Think it's impossible for you to make your own book trailer. Well, think again. If I can do it, anybody can do it! Besides, it's fun and easy once you get the hang of it. First, what is a book trailer? A book trailer is a video advertisement of a book, also referred to as a book video, and a book teaser. It can be acted out, full production trailers, flash videos, animations, simple still photos set to music with text conveying a story. I created mine using still photos set to music.
Book trailers, book videos, book teasers, you name it, is one of the fastest growing, powerful trends in promoting books by way of the Internet. Of course, the cheapest and easiest way to reach your target audience and generate sales via video-sharing sites, websites, blogs, social networking sites and book related sites. Guess what, it cost me nothing to do it! That's right! I paid not one red cent to have it done. I did it myself.
With the help of a few simple software applications, all you are doing is dragging and dropping images related to your book and story line into the software's story timeline. Then you will add video effects and transitions, and lastly music or sound effects.
Ready, Set, Go!
This is how you get started. First, go to YouTube, or any of the other distribution channels (video-sharing sites) listed below, type in "book trailers" and observe other trailers on these sites before creating your own. This will give you a feel for what you may want in yours. Better yet, check out my book trailer. Or, view it below.
Next, decide on what software you will use. You may use the following software to create your booktrailer.
I created mine using Windows Movie Maker. I will only refer to Windows Movie Maker in this article. So, do me a favor. Go to your desktop and click on start at the bottom of your computer and then click on Programs. Kabaam! Movie Maker should already be installed on your computer. If not, then you may download it, as well as Photostory for free! Yippee! That's a glorious word, uh? Free. Both of these programs are Microsoft products. God bless Microsoft. The only thing about using Photoshow and Jumpcut is their logo will follow your trailer wherever it goes.
Now that you have the product, go ahead and familiarize yourself with it. Windows Movie Maker comes packaged with very easy instructions for making your booktrailer, under movie making tips. Read it thoroughly. Play with it using a few pics from your computer hard drive. Once, you've done that, have some idea in mind for a storyline for your book, write it out, then find some graphics, or images that fits your story. Create a story line that will arouse your audience interest to buy. In addition, please, please make sure the graphics you choose are not copyrighted. I created two of the images in my trailer, "the exploding religion clip" and "the collage of technology clip," using Microsoft Publisher. What a miracle!
Below are a few places you can visit for royalty free stock images; however, you may type "royalty free images" into your search engine and a string of them will pop up. Have fun!
- Microsoft Office
- Morgue File
- Wikimedia Commons
Adding Music and Sound
After you've done the above, you can now add your music, or sound. The same rule that applies to graphics also applies to music, make sure the music you choose is not copyrighted, or make sure you have permission to use it. I found free sound clips at:
You may find some by going to your search engine and typing in "royalty free music" or "free audio clips" or "royalty free sound clips." You can save them to your music folder. Royalty free is the key to keep you safe from copyright infringement.
Promoting to Distribution Channels
Now, the most exciting moment ever has now come for you to put your baby out there for the world to see and my, oh my, aren't there many avenues available to promote your trailer. There are myriad of places for you to distribute your book trailer. You may upload it on your own website, or blog, video sharing sites, social networking sites, and even in your email signature. Video size is limited to 100 MB on most video-sharing sites. My video size turned out 9.72 MB. Below are just a few places to get started. I set a goal to submit my trailer to at least one distribution outlet a day, although I usually end up submitting more than one a day.
- Daily Motion
- Yahoo Video
- Google Video
- Book Trailers
- TubeMogul -Oneload video distribution simplified
Now take a deep breath and tell yourself, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me and awards me with the ability to create my own book trailer."Congratulations! You just saved yourself anywhere from $200 to thousands of dollars just by creating your own book trailer!
Book Trailer Sample #1
Book Trailer Sample #2
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Kimberly J (author) from Lovely USA on July 11, 2014:
your welcome lawdoctorlee, glad I could be of help to your venture!
Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD from New York, NY on April 13, 2014:
OMG...thank you so very much for writing this hub! This is exactly where I am in promoting my book :) Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Kimberly J (author) from Lovely USA on January 01, 2014:
You're welcome Justin, how sweet and thank you. Glad my hub was helpful for you. Nice video!
