Secret Graces Trailer: you can do one, too!

5 Feb


My little Secret Graces Trailer is ready to post. What fun! Whether people like trailers, or think they “work” (sell books) or not doesn’t matter to me – I had such a good time making it and I’m a little proud of myself *laugh*

These two images here are two from the trailer. I love the bird woman.

If you want to make one: I went to royalty free sites that Bellebooks sent me, and searched and searched for images and short video – then I purchased them for a small fee (Bellebooks reimbursed me; thank you BB!), and they are now “mine” to use-with some restrictions. You have to be very mindful of copyright (for example, you shouldn’t copy and use the images here unless you go to the site and purchase the right to do it). It’s difficult finding “exact” images so you have to go more for a tone or a feel. For example, the women in the trailer aren’t Virginia Kate, but they do tell a story of Virginia Kate – if that makes sense; hair, eyes, skintone, etc, aren’t exact. When I had my royalty free images/video purchased, I saved/uploaded them to my files, and then used Windows Movie Maker to create the video or movie. After that was done, I uploaded it to YouTube.

Most of the images I found at, and the music I found at iStock, but there are others. Some photo images cost as little as $1 for the smallest size (a I used).

At the end of the trailer is an image of the cover for SG that BB’s created – this isn’t their final artwork image, but instead one that BB still has a little work to do on; however, unless something changes, this is the basic cover design–so tell me what you think of the cover. It’s quite different from Tender Graces isn’t it? So much more color saturation and . . . just so much more.

I’ll try to embed the code for the trailer below. But, in case that doesn’t work, I’m going to post it up above . . . hope you enjoy!

So, now I know how to do a simple book trailer – I won’t quit my day job *laughing*

Have a great weekend everyone. If you watch football, Root for the SAINTS *teehee* – okay, root for whichever team you want to. Also, if you are expecting bad weather as we are, again!, then be careful.

Some of you expressed an interest in hosting a blog tour when the new book comes out – I think that would be fun! So let’s talk about that.

Also, you can now subscribe to my blog if you wish to. I am loving the “subscribe to blog” buttons on your blogs–I like getting them in my email and seeing what’s up at a glance.
It’s cold, it’s icy, it’s snowy, it’s dangerous out there where I am–but I’m snuggled under a throw . . .


teeheehee – testing one two three!


15 Responses to “Secret Graces Trailer: you can do one, too!”

  1. Stacy Post February 5, 2010 at 7:40 am #

    I like the trailer and the cover of your new book, Kat! Do you have a release date yet? I looked on Amazon and Bell Bridge and didn't see one posted yet…Congrats! I can't wait to see what's in store for Virginia Kate!

  2. Carol@ Writers Porch/ Book House February 5, 2010 at 8:21 am #

    The Writers Porch is interested in an interview when the NEW book comes out! Stay warm, dry and off the ice!! XOXO

  3. Anita February 5, 2010 at 9:01 am #

    Great trailer! Makes me look that much more forward to the new book. You have a great weekend too and stay as toasty as possible!

  4. Janna Qualman February 5, 2010 at 11:03 am #

    Oh Kat, it was great! The song was perfect, and your new cover gave me goosebumps. I'm tearful! Great, great job.

  5. Sheila Deeth February 5, 2010 at 1:07 pm #

    Fun – the trailer and the information. Thanks.

  6. Faith Imagined February 5, 2010 at 3:27 pm #

    That was an awesome trailer! It was so professional! The music was so good and I am lovin' the book cover!!! Congratulations!!!!

  7. Karen February 5, 2010 at 3:58 pm #

    Wonderful trailer, and I loved getting to hear your voice. Now this your posts I can "hear" you. Congrats!!

  8. Deb Shucka February 5, 2010 at 7:21 pm #

    Loved both the trailer and seeing/hearing you. The cover is gorgeous. I'm ready to read.

  9. Debbie February 5, 2010 at 7:28 pm #

    Love the trailer. Love, love the cover. It caught me off guard because it is such a departure from the first but I love it.

  10. Anonymous February 6, 2010 at 2:24 pm #

    Really look forward to reading VK II… and you must be proud to do such a professional trailer! I really liked the style shown in the first cover, and would have liked continuity of that idea, frankly, especially since it is a continuation of the VK story. The proposed one is very pretty, but seems more suited for a romance novel or Pocahontas or a greeting card than for the complex woman that is VK… just one reaction from a fan…

  11. Doreen February 6, 2010 at 7:54 pm #

    congrats Kat and GO SAINTS!!

  12. t i m February 6, 2010 at 8:22 pm #

    awesome :)

  13. Deb@RGRamblings February 8, 2010 at 4:17 pm #

    Congrats Kat great job on the trailer!! Very exciting!

  14. Teresa February 8, 2010 at 4:36 pm #

    I think I've already asked, but just so everything is all in one place: give me time to read Secret Graces, then I'd like to have you over at helluo librorum for an interview.(When I've read the book, I can come up with more better questions! hehe)

  15. Kelly Bryson February 11, 2010 at 10:40 am #

    Hey Kat- Beautiful cover and great job on your book trailer. I made a 'pilot' version for my book several months ago and it was harder than it looked but so fun. Thanks for the info about where to find inexpensive video and music. -Kelly

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