Even the most powerful hands need a delicate touch…
Emmaline Gallagher is a master of wielding personal glamour. As a free fae who lives among humans, she must hide her true self at all times as she works undercover within the powerful Phaendir—for if certain factions within the Phaendir gain control, the fae will be wiped from existence. Now, an object of fae power lies within a locked ancient box. And there is only one fae who can forge the key.
Known as “the Blacksmith” Aeric O’Malley can create or destroy almost anything with his forging skills. Emmaline has come to him in need, but he and Emmaline have a past—and he has spent centuries wanting to take revenge on her for her transgressions. But now that he has her within his grasp, something about her keeps him from exacting his vengeance—or is it merely her glamour blinding him?
Trapped by fate, Emmaline must hope that she can reach Aeric’s furious heart before it’s too late….
A few years ago book videos were the big new thing and it seemed like every author was making them or having them made. The craze seems to have died down a bit, but book videos are still definitely on the scene. They can be as fancy as the ones made by Circle Seven Productions, some even with live actors, or as simple as a few second vid of a book blurb set to music.
I’ve done numerous surveys of my readership to see what people think of book trailers and have come to the conclusion that they’re not really a cost effective method of book promotion. I’ve definitely sold a few books thanks to the videos I make, but probably not enough to justify the cost. I still make them anyway because I love them, and life is too short not to do things I love. They’re really more of a hobby than anything else for me, but if one of my vids should tempt a reader into buying one of my books—well, then, score.
The book videos I do for my books cost an average of $100. That cost is stock music, stock video footage and stock photography. Notice the term ‘stock’. I buy licenses for everything in my book vids and never, ever infringe anyone’s copyright. You can’t just pluck your fav song off your iTunes list; you need a royalty free piece.
Music is the most important element in my opinion. Very rarely do I easily find the right bit of stock music. The search for the right music is the most time consuming part of book video production because music invokes emotion, and that emotion you’re invoking in the viewer needs to fit the feel of the novel. I used high-energy goth type music for my Elemental Witches series. For my Dark Magick series, the music I search out is dark and mystical. Once I find the right music, it’s (pretty much) downhill from there. My favorite place to buy stock music is www.stockmusic.net.
Creating the storyboard with stock photography/stock video is my next step. I plan out the text for every “scene” and find the images that work best to tell the story. When I’m texting out the book video I distill the novel down to its very basic parts, pretty much just down to the main conflict(s). That’s not an easy thing to do (as any author who has ever written a synopsis or a book blurb will tell you).
I love to use little bits of stock video to add movement and give the vid a more polished feel. My fav find was the section in my Wicked Enchantment video that depicts my villain, Gideon Amberdoyal. I could never have found a more perfect bit to depict him. In my Cruel Enchantment video I used an approaching thunderstorm with sound effects to symbolize the coming conflict between my hero and heroine. My favorite place to buy stock photos/video is www.istockphoto.com.
After that I decide which image to use to open the vid and put everything together using Windows Movie Maker. I hear there are more complex programs to use, but Movie Maker is simple, has always worked well for me, and it came free on my computer, so bonus.
Below are a few videos I’ve made. If you’re interested in seeing any others, here’s a link to my channel on YouTube.
So, how do you feel about book vids? Do you love them? Hate them? Has a book video ever convinced you to buy a book…repelled you from buying a book? Below are a few examples of books videos I’ve made recently. I’ll give away a signed copy of Wicked Enchantment to one commenter.
Cruel Enchantment, by the way, releases on September 7th. It’s the second book my Dark Magick series.
Visit my web site for an excerpt.
My YouTube channel with all my book videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/anyabast
~ Anya Bast
Want to purchase Anya’s novels?
- Blood Of The Rose at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Blood of the Raven at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Blood of an Angel at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Blood of the Damned at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Witch Fire at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Witch Blood at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Witch Heart at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Witch Fury at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Wicked Enchantment at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Sweet Enchantment (in Hot for the Holidays) at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Cruel Enchantment at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Dark Enchantment (2011)
Contest Time! Anya has graciously offered to give away a copy of either Wicked Enchantment or Cruel Enchantment – winner’s choice. All you have to do is answer this one question: What is your take on book trailers? Or simply ask Anya a question.
As always, there’s more ways of getting your name in the hat (remember, these aren’t mandatory to enter, just extra entries):
- +1 for each place you post about today’s contest on your blog, social network, or anywhere you can. Digg it, stumble it, twit it, share it with the world. Wherever you share it, make sure you add a link to it along with your answer.
- +1 to any review you comment on, however, comments must be meaningful. Just give me the title of the review and I’ll be able to figure it out from there.
- +1 If you are a follower of Literary Escapism on Facebook and/or Twitter
- +10 Purchase any of Anya’s novels (listed above) or any novel through LE’s Amazon store or the Book Depository sometime during this contest and send a copy of the receipt VIA email for your purchase to: jackie AT literaryescapism DOT com. Each purchase is worth ten entries.
There is one thing I am adding to my contests now…the winner must post a review of the novel someplace. Whether it is on their own blog, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing or wherever, it doesn’t matter. Just help get the word out.
I have not been contacting winners, so you will need to check back to see if you’ve won.