I know, it sounds like the book trailer does not have a title. It’s the book trailer for my new book, untitled. I know, I know, now it sounds like my book does not have a title. It does. The titled of the book is untitled. So the title of the book trailer is untitled book trailer. Are we clear now?
One of the things you have to do as an author is tell people about your books. You could just walk up to people on the street and start a conversation about it but that tends to scare people away. You could pay for advertising but that usually costs more than you are going to earn as an author. So you find less expensive (FREE) ways to do it. You write blog posts (see this post as an example), you write posts on Facebook, you write shorter, more pithy posts on Twitter and you put cool pictures on Instagram. All of that helps but one of the coolest things you can do is make a book trailer.
So after writing the book and illustrating the book you have to sum it all up in a one minute trailer. How do you get people interested in reading your book in a trailer without giving away the whole plot? In the case of untitled, the story is kind of weird to begin with, so what would be a good way to show that without actually showing it?
Lucky for me I have the skills to make my own. I have worked in animation and I know how to work with Adobe Animate (The new name for Adobe Flash). I was in Hershey for the Pennsylvania School Librarians Convention. I had printed and framed a spread from the book as a raffle prize. The illustration features my characters, Ignatz (a capybara) and Carlos (a coatimundi), who are complaining about having me as their author/illustrator. They are looking at a bunch of other author’s books altered to be about capybaras and coatis. They are small details on a busy page but I started thinking I should feature them in the trailer. To create them on the page I had drawn them in full first and put them into the final illustration separately so I had the original versions.
So I pulled it all together and added music from my good friend Samwise Aaron. He has provided the soundtracks for a few of my trailers. So here is the final trailer. I’m going to do my first give-away on my blog. Please leave a comment below and one person will win a copy of untitled. Deadline is May 28, 2019.