As an Indie Author, I must have written about not having any extra money to spend. But marketing and promotion costs money. There is no way around that. That means that I have to find inventive solutions to spend the least amount possible and still of course spread the word about Draoithe. That led to a lot of research and a little bit of luck.
I found a site that would let me create a book trailer for free. First, I had to create the music. It had to my own sound track or there could be copyright infringement. Intellectual property rights are seriously important to me, so I did not want to borrow anything that was not mine. I don't know any music writers. So I decided to create my own.
I'm not that great at writing music, but I can feel the rhythm. So I found an app (There are several different ones available. Try them out.) that let me write the music for a jingle like an old television commercial. Paranormal romance needed a bit less singsong though. It was a bit of trial and error, but I had something that I thought would work.
I went back and created the book trailer only to realize that I had no YouTube channel to upload it to. This took weeks by the way. I was still working the day job, and if you have been following along for awhile, then you know about the kids, dogs, the crazy urban homesteading, etc... Finally, I got to creating a YouTube channel. I uploaded the book trailer, it gave me a link. I had done it.
I had a way to tell the world about Draoithe, so I headed over to my Amazon Author Central page to upload my video. Imagine my surprise when I could not because it was not actually my video. What? You say. How could that be? You wonder. It turns out that the app I used to create the video retains the rights to them. YouTube will host them for you as your content, but as I did not have an mpeg file, I did not technically own the video. Even had I opted to subscribe to their service, the work I had done to create the video did not matter, because the program was not mine.
I have time. What I did not have was money t waste. Paying the subscription would not resolve my issue. I wanted the mpeg file. If I had it, I could post it to my website, Pinterest, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and you get the idea. That sent me to looking for a program that would allow me to essentially create commercials for my book.
I found it at Corel. I downloaded the free trial version. I used my images and words from the first failed book trailer, built the moving slide show, added in the text, and then the soundtrack. Voila! (by that I mean like two weeks later, because I had to learn how it worked.) I had a book trailer that I owned the mpeg file. I uploaded it everywhere and even added it to Goodreads.
That was exciting! I wanted more so I began combing my published books for image ideas. I adjusted my music, I copied my words, and I created more book trailers. Today, I can proudly say that we now have five available for viewing. The Book Trailer for Dragons Come got uploaded last night. I'm not sure if it is live on all the sites yet, but it should be live everywhere in a few days. It's linked on my website, just scroll down to the Dragons Come book on the Library page and click Watch The Book Trailer!
It has been a lot of work, but it was fun. Okay, now that the Book Trailer for Dragons Come is finished and published, I have to get to work on the Free Give away! I know. Who does not want free stuff right?
The Thread is a short read. About forty-five minutes. It's nearly finished. I toyed with not publishing it. I might publish it, but not put it on Kindle Unlimited. Either way, it will still be free through the website. Still shooting for Jan 15 on that one.
By the way, Tantalu will be going back up in price at the end of the week. If you did not get a free copy after Christmas it is only $.99 until Jan. 9. Then it goes up to $2.99. Don't miss your chance to check out the prequel at the reduced price!