For all of you indie authors out there who have considered but either discarded or put off the idea of making a book trailer, I decided to share my recent experience with you. Now bear in mind I am not the most computer literate person on the planet so initially I balked at the idea, imagining it to be terribly hard work and extremely complicated. However, one Friday night I sat down determined to give it a go.

I won’t bore you with the details of my Google searches – trying to find a tutorial – instead I’ll just give you the link to the tutorial I used.

Tutorial Link:

The tutorial made the whole process sound so easy and I found that I did indeed have Windows Live Movie Maker on my laptop. So off I went searching for the perfect public domain images that I could use in a slide show. Once I had these I began search for the music. This I found to be much harder. I just couldn’t find the right track! I decided to create the video and worry about the track later.

Windows Live Movie Maker proved to be pretty simple to navigate once I had played around with it for a while, and after making four rough projects, I began working on the proper trailer.

The whole thing took me a couple of hours, but I’m sure someone with a little more knowledge would have completed the task much sooner. The trailer was complete!  Er…well almost, I still didn’t have any music. And here is where the generosity of other indie authors and Goodreads members comes into play.  D.D. Chant, the author of Broken City, and an indie author like us, found us the perfect solution in the form of an original track composed by her sister who works under the name Gentian.  The trailer was finally complete!

I am so grateful to be part of such a close-knit community of authors and readers on Goodreads and am constantly amazed at the generosity of advice and support from other indie authors and readers.

I hope my little diary entry may help other indie authors put together their own book trailer.


I would like to thank Cassidy for working so hard on the trailer. You did an amazing job! x x x I’d like to thank her super-quick laptop too 🙂 And a big thank you to Gentian for the fabulous music for our trailer, and to D.D. Chant for pointing us to Gentian. Thanks so much 🙂 And more big thanks to everyone on Goodreads for being such a cool bunch 🙂 x x x

About amoscassidy

Hello, we're Amos Cassidy, a pair of budding writers with imaginations that won't quit and a bunch of stories waiting to be told. So we write, one tale at a time. Come peek into our heads, yeah, its a little cluttered but by no means boring. We hope you enjoy your visit. Amos Cassidy

Posted on April 16, 2012, in DIARY. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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