Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Book Trailers

Jennifer learned about book trailers...

I attended my local chapter’s writer’s conference this past weekend and I learned a lot. One of the best workshops I attended was on making book trailers.

I’ve seen authors promote their books with trailers, but I never knew how to do it, or even if I wanted to do it. So I went to this workshop, hoping to learn more about it. And I did!

The author, Susan Ann Wells, taught us how to make a book trailer using PowerPoint, which is pretty much on everyone’s computer. The most effective ones seem to use a few lines of text about the hero, heroine and the premise of the book. There are plenty of free images and music on the web. The workshop was only 45 minutes, so we zoomed through what to do, but she was really smart. She took her notes, self published a how-to book, and also sold it for $5 at the book fair. So now I have her notes, and her more detailed book for use later.

What she showed us looked pretty easy, and I think I might try it as soon as I have some time—probably not until December at this rate.

I’ll be sure to show you my results!

6 comments:

  1. I've used Power Point many times and found it very easy to use, However, the main problem I discovered when trying to do a book trailer was finding suitable (and relevant) illustrations. I spent hours searching the free sites, but in the end decided I couldn't justify the time element spent in creating a trailer that probably very few people would actually watch!

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    1. I'm sure it will take a long time, but people seem to have success with them.

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  2. I've seen book trailers and thought I'd like to try one someday, but of course the task remains on my never-ending to-do list.

    I never knew Power Point was the basis for the trailers. I use that all the time. Thanks for the tip!

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    1. I don't know if everyone uses PowerPoint, but I know it's possible.

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  3. It is wonderful that you learned a new marketing technique that was DIY, Jen.
    If I do one. I think I'll lean on my filmmaker daughter. I have so much else I need to master

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    1. Yes, Ana, you have that advantage. I don't. :)

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