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message 1: by Rachele (new)

Rachele Baker (rachelebakerdvm) Has anyone prepared a video book trailer? I need recommendations for best software, best source of no royalty music tracks, best place to post the trailer, etc.?

message 2: by Liz (new)

Liz Davis (Liz_Davis) | 39 comments Hi Rachel, I always create my own trailers using windows movie maker. You can see the trailer of my upcoming novel here:

Here's where I got the royalty free music:

Hope that helps.


message 3: by Athanasios (new)

Athanasios (athanos) | 39 comments I'm a graphic/video artist and make videos for dvds. At work I use Adobe After Effects and used it to make my book trailer.

Also a great resource is:

message 4: by Darryl (new)

Darryl Shelly (darrylshellyauthor) The best place to post your trailer would be Vimeo and YouTube, IMO. I like Adobe Premiere software, though Apple has a basic version of Final Cut that would also work quite nicely.

message 5: by Pete (new)

Pete Densmore (petedensmore) I made mine through iMovie while taking video footage through my iPhone and posted to YT. A friend of mine is in a band I begged him to use his song =)

Here's the link:

Happy to help anyway that I can.

message 6: by Justin (new)

Justin (justinbienvenue) | 785 comments I'm actually having someone do one for me for free. I found her on a thread in one of the groups I'm apart of here on GR. She's doing them for a portfolio for college so it's a win win for both parties. I'll have all say an input as to what goes into it.
I'm looking forward to it, never done one before.

message 7: by T.D. Hassett (new)

T.D. Hassett | 16 comments I have one on my publishers website for Isabel's Awakening but I really don't believe it helps sell books. Frankly, I buy tons of books and have yet to choose one because I stumbled on the trailer. I think my time would have been better spent doing more writing but you never know!
Here is the link and I used I-movie trailer program to do it, that and some stock footage that we own.

message 8: by Pete (new)

Pete Densmore (petedensmore) Agreed, I spent a weekend on mine and don't think a trailer does much to influence sales; however, it's "searchable" online and adds another presence for awareness only. I don't put much stock into driving sales, but it was fun for me to make and I think it looks cool ;)

message 9: by Mercy (last edited May 17, 2013 08:08AM) (new)

Mercy Cortez (mercy-cortez) | 22 comments I was going to make a trailer or get someone to but i saw ad advert on tv that was perfect; it obviously isnt mine and im not claiming it is but it shows the characters i want really well for Jagged Edge. Maybe look into one that is already made; don't steal it obviously just say it reminds you of your book.

message 10: by Bruce (new)

Bruce | 15 comments Just what every homemaker needs! Great tips and a sense of humor!

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message 11: by Stan (last edited Jun 01, 2013 09:03AM) (new)

Stan Morris (morriss003) I made one using YouTube Movie Maker. It was easier than Microsoft Movie Maker. I also paid $5 to have one made. What I learned was, use your book cover, if you are going to have a short section from your book, scroll it using the titles or credits option, and be sure to leave the link where the book can be purchased, and leave that linking long enough for someone to write it down. I would suggest the video not run more than 2 minutes, otherwise people might get bored. If you use background music, search for "public domain music" otherwise YouTube might mute your music.

message 12: by Bruce (new)

Bruce | 15 comments Take a look at the hilarious trailer for my new book, Moving In: Tales of an Unlicensed Marriage!

Moving In Tales of an Unlicensed Marriage by Bruce Littlefield

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