On Making Book Trailers

I'm absolutely in love with some book trailers I've recently discovered. I'd love for you to see them! After the jump, I've posted some links to sites with good instructions for making your own book trailer, something I'm going to try for The Summer of Moonlight Secrets.

The first two trailers were created by Maggie Stiefvater. The amazing thing about Maggie's trailers is that she created the art, composed the music, and played the instruments for both videos. Even if there were no books to stand behind them, these trailers are pieces of art.

SHIVER by Maggie Stiefvater YA novel

BALLAD by Maggie Stiefvater YA novel

SOME GIRLS ARE by Courtney Summers YA novel (attitude and mood!)

Here are a few links I found that have a lot of good information on how to use Windows Movie Maker, where to find photos, music, and even videos.

Author Jill Elizabeth Nelson gives step-by-step instructions in this easy to understand post.

Megan Crewe provides lots of information, including plenty of links for images and music.

Lynnette Bonner posted a series on how she made her book trailer. Scroll to the bottom to start from the beginning of the series.

Courtney Summers guest posted on Summer Friend and gave us the how-to.

Enjoy and good luck!


Stephen Parrish said...

I haven't yet clicked on the links (it's past my bedtime!), but this is a very timely post, thanks.

Charles Gramlich said...

I know I'm an old fogey but I absolutely hate book trailers. I've never seen one that made me want to buy the book and quite often have been absolutely turned off by the trailer. Like, I say, I'm an old fogey and probably nearly everyone in the world other than I would have a different reaction to them. But for me, there is a reason I read books, and at least part of it is because they are not movies and TV. Anything that smacks of movies and TV where books are concerned gives me an automatic negative reaction, like a case of hives. I do not want my own visualization of the book to be ruined by someone else's visualization. I don't want their sense of drama to overwhelm my own.

Like I said, :) don't go by me, though. Most people feel differently, but I yam what I yam.

courtney summers said...

Aww, thanks for showcasing SGA's trailer, Danette. You rock. Writing that guest blog on book trailers for Summer Friend was really fun. :) Good times, good times!

Lynnette Bonner said...

Hey, just dropping by to say thanks for linking to my articles on book trailers. Hope they will be helpful to your readers. :)

Love your cover and congrats on being the catalog cover feature - that's awesome!