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Justine on January 01, 2014:
Thanks for this information. Just created my first book trailer and noted you in the credits :-)
Hugo Furst from Australia on November 26, 2013:
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autumn on November 06, 2013:
Thank You so much! This is a very helpful article. I refer back to this anytime I need the links...all in one place. It makes my time on the internet a little more manageable. Thanks again.
Levy Tate from California, USA on November 04, 2013:
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wilforbis on October 29, 2013:
If anyone is looking for free book trailer music, I have made a selection of my instrumentals available. Many of these tunes would be good for suspense, horror, sci-fi and crime related stories. As I mention on the page, I'm willing to do basic tweaks (cutting out an instrument, etc.) for free too. Check them out here: https://soundcloud.com/wil-forbis/sets/book-traile...
Jenue on August 06, 2013:
Thanks so much, this was really helpful. Take a look at my book trailer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=587Z_yFh1jA
Kimberly J (author) from Lovely USA on July 08, 2013:
Thanks for all the comments everyone and for sharing! God Bless!
Jazzykim on July 08, 2013:
This is so helpful. My book self-publish book is coming out late summer, I can start working on this now.
tin2tin on May 27, 2013:
My eBook trailer example done with freeware and uploaded to youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yx3QzSPqr4U
It is created in DVD slideshow GUI(open source freeware):
C. M Donaldson on May 20, 2013:
I'm so pleased with the easy step by step instructions. I just needed to know one thing. How easy is it to change the movie if when you've uploaded it you notice there's a typo. Do you have to delete the old video and upload a new one or can changes be easily made to the original without having to delete - maybe there's an edit button. Thanks for the tips.
kashavera on March 07, 2013:
Thank you so much for your hub. I have been published for a while but since I live and work in rural America, money is scarce and so publicity is just a dream. lol. I will follow your instructions step by step. I have a Vaio Movie story as well as the windows. I will try both and see which ones I like. Once again, thank you so much! :)
Lydia on January 31, 2013:
Thank you for your encouragement. God bless you for sharing your knowledge, not many people do.
Amy on January 17, 2013:
Wow! Thank you SO MUCH! You just walked me through my first ever book trailer creation - now to make 3 more! You rock!
Manuel on December 14, 2012:
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kaitlyn 909 on November 26, 2012:
i really liked making my own trailer and i'm only nine hi everyone
Clippingimages on September 27, 2012:
Great job on this! You made something that is usually pretty confusing very simple and easy to understand. I LOVE your tutorials!
Kyrstin on September 08, 2012:
i wanna make a book
a girl on August 21, 2012:
'sigh' microsoft wont download! ugh...
David Nelson on August 04, 2012:
I went to Fotolia and found photos priced as 'small' and then increasing in size. Will the small size fill my screnn for my trailer or do i need to increse the size of each. Thanks
tom on August 03, 2012:
this is a very good example of a book trailer/
secret on July 30, 2012:
I am SO silly. I just discovered that when you copy the image onto a word document or something, then the logo doesn't follow it. It's only on the image when you view it on the website. They aren't actually copyright. Thank you for the advice anyway!
Kimberly J (author) from Lovely USA on July 28, 2012:
Secret, I strongly advise against using copyright material unless you've paid for them. Dreamstime and Fotolia have a section where you can download limited images for free. Sometimes you can find coupon codes on line doing a Google search. (Shutter Stock Coupon Code, Dreamstime Coupon Codes) Hope this helps!!!
secret on July 28, 2012:
You make everything easy to understand! Thanks! Some of the websites have their logos on the images. Is there a way to get rid of them?
Irene on July 06, 2012:
Thanks! I was so frustrated. I am a total clutz at technology and you made it easy. I was ready to give up the ghost. I have finished my second novella and its obvious that a person has to get out there in the social media to get anywhere! Now I believe I can do this! You are a gift...
Aleeza on June 17, 2012:
Thanks for doing this :) I have now created an awesome trailer all by myself :)
Proctor Karen from Miami, Florida on June 17, 2012:
Thanks, I knew that I could do and you confirmed it too.
myra on May 25, 2012:
generosityofstrangers.com on May 13, 2012:
Extremely helpful, Kimberly...I've just put together my first draft trailer...Next step...promote to You Tube, etc..I'm excited...thanks for rolling out this primer...
Emelia Mosima on April 14, 2012:
Hi Kimberly, i think your book trailer is great. i am gonna try making my own. thanks for the valuable info.
Heather @ CSAHM on March 06, 2012:
I just created my first eBook trailer. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial. Following this article I completed my trailer in one day!
