The Treasonous Book Trailer

I really enjoy making these videos, so even if they aren’t all that helpful in the marketing scheme of things, it’s still pretty satisfying to be creative with different art formats. πŸ™‚

I did this video with Windows Movie Maker. My old PC finally gave up and my older version of Magix can’t be put on this computer, so I must make do! It works pretty well. There are certain limitations that bug me, but I can deal.

What is your go-to movie editing/making software?

And of course, I decided to remake Captive Hope’s trailer too, so here ya go!

Annnnndddd….. The Beauty Thief . . .

And if you couldn’t tell, I’m kinda enthralled by Kai Engel’s music, which he has so generously made available for free (most non-commercial but some commercial) on freemusicarchive.com. Please check out his website if you get a chance! Kai-Engel.com. I did buy the compilations of Scope and Alantida from Bandcamp.com too. Such great instrumental music to work by. πŸ™‚

Do you listen to music when you write? No? Why not? Yes? If you do, do you like words or no words?

What is it about book trailers that draw your attention and make you interested in reading certain books?

Thanks so much for stopping in today!

50 responses to “The Treasonous Book Trailer”

  1. Great job! Very happy for you and your progress!

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      1. 😊 now you’ve made a girl blush

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  2. Woebegone but Hopeful Avatar
    Woebegone but Hopeful

    Reblogged this on heroicallybadwriter and commented:
    Not only does Rachael write high quality YA, she produces her own covers and trailer videos.

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  3. Woebegone but Hopeful Avatar
    Woebegone but Hopeful

    Well done Rachael, these trailers are incredible pieces of work.
    Re-blogged

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    1. Thanks, Roger! It’s fun for me. Someday, maybe I can make one for you. πŸ™‚ ???? πŸ™‚

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      1. Woebegone but Hopeful Avatar
        Woebegone but Hopeful

        Well truth be known that notion is one of the reasons I am making a determined effort to finish this novel!

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          1. Woebegone but Hopeful Avatar
            Woebegone but Hopeful

            It’s my main characters! The three of them want the Rachael treatment on the cover!

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            1. Really?! OH YAY! Thank is pretty thrilling for me. πŸ™‚

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            2. Woebegone but Hopeful Avatar
              Woebegone but Hopeful

              I’ll be in touch over that in the New Year (that’s unless they take complete control and the book is finished way ahead of schedule) πŸ˜„

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            3. I think that’s a great timeline for me, but trust me when I say I know how characters have a life of their own! πŸ˜‰

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            4. Woebegone but Hopeful Avatar
              Woebegone but Hopeful

              I never know what mine will get up to, particularly the three central ones, I try and get the support characters to help me bring them back into line…. but ….sigh πŸ˜„

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            5. You just do your best and hold on to as much sanity as possible. πŸ™‚

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            6. Woebegone but Hopeful Avatar
              Woebegone but Hopeful

              Just let you into a little secret Rachael…when I’m writing Sanity tends to get in the way πŸ™ƒ

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            7. True! For all of us, i think

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            8. Woebegone but Hopeful Avatar
              Woebegone but Hopeful

              Phew! Not just me then πŸ˜„

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    1. I want to make one for Hinting at Shadows. πŸ™‚

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      1. You’re addicted to this stuff! πŸ˜€ LOL!

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          1. Not a bad thing. πŸ˜‰

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            1. I have a surprise for you . . . coming . . . probably will have to use google drive to give it to you, though . . . πŸ™‚

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            2. I didn’t see this until after I got your surprise so it actually was a surprise. And it is AWESOME!!! ❀ Thank you!

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            3. πŸ˜€ yay!!! The best kind of surprise. β™‘ My small gift to you, my friend.

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  4. As they used to say o_O “Out of sight!” Rachael. πŸ˜€ πŸ™‚ You are mega talented.

