Writers Tricks of the Trade ISSUE 3, VOLUME 7 - Page 27

A NATOMY O F A B OOK T RAILER (C ONT ’ D ) And one other thing to consider. If you make it the series book trailer, then you don’t have to make new ones for each book. It’s just handy that my series is the same name as the first book in the series. Now I know not everyone can afford to have fresh footage shot, but you might be able to get some. And with a skilled videographer, you can get quite a bit done with stock footage combined with stills and a voice over. A video with stock footage, stock music, interspersed with stock photos, and with a voiceover actor should run you around $1200 to $1700, depending on the voiceover actor. Don’t skimp on this. This is another face of your book. If everything looks professional and flashy, it makes it that much more appealing to pick up your book in the bookstore. Take a look at the results: https://youtu.be/3LPfNQAIasc After watching the book trailer, not only do people say they gotta read that book, but a lot of people say that they want to see that TV show! Wouldn’t that be keen? And it’s that sort of comment that I’m really looking for in a book trailer. Jeri Westerson would love your further attention directed to her website, where there is an excerpt from the book, her Pinterest page, her Facebook and Twitter links, a 30 second version of the book trailer, and more about her and her books, at BOOKEoftheHIDDEN.com W RITERS ’ T RICKS OF THE T RADE P AGE 19 J ERI HAS GIVEN TALKS AROUND THE COUNTRY ABOUT THE M IDDLE A GES , DEMONSTRATING HER CACHE OF MEDIEVAL WEAPONRY . S HE HAS BEEN A FEATURED GUEST ON THE RADIO TALK SHOW W RITERS ON W RITING WITH HOST B ARBARA D E M ARCO -B ARRETT , ON “M Y A WESOME E MPIRE ” ON HER LOCAL NPR STATION , “KVCR- A RTS ” ON THE SAME LOCAL NPR STATION , A GUEST LECTURER AT THE B OWERS M USEUM IN S ANTA A NA , AT M T . S AN A NTONIO C OLLEGE IN W ALNUT , CA, AND AT S ANTA M ONICA C ITY C OLLEGE . F ALL 2017