Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A Fun Approach to Book Videos by Patricia Beal

As a debut author and video-phobic, I did a lot of reading before producing my book trailer.

I ended up using a variety of ideas to come up with something that was simple to make and that conveyed the idea of the novel.

Maybe a book trailer is something you’ve always wanted to make but was too intimidated to try. I want to share my approach with you. It might be helpful or spark an even better idea. Here goes.

I used Animoto.com because I like their music selection and because you can remove their logo if you subscribe. I’d also seen some of their videos in publishers’ pages. If you have iMovie I guess you have more options, but I don’t.

For the content of the video, instead of trying to talk about the story as a whole, I tried to isolate a central theme that represents a universal struggle.

Why? Because in most advice blog posts I read, people urged writers to make the video about the reader, and a good way to do that is to offer a solution to their problems.

The best part? By using that approach, you don’t really have to say, “buy my book” because chances are you planted that desire in the reader’s heart with your theme/need approach.

Here’s the video I came up with. I used the word “produced” earlier, but I had to laugh. I don’t think I know enough about videos to “produce” anything.



What do you think? Do you think this works? Feel free to ask me anything you want. There’s no question too silly. This is me you’re talking to… video-challenged.

How challenged? The little video clip at the beginning was shot with my phone, shared on Facebook, saved to my computer, and then uploaded to Animoto. That’s’ how clueless I am with all this. Ask away…

Love y’all!

If you've created book trailers, have you tried this approach? If you're a reader, what type of content in a book trailer appeals to you?


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Patricia Beal is from Brazil and fell in love with the English language while washing dishes at a McDonald's in Indianapolis. She put herself through college working at a BP gas station and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Cincinnati with a B.A. in English Literature. She’s a 2015 Genesis semi-finalist and First Impressions finalist. A Season to Dance is her debut novel (May 2017).

11 comments:

  1. My apologies to Patricia and the early readers today. The video didn't embed correctly, but it's working now. :)

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    1. No worries. Looks great, Sandra! Thank you for having me here :)

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    2. It's our pleasure, Patricia. Great video!

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  2. Hi Patricia! LOVED your video. I think you captured your theme beautifully. :)

    Thanks for sharing your insight about the process. I've made several for my FB page (using the musical selections they provide) and then uploading my photos to coordinate with the music. Wouldn't have a clue about trailers...but I know who to come to now when I help one day. :)

    Continued blessings on your journey!

    Thanks, Sandra! Enjoyed this!

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    1. Glad you found it helpful, Cynthia. I'll have to check out your FB videos. They sound like fun!

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    2. I'm going to check them out, too, Sandra!

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    3. Hi Cynthia! How fun to see you here. Thank you for embracing me and the debut and for the kind words :)

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  3. Patricia, thanks for sharing your book trailer. I haven't created any myself yet, but it may be something I'll do in the future. It was helpful to read about your approach.

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    1. Oh, good! Feel free to reach out if you have questions when you get to it :)

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  4. Patricia, congratulations on the Genesis semi-finalist and First Impressions finalist results!
    I've toyed with book trailers but right now I'm having difficulty simply trying to find time to write and tweet! I'm bookmarking this though for future reference.

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    1. Let me know if you have any questions when you get to it. Thank you for the kind words. If the journey seems overwhelming, I highly recommend reading The Story of With by Allen Arnold :)

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