How I Created A Book Trailer

Hello once again Readers!!! What? Is that Aurora (the main character of Born in Flames) leaving the cave in which she shifts for the first time? Why yes, yes it is. At least, that’s as close to what I see in my head that I could find.

I digress.

So as promised, I finally found time to write-up a blog on how I created my book trailer-for free I might add. But I must warn you, these tips are geared towards Windows Movie Maker (which is what I used). Now, you don’t have to take my advice. There are tons of blogs out there will similar helpful tips which is I how I pretty much figured things out. I’m just going to break it down how I understood it. And it only took me about two weeks to get it all together.

Lets begin, shall we?

  1. Photo Scavenging- I think this would be the best thing to start with. There are tons of sites that offer free photos and others that offer paid, royalty-free photos. The choice is yours really. If you have the money, the paid photos are better quality and offer no hassle as far as the “fine print”. If you use the free photos, you have to follow their rules. Some want to know you’re using them, others just want a mention. The best site I found was PhotoPin. Now, there are a bunch of photos on there that have nothing to do with what you are looking for, but there are some real gems. I’d say about 95% of the photos I used came from there. Here are some other sites: Shutterstock, iStock, Free Digital Photos, and Stock.xchng.
  2. Music- This was not easy for me. There are so many rules and the sites that offer royalty-free are a bit too pricey for my taste. Some sites are: Royalty-Free Music, AudioMicro. If you have the money to invest, they do offer great music, but if you have a connection to someone with talent, that would be even better. They can customize to your needs. I was extremely lucky and was offered help by Phillip. I’m not sure what his standards are, but he is great at customizing and creating music!
  3. Upload Photos- Now that you have your photos and your music, open Windows Movie Maker and upload all of the photos to begin placement. Each slide has the option to add effects to it. I chose to add fade in and fade out for every one, as well as the different camera angles that best suited the photo. Play around with it to get a feel for what you like and what fits the tone of your novel. If you’re lost, google the question you are stuck on. Even Windows has self-help sites geared towards Movie Maker to help you with all the finicky issues.
  4. Your Pitch- This is the most important step since it is selling your story. There is the option to add credits and a title. If you click on it, it also gives you the option to add caption to the slide or before the slide. I didn’t like the way the caption looked on the slide. So I chose to go before each slide. You can change the font, the color, the background, and the positioning to get the most effect out of it. Make sure you don’t cram too much into one slide because the viewer needs time to read it. I tried to make sure each image I added, matched what each slide was saying before the image, that way the viewer could get a visual of what I was seeing.
  5. Syncing- This is the last and most difficult step. The music needs to sync with the placement and timing of your photos. Besides searching for the photos, this is what took me the longest. I had a lot of help with Phillip because he saw the entire video without music beforehand, so he had something to go off of when creating the music. He did an awesome job of making the music hit where it needed to. Just remember that it’s just like the movies. The music plays a huge part in how a scene affects us. This should be applied to your trailer. Take your time in building the suspense.

I hope this helped you. I am by no means an expert at this. At all. This is just what I picked up from my attempts at making a book trailer. I’m proud of it and sick of it all in the same. I think it’s a wonderful marketing tool and if you have the money to invest into a professional that can do it for you, I totally would. There are trailers out there that blow me away. But if you have a tight budget, well, this is how I did it…for free.

That being said my friends…have you dabbled in this? Do you have any better advice to offer to my readers? Sharing is caring!

♥Echelon out!

Born in Flames Book Trailer ♥

Hello once again Readers!!! It’s been so long since I’ve blogged. I’ve been nose-deep in my edits and this book trailer! But I have good news!! I can finally say I’ve gotten one out of the two finished (as I’m sure you’ve guessed by now).

I can’t tell you how excited I am to have finished this book trailer. It feels like it took me forever, so I hope you enjoy it. I couldn’t have finished it, if it wasn’t for Phillip. He created the epic music for me. He rocks! Check out his site here. He’s a great guy and a blog worth following!!! Thanks Phillip!

Now for the drumroll please………………………………….(eeeeek!)………………………

    Born in Flames Book Trailer

I hope you enjoyed it! It was fun to make! Below are the links for all the images used to make the trailer. These photos were found on Photo Pin. It’s a good site for blog photo’s too. Now back to the editing. I’m over half-way finished. Hoping to be done by this weekend. The time is near folks!!!

Oh, and of course I will leave you with a question: What’d ya think?

♥Echelon out!

Girl in the grass: photo credit: Lua Ahmed via photo pin cc

Cave: photo credit: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/angrylambie/175812820/”>angrylambie1</a&gt; via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photo pin</a> <a href=”http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/”>cc</a&gt;

Forest Light: photo credit: Gilderic Photography via photo pin cc

Red Eye: photo credit: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/notsogoodphotography/2778909670/”>notsogoodphotography</a&gt; via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photo pin</a> <a href=”http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/”>cc</a&gt;

Blur Image: photo credit: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/narciss/3086277609/”>Kr. B.</a> via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photo pin</a> <a href=”http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/”>cc</a&gt;

Clock: photo credit: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/tonivc/2283676770/”>ToniVC</a&gt; via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photo pin</a> <a href=”http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/”>cc</a&gt;

Hall of Knowledge: photo credit: N05/3344079694/”>SBA73 via photo pin cc

Cloaked Man: photo credit: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/alicepopkorn/6928606944/”>AlicePopkorn</a&gt; via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photo pin</a> <a href=”http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/”>cc</a&gt;

Waterfall: photo credit: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/yinghai83/6602173863/”>Yinghai</a&gt; via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photo pin</a> <a href=”http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/”>cc</a&gt;

