My Writing Journey

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. 🙂

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 Please check out his website if you get a chance! I did buy the compilations of Scope and Alantida from too. Such great instrumental music to work by. 🙂

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 thoughts on “The Treasonous Book Trailer”

            1. 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) 😄

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            2. 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 😄

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  1. 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 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. 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! 😉 )! 🙂 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. 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. 🙂 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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