario is now organizing her first salon (of what I hope will be a series) and also because I posted a comment on another author friend’s blog today outlining what I was doing to promote authors and reading back in 2012. I really would like to explore the concept of “online” salons at some time or another, too.
Originally posted on Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing:
Since Nov. 2011, Alberta Books Canada hosted a series of literary salons in Calgary that brought together readers with Alberta authors in the intimate setting of a private home for readings and discussions about books and writing. Now that this series has come to an end, I wanted to recap all the salons and share with everyone a list of the authors who took part.
What made these salons different from the usual readings in bookstores and libraries, besides being held in private homes, is that they were based on the model of music house parties where the audience is charged an admission fee and all money collected is paid to the artists. My intention in setting up the salons in this way was so the authors would receive payment for having entertained us, and the audience would realize they should not expect authors to perform for free. After all…
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