What exactly is a book trailer?
I wondered this myself when I first started looking at marketing options for my first novel.
A book trailer is a video advertisement of your book. It can be acted out, have stock footage clips, film clips, animations, or simple still images set to music with text conveying your story.
I created mine using images and music with text.
Book trailers are becoming more popular in promoting books by on the Internet. It’s one of the easiest and cheapest ways of getting your book noticed.
First, I looked on YouTube to get an idea of what book trailers were like and then I looked for a way of producing one.
I was shocked at how much some companies and individuals charge to make a trailer. Some can run into hundreds of pounds and I couldn’t afford to spend that kind of money.
I did consider hiring someone from Fiverr where I could have had a trailer made for $5 and I chatted to a video maker on there, but none of the options appealed to me.
So instead I looked around at a few different apps and discovered I could use Windows Movie Maker to make my own trailer.
Once I got the hang of it, it was quite easy and if I can do it, so can anyone else!
There are few different apps that can be used to make your own trailer such as:
- Windows Movie Maker
All Windows computers should come with Windows Movie Maker already installed on it and by following its instructions you can start making your trailer. Read the instructions thoroughly.
I started by adding a few pictures from my hard drive and adding it to Movie Maker and playing around with it just to see what it would look like.
Check out my next post to find out where to get images.
Do you think book trailers are a good idea? Comment below.