Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Making of a Book Trailer ~ Day 3

View the first two articles in this series here: The Making of a Book Trailer ~ Day 1
and The Making of a Book Trailer ~ Day 2
Okay, so you have your pictures and have a pretty good idea of where you are headed.

Now, I suggest that you sit down and write out the short synopsis of your book that you will use in making the trailer. Remember to keep it short! Your trailer should not exceed 3 minutes in length.

What is the tone of your novel? If it is humorous, try to highlight that in your synopsis. If it is literary then stay in that genre. In other words, no comedic trailers for a book with a serious tone and vsv.

You will need music to match the tone you want to set. Music, again, is many times copyrighted. But many pieces are licensed under various creative commons laws. Please be sure you look at the CC license of each piece, as some are not licensed for commercial use. That being said, here are a few sites that offer free music and/or sound bites. Also check out Stonewashed and Incompetech which both have some great music. Another site I found in my web-wanderings is: Also, thanks again to Cindy for pointing out If you come across any other sites that offer free music, please feel free to post a comment.

So, write your synopsis and download your music (to the same folder as you downloaded your pictures earlier) and next time we’ll put it all together.

The Making of a Book Trailer ~ Finishing Up
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