Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Book Trailers

Have you ever made a book trailer?

I’ve seen several and they intrigue me. Basically, they’re taglines paired with photos and set to music, and they’re used to illustrate your book. Like a movie trailer.

I’ve attended conference workshops about them and people pay good money to have them made. While marketing does require investment, trailers were never something I was going to spend money on, because I’m not sure it’s the best use of my resources. The problem is I’m really not a graphic person or a videographer—I should probably make use of my kids.

But then I discovered this free program/computer app. It takes you step by step through the process of creating the video. It can even create one from a blog you write. You can choose images to use and music, colors and fonts and it puts it all together for you.

So I tried it. Once I got the hang of it, it was super easy to do. My biggest problem with trailers is that they’re static, like a slide show. And because I’m not spending money, I’m making do with the images I have access to, as well as the music. But I don’t think it’s a terrible trailer, and I certainly don’t think it’s doing me any harm.

What do you think?




6 comments:

  1. Well done, Jen! I think it's really cute. With the pictures moving through the slide show, I don't think it seems too 'static' like you said. I was reading each tag and looking forward to the next picture.

    The only thing I thought would be a benefit is if viewers could actually click on the link at the end which would take them directly to the sale page. (That might not be an option.) And it disappears rather quickly. Maybe just a note on the end that would direct them to Amazon without a link? Just a thought. I tried to see if I could copy and paste, but that didn't seem to work either.

    All in all, I'd say this is a big success! Congrats. It's always fun to try something new, isn't it?! Every new platform we can use to get the word out is a good one. And nope, definitely not doing any harm. LOL

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    1. Thanks, Debra. I can't make the link clickable but that's a good idea to direct them to Amazon. I've been hearing about a variety of different resources to use and a lot of them are free (they also have paying options, but that's for later)! They are a lot of fun to use, too.

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  2. Looks great - well done! What programme did you use? I did a couple of trailers with Animoto, but their free-to-use ones are very limited, and of course you have to be careful about copyright when using any pictures/photos.

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    1. Thanks! I used Lumen5. It's very easy because they have a template. They also email you with suggested videos based on your blog posts, which, while I don't use, definitely give me ideas.

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  3. I really like this, Jenn. Especially the tagline: love is the most addictive habit of all.
    Did you load this to your author website or FB page?

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    1. Thanks, Ana. I loaded it to my author FB page, but I haven't yet put it on my website. I think I want a little more experience before I do so.

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