Here is my eBook trailer I made while following this tutorial:
Kimberly J (author) from Lovely USA on March 02, 2012:
Imani, you're welcome. Awesome trailer you created. Yeah to God who gives us creative ability!
Imani on March 02, 2012:
Thanks for your help. You are a blessed Lady!
Here is the eBook trailer you helped me create: http://youtu.be/LcAfLYzyjGA
Kimberly J (author) from Lovely USA on February 20, 2012:
It is truly wonderful to see how this article has been a great help and blessing to all of you. I wish you all the best in all of your endeavors. Kingdom Elect Lady
Ruby H. on February 06, 2012:
Victoria on January 19, 2012:
Thank you!! This helped me soooo much!!
Joseph on January 12, 2012:
Good article. I have a video on making your own book trailer. Good Luck.
Author Lisa Eve on December 14, 2011:
You are the best! I was searching different companies in regards to a video trailer to promote my newly published book and I couldn't seem to get what I wanted in regards to sound and images. This way I can play around with it a bit. Thank You for your clear and concise instructions!http://www.authorliseve.com
Tamra Torero on December 06, 2011:
This article was so helpful. With this information I was able to make my book trailer in just a few days. Here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8sQcKW-3_E .
Leona J Atkinson from Oregon, USA on October 21, 2011:
Thanks so much for your very easy to understand and informative article! I just published my first book and was wondering how to create a trailer for it. When I did an online search your article popped up. I am a fellow Hubber too, so I am glad I found what I was looking for on Hubpages.
VBY on August 16, 2011:
LOTS OF HELP I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW HOW TO MAKE A BOOK TRAILER UNTIL KNOW
sam on July 06, 2011:
I m going 2 jr hi & nd 2 mk ths fr a project thnks a mlln~
MM on June 02, 2011:
I love you and your desire to help! God bless you much~
Raquel Byrnes on January 28, 2011:
This was really encouraging. Thank you for the links too. I didn't know where to start. You made this whole trailer thing seem doable. =)
words2inspire on January 14, 2011:
Awesome hub! I wrote a book and this is great information to help me take it to the next level. thanks and blessings
TracyC99 from Texas on November 17, 2010:
Noorhan on August 13, 2010:
This article was really good. I was able to create a very good trailer.
Thanks a lot.
jordan on June 03, 2010:
i think making a book trailer would me cool but if it get publishes i dont want to be famous i just want to create a book called why me so kids can understand that everything happens to them for a reason
emily placido from West Palm Beach, Florida on May 17, 2010:
I am in the process of making my own book trailer. I found a few artices on the topic, but this one is the clearest and easiest one to follow. Thanks, thanks, thanks for your help!!!
Lyn on May 04, 2010:
Just wanted to say "Thank You" for making and creating this site you were very clear on your directions and encouraging every step of the way. Many Blessings to you for sharing your undeniable gift of teaching others.
erik on March 27, 2010:
Were giving away , very high quality background music / royalty free music absolutely free
im sure you can find something for any video book trailer project
Sandye on March 02, 2010:
This has been a wonderful help..True Divine Intervention! Thank You!
Sandye and Arthur
Carl Selby on October 30, 2009:
Thank you so much for this site!
I was considering paying a production company to create a Book Trailer for me, but I stumbled upon your site just in time!
I created my first edit using Windows Movie Maker, which I taught myself to use in about 30 minutes. Images were from http://photobucket.com/ and were copywrite-free. The music was from http://ccmixter.org/ licensed for non-commercial use under the creative commons license. I simply emailed the composer and asked to use it in a commercial setting (Book Trailer). He gave me his blessings within 24 hours. Sound effects were from http://www.soundsnap.com/ They give you 5 free samples a month.
So please check out http://www.carlselby.wordpress.com and let me know what you think.
bambi on October 03, 2009:
i didn't even know about book trailers until today, i was looking in to self publishing and they charge up the wazoo! Thank you so so much, it is very kind of you to put this out there for us poor but talented invididuals who have the pleasure of doing things the long and hard way (but of course more rewarding way)!Have a wonderful day
DHB on February 27, 2009:
Thank you so much for your short, to the point instructions, Just one question, how did you get the font in?
LilKat on January 19, 2009:
I'm in the process of making my first book trailer and these instructions are very clear and helpful. Thank you!