Tuesday, January 06, 2009

New Year New Book New Promo

There's talk today on the CWILL BC blog's Tuesday Tell-All about book trailers. My first and only experiment with making a book trailer is the one below -- an amateurish attempt at best. I was trying to find some shareware music for it, and stumbled over my iTunes copy of Melissa's song -- this will definitely have to change when I do a proper job, but for now, I kinda like the beginning strains...

I have a few other ideas up my sleeve -- going to start a new Facebook page for the heroine of my new series (her name is Darby Christopher), for one, and perhaps give Darby a new Twitter stream for another, since she's a techie kind of chick.

I'm working on these ideas now -- will post here when they are ready to go.



Jenny Graman Meyer said...

Lovely book trailer.

I'm sort of facinated by the concept of book trailers, although I haven't had a need to really look into it yet for myself ~g~.

I just found Windows Movie Maker on my PC over the holiday (free download). Wes was using it to make a stop-action LEGO film during break. For PC users, this may be an option(the Windows Movie Maker - not the LEGO Stop Action!). You can add music and transition between slides.

I know there are a lot of book trailers on You Tube. Just searching on that term produced this list: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=book+trailers&search_type=&aq=f

Okay - more than quite a few.

Can't wait for your new book. I didn't realize you were so close. Sara will be really excited. The Seeds of Time books have been floating around - she wrote a short story inspired by one of them, and last night was trying to find a passage to use for her Speech Class (a 3-minute segment of text). She ended up using something else, but it was fun to page through and be reminded of the stories. Lovely writing!

kc dyer said...

Thanks for the kind words, Jenny! I hope Sara gets an A!

As for the book trailer, I have a Mac, so I've been using Imovie. This particular one was made with an illustration I made with Comic Life first. Just messin', you know...


Julia at Orca Book said...

I am fascinated by book trailers... I was just sent this one which a young kid did for one of Eric Walters books. It is more of a book report but I love it..


kc dyer said...

Hi Julia,

I love Eric's books and his trailer ideas are amazing!


bluelilac said...

Thanks for posting your book trailer. It sounds like you had fun making it. I like the way you used the Comic Life to lay it down.
I am glad this question came up on CWILL this week. It made me give it a try and I am surprised at how much fun I had playing with my own computer software. I would never have thought of trying out a sound editor! I used Adobe Premiere Elements and Roxio Creator sound editing. It is rough and needs work but it is a beginning.

What fun!
Mary Jane Muir

kc dyer said...

I agree Mary Jane -- it's all about the fun!