Plan the script, look and feel.
  • Use the back “blurb” or the sleeve jacket information to get an idea of what to say in your trailer. Do not plagiarize it. Never give away endings and leave the reader hanging.
  • Make your script and type it up to avoid issues with reading your own writing.
  • The more creative the better!
  • If using audio, remember to have a radio voice-and be dramatic! The more inflection you can have, the better!
  • See some of the sample book trailers on Youtube or the links below to help give you an idea. (Filtered at school)

Choose Images
  • Write down a list of the images you wanted to use to convey the main ideas i.e. cross, fire, stone, blood, weapons, and more. Then search Google images (use the advanced search options and selected safe for commercial use) or Creative for images to use that would be suitable. Do not use images that are watermarked in any way. This is a copyright violation.

Choose Music
  • Use royalty-free music using Creative Commons. Copyright is a factor in music as well. Even if you bought the song/music for yourself, you did not purchase it for commercial use. You are permitted to use 10% or 30 seconds (whichever is less) of the song/music under U.S. Copyright law.

Sites for music clips:

This is the hard part!
Once you have video, audio, images and a script, you need to put it all together. Use Movie Maker (PC) or iMovie to create your trailer.
Start with audio and music first and then insert your images, etc. after to help match the audio with the clips.


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Other ways to submit trailer: Burn to a CD-ROM, save to Flash drive, upload to Blog or website (Tumblr, Weebly, Wiki)

How you can create a book trailer for free:
You can create a trailer for free using Creative Commons images, video and audio as well as free editing software MovieMaker or iMovie.

General website for Book Trailer Help: