If we were having coffee I’m sure I’d eventually end up talking about the video. “Video? I thought you were a writer,” you might ask.
Then I’d explain that there is a lot of business to being a writer and videos are one of the newer things. “Oh, you mean like movie rights?” You might ask innocently.
No, not movie rights, that’s another thing entirely. Getting started in this business requires a lot of outside work that does not include writing. Some of it does, though, like this blog. Having a blog is part of a writer’s business, and thankfully, it includes writing.
I think every writer goes through this. One tends to see the dream of being published with a limited vision, like looking at the world through a paper towel tube. The concentration is on words and revision and editing. Once the contract is signed there is a new harsh reality to actually having a book published: you have to help market the danged thing. There is a LOT of competition from other writers, especially in the world of independent writers. A new author must master a number of different new skills, like blogging and tweeting to get the word out. Website design is another skill. Of course, if a writer has deep pockets, they can pay someone to do these things for them. The idea is to get yourself noticed ahead of all the others. Sadly, you are just one of many.
“But what about the video?” you’d ask, thankfully getting me back on track.
Video trailers are one of the latest things. I paid for my first one, one for my first book. I was really late in the game for that one. It’s not bad, a little funky. It was cheap. You get what you pay for. I was going to pay the same people for a new one. I had an idea and thought I’d work up something to more explain my idea. Decided to use Power Point to see if I could work out my idea. I’d never used it before. I’m fairly technical but I had never really had a reason to use it. Microsoft bundles it in with Office … so it was there.
It didn’t take too long for me to realize that I could actually use this. A book trailer is generally text based, so why not? What I wanted to do required specific timing … visual effects that were timed with a specific musical score. This presentation software had functions that facilitated that. It took some time, especially to fine tune the timings, but I managed to work it out. Then I found out it would even export a video file. That’s a little funky, and it messed up the timing a little but I anticipated some of the blips and re-edited and managed to work through them. I’m sure I could use some other video tools but I already had this and gave it a shot.
Is it perfect? Naw. Is it okay? I think so. It introduces the story and builds suspense and introduces the mystery. The music is raw and edgy but I think it fits the video nicely. Check it out here … tell me what you think.
Note: replaced link with newer version.
Thomas Fenske is a writer living in North Carolina. His latest novel, A Curse That Bites Deep will be published October 1 — presales of ebooks are available now. More info at http://thefensk.com