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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

book trailers

Creating trailers for my books has become one of those things I generally do when I finish the rough draft. They help me write the blurbs, and I enjoy playing with images. If you have an interest in such, the ones I have created are at [Rainy Day Trailers] as well as on my Rain Trueax channels at YouTube. For reasons relating more to my lack of techie skills than a desire, I have two channels there with no idea how to merge them. This is the one with the most recent videos-- My YouTube Channel.

Because of discovering filters to use on photos, for the first time I put together the video with one of the apps. I like how besides looking like a painting, it gives the images a fantasy feel-- appropriate for a paranormal book where the 'other' side intrudes on what we consider the real world...



This following link takes you to it on YouTube if the embed is too slow. Much of how well videos work is dependent on the speed of someone's server. Mine varies in how effective it is. It can help to put it on pause and let it get ahead, in short, buffer. (My granddaughter taught me that one-- as often happens with techie stuff that they get far faster than I do).

If you haven't seen the videos for the first two in the Hemstreet Witches series, they are at: 
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Although I'd been creating nature videos, I didn't know until I began bringing out books that there was such a thing as a book trailer. I don't think they help  sales. I do them as a creative adjunct, using images I've put together, which inspire me when writing. I like sharing them with readers. Some writers pay actors to act out some of their scenes. Those are fun but not in my budget. 

The music is generally purchased from [JewelBeat] where I have collected a variety of different themes. You cannot use popular music without running into copyright infringements. YouTube is strict about that. JewelBeat gives the purchaser a license. I think they also have some free if you acknowledge its their music. I prefer owning them to not wonder if someday their policy will change. This keeps it simpler and I can reuse them if a new video needs that particular song. There are other sources for music but the only other one I have is from PurplePlanet, which can be free or by license. Of course, none of that matters if you only create videos with music for personal use.

One thing I was told early on was keep book trailers short-- a minute is best. When I put together photos from trips or like the recent Roses in the Rain, I think they can go longer.

6 comments:

Annie said...

Nice trailer. I like the idea of book trailers.

Rain Trueax said...

They are fun to create as are nature and family ones.

A Price to be Paid came out last night for anyone interested in checking out its blurb and reading a sample (with KU members reading it for free). A Price to be Paid. Paranormal with a lot of metaphysical elements, which I'll go into more on Saturday.

Tabor said...

So much work involved...more than just the hard part of writing!

Rain Trueax said...

They say and I believe them that it's half and half if you want to get your work seen. I tend to forget and don't know half of what others do out there. The business end is a big deal but that's true in all the arts IF you want it to be more than a hobby.

Brig said...

Interesting, I didn't realize there was such a thing. I was getting ready to get A Price to be Paid, and a friend sent the rough of her latest book for me to beta. Dang there just aren't enough hours in the day right now...
I will get to your book.

Rain Trueax said...

Thanks, Brig :)