Friday, April 5, 2013

Booking a Trailer

This past week I finally put together a trailer for "Laments,"  my short-story collection. It was way past due since the book was published last August. 

I generally put together a trailer and release it about the time the book is published, or at least a few weeks later. 

As I mentioned, I do the trailer. It takes some preparation but not a lot. And if you have everything in place, it shouldn't take more than an hour or so to complete it. 

One thing I've learned -- at least from my viewpoint -- is to make the trailer as short as possible. My first trailer, for "Foolish Is The Heart," ran more than two minutes. I've questioned whether people really want to watch a trailer for that long.

My last trailer, for "Laments," ran 70 seconds. It's really a minimalist-size trailer since I don't have many images. Why? I suppose because the trailer is so overdue. I can always go back and add images -- if I find the time. 

I would guess that any computer with Windows will have software to compose a video. It's not that difficult. And I can do it, well, I'm sure you can do it as well.  I'm sure you can find a service on the Web that can produce one as well.

As mentioned, it's nice to have images. I also include music, which is easy to find. Just make sure you have permission to use it. I also give credit for the composition at the end of my videos. 

I've included book trailers for my books as well as one I did for Steve Flairty so you'll have see how I've approached each book. 

Good luck with yours!











Until the next time...

4 comments:

  1. Great job! The music goes well with the trailers.

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  2. Thanks, Sandie. I agree that music really adds to the trailers. One of these days I may use voice.

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  3. Its very inspiring and great job!

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  4. Thank you, Kiran. I look forward to seeing one of yours someday!

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