History and purpose[ edit ] Novelization of chapter 8 of the film series Les Vampires —
Wanderer and storyteller, wise, half-blind, with a wonderful horse. On Tuesday of last week, Elisabeth, my very energetic marketing assistant at Palgrave Macmillan, sent me a message that set fireworks off in my head.
The official publication date of Song of the Vikings is October 30, and we had been working hard to get the word out. Back in May, when the final editing was being done on Song of the Vikings, I thought how fun it would be to go to Iceland in the summer and make a video for a book trailer.
We used magnetic tape on big inch reels, razor blades, and splicing tape. There was a cool little tray attached to the reel-to-reel deck that flipped down.
You listened to the tape, rocking it back and forth until you found exactly the words you wanted to edit out. A script popped out of my head the next morning. Much too long, of course, but it was something.
I thought maybe Stan had some video in the can that would work. But how would he send it to me? How would I edit it or do the voice-over? He insisted I could figure it out. I kept seeing my photos of Iceland playing like a film in my head.
Yes, I had Garage Band on my computer too. Step by simple step, Mrs. Squires taught me how to start a project in iMovie and how to drop in my still photos and make them look like video. She taught me how to record my voice-over in Garage Band and how to import it into iMovie.
She taught me how to add titles, even background music and where to find free jingles. She did not tell me how to add the video I eventually did shoot in Photo Booth I will not reveal the number of takes it took. That is the mark of a true teacher. Her videos were clear, simple, and fun.
She just walked me through the steps to make a book trailer. She even showed me how to fix a mistake—by making one herself. I really could make a book trailer. The fact that Mrs.
Squires was explaining a classroom assignment to Middle School students helped. It is so comforting to be allowed to go back to Middle School when we need to. Learn more at nancymariebrown.A good book promo video can go viral and help your book reach new audiences, but a bad one may do the opposite.
Here are some key considerations and steps to successfully produce and distribute a book trailer that sells your book.
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1. Erase from your mind the ambition to make a movie trailer. The result will inevitably look amateurish (even if you enlist the help of your nephew who majored in film).
You have to aim for an attainable aesthetic. The nature of this aesthetic will depend on your book, your audience, and the skill. There are three formatting options when writing a book trailer script: timeline, storyboard and screenplay.
Each have strengths, limitations and complexities. Timeline is the most simple and useful during the early phases of writing. In most cases, writing for the ear is more informal than writing to be read. You may find that it improves your style if you imagine that you are speaking to someone while you are writing.
When you write like you speak, you will naturally use smaller words, a more conversational tone and shorter sentences (discussed below).