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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Should you make your own book trailer?

Book trailers have become very popular important tools for both print and eBooks. I recently made a book trailer for my book Writing Historical Fiction: Advice for the Digital Age.  You can view it here.  For my book trailer, I used the free online tool Animoto.  My trailer used text rather than images, so it was fast to make, and I didn’t have to worry about getting permission to use copyrighted images. Since I uploaded the trailer to YouTube, I had to purchase a license for the music I used in the trailer so as not to violate copyright. (More about finding music and copyright free images in another blog.)  Although my trailer was easy to make and not very expensive, it is also not very professional looking.  Lesson learned: It might be better to hire a professional to make your book trailer. But if you want to make your own, check out models at http://www.booktrailersforreaders.com/.

Other free online tools for creating book trailers are Stupeflix, shwup, flextime and masher.

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