I got the first big thing off my horribly long to-do list today: I MADE A BOOK TRAILER!
Sorry about the yelling, but I’m ridiculously proud of myself, even though it was super easy. Anyway, here’s my major accomplishment for the week, my trailer for The Pendragon Chronicles series:
What inspired me to finally get this done was that I’m going to be having a Kindle Spotlight for Shadow of Stone in a couple of weeks, and one of the things they ask for is a link to your book trailer, if you have one.
Then – serendipity – a discussion popped up on the Kindle Boards on resouces for doing book trailers, and someone mentioned Animoto, which I had never heard of before. I’d messed with the free slide show thingie that comes with Windows, had saved all kinds of discussions about freeware that could be used for book trailers, but it all made me feel kinda overwhelmed. Where to get video clips, so it isn’t all horribly static? Would it really be worth it to buy them from iStock or elsewhere? How to decide what kinds of effects to use?
But Animoto, I learned, has styles and clips and stock photos that you can use to create your video — and it’s easy as pie. (Which isn’t all that easy, but that’s another matter.)
So yesterday I signed up for the free version of Animoto. Free membership only allows you to create a 30 second video which can’t be downloaded. Played with it for an hour and showed the result to the hubbie, and he agreed that it looked surprisingly good. Today I paid the five bucks for a one month subscription and made the video above.
A lot of the images are stock I downloaded last fall when I had a one month subscription to Shutterstock (quite an investment, but worth it). The video clip is from Animoto. I would have loved some stampeding medieval warriors, but unfortunately, they didn’t have that.
I didn’t spend ALL my free time on this — I’m also four chapters into the read through of Chameleon in a Mirror — but it’s surprising how much time such a project can eat up, even when it is super simple. 🙂
Let me know what you think. I can easily change the video and upload it again, oh joy. *g*