A friend gave me a Christmas present last year that was a first for me. It was a gift certificate for one class of my choice at a local community college. Last July I had some time and took a look at their catalog. Offerings such as The Art of Massage and Olive Oil: Your friend in the Kitchen, were not what I was looking for. I found many writing classes but they sounded too basic. Finally I centered on Getting an Audience with Video.
The quest to publish my first book has been a road full of new experiences. As I look ahead there is an even more daunting task looming on the horizon: Book marketing. Promoting your book via a book trailer is one piece of that puzzle. I have looked at many of these and find the best ones include motion and music.
I took the class (Two nights for a total of 10 hours). The final project was to create at least a two-minute video to promote a business or ourselves. I asked the instructor, who I’m sure just celebrated his 12th birthday, if I could do a book trailer. Even though my book is not on the shelf yet, he agreed and hundreds of hours later (Okay, I exaggerate), my first effort was posted and set to ‘Private’ on my YouTube account.
For the next week I am opening up the video through this link. If you find a few minutes, let me know what you think. After a week or so, I’ll take the video down, revise, and then wait to re-release the final product when the proper time arrives.