Monday, November 15, 2010

Book Trailers

What's the deal with Book Trailers? They're everywhere!

I can see the allure, but is it really a good use of my time? Also, why are these trailers so long?

So of course I whipped one up for "Ostracon" using the picture from yesterday's post and an orphaned audio clip from a dead project. I gave myself a time budget of 30s, because that's my attention span for a commercial.

Darwin never said it, but David did. Welcome to the future.

That only took about ten minutes and was rather fun, so my ruling is that I might as well have one as not. I bet if I spent thirty minutes, it wouldn't be so lame.

But it's still not a priority.


Those of you who screw around with video more than me, is there a good, free video editing program that'll output to .avi? It doesn't have to be very robust, just capable of doing what I did up there or fiddling with the occasional webcam/Skype video.

An atlatl to anybody who helps! In fact, atlatli for everybody! This shall henceforth be known as Atlatl Day.

250 words? Yes
Short Story "Ostracon" - almost done.
Book "Lived Too Long To Die"
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Reading - ?



  1. Nice! "Mesolithic errantry" is what got me.

    David, I'm curious: are you e-booking all your stories these days, or are you still submitting to magazines? I just started reading DWS's "New World of Publishing" so now I be all like curious and stuff.

  2. I'm definitely submitting to magazines as much as I've always done, I'm just dipping my toes into this New World of Publishing.

    I need hard data!

    I'll be e-publishing some loose series ("Alan" and "Jeremiad") and some cool one-shots, probably in chunks of six. I'll bring out a few long books for the Kindle, too.

    I'm definitely a 'hybrid', though. I'm pursuing all avenues. Anyways, it's a good way to learn the ropes regardless of actual profits.

  3. Ha, making your own book trailer. I kind of like it.

  4. I just use Windows Movie Maker, which came free with my old PC.

    As for the usefulness of trailers, I'm not convinced that they help sales all that much. But I enjoy doing them, so why not? I've only done a couple so far, and had fun with it.

  5. Yeah, Windows Movie Maker got the job done.

    I might as well have something in the "Videos" section on those sites that allow that, even if it's just an excerpt read over dramatic pictures.

    I could do Science! and put book trailers on some stories and not others and see what happens...


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