Every year we have a book trailer panel. Producers, writers, authors and directors share their copyright knowledge and tips to help you understand why you need a book trailer panel and what makes for a great one.
This year, though, we decided to help you up your game…by upping our own.
Last year we were approached by the rock star team at Timid Monster about screening their award-winning and beautifully creepy short film Avarice at utopYA. Adapting books for screen and original screenwriting for young adult audiences has been part and parcel of utopYA since its founding, and we were more than happy to have them.
It seems the group from Timid Monster really connected with the utopYA community through their shared love of genre films and creative spirit because afterward, they went on to create book trailers and behind-the-scenes videos for authors Inger Iversen and Cameo Renae, opening their world up to book trailer production.
This year, utopYA and Timid Monster decided to collaborate on ways to help YOU create your own videos that look fantastic even if you are working with little to no budget.
It’s no secret that the book market is overflowing with new authors and new books — more and more with each passing month. It’s also no secret that book trailers have become as necessary to book promotion as they are to film promotion. BUT, how do you create a book trailer that:
- stands out from all the rest of the book trailers out there (admit it, a LOT of them look the same)
- piques interest in your book
- emotionally captures the audience
- doesn’t look painfully amateur
- doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg
….and all in only about 60 seconds???
Dan Baker, Rachel Taylor and crew have put together the Blockbuster Book Trailer Bootcamp, where you’ll learn how to use common household items to enhance lighting, sets, wardrobe and more, as well as what to do before and after the shoot to make your trailer look picture perfect, no matter what your level of “tech-xpertise.” Get all the awesome details here.
If you’re coming into Nashville on Thursday, June 19th, and want to get a head start on making the most of your time, your goals, and your authorly career, I encourage you to take part in the two-hour bootcamp. Light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages provided.
There are only 30 spots available. The first 10 people to register get a free copy of Take Me To Your Reader, the alien anthology with original short stories by Amy Bartol, Tiffany King, Heather Hildenbrand, C.A. Kunz, Amanda Havard, Tammy Blackwell, Sarah M. Ross and Raine Thomas.