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    1. Lots of hard work and determination. Can only get better, right? You’re out of sight, tess! ❀ πŸ™‚

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  5. Excellent trailers Rachael πŸ‘πŸ˜ƒ

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    1. Thanks, Chris. It’s the music that really does it for me. Makes a world of difference! πŸ™‚

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      1. Indeed it does πŸ‘πŸ˜ƒ

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  6. This is awesome, Rachael! Great job. I’m nearly finished editing my novel and plan to either send it directly to Avon Romance’s e-line (which accepts in-agented manuscripts) or pitch to an agent. This almost makes me want to self-publish! It seems like so much fun creating trailers and book covers, etc. What do you suggest for my a first novel? Pitch it, submit to Avon or self-publish?

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    1. I am not sure I can make a suggestion! Either road, traditional and indie publishing, have their difficulties and hoops to jump through. I would say you should should do what your are most inclined toward. If I had always thought of first going through a publisher like Avon or searching out an agent, I would definitely have pursued either of those first and kept indie publishing on the back burner as a third option (not last resort). Sadly, but not wholly undeserved, there is a lingering stigma involved in indie publishing where an author hasn’t gained the stamp of approval from the gatekeepers, as publishers are called. I’m working and doing my best to reduce and remove that stigma against indies, and so are a lot of others, so I think with time there will be more acceptance of it in the mainstream media where it can be the most difficult to make a dent. Sorry for the ramble! What is your first inclination?

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      1. Hi Rachael, thank you so much for taking time to respond. I appreciate it. My first inclination is to submit to Avon Impulse, their ebook line that takes in-agented, first-time authors. Just about all the romance I read is Avon, and that’s who I had in mind when I wrote my novel. So I guess I’ll go with that to start. Thanks, again!

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        1. I think that’s a great choice! I wish you success. πŸ™‚

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          1. Thank you, Rachael. Now I need to get off my blog and finish the novel lol!

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            1. LOL I know that feeling. πŸ™‚

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  7. Your trailers are fabulous. I enjoy trailers and they do entice me to read the book. I think they should be part of the marketing package. I agree, they are fun to create. I made one for Amanda on the Danube using Animoto. https://animoto.com/play/e3OKBK0EWgYT0W11RieCBQ?autostart=1 What do you think?

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    1. Thanks, Darlene. I love it! I vaguely remember seeing the name animoto, but not until you mentioned it here. How do you like it? It has some lovely features. Your video was so fun to watch!

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      1. I am glad you like my trailer. I really love Animoto. I am not very technical and it is so user-friendly. I think you can make a 30-second video for free. If you wish to make longer ones it is $30 for a year which I think is a good price. I make videos for special occasions, like grandkids birthdays and holidays etc. So I get good use out of it.

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        1. That makes it worth it when you’re using it all the time. Definitely something I should look into. I like to make videos for YouTube. My son might get use out of it for his Emerald Hound channel too. πŸ™‚

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  8. Loving the trailers! I am trying to make some of my own with Movie Maker, but would love to know how you get the images to slide about like you do?

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    1. It’s one of the menu options. I am not at my computer right now, but I can get you more detailed assistance tomorrow (later today. Haha It’s the middle of the night here. I’m being naughty staying up late! πŸ˜‰ )! πŸ™‚ Movie Maker is better than some of the others I tried, but it’s limited and not exactly user friendly. It’s not terrible, though.

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      1. the more I learn the more I like it!

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        1. I think my problem is just that it is missing some features I was able to utilize with Magix Movie Maker. It was an old program, though. Like a favorite old sweater, full of holes and worn thin. πŸ™‚ So, in Window Movie Maker, you click on one of the photos you’ve added then in the menu you choose “Animation” where on the right you should see a bunch of small rectangles inside bigger rectangles with arrows pointing various directions. Those show you your motion, and it’s usually the opposite of where the arrows point (at least in my mind, the feel backwards. haha)

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          1. that sounds easy! Thank you so much for taking the time to explain this to me, I shall think of you every time I do it!

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            1. My pleasure! I love to help. πŸ™‚

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