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March 31, 2014 / diannegray

I’ve been mucking around with trailers

Oops - wrong photo. Not THAT kind of trailer

Oops – wrong photo. Not THAT kind of trailer

Sorry about that – I actually meant book trailers.

I was reading Margo’s post “How to Create Your Own Book Trailer” about two months ago (yes – I’m a bit slow off the mark) and I thought it looked interesting so I gave it a try.

It took me about four hours to make two trailers. Now you know I’m not the most creative tool in the shed, so don’t laugh too much when you look at these. I used the royalty free music and photos Margo mentioned in her post as well as some of my own photos that you may recognise.

Let me know what you think. Remember – I have very thick skin (except when I chase the dog who is running away with my sun glasses and I and trip and skin my knees) so feel free to make any suggestions to improve on these.

I’m figuring I’ll probably put them on Goodreads and I don’t want them to go viral on Lifebuzz as  2014 World’s Worst Book Trailers. So please don’t be shy and let me know if they’re ready for the scrap heap.

They’re not long (about 50 seconds each) for those of you in a hurry. And I’m not ever sure they will actually work…

If you don’t want to look at them (or can’t) just let me know if you’ve ever tripped over and skinned your knee.

The Everything Theory

Let Sleeping Gods Lie

If they don’t work I’ll just go back to the drawing board…

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  1. ramblingsfromamum / Mar 31 2014 4:13 pm

    Ok I have watched and listening to the music in Let sleeping Gods Lie in the background again.

    They are, in my humble opinion excellent, The Everything Theory – the music builds to a pivotal point as we read the story line, loved the torn brown paper as our guide. Loved 🙂
    Let Sleeping Gods Lie – Music again, brilliant, those canes and hill do look very familiar? 😉 Loved
    So it’s a thumbs up from me, I think you have done very well at capturing the essence and feel of your books. Whose a clever little shnookums – hope your knees are okay 😉 x

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    • diannegray / Mar 31 2014 4:26 pm

      Oh – I’m so glad they worked. I was worried they wouldn’t! Thank you so much for watching them and commenting, Jen. I was thinking The Everything Theory may have been a bit yawn-worthy towards the end 😉

      My knees are great and I’m feeling a lot better now after reading your comment!

      Again – thank you so much 😀

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  2. jannatwrites / Mar 31 2014 4:33 pm

    I liked both of them, but I think I liked Let Sleeping Gods lie a bit better. I can’t really pinpoint why, though! On Let Sleeping Gods Lie, at about the 36 second mark, should “shortlised” be “shortlisted”?

    Great job on both of them… I think I’d have much better luck working with the trailer in your photo 🙂

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    • diannegray / Mar 31 2014 4:37 pm

      I liked Let Sleeping Gods Lie better as well and I’m not sure why. I think the other one lacks some kind of excitement… hmmm, I’ll have to think about it.

      Thank you so much for picking up the typo – I can’t change it now, but will when I redo it before putting it up on Goodreads. There’s nothing worse than seeing a typo from someone who is supposed to be a writer! LOL

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  3. Maddie Cochere / Mar 31 2014 4:44 pm

    Hiatus starts after I go to bed for a few hours. 🙂 I love the trailers! The Everything Theory is my favorite. It makes me want to drop everything and start reading it right now! You did a nice job on both. No need to worry about your skin at all! 🙂

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    • diannegray / Mar 31 2014 4:50 pm

      Oh Maddy!!!! I was about to comment on your home page to say ‘have a lovely hiatus’ – but didn’t want to seem like I was desperate to talk to you or anything lol (considering you closed your comments) 😉

      I wanted to say I’d love to see a trailer for your books (if you ever have time) – it’s actually a lot of fun and you can do one for 30 seconds for free (I actually got into this because I wanted to do one for my latest novel, but I haven’t finished it yet so I got a bit stuck trying to figure out what to put in the trailer) LOL

      Anyway – I’ll miss you 😦

      Enjoy your break and relax 😀

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      • Maddie Cochere / Mar 31 2014 5:04 pm

        Thanks for the well-wishes for the break. A couple more things …

        Imho, I don’t think The Everything Theory lacks “excitement.” It’s quite dramatic as is. The music is perfect, and I love the way it swells in the middle. You’ve created a desire to take the challenge to look at history in a new way. I’ve watched it at least three times now.

        I stopped at your site earlier to see how you bid adieu when you took a break for a while to write. I kind of followed your lead. 🙂

        I did make a couple of 30-second videos with Animoto! Now that I see how much more you can do with something other than freebies, I really should give it another try. Here are the two I did previously. They are really lame compared to yours!
        http://bit.ly/1fcT6A2 and http://bit.ly/1ogYCaX

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      • diannegray / Mar 31 2014 5:24 pm

        Oh Maddie – there so cool! I didn’t see any templates like that when I was doing mine. I’ll have to take a better look! The music is so upbeat. You should have them on your blog (when you come back from your haitus, of course). I just got a $30 per year upgrade on mine because the 30 seconds seemed to go too fast for me (and I do blab on) lol 😀

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      • Maddie Cochere / Mar 31 2014 5:29 pm

        I’m glad you like them!

        I will definitely have to upgrade. I haven’t looked at Animoto in quite a while, but I love your trailers and would like to try one for my new book. I’m so glad you posted this! Ok, I’m really off to bed now. It’s almost 3:30 in the morning. 🙂

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      • diannegray / Mar 31 2014 5:34 pm

        Good night! And have a lovely haitus! 😀

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  4. bodhisattvaintraining / Mar 31 2014 4:45 pm

    Really good Dianne!! well done

    Love the music of both – watching the first one, the music is fabulous/dramatic.

    I think they’re both fine as they are, love them…if I were to change anything at all it would be – in the first one I’d have the words from the first two slides on one slide ‘this boy is going to take you on a journey’; and in the second I’m not sure about the picture with the Murder slide – it could be more menacing 😉

    HOWEVER I