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“Ah, I thought. That explains it. The Cosmic Library series is one that keeps the conflict on a juvenile reader’s level while exploring interesting ideas. There are no cars and trucks exploding, nor people massacring their families and then setting themselves on fire. The series shuns violence, and instead choses to focus on the importance of choosing the path of positive thinking over that of negative (if you’ve ever taken a yoga class, you’ll know what I’m talking about)…”

Read the full latest review of Kadamba of Gentle Humilaith, second in the Cosmic Library Series by Mirti Venyon Reiyas, on Liz Winn’s Young Adult Book Review site:




The Making of a Book Trailer

November 16, 2012 — 2 Comments

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:

How did I get mine?  Melody Simmons of, 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!