Firewind client Matt Potratz has a great message this week about simply sliding through life. Highly recommended!
The production of Matt Potratz' Two Hands Audio Book has been a long haul, but Matt and I are really pleased with the results. Matt recorded the entire book using Audacity on his laptop via a Blue Snowball Microphone. Seamless file transfers and proofing throughout the project were achieved with Dropbox. Matt did an absolutely incredible job, and I know you'll be as amazed as I am when you consider that at one point, doctors weren't sure if he was even going to be able to talk or read again—let alone write an amazing book with no assistance. He has incredible clarity and speaking ability for one who has lived through such traumatic brain injuries.
The final audio was edited, mixed and produced by Firewind Productions, with special help from Matt Redman, Beth Redman and SixStep Records, who graciously supplied a studio-quality version of their song, "You Never Let Go. This incredible song—sung to Matt when he was in a coma by his three boys—is featured in three places.
The physical copy of the audio book features a bonus DVD, "Hero to Zero," produced by Aaron Bren from footage provided by 208 Productions and 509 Films. You'll see the actual footage of the avalanche, ground zero (when Matt was discovered and dug out by his film crew), and watch a short message from Matt on adversity.
Firewind Productions provided the cover and disc design, and when everything was ready to go, art and masters were sent off to Disc Makers for manufacturing. Disc Makers absolutely outdid themselves. Their entire production line was delayed by two days by Hurricane Sandy, and yet they still got 100 audio books overnighted to Lewiston just in time for a big convention a week ago, where the audio book was debuted to great success. The finished product is nothing short of beautiful; Disc Makers is simply the best.
Firewind Productions also prepped the audio and set up distribution for the audio book on the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX.com). Two Hands Audio Book is now available worldwide on Audible.com, Amazon.com, and iTunes. You can get a format that works on just about every device out there, from your smartphone to tablet to iPod or PC.
This project also marks a major new distribution deal for Matt. Local bookstore His Story Christian Gift Center has partnered with Matt Potratz and 212 Degrees, LLC to provide all shipping and distribution for the physical copies of the audio book as well as the paperback edition (also printed in Lewiston, Idaho by Steeley Printing). It's truly a win-win-win situation for everybody involved. We're always happy to keep manufacturing dollars in Idaho, and this couldn't have worked out better. Visitors to the Lewis-Clark Valley can find both editions of the book at His Story Christian Gift Center, located in Mall 21 in Lewiston, Idaho (17th Ave and 21st Street).
On behalf of Matt, I want to thank everyone who has been involved in this project from start to finish. We're profoundly grateful for your prayers and support. Be sure to look for Matt at one of his great upcoming events!
Now available at His Story Christian Gift Center in Lewiston, Idaho; Audible.com, iTunes, Google Play, and more!
It's my pleasure to bring you this interview of Firewind client Matt Potratz by Fox 13 down in Utah. It's been my honor to work with Matt through all stages of the design, publication, and promotion of his incredible but true avalanche survival story, Two Hands.
If you haven't already secured your copy of the book ($16.95), give me a call or shoot me an email! If you're in the Lewis-Clark Valley, I'll meet you at your home or place of business with a copy.
I love working with creative people like Matt. If you've always wanted to publish a book but have always thought it would be too difficult or expensive, I'd love to meet with you to show you how we can help you ignite others with your ideas—both on and off the Web.
I am absolutely thrilled to announce that Two Hands, the incredible but true avalanche survival story of Matt Potratz, is now available for purchase online!
There's one picture of Matt that I just absolutely love. It isn't one of the many incredible action shots taken of Matt cresting over a summit, standing his snowmobile on end, or running straight up the side of a mountain in an impossibly narrow chute.
No, the picture I love best of Matt is one that you will find on page 63 of this incredible book. He is looking right at you. In his right hand he tightly grips a cane. The right arm is strong, the muscles set yet not straining. You can see the strength that is there, despite all he has been through. A nurse gently touches Matt's back, ready to support him just in case, but he holds himself proudly straight as he steps toward the camera.
Your eyes inevitably go to the neck brace, proudly emblazoned with a 509 Films logo. The strap across his chest, holding a brace in place for his limp left arm: the arm that appears unnaturally long due to its lack of nerve function. The brace on his left wrist. The strap across his stomach, there in case the nurses need to lift him off the floor he strides upon.
But it is the look on Matt's face that grabs you. It's a look of a man who has seen death and couldn't care less. He's got his game face on. The determination that is there, despite the pain that you can see around his eyes and in the set jaw. The unshakeable attitude that will not let anything stand in his way of merely standing and walking down a hospital hallway, for the first time since an avalanche threw him off his snowmobile, ripped his helmet off, slammed him into a tree, and buried him.
That's the Matt I know. This book tells his incredible survival story in a simple yet powerful way. Brutally honest about his shortcomings and humble in his accomplishments, it's the story of a man who clawed his way out of a coma, proved the doctors wrong and is now changing lives as an author and speaker. All with a strength and determination that makes you sit up and take notice; a strength that inevitably makes you wonder where it comes from. Matt knows, and he's glad to tell you.
Don't miss this book. It's one of the most powerful stories I have ever had the privilege of reading.