Magic Hand: photo credit: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/g-ratphotos/3461116582/”>OUCHcharley</a&gt; via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photo pin</a> <a href=”http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/”>cc</a&gt;

Girl in Water: photo credit: N06/4259307200/”>Nina Matthews Photography via photo pin cc

Kissing: photo credit: N06/6898998880/”>Ariadna Bruna via photo pin cc

Old Book: photo credit: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/joelmontes/4762384399/”>JoelMontes</a&gt; via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photo pin</a> <a href=”http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/”>cc</a&gt;

Glass Ball: photo credit: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/mcgraths/3248483447/”>seanmcgrath</a&gt; via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photo pin</a> <a href=”http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/”>cc</a&gt;

Girl in Cave: photo credit: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/katiemarinascott/5919680042/”>katiemarinascott</a&gt; via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photo pin</a> <a href=”http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/”>cc</a&gt;

Girl on Bed: photo credit: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/nimahel/7636663984/”>NimahelPhotoArt</a&gt; via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photo pin</a> <a href=”http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/”>cc</a&gt;

Fire Hands: photo credit: Closing soon (look for MyVisualPoetry) via photo pin cc

Update: Book Trailer And Final Revisions!

Hello once again Readers!!! I thought I’d introduce you to my two lovely children so I uploaded my most favoritest family picture of them! Logan is the little boy with no eyes and Scarlett is the little baby with no eyes.

Oh…and yeah, that’s me behind them screaming at them to finish their porridge…

Huh?

I digress.

Quick post today and I bet you’ll never guess why…

Okay, so maybe the title does give it away (as always), but still…

So I received the edits from my publisher last night! The last and final edits. This is it people! I go through word by word to ensure that it’s exactly how I want it while fixing the few spots where she pointed out weaknesses in the plot. I am thrilled and anxious as this long-awaited dream finally becomes realized.

Woot!

When I finish this last sprint, she will format it and then voila, Born in Flames will be published!

Also, I’ve spent the past couple of days working on my book trailer that is now about 95% done. The last hurdle I’ve run into is finding usable music that won’t get me in trouble and won’t cost an arm and a leg. I’m sure I will be blogging about the process once I wrap it up.

And that about sums it up folks! I’m not sure when I will be blogging again since I am diving right into these edits as you read this. They need my complete and full attention. Wish me luck!

No questions for today (I know…shocker) so, Echelon out ♥

A Nomination and a Book Trailer ♥

 Hello once again Readers!!! Exciting news for this blogger/writer!

First thing’s first, that’s me over there <–, in case you were wondering.  And that’s what my morning usually consists of. My faithful dog, Lily, snuggled up against me, and my Kindle Fire allowing me to read other fellow bloggers (and an occassional book or two). All while falling into the sink hole of my couch.

But I digress.

So, what’s the exciting news?  Let’s start with the nomination and save the really good stuff for last…(muhahaha). Andrew Toynbee, a very excellent blogger, has been nominated for the One Lovely Blogger Award.

Round of applause, please!!!

And like a lot of these awards, you are to pass on what you have been bestowed. Sharing is caring. That being said, I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the 15! Woohoo!

Onward to the rules!

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you with a link to the site.
2. Write seven things about yourself that other bloggers don’t know
3. Nominate fifteen other deserving blogs.

Okay, once again, thank you oh so much Andrew for the mention. It really means a lot!! Readers, you should check him out!  Now for the seven things…

1. I enjoy sweeping. It’s a form of zen.

2. Drink of choice, whiskey and coke. Nothing more nothing less.

3. At my old job, I had to park in the same row every day, otherwise I felt my whole day would be screwed. Grrr.

4. I tend to snort when I laugh, and in extreme cases, if the joke is really funny, I fall to the ground.

5. I danced for a good 15 years of my life.

6. Both my children were born via C-section. Why? Because my son (first-born) was a whopping 9lb 6oz. Yeah, I know.

7. I have a huge heart and always try to see the best in people. Sometimes it backfires, but there’s never a regret. (Awwww)

Now for nominations:

Sonya Loveday (Welcome to the blog-o-sphere Bestie!) * Michelle Proulx (because I think you’re awesome) * James Calbraith (because your interview and book are awesome) * Elizabeth Guizzetti (Have faith, people will see your genius) * Austin Bishop (your topics are always interesting and insightful) * K.L Shwengel (because you make me laugh) * Debbie ( because I LOVE astrology).

I lost count…that’s all I have until I get to know more peeps. And I think I went a bit overkill on the use of AWESOME, but hey, it’s a fantastic and AWESOME word…:)

Now to wrap things up because this is taking a heck of a lot longer than I had planned and I’m sure you’re probably like, “Oh my gosh, really? Hurry up!” Or you’ve just skimmed through. Either way, thanks for stopping in.

I digress.

So starting tomorrow I will be taping my very own book trailer! I’m so excited about this! I have the scenes and music all scripted out, as well as the people playing my characters, so I’m ready to go! My cousin has a small production company in New Hampshire and they’ve agreed to help me with all the editing. So fingers crossed that it will all turn out the way I envision it! That’s it. That’s my other big news. I’ll keep you updated on how the whole process goes. It should be interesting to say the least…

Oh, and here I am dying of heat exhaustion earlier today while out for a jog.

Scary stuff…hehehe…

Now for a question: If you were on the brink of death by dehydration, hanging on by a mere thread, underneath the sweltering sun, what would you do for a glass of water?

Hmmmm…

As always, Echelon out ♥