Monday, February 6, 2017

Trailing Along...or, Yes! You Can!

Not my cup of tea...

The first time I encountered a “book trailer” I immediately cast aside the idea as being something I could do—and, indeed, paid for three to be made for me. I have a tendency to do that—believe something is beyond my ability. At my age, trying to go back in time and discover how that belief ingrained itself into my personality is a useless waste of time. The point is, over the years, what I’ve timidly approached...tried...failed...and tried again...has encouraged me to view my abilities differently.

I know what I can’t do...what’s beyond me. No one can do everything. But it’s sort of like the afternoon one of my sons had a soccer game, and I discovered my car had a flat tire. I telephone my father to ask where to call for help, but he wasn’t home. Frustrated, I said, “Well, I’ll just do it myself!”

My mother’s immediate response was, “Oh, you can’t do that!”

That got my back up—so I did it.

Learning to love that cup of tea...

So now we come to book trailers (among other things such as indie publishing). Here’s what I’ve learned:

1. You need pictures to which you have the right to use publicly. Stock photos abound. I find most of what I need on Fotolia.
2. You need music which fits the theme of your story and which doesn’t infringe copyright. A great site is Music2Hues. Their selection is wide, their prices reasonable, they have good support, and sometimes they have great sales—a good time to stock up! (There are other sources—just search for ‘royalty free music’.)
3. You need Windows Movie Maker. It’s a free download. I lost mine when I changed computers and couldn’t get it back until I upgraded to Windows 8.1 The backup computer has Windows 10—a dream to use.
4. And, of you have a local computer club, take a class. I did, learned the basics, and have been learning more ever since.
5. Finally, you need the determination to just do it. If I can, so can you!

Brewed to share...

Here’s a very short video I made this afternoon just to get my hand back into the process. Visit my YouTube Channel to view others.

The Showboat Reunion

Col. Sid “Bull” Bullington (USMC, ret.) is twenty-five years and two lifetimes older than Gail Callaway, While his struggle is carefully masked, hers is obvious--the cane she uses because of a worsening congenital neuromuscular disorder. His gut tells him to back off, but her childlike joy and simple trust in the goodness of others draws him into a relationship he knows they may both regret. When her unscrupulous brother complicates the mix, Sid feels he has no choice but to back off. Then on 9-11, the country and everyone in it is forever changed. For the first time, Sid wants to fight the demons of war and move on. Does he dare ask Gail to do battle with him?

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