Friday, April 10, 2009

Make a Book Trailer...

Now, If I Can Do It, Anybody Can!

A book trailer can sell more books than a $500 ad in a trade paper. There's just something about music and video combined in a catchy manner that makes folks pay attention. Well, having seen all those fabulous trailers on YouTube, and being rather technically inept, I was ready to pay a professional $199 to make me a great book trailer.

But then I saw some fabulous trailers that other authors had created on their own, with their own software, and I decided to try my Windows Movie Maker, as well. Okay...I got one all set to record, and the program went belly up, dumping all ten hours of hard work. %$@*)*^&*&%$!

I read a bit about the program, and found that this is not unusual, so, in desperation, I Googled! I entered "video creation software". You'd be amazed at how many people sell video-creation software!

Well, since I didn't have a couple hundred bucks to spare, I went to YouTube, clicked on a whole bunch of trailers, and noted the creation software credits, the music credits, etc. The one that came up most was OneMedia. So I Googled that. Bingo! I got a membership, and began playing with the online tool until I had a couple of fun and easy videos using vacation photos, and viola! The online tool even uploads your video for you to your MySpace, Facebook, or YouTube account!

I noticed that most video trailers used loads of neat photos and effects, but when I tried to get those same neat-o photos and effects, I found that they were not free. And I was broke. So I brainstormed. I had one very hot cover. Hot cover models. So I played around with the online tools, and managed to come up with a completely free nearly 2-minute video. The music was free on the same site.

Now I have book trailer. Not the greatest, to be sure...but effective. And it was all FREE!


  1. Hi Fran -- thanks for checking out our blog!


  2. I soooo want to do a trailer but I'm sure I'll gunk it up!

  3. Hey Fran! Where did you find the cool black and white pic??? I'm dying here. I've been looking for something similar to that ALL DAY!

  4. Thanks for the heads up on One True Media. I just made a book trailer on my latest release.

    Like your video, too.

  5. Thanks so much for this post. I never thought I'd be able to make one of these and now I'm almost done with mine.

  6. Fran, YOU are an inspiration! (And talented, too, because--FOLKS--Fran made one for me for my first EC novel, MIA DOLCE--and the video is cool AND HOT, I gotta say!) So I have saved the link to the software sight Fran used...but I haven't gone there yet. YET, being the op. word.
    BUT recently I went on a gorgeous, deliciously divine trip through the Greek Isles and took buckets of pixs! And natch, I am going to write about one, maybe 5, of those luscious places I visited. I even took movies.
    With Fran's encouragement, maybe even I (who would rather cook and drink than mess with software!!!), may try this.
    Kudos to FRAN!
    Ciao, my lovelies!


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