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Hi all,

I've recently joined the kboard community and was hoping that someone would be able to lend some advice. I've recently completed a manuscript and have been working with an outstanding editor (Bethany Beard :D). I'm probably a good six to eight weeks away from publishing but I'd like to do a few things in the interim to generate some buzz. I had the idea to do an animated trailer for the book prior to launch. Something I can put online and use as a promotional piece. Does anyone have any recommendations for an artist or company that can accomplish the task for a reasonable price? or Does anyone have any other book marketing/promotional strategies they can recommend? I'm just starting out and this is my first project, any direction would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for listening.

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Hi Peter,

If you are on a limited budget you could try Animoto - they have a free option for a 30 second videos and other options if you need something longer. You could always test it out to see if it's something you may be interested in. Good luck and you'll have to let us see your final result.

http://animoto.com/pricing/a
 

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Wow! Everyone thanks for the tips. $9-12k a minute is definitely way outside the budget, but I will certainly review the other options and share the results. Thanks again for taking the time to respond.

Peter
 

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Hey Peter--

If you have a Mac with iLife 11 suite you can use iMove, and if necessary buy stock video clips, and shoot some clips of your own. Then you can just make the trailer yourself.

I'm thinking of doing one for my Brownies That Can Stop Time article.  Sort of a gag reel with chocolate if that makes sense.  Heck after those prices you were quoted, you could BUY yourself a mac with the software and save thousands! (Although you probably know someone who already has a mac and might want to loan it to you...)

Good luck.

Your Pal,

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Low cost way is: http://ubuntustudio.org/
download, burn to DVD, and boot from the DVD and you'll have all the tools to make a video plus music.
Run around the house and collect some genre-like knick-knacks you have, take some pictures and play around.
I did these over a year ago and I'd do a better job with them now but they were a quick experiment to see if Youtube or trailers could help sell books.
http://youtu.be/PTLrXyLI1gA
http://youtu.be/HCFUBT6b9Po
They were fun to make but I've found that other methods worked better.
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Hi

flash will do the job and i am sure you could get it done for a lot cheaper than that
it would depend on how far you you want to take it from images with animation to full blown animated characters etc

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You can buy video clips on istock and create your own trailer using Windows Movie Maker and royalty free music from Incompetech. Alternatively, you can buy your music from istock.
 

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Dara England said:
You can buy video clips on istock and create your own trailer using Windows Movie Maker and royalty free music from Incompetech. Alternatively, you can buy your music from istock.
If you have family members who are "spinners" and do mixing, could you do your own music? How would a person get the sound digitized?
 

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Hi Peter,

If you are on a limited budget you could try Animoto - they have a free option for a 30 second videos and other options if you need something longer. You could always test it out to see if it's something you may be interested in. Good luck and you'll have to let us see your final result.

http://animoto.com/pricing/a
I went ahead and did a mock book trailer for my horror WIP using the free option at Animoto just to give everyone an idea of the quality, etc. The free options are limited, but with a little creativity, you can make something pretty cool. :)

It's definitely worth looking into for folks on a budget. I might try their paid account when I'm getting closer to finishing my book.

 

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Actually I have a book trailer question.

Can I load it to Amazon as a product trailer?  Do I have to go to YouTube, where it will be unseen by the baking masses??

Thoughts appreciated.

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For animation you could try goanimate.com and powtoon.com, prices ranging from free to $50/month to use their online creation tools. Or for $50 you can buy a copy of Apple Motion and you're set for life.
 
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