Take 1, 2, 3…My Take On
Creating Book Trailers
By A.M. Wells
I once heard a visiting preacher remark, ‘You don’t have to eat the whole hog to know that you’ve eaten pork.’ It is with that thought in mind that I now present my take on creating book trailers.
Take One: It all begins with the music. Not only can the right piece of music set the tone for a book trailer but it will also draw the viewer in. The book trailer below is one I created for F.D. Davis’s latest book in the Adam Omega series, Lest Ye Be Judged. To illustrate my point, first watch the trailer with the volume turned off. Then replay this time with the volume turned up.
You’ve now watched the trailer without and with sound, if you’re feeling a bit creeped out, relax. Take a deep breath, that’s it, and exhale. Better? Good, mission accomplished.
Take Two: Keep it simple. Translation, the book trailer will serves as a marketing tool for your book. Using images, text, and music, the goal should be to give the viewer a small taste of what lies within the pages of your book. That will in turn peak their interest enough to garner sales. Lisa G. Riley’s latest book, Do Me Right, I feel accomplishes that as well as turning up the heat.
The old showbiz adage ‘Always Leave Them Wanting More,’ should be remembered when applying this guideline, which ties in perfectly with my next and final take.
Take Three: Less is more than enough. It took me a minute to catch on to the fact that I didn’t have to tell the entire story to sell the book to the viewer. Case in point, the book trailer that I created for my debut release, Susanna’s Heart, takes the elements previously mentioned along with visual imagery, that when combined do not overwhelm the viewer, but pulls them in and holds their attention.
In case you’re wondering. Yes, length does matter. So keep it short, one to two minutes is more than enough time to get your message across. Don’t inundate your trailer with too many images. However, do choose images that you feel reflect the book’s storyline.
So there you have it. I hope I’ve served to enlighten, entertained, and maybe even inspire you with my take on creating book trailers.
And cut, print, that’s a wrap folks,
A.M., thank you for joining us. I know I will be trying these techniques right now. Creating trailers always seems like such a daunting task. Thank you for sharing.
About A.M. Wells
A.M. Wells resides in a small North Georgia town with her husband of over twenty years. The mother of three adult children, she is currently employed as a Computer Specialist with the local college. In addition to writing she is an artist, web designer, graphic artist, and has produced several book trailers. An avid reader since childhood, she began writing four years ago. Susanna’s Heart is her first published work, http://redrosepublishing.com/bookstore/product_info.php?products_id=780.
Susanna Moore thought she’d found the man of her dreams. That is until she caught him in bed with her sister.
Rancher Noah Weber vowed to never involve his heart again when it came to women. However after a chance encounter with Susanna, dormant desires are reignited leading to full blown passion.
Does time really heal all wounds? Can lust lead to love? Will these two lovers find their happily ever after?
By the time he got back to the master bedroom, the bed was empty. Susanna’s discarded clothes lay on the floor…like bread crumbs. He followed them into the master bath. There he found her immersed in the claw-foot tub. Her eyes were closed and her head rested on a thick towel. He followed the long, smooth column of her throat to bare shoulders floating above bubbles.
Good manners dictated he leave now, as graciously as possible. However, he couldn’t seem to get his feet to move or his eyes to stop staring. She looked so enticing. The rapid pounding of his heart roared in his ears. What the hell am I doing here?
“Stop staring, Noah, it’s impolite.” Susanna inclined her head. My, my, he is one tall drink of water. Her eyes now drank in every inch of him, from head to booted feet. In a husky voice she didn’t recognize as her own, she said, “You felt it, too?”
She moved to the edge of the tub. “I could think of lots of reasons why this is a bad idea, but not now…later, maybe. I want you, Noah, right here, right now.” For too long, hate had fueled her emotions, leaving her bitter and angry. In Noah’s arms, the desire to feel a man’s touch was reborn. If only for this moment, she wanted to know this man in the most intimate of ways.
Her lips tilted up sensuously as she held out her hand, beckoning him. “There’s plenty of room. Join me.”
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