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My Book Trailer – let me show you it :)

December 5, 2007

OK, it might need a bit of tweaking but, as it’s home made, I’m quite proud of it ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. wulfila permalink
    December 6, 2007 6:53 am

    Very nice, especially that pause before you reveal just who Joshua has fallen in love with; only “can defeat (…) defeat true love” is a somewhat funny question. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. HMS dauntless permalink
    December 6, 2007 7:38 am

    Fantastic ! And I really enjoyed the clever use of the paintings ! Did you consider the idea of adding a soundtrack ? Something a bit martial by Haendel (e.g. the starting of Zadok the Priest) might do – at least for my biased 18th century tastes ;D
    But I suppose there is that annoying problem of copyright…

  3. December 6, 2007 10:34 am

    Very nice, especially that pause before you reveal just who Joshua has fallen in love with; only โ€œcan defeat (โ€ฆ) defeat true loveโ€ is a somewhat funny question. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    *g* Unfortunately my expertise is not quite enough to orchestrate pauses ๐Ÿ™‚ I just put all the pictures in there and added some commentary. I should probably tweak it a bit to make it a bit more professional looking. But I thought that if I didn’t just do it; if I waited until I got really good at movie maker, then I would never get round to it.

    It should read, ‘can battle and shipwreck, defeat and the hangman’s noose, defeat true love?’ Is that wrong?

  4. December 6, 2007 10:38 am

    Fantastic ! And I really enjoyed the clever use of the paintings ! Did you consider the idea of adding a soundtrack ? Something a bit martial by Haendel (e.g. the starting of Zadok the Priest) might do – at least for my biased 18th century tastes ;D
    But I suppose there is that annoying problem of copyrightโ€ฆ

    Hee! thank you! I’m glad you liked it. It’s probably not as professional as I would have liked, but it’s better than nothing ๐Ÿ™‚

    I did consider the idea of a soundtrack, but I didn’t know how to put one on there. Also there is that problem of copyright. I think it would be nicer if it had one and I’ll probably work on that. It’s another one of those things that I have to learn! Nothing is ever quite as easy as it seems, is it? *G*

  5. December 6, 2007 8:04 pm

    Yikes…it’s gone? Dangnabit.

  6. December 6, 2007 11:07 pm

    Sorry about that! I edited it to add music. But now it’s back again, improved ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. HMS dauntless permalink
    December 7, 2007 11:06 am

    The music is a lovely addition !

    Let me guess: Mozart ? ๐Ÿ™‚

    (might be wrong – after a night shif, I’m not usually at my best)

  8. December 7, 2007 11:15 am

    Let me guess: Mozart ?

    Indeed ๐Ÿ™‚ Bassoon Concerto in B Flat Major, K. 191 very badly played by what sounds like a school orchestra. Sadly the choice of free, copyright free music was very limited indeed!

    Also I’ve edited the text a bit so everything flows a bit more smoothly.

    Now I must actually do some writing! Do you at least get to rest for a bit now?

  9. December 7, 2007 3:05 pm

    Very nicely done blog and website. Lots of fresh content — I’ll be sure to visit again.

  10. December 7, 2007 4:27 pm

    Thanks so much, Josh! I migrated over here in protest over LJ’s flagging scheme and sale to SUP. I’m finding it not quite possible to make a complete break, though. All my friends are still on LJ!

    I’m really pleased you think the blog looks interesting! Excellent! Thank you, and I’ll try to keep it up ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. HMS dauntless permalink
    December 7, 2007 5:21 pm

    Indeed ๐Ÿ™‚ Bassoon Concerto in B Flat Major, K. 191 very badly played by what sounds like a school orchestra. Sadly the choice of free, copyright free music was very limited indeed!

    A very clever choice ! A not too exploited piece with all the freshness and brio of Mozart’s most famous works. The themes of his melodies are as characteristic and unique as the writing stlye of a gifted writer ;).

    Also Iโ€™ve edited the text a bit so everything flows a bit more smoothly.

    I rewatched it this afternoon, after taking a nap that greatly improved my attention, and yes, I agree it’s much better ! the text flows very gracefully, like the figures of a dance. Again, my compliments for how quickly you mastered the secrets of vidding.

    Now I must actually do some writing! Do you at least get to rest for a bit now?

    I hope you had a productive day. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Yes, today I left the hospital at noon instead of the usual 5 PM, and I could sleep and read a bit. Now I’ve just started my PC to finish the tabletime I’ll use to flesh chapter 2. Captain George Brydge Rodney is going to make his enter as the patron of a certain 12-yr old young gentleman at his first sea voyage. And as tomorrow is a national holiday here, I’ll have a whole weekend to rest and write. Almost too beautiful to be true ! ๐Ÿ™‚

    The quotes trick is no brilliant trick at all: I just noticed the button in the editor when editing the English of a comment. It’s a bit showy but comes useful to clarify whose comment you’re replying in long threads. 8)

  12. HMS dauntless permalink
    December 7, 2007 5:24 pm

    I’m hopeless: I forgot the mosti mportant detail: the syntax for the quotes is [blockquote]….[/blockquote]. Of course, as in LJ, you have to use in the place of the square brackets.

  13. December 7, 2007 6:03 pm

    In your reply up there (#3 *points up*) you ask: “It should read, โ€˜can battle and shipwreck, defeat and the hangmanโ€™s noose, defeat true love?โ€™ Is that wrong?” I think maybe Wulfila meant the repeated use of “defeat.” If so, maybe vanquish, end, conquer, or something else instead in the last phrase there?

    Anywho, nicely done! I, for one, am quite intrigued. *applauds*

  14. wulfila permalink
    December 7, 2007 6:30 pm

    I think maybe Wulfila meant the repeated use of โ€œdefeat.โ€

    Yes, that was what I meant. ๐Ÿ˜‰ While it is grammatically correct, I would probably not use “defeat” twice in one sentence (especially as defeat is among the things that do the defeating), unless it is a conscious play on words.

  15. December 7, 2007 6:36 pm

    Yes, that was what I meant. ๐Ÿ˜‰ While it is grammatically correct, I would probably not use โ€œdefeatโ€ twice in one sentence.

    *G* Yes, I figured it out in the end! At first I was so close to it that I couldn’t even see the problem ๐Ÿ™‚ But now it says ‘can battle and shipwreck, defeat and the hangman’s noose destroy true love?’

    That was part of the reason why there’s now a version #2 ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you!

  16. December 7, 2007 6:39 pm

    Pen wrote

    In your reply up there (#3 *points up*) you ask: โ€œIt should read, โ€˜can battle and shipwreck, defeat and the hangmanโ€™s noose, defeat true love?โ€™ Is that wrong?โ€ I think maybe Wulfila meant the repeated use of โ€œdefeat.โ€ If so, maybe vanquish, end, conquer, or something else instead in the last phrase there?

    Anywho, nicely done! I, for one, am quite intrigued. *applauds*

    Yay! Thank you, and I’m glad it works for you ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, I figured out the ‘defeat’ thing in the end, so now it says ‘destroy’ in the place of the second one. I was just too close to it to see it before.

  17. December 7, 2007 6:49 pm

    Dauntless wrote

    I rewatched it this afternoon, after taking a nap that greatly improved my attention, and yes, I agree itโ€™s much better ! the text flows very gracefully, like the figures of a dance. Again, my compliments for how quickly you mastered the secrets of vidding.

    LOL! I’m not sure I would say I’d mastered anything ๐Ÿ™‚ But I think there’s been a bit of an improvement. At least I know how to add music now!

    Actually that track was a good find, because it was just the right length to terminate in a good rounding-up, ending sort of way just at the end of the pictures. And it had dramatic bits which fitted the dramatic bits ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Hurray for Rodney! I have him in ‘Secrets’ too. At this rate, we’ll make him as famous as Nelson. And he’s totally the sort who would make sure his young cousin rose rapidly through the service.

    Woohoo! I’m so glad to hear you’ve got a weekend to write, and I can’t wait to read all about it.

    Thanks for the blockquote tip! As you can see, we’ve all benefited from it ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. emmacollingwood permalink
    December 7, 2007 6:53 pm

    What a fantastic idea! This is really making people curious (and will certainly convince them to order!)

    Congratulations, this turned out really fine!

    *rewatches*

  19. December 7, 2007 7:27 pm

    What a fantastic idea! This is really making people curious (and will certainly convince them to order!)

    Congratulations, this turned out really fine!

    *rewatches

    Hurray! I’m really glad you like it. They seem to be the latest in thing. You can get people to make them for you (the same people will make you websites and banners etc), but I don’t really have the money for that. We’re having a bit of a financial crisis at the moment ๐Ÿ™‚ So making it myself or not having one at all were my options.

    I’m very pleased that it stands up to re-watching ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you!

  20. elfscribe permalink
    December 7, 2007 9:56 pm

    Very cool promo, Alex. The book looks great.

  21. December 8, 2007 12:57 pm

    Hee! Thanks, elfscribe ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s not quite so flashy as some of the other trailers I’ve seen, but if it makes the book look good, that’s all I could hope for ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Pearlsie permalink
    December 8, 2007 5:17 pm

    And… it either hates me or has disappeared again. ^^

    What I did not know is that there were book trailers!!

  23. December 8, 2007 5:47 pm

    *g* I didn’t know either until a couple of months ago. When I first heard of them I thought they were something terribly complicated, but it turns out that they’re just an advanced sort of slideshow. Not a bad idea really, except that I’ve never seen one which made me actually want to read the book!

  24. sandeeps permalink
    March 21, 2008 1:52 am

    What an interesting way to get people interested in reading! Book trailers are like movie trailers, but for books! You can find them all over the internet now, but here is a site that’s featuring them on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/booktrailers

  25. March 21, 2008 4:50 pm

    What an interesting way to get people interested in reading! Book trailers are like movie trailers, but for books! You can find them all over the internet now, but here is a site thatโ€™s featuring them on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/booktrailers

    Thanks Sandeeps! I’m glad you like the look of the book trailer ๐Ÿ™‚ And yes, I made this one because I had seen lots of them all over and thought ‘what a good idea!’ Now I just wish I had more places to put it. I’m going to book mark your link, thanks!

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