“Swan Song” – The Book Trailer

I became aware of the concept of book trailers about three years ago. It seemed like a simple enough concept – a mini-movie that had striking images and interesting music that provoked the viewer to become interested in buying a book (or e-book).

There are many companies and websites that will make a book trailer for you. But, a digital camera, Windows Movie Maker, and some perceptive thought can accomplish the task. Nevertheless, it is still the music that captures the attention.

For my novel “Swan Song”, a neo-noir hardbolied mystery, it was simply a matter of writing a script and considering images that would capture the viewer’s attention. I could write the script. I could take the photos. Where would I find the music?

The one place I landed was on Kevin MacLeod’s web site, Incompetech.com. Kevin is a fascinating composer who offers his work royalty free. There is a place for Paypal donations and it is extremely worthwhile. I spent a long time reviewing all of his offerings and was disappointed that I was not making more movies. His work covers the gamut of movie genres and emotional intensity.

I can’t tell you how long it took to put this together. I knew I wanted to do it. I wrote the script, found the music, and figured out the photos. Then the holidays arrived and Life interfered, etc.

BUT, it finally got done. Without any further ado, the book trailer to “Swan Song.”


  1. myrickeaton said,

    January 28, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    H.B. I always enjoy your blog posts. Your photos were striking in the book trailer, and the music really captured the essence of your novel. Congratulations!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: