WOW!! What an amazing week! I actually completed my very first book trailer and it only took me 2.5 days. 1.5 to put together and the other day to "tweak" it. :-)
Quite honestly, finding the appropriate pictures was the hardest part. When you search for pictures (and I looked for "free" pics), there are sooo many options. It's very fun, but also very time consuming. But well worth it in the end.
But I'm getting ahead of myself. The first step I took was to write out a brief (and I mean brief) summary of what happened in my book. Now, if you've seen a trailer before, they really contain catchy sentences that reflect the tone of your story as well as tell us what is going on. So I had to think of the hook - that was what I wanted the first slide to be - you know, to draw the viewer in. Then I introduced my characters and how they related to the storyline. I needed a slide that showed the turning point, and one to show its effect on the main characters. I also needed another one corresponding to a subplot and it's effect on everyone. A slide designated the climax of the story and then one for the ending hook! And there it was...my masterpiece!
NOW...I can hear you all asking where is it? Let's see it? and you will. First I need to talk about "issues". I learned that in order to include music there needs to be written permission from all those involved - unless the music is your original work. I had included music from a local band and emailed them asking permission to use their song with my trailer - and I even included the trailer for them to preview. NOT GOOD ENOUGH. I realize the importance of this (in hindsight) because there are more people involved than just the band/singers. I'm not making any profit from this book trailer, but we all need to remember to protect ALL PARTIES INVOLVED. Sure, it may be all good now. But what happens down the road if this book were to become a NYT Best Seller? What if there were movie rights involved? (yes, I know, I'm getting waaay far ahead of myself, but a girl can dream right?) All of a sudden, my story is a huge deal and now the kind folks who let me use their song want a piece of the action. Now, that might not happen and I'm not insinuating anything bad about the band because I think these guys are fantastic and I love, love LOVE their music. But when money is involved....well....we all know how people can get. So...I received some sound advice, and until I (or you, or anyone who is thinking of putting together a book trailer and using music NOT licensed and original to them) puts together a small, informational, specific, LEGAL document signed by all parties/their representatives (and not electronic signatures either), then I need to remove my trailer (or at least the musical portion) from where I have it resting on YouTube (because the file was too large to email). Boo. :-( I'm a little sad because if you all heard the song, it just fits beautifully! But I do understand, and I don't want repercussions in the future for any reason (even if I don't become a NYT Bestseller).
Just remember to protect yourself and everyone involved. sometimes, as in my case, you think you're doing a great job and covering your bases - but there's more to it. Don't be afraid to dig deep and find out the facts. Get your feet wet and get informed!!
Now, for your viewing enjoyment....Here is my trailer (sans music) for my romantic suspense, TWIST OF FATE:
Have a great weekend everyone!