I love book trailers! As a reader, I enjoy watching them. They can give me a feel for the genre, tone, and theme of a book. Really good book trailers can hook me, just like the first page or back cover blurb of a well-written story.
As an author, I love making them. Authors are always thinking of creative ways to find their readers. We create promotional images to post all over social media. We write blogs–like this one–and have contests or give talks. And some of us make book trailers too!
When I make a book trailer, I begin by pulling out important elements and symbols from my story. Then I search for images and music and brainstorm phrases that can best convey mood and theme. To put it all together, sometimes I use Animoto because they have premade styles. You simply add your pictures and text. But I would also like to have more control over my video. I haven’t found the perfect video maker yet.
If you make book trailers, please share in the comments what program you use. And tell me why you like it.
Several books at Catholic Teen Books have book trailers, including mine. You can check them all out by clicking on the links below. Enjoy!
Rightfully Ours by Carolyn Astfalk
8 Notes to a Nobody by Cynthia Toney
Treachery and Truth by Katy Huth Jones
I am Margaret by Corina Turner
Books by Amy Cattapan
Books by Leslea Wahl
Books by Theresa Linden
- Roland West, Loner
- Life-Changing Love
- Battle for His Soul
- Chasing Liberty
- Testing Liberty
- Fight for Liberty