I finally got a book trailer too! What’s the purpose of a book trailer? They’re fun to watch, pretty much in fashion nowadays, and websites that display only book trailers are springing up – like this one: http://www.book-trailers.net/
How did I get mine? Melody Simmons of ebookindiecovers.com, who designed my book covers, did it for me. She asked me how much I would like to be involved – if I wanted to write the script, choose the images and video footage, or choose the music. I did choose the music, a clip from an online stock site, but said I had no time for the rest. She said in that case she would have to read my book in order to make the trailer for me.
About a week later she sent me a list of possible lines to use to make the trailer – short sentences that would capture the essence of the book and entice readers. I made some alterations and corrections. We had twenty-three lines in total, but in the end we selected only fifteen, and of those she still dropped four as the trailer was becoming too long. I wanted each line to be displayed slowly and clearly as nothing annoys me more than a trailer that goes so fast that I can hardly see the words.
After just two more days she sent me the file – in MPEG-4 format, for upload to Youtube – which I just did. You can view it here below.
You might wonder how much it all cost. We used mostly Medium-sized stock images and Medium-sized (Standard Definition) video clips. All 10 images, 2 video clips and one music track cost me $150. I Paid Melody’s fee which was $300. She did read the whole book and spend several days on this! And here you go – my trailer for $450. It’s about two minutes long. I know – many trailers are just 30 seconds or 1 minute, but I wanted the mood to be a bit slow and meditative.
I must say the image quality seems to have decreased after uploading to Youtube…the original is clearer. The other thing is I did not use large images or high definition (HD) video…if you use that, the footage cost will triple.
What do you think? Comments welcome!