How Romance Author Chantal Ravens Created Her Book Trailer

Many of you may have noticed that I have a book trailer on Youtube for my book: The Damnation Plays.

Well, there were several stages in producing the book trailer. Since my camera wasn’t working I decided to use stock images for my book trailer. There were several sites where you can get free stock videos such as:

However, I wanted something a bit more polished and I found the range of stock videos limited. I had a particular vision for my book trailer and none of the free stock videos sites provided these. On the other hand, I knew that I was on a limited budget so I wanted something that wasn’t too expensive. I couldn’t afford Shutter Stock so I googled and looked for sites that offered quality stock videos at a reasonable price.

One of the sites that I decided upon was Video Hive. The price was attractive as each video clip worked out to be no more than £5 per footage. I also loved the fact that you can pay by PayPal, which for me meant extra security in the payment process. Hence, I paid for and downloaded four clips which I thought would be suitable for my book trailer.

The next step was a bit of a learning curve. This was deciding to find a video editing software for the trailer. I wanted to use a free video editing software due to my budget and also the fact that I was not going to be editing videos all the time. I just wanted something simple to fulfil my needs. In other words, I wanted something that was simple, would allow me to export files in suitable formats to Youtube, had a range of after effects which I can apply and hasn’t got a huge learning curve. This task turned out to be harder than I’d expected. Windows Movie maker would have been sufficient for my needs but with me being the technophile that I am, I did further research on which software to use. After deliberating for a while, I went for a brilliant software called Da Vinci Resolve. I loved its interface and it was pretty easy to use. It also offered more functionality that Windows Movie Maker. Also, Unlike Blender, another animating and video editing software, it didn’t have a steep learning curve.

So, I started to edit the clips, created a suitable transition between one clip and the next and added texts. After several hours with some hit and miss, I came up with the finished product.

There was just one thing missing and that was the sound. I knew that adding sound could be expensive so I opted for royalty free music site. I liked a site called Bensound and it was there that I picked a music that had the right atmosphere that I wanted to convey for my Damnation Plays book trailer.

I learned several things from this experience: Creating a book trailer doesn’t need to be daunting. Furthermore, it is something that you can do yourself. However, I would not ignore the input of a professional. On the other hand, creating a book trailer can provide a fun and interesting experience.


The Damnation Plays

by Chantal Ravens

“His love could lead to her damnation.”

Mia Castle wasn’t expected to wake up – ever. Two years ago, she had driven her motorcycle in between the paths of a truck and a friend in order to save his life. Disastrously, she was hit, putting her in a long coma. However, after a miraculous awakening, she defied the medical odds to become fully independent but was at the same time left with both physical and mental scars.

Since the accident two years ago, her fiancée had moved on and unexpected events had happened in the lives of people she loves. Mia herself had changed. Mia now experienced visions that spanned time and space. With no explanations in sight, she tried to get away from it all by holidaying in a small cottage in Wiltshire. There, she meets Blake Carter. Blake with his dark, smouldering looks and mysterious aura was unlike any man that Mia had ever met. However, he hid a secret that could tear them apart.

Unbeknown to Mia, Blake had been looking for the Damnation Plays and Mia could be the key to finding it.

The Damnation Plays had been in existence for thousands of years. Concealed by dark forces it could bring damnation to the world.

New alliances will be forged and old friendships tested as Mia and Blake raced against time to prevent the deliverance of a legendary evil.

About the Author

Scott Mullins is a freelance writer and digital content manager. When he’s not finding ways to distract himself from writing his novel he writes killer copy for companies all over the world. Connect with Scott on Twitter @ScottMullins86 or LinkedIn. He’s always looking to connect with other writers.