One of the new ways to promote one's book is the book trailer. Similar to a movie trailer, they are about a novel. I'd looked at a few used by other romance writers and marveled at their creativity. So as the date of Calvin's book release drew near, I wondered if I could make one for him. Of course it would help if I knew how...
My son suggested Windows Movie Maker that I probably had on my computer. Clueless me, I never knew it was there, but sure enough there it was in my list of programs. Since Calvin's book is set in Paris, I went through our photos from a trip there, chosing some that seemed rather timeless. His story takes place in 1968. I cropped all of the pictures to remove the date stamp. Plus I also went to microsofts free clipart site to snag pictures I thought would fit. Then I wrote out short pieces of narration to add to the pictures.
The movie making program has a list of special effects one can use to create visual interst. You can pan over a picture, for example, to create the feel of movement. Lastly add a music tract. Although it sounds easy enough, I will confess to a few tense hours...OK, so it was like sixteen hours of tense moments.
Here's the link to Calvin's book trailer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PyGoWLfnDc