Guest Author, D.M. Sears: How to Make a Book Trailer

Welcome today to guest author D.M. Sears, who is here to discuss making a book trailer using Animoto.com!

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Hi everyone! I am relatively new to the author scene so I have been trying to find ways to promote my upcoming release efficiently and cheap. I am always searching author websites for book trailers, and I have found there are just not that many out there. People underestimate the effectiveness of a book trailer. I know I have purchased several books just off of a good trailer.

It can be a little scary at first trying to create one for yourself. Not to fear! I found a great website that can help you make as many as you want for…free! Yup, free, no cost to you. Now, they have other options to make longer videos, which unfortunately do cost, but doesn’t everything at some point? If you can keep your trailer in the 30 second mark, it is no cost.

First , you need to come up with some photos to use. Make sure they are royalty free! There are a lot of cool sites out there. Here are a few I use:
http://www.istockphoto.com
http://www.Shutterstock.com
http://www.gettyimages.com

Next, you will want to organize your photos and decide what kind of story you want to tell. I like tell small things about my characters to bring interests and connection to them.

Now you can go to http://www.animoto.com to begin creating your book trailer. It will have you create an account, do not worry, they don’t spam. Then it will bring you to a page where you will see a lot of video backgrounds. You can choose whichever you want and click “Create a free video”. You will then be sent to a page where you can upload all your images to the video.

Now comes the fun part. You can add text to the images directly, add pages of only text, etc. Once you have figured out the order for your photos and what you want to say, you are now able to add music. They have music already in their system that is free to use set up in genres. I prefer to upload my own music. I use a cool site that has royalty free music free to use:
http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/

You can search by feeling or tempo. Download any that tickles your fancy and you are ready to upload to your video.

At the top of your video screen, you can click on the song they have already assigned and upload your new music. Once that is complete, you can preview your video and edit some more. When you are happy with your trailer, you can publish it! They have a social bar so you can share the finished product to twitter, Facebook, and even load to youtube!

It is a great site for beginners! The best part about it, it has a tutorial to show you how to use it! Have fun!

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Now, check out D.M. Sears’ own book trailer for Eden’s Mark:

http://animoto.com/play/vAsD5zF4BQ92DaYa8Lr6bw

For more trailers, see D.M. Sears’ website: http://myrissaeden1.wix.com/ellethnyseries#

And while you’re thinking about trailers, take a look at my comments about making a book trailer, available on Fabulosity Reads: http://ow.ly/q8fCI

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About Eden’s Mark

Eden's Mark

After tonight, Eden would be forever different. The life she knew was in the past making way for a future unknown. Her destiny beckoned, Eden took a breath and walked into the portal away from childhood, away from her home.

Eden Arik was a typical teenager who lived the typical teenage life…until the pale eyes showed up in her dreams. The birthmark, Eden had always ignored, burned at the new nightmares, raising questions about her past. Eden finds out she is part witch and fairy that is destined to save a world she never knew existed that inhabits people far more than human. Her only solitude is the woods behind her house where she meets a mysterious stranger with steel eyes. With the help of her guardians, two unlikely shape shifters, and a vampire who can bring her to her knees with one glance, Eden goes on to search the secrets of her past, present, and future. Along her way to discovery, Eden comes across Circenn; her grandmother, consort to the Darkness and the evil magic he possess. Circenn will stop at nothing to bring Eden to the darkness so she can harness her granddaughter’s limitless power. Seduction, power, and death pave the way towards Eden’s destiny and the fate of Ellethny.

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About D.M. Sears

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I live in a small town in the Ozarks and am in my thirties. I was raised on a farm where we nursed every sort of creature that needed aid. Our pets ranged from groundhogs, raccoons, squirrels, geese, and a pot bellied pig named Pork-chop. We also had horses and the garden variety of dogs and cats. Needless to say my childhood was interesting!

My mother taught me the value of life as a youth whether human or animal. I am pleased to see my twelve year-old daughter has the knack for helping others as well. I spend my weeknights with my mother and daughter and with my friends and family on the weekends. During the day I am a director at an early childhood center for a church in my neighborhood write in my free time, which is sometimes slim to none!

I am so blessed to have the support I have within my family and friends. Without them I would not be able to write. My daughter is the key to my imaginative streak. Thanks to her wanting bedtime stories, I have been able to take those characters and create a whole world for them! Daughters are fantastic!

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