I envy the people I've talked to who put together a book trailer in a weekend. I've been working on mine off and on now for two weeks. First I didn't(and still don't) have all the photos or sufficient photos. And now, I'm working on paring down the wording. And quite possibly the biggest reason I'm having all this problem is my trailer isn't one book. I've decided to do the three Halsey brother books that are either published or contracted and as each one is finished add it to the trailer. So, I have two intro panes and then the first book cover and then two panes to entice about that book, the next cover and two panes, so you get the structure. No problem with that! LOL
I think I have enough photos for the three books, but it's paring down the descriptive words and making them coherent that is driving me crazy.
Once I get this all put together, I'll send it to my brother as he is willing to produce a little ditty to go with it.
Dring the EPICon I attended a pretty good class on how to make your own book trailer. These are some of the items that the speakers Adrianna Dane and Lindy Lamont shared with us.
1) Think about mood.
2) Hook reader, don't tell them everything
3) First scene needs to 'Pop".
4) Use power words to evoke emotion
5) Length 30 seconds to no longer than 2 minutes.
If you can take pictures, use those. If you go looking on the internet most places with the better photo images will charge you to use them. You will also have to pay a royalty to use music if you find it on the internet(why I've asked my talented brother to help me)
And when putting the trailer together- be sure you give credit to everyone who contributed to the trailer. ie: photos, cover artist, music and the most important thing- Make sure your web site and where the book can be purchased are on the trailer. Preferably the last thing the viewer sees.
Have you watched a blog? If so did it make you interested in the book or wonder about the book? Or was it a poorly done trailer that left you scratching you head? In other words, am I wasting my time?