Sunday, July 11, 2010

A Scattered Life ~ Book Trailer

The term "book trailer" was new to me two years ago, but since then I've viewed dozens and dozens of book trailers, mostly on author sites and Youtube.com. I'm not sure how valuable they are in terms of sales, but I found them intriguing and wanted one for A Scattered Life (due to be released August 10th!).

I knew the trailer for this novel would have to be character-based, since there are no paranormal plot elements in the storyline. No chase scenes or explosions either. This is a novel about people, told with humor, but also made up of some touching scenes. I wanted to convey all of that, but needed to do it in the space of thirty seconds to a minute. I also knew I'd be using still photos with text in between, and wanted to get the book title on the screen a few times, without being too obnoxious about it.

So I came up with a "script" and a list of images I needed, enlisted my husband to do some photography around town, bought some stock photos, and hired my daughter, the very skilled Maria, to do the rest. She used iMovie on a borrowed Mac, since she'd taken video production in high school and was familiar with that particular program. The iMovie program comes with royalty-free music, which was a bonus.

At times I sat next to Maria while she tried different effects, fonts and colors. I tried not to micro-manage (believe me, that was hard), and she said my feedback was helpful. The script turned out to be too long, and we scrapped part of it. In the end, the clip turned out to be just over a minute in length.

The idea of a book trailer is the same as a movie trailer--it doesn't have to tell you exactly what the book's about, it just has to set the tone and make you want to see more. Fingers crossed that this trailer does just that. :-)




A Scattered Life by Karen McQuestion
Publisher: AmazonEncore
Release date: Aug. 10, 2010

24 comments:

Anne R. Allen said...

I like it! And you have a blurb from Delia Ephron! (I guess you don't need a trailer to get that out there, but it's a plus.) You've given me a picture of what looks like my kind of book. Interesting characters and some humor. And it's vampire-free. I wanna read it!

Karen McQuestion said...

Whew, Anne, I can't tell you how relieved I am to read your comment! This is a new area for me, so I was a little nervous about putting it out there. :-)

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave your thoughts on the clip. I appreciate it.

Kippoe said...

It is one of the beat trailers i have seen for a book it really captures the mood of the characters and story.

Karen McQuestion said...

High praise especially coming from a film maker, Kipp Poe! Thank you.

Jacqueline T Lynch said...

Brava. Great job to you and your "production crew".

Karen Cantwell said...

Beautiful book trailer -- I love that you give the right amount of info about the book in a nice, short amount of time and still give us the "flavor" of the story. I love it! :-)

Karen McQuestion said...

I love that you called them my "production crew," Jacqueline! So true. Thanks for stopping by.

Karen, thanks for the kind words. We had a lot of fun making the trailer, and it's good to know it works.

Bill B said...

Ditto the previous comments! Plus, I think that it was kind of Maria to say that your feedback was helpful (I'm sure it was, I'm just sayin' that it was great that she told you!). ツ

What a great family project/business!

Pale Rambler said...

Watched it the other day and thought it was great. Good pacing, interesting teaser info, and fitting graphics. That said, a borrowed Mac? We're so Mac-dependent, we're only one step away from our poodle having her own iChat account. Don't know how anyone survives without one.

Keep up the great work!

Anonymous said...

Karen,

Just great! Really well done! I loved the picture referring to the mother-in-law. I think you should have this accompany you when you do book talks.

Sean McCartney
The Treasure Hunters Club
Secrets of the Magical Medallions

Liam Judge said...

Excellent trailer, it looks really professional. The Matt Damon reference at the end was pretty funny ha ha

Multi-Ainjo said...

This was great! I loved it. And on top of that, the Matt Damon quote at the end made me giggle. And made my husband give me his confused face.

Karen McQuestion said...

Bill, I was just honored that Maria let me help!

Someday you have to tell me how you do the diagonal smiley-thing in your comments. Unless it's top secret...

Pale Rambler, I have to confess that I've never used a Mac, although I know Mac people are fiercely loyal. My husband, though, has a preference for PCs,and since he's my IT guy, what he says goes. At least in that category. :-)

Sean, I'm going to email you about your suggestion to run the trailer at appearances. You have such a great marketing mind.

Thanks, Liam, for weighing in and for saying it looks professional. I'll make sure to pass that on to Maria (along with the other nice comments...).

And Multi-Ainjo, I'm glad you and Liam got the Matt Damon reference! I put that in mostly to amuse myself. My husband wasn't familiar with it at all, and I had to give him the update. My older son thought it was really funny and actually laughed when I told him. I figured I'd put it out there and people would either be amused or puzzled.

Tonya Kappes said...

Hi Karen! I wanted to stop by and say I loved hearing your story on NPR. I can totally relate b/c I (just like every writer) is going through everything you have. It's just always good to hear a great ending. You know the HEA!

Cheryl Kaye Tardif said...

Awesome book trailer, Karen. It's concise, engaging and definitely makes me want to read your book. I'm a trailer addict. I have them for most of my books.

I'm glad you stepped into the more techie world of book marketing. :-)

I'm also glad your book comes out 2 days before my birthday. I will treat myself!

Cheers and best wishes.

Cheryl Kaye Tardif,
bestselling author
www.cherylktardif.com

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Marcia Chadwick Moston said...

Good for you. Takes a bit of courage to dive into unfamiliar waters. Great that your enlisted family was such a support and did such a good job. I too particularly loved the shot of the mother-in-law.

Karen McQuestion said...

Hi Tonya, I know exactly what you mean about the HEA, and I'm all for it! I wish the same for all writers.

Cheryl, thanks in advance for buying my book. I like the idea that it will coincide with your birthday (your 29th?)...


Hello Marcia, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment! Someone else said they liked the MIL image too. Funny how a partial shot can convey so much.

Anne R. Allen said...

I've given you a link and a shout-out on my blog. Hoping great things for this book!

Karen McQuestion said...

Thanks, Anne! Great post, by the way, for writers, or anyone interested in new trends in ebooks.

Nana said...

I love it! I've been waiting for your book to come out. Hubby has a Kindle, but I still like the pages in my hand. You are inspiring!

Karen McQuestion said...

Hi Nana! Thanks for stopping by. I have a Kindle and I love it, but I know what you mean about liking to have the pages in your hand. I can definitely relate!

Patricia Benesh said...

Karen,

You are an inspiration to all writers who have struggled to get published. You've taken publishing matters into your own hands--and look at all you have achieved.

I will be referring all of my AuthorAssist self-publishing clients to your blog--so they can follow along and be inspired by all you do.

I can't wait to see the trailer and the new book.

Patricia Benesh

Karen McQuestion said...

Thanks, Patricia! I'm always glad to hear that my story helps other writers. It's a whole new world out there and there are opportunities we couldn't have even imagined ten years ago. Seize the day!