Thursday Fifteen: Book/Fiction Marketing

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  1. Great list. :) I'll definitely be doing most of these when I'm further along. The 'About the Author' bit is especially important– of anything on my blog, that's the page that's been viewed the most.

    The absence of decent book trailers, I think, is because people simply don't understand media and art, or the concept that something really good is going to take time and skill. Otherwise they'd be hiring artists and animators to come up with something clever. Granted, I'm the girl who hates book covers so much that I got my own artist well ahead of time to see that mine was done right…

    If you had something really good looking, really clever, well illustrated, I think that book trailers have so much potential. I've got one of my own planned and partially story-boarded (a mix of 2d and 3d animation, 31 seconds long). It's going to take at least a hundred hours or so to finish to the level I want it to be, and I'm unsure about how to (legally) commission the music, but still… done right, I think that it could go like wildfire.

  2. Glad to be of help!

    If you're looking for music, you might want to try out Podsafe Music, or Podsafe Audio. They have music by indie artists in multiple genres who are just looking to get their name out there. So, while these websites are for podcasting, talk to the artist and they'll probably allow you to use their music for a book trailer. It's almost the same thing anyway…

  3. Great list. :) I’ll definitely be doing most of these when I’m further along. The ‘About the Author’ bit is especially important– of anything on my blog, that’s the page that’s been viewed the most.

    The absence of decent book trailers, I think, is because people simply don’t understand media and art, or the concept that something really good is going to take time and skill. Otherwise they’d be hiring artists and animators to come up with something clever. Granted, I’m the girl who hates book covers so much that I got my own artist well ahead of time to see that mine was done right…

    If you had something really good looking, really clever, well illustrated, I think that book trailers have so much potential. I’ve got one of my own planned and partially story-boarded (a mix of 2d and 3d animation, 31 seconds long). It’s going to take at least a hundred hours or so to finish to the level I want it to be, and I’m unsure about how to (legally) commission the music, but still… done right, I think that it could go like wildfire.

  4. Glad to be of help!

    If you're looking for music, you might want to try out Podsafe Music, or Podsafe Audio. They have music by indie artists in multiple genres who are just looking to get their name out there. So, while these websites are for podcasting, talk to the artist and they'll probably allow you to use their music for a book trailer. It's almost the same thing anyway…

  5. Yeah, but it's a commercial, so technically it's being used to sell things. The 'free music' deal doesn't hold for that, does it?

  6. Yeah, but it’s a commercial, so technically it’s being used to sell things. The ‘free music’ deal doesn’t hold for that, does it?

  7. I think it depends on the artist and what their copyrights are. If they're using some sort of Creative Commons license (do they have those for music?), then it's worth a shot. Licensing music can get extremely expensive, and will probably overshadow the rest of your expenses.

    Unless you're rich, in which case, don't mind me. :)

  8. I think it depends on the artist and what their copyrights are. If they’re using some sort of Creative Commons license (do they have those for music?), then it’s worth a shot. Licensing music can get extremely expensive, and will probably overshadow the rest of your expenses.

    Unless you’re rich, in which case, don’t mind me. :)

  9. Heh. If I were a rich girl… wait, too cheesy, never mind.

    If all else fails, I suspect that indy bands are easier to reach, and since I work for a game company I suspect that someone has an acquaintance who knows about sound effects and music.

  10. Heh. If I were a rich girl… wait, too cheesy, never mind.

    If all else fails, I suspect that indy bands are easier to reach, and since I work for a game company I suspect that someone has an acquaintance who knows about sound effects and music.

  11. Thanks. Now I'll be singing that all day, haha.

    True, true. Use those connections! I was wondering how you had access to 2D, 3D animation programs…

  12. Thanks. Now I’ll be singing that all day, haha.

    True, true. Use those connections! I was wondering how you had access to 2D, 3D animation programs…

  13. Heh. Yes, the programs. I got my bachelor's degree in Multimedia, so most of the stuff I use is leftover from college.

    For the 2d stuff I was actually planning on using a combination of Flash and Photoshop: draw simple white lines over black and use the flash masks to animate the picture 'drawing' itself. Of course, that could be done with other, cheaper programs as well, since the technique is simple. I'm also using fighting animations, and for that I was going to ask my martial arts instructor if I could tape him fighting, then do the animation the old-fashioned way with that as a reference. From there it's just a matter of lining the pictures up in a video editor like a flipbook.

    The 3d stuff is mostly going to be used for architecture: quick flashes of buildings and embossed crests. I'm using 3ds max, but if you're going cheap, try Blender or the student version of Maya. :)

    No, I'm not a geek…

  14. Heh. Yes, the programs. I got my bachelor’s degree in Multimedia, so most of the stuff I use is leftover from college.

    For the 2d stuff I was actually planning on using a combination of Flash and Photoshop: draw simple white lines over black and use the flash masks to animate the picture ‘drawing’ itself. Of course, that could be done with other, cheaper programs as well, since the technique is simple. I’m also using fighting animations, and for that I was going to ask my martial arts instructor if I could tape him fighting, then do the animation the old-fashioned way with that as a reference. From there it’s just a matter of lining the pictures up in a video editor like a flipbook.

    The 3d stuff is mostly going to be used for architecture: quick flashes of buildings and embossed crests. I’m using 3ds max, but if you’re going cheap, try Blender or the student version of Maya. :)

    No, I’m not a geek…

  15. Oh excellent! I used to do some animations for my college’s scoreboard, but all of the programs were at the athletic center so I didn’t get to keep any.

    I’ve never heard of Blender, and the student version of Maya slowed my old computer down so badly that I had to give it up. Maybe with my newer one, though…

    …You are talking to a fellow non-geek. This is a safe circle.

  16. Oh excellent! I used to do some animations for my college’s scoreboard, but all of the programs were at the athletic center so I didn’t get to keep any.

    I’ve never heard of Blender, and the student version of Maya slowed my old computer down so badly that I had to give it up. Maybe with my newer one, though…

    …You are talking to a fellow non-geek. This is a safe circle.

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