I thought it would be fun to make a book trailer about my story When Sheep Won’t Leap, which was recently awarded first place in the Institute of Children’s Literature poetry contest. Technically, it would be a pre-book trailer—I'm still looking for a publisher.
The goal was to learn how to make a trailer and in turn, introduce my story to others. After reading several articles about making a book trailer and watching a few online, I felt ready to begin. The first decision: how to present the trailer? Would it be illustrations, a short movie, or a slide show of photographs? For my purpose, photos would work best.
To begin, I made notes about the kinds of photos that would best represent the main character, the minor characters, the action, and the conflict. In all, 15 -20 medium-sized images would be required. Easier said than done. There are many websites from which to choose images. Many offer free photos, but the selection is limited. That was a problem, because I had a specific vision for the story. Some of the photos that I needed for my trailer could not be found on these sites.
Then there are copyright issues. I wanted to be sure that I any photo I'd download would be legal to use. Yet copyright issues are confusing. For instance I know of an editor who was contacted by an attorney demanding compensation for the time he used a copyrighted image. The editor thought the photo was legal to use.
Lastly, cost is a factor. I had read in a respectable writers’ magazine that some photography websites offer packages of photos for as little as $15. I’m thinking, sign me up. But for that price, the package limits you to a set number of small, medium, and large photos. And, that did not suit my needs. So I felt discouraged and confused. What to do, what to do?
To be continued….