By H.E. Roulo
All books require a relationship between reader and text. The reader is searching for the book that’s right for them, but how can they be sure? A good cover image and blurb, goes a long way, but that’s the bare minimum for even a Tinder match. For that extra touch, a searchable book trailer communicates a lot. After all, a picture is worth… well, you know.
With the release of the newest book in my series, I wanted to get the word out. I’d never done video for my books, and my publisher, HorrorAddicts.net Press, requested I put something together. I wanted it to be quick and give the mood of the book.
First, I wrote up a few bullet points as if set in the Plague Master Universe. What I got wasn’t so much a book trailer as a three-episode miniseries. Whoops! It was fun and engaging, but not the professional book trailer I’d intended to post on Amazon and Goodreads.
I started over at square one.
I was fortunate to know of a site with rights-free images. After pouring through them, I found a dozen that I thought represented parts of my book. By organizing them logically, I got enough of a storyline to think of a sentence for each. I wrote up a quick script for a narrator and remembered to include a sentence about going to my web site for more information.
Although I could have recorded the lines myself, I knew someone with a cinematic voice. He recorded the lines. A quick search gave me rights-free music to run under the video and narrator.
In searching for images, I’d found enough that related to each book that it was simpler to divide and organize them all at the same time. With a day’s effort, I had not one but two book trailers.
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I don’t know whether more people will match with my book because of the trailer. I hope that those interested in dystopian zombie sci-fi find it fun.
PLAGUE MASTER: SANCTUARY DOME
“A perfect mix of classic sci-fi and zombie horror. Once you start, you are hooked!”
-Jake Bible, author of Little Dead Man.
“Sanctuary Dome is fast-paced zombie sci-fi on a prison planet of the dying and the undead.”
-Stephen North, author of Beneath the Mask