Carrie Ryan’s new book, The Dead-tossed Waves, debuted yesterday. And there is this amazing book trailer here that makes me just want to rush out to buy the book. You can also see the book trailer for the first book here. So here’s some great info if you’re thinking about making a book trailer.
- First, watch book trailers on youtube. See what’s already been done. You should definitely look at books that are similar to yours.
- Look at movie trailers or music videos you enjoy. What feel are you going for? Carrie Ryan’s book is horror, and they really bring the feel out in the book.
- Now think about your book: are there some passages that stick out? What are some good scenes that would entice people to read? What do you tell people when you talk about your book? What motivates them to read it?
- You can choose between stills and video (if you want to go for other than something like a personal interview). Good programs for video editing are either iMovie or Final Cut Studio. In my experience, iMovie is a bit more user-friendly, though Final Cut offers more options.
- Now it’s time for soundtrack! Music is a great way to give your trailer feeling. It lets your audience know how to feel. Classic music is in public domain, and can be great mood music because it isn’t super distracting.
- If you don’t feel competent in making a book trailer (or don’t have the technology), hold a contest. Give away a copy of your book to the person who creates the best book trailer for you!
For a few more links to awesome book trailers, take a peep at the following:
I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
Wake by Lisa McMann
Gone by Michael Grant
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison