I thought I’d do a quick post to explain why I got started making book trailers and how I go about it.
It all started with the Witchlanders Truthwitch Street Team, I guess you could call it, competition. You could create entries so you could get picked to be on the street team.
So, I decided to make a video entry to Truthwitch! I had so much fun with it, that I decided I’d start making trailer for other books.
Here is my >>> Channel
How do I choose?
- This slightly difficult. First of all, I pick a book I’m actually excited about. If I’m not inspired, it’s not gonna happen.
- Then I go and read the Goodreads summaries. There have been books I’ve wanted to make a trailer for, but the summary is too long, explains too much, or just doesn’t flow.
- Once I finally have my “eureka” moment I get to work.
- Search, search, search. Because I do not film my own video, I search YouTube and Vimeo for the types of video I’m seeking. There are lots of amazing indie films on Vimeo that have been wonderful to use.
- Then I have to find the right music. Sometimes I’ve used songs that author was inspired by (such as for the Truthwitch and Queen of Shadows trailers). Other times, they are songs suggested to me by friends (Thanks Pili) and sometimes it’s just searching YouTube.
- I also make sure to check out any Pinterest boards the authors may have. This really helps me with how they envision the world and the characters.
- Then I record my voice for the narration. I went to college for Broadcast and Cinematic Arts so I have some background in video and audio editing. On my home computer I’m editing with Sony Vegas Pro 8.0.
Let me know what you’d like to see and it may be my next trailer!
Legacy of Kings (Blood of Gods and Royals #1)by Eleanor Herman
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Alexander, Macedonia’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world but finds himself drawn to newcomer Katerina, who must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. But Kat’s first love, Jacob, will go to unthinkable lengths to win her, even if it means competing for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince. And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet fiancée, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.
One of the most interesting aspects of this book was when in history it occurs. It takes place in the time of Alexander the Great (340 BC) when he was still a teen before he ruled the world. This was one of my favorite things about the book. I had never read a book that took place in this time-frame (except the Bible) and was curious if it would seem confusing or if there would be difficulty understanding the world. But, I had no problem with the world building in Legacy of Kings at all. Everything was described wonderfully by Eleanor, and it doesn’t leave you lacking.
Not only is this world set in BC history, there is also magic! I love the combination of historical fiction AND fantasy. Not only is magic prevalent in this world but so are magical creatures. Who doesn’t love that?
I was really wishing for a map in the ARC because I had to Google the area in which these events take place. I was told that the final copy of the book would indeed have a map which will make this book even better!
This book has 6 main point of views (there are a few others). Sometimes, in books, this bothers me and other times it doesn’t. I didn’t particularly have any issues with the amount of voices in the book. I found them all distinct and well written. Most, if not all, the characters all are carrying around secrets. It was fun guessing what those secrets could be or how they would play out.
In the ARC, Eleanor lists who she would fan cast for all the main characters so I thought that would be fun to include in this review.
Sanguine Mountain (Camazotz Trilogy #1)
by Jennifer Foxcroft
An anonymous letter shatters the world Connie thought she knew and trusted. The news that her parents aren’t really her own leaves her angry, devastated and alone. The search for the truth leads her down a dark, desolate forest road where she meets a boy in the shadows who has secrets of his own.
Rockland’s life has been ruled by an ancient curse since the day he was born. Forever labeled a misfit and a rebel, he is desperate to convince his leaders that integration with the modern world will be the salvation of their kind—not their demise.
After their worlds collide in the middle of a dark forest, Connie and Rocks strike a deal to help each other find the answers they both need—away from her lying parents and the judgmental sneers of his colony. But, can they find love on their journey to discover who they are and where they belong in the world?
My Thoughts 3.5 Stars
Today I have a guest post from my super awesome German friend, Kim from Dreaming in Libraries. She talks about her favorite German authors! How exciting!
But now onto my favorite German authors who aren’t translated into English:
The following are German authors I really like, as well, and which you might also know, since their books have been translated into English:
Kim is a book-obsessed girl from Germany studying Physics of Earth. When not struggling with mathematic formulas, she’s busy fangirling over her latest favorite book. She loves to do everything concerning books: reading, blogging, writing, making bookish pendants,… Kim started her book blog “Dreaming in Libraries” in 2014 and thereby discovered a new hobby. You can find her blog at dreaminginlibraries.blogspot.com and she’s more than happy to talk to you on Twitter (@DreamingLibrary)!
My Thoughts 3.75 Stars
In preparation for #TruthwitchStreetTeam, they (Susan Dennard and @truthwitch) were running a campaign to find those who had LOTS of enthusiasm for Truthwitch, the new series soon to be released by Susan Dennard in February of 2016.
So, I made a video!
This was my newest, and quite possibly my favorite video so far!
What would you like to see?
Earlier this month I did a guest for for the wonderful Avid Reader blog and I chose to speak about racial diversity specifically in YA.
Racial Diversity In YA Over The Last Year
Sarah Ockler, author of The Summer of Chasing Mermaids, wrote a fantastic post encouraging authors to diversify their books. Check it out here: Race in YA Lit: Wake Up & Smell the Coffee-Colored Skin, White Authors! (My good friend Sarah @EscapingSarah shared this post with me)When it comes writing diversity, I see things twofold:
A BOOK WITH A SUNSET
A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean – I actually have never read this book but it was the only one I could find that looked like it had a sunset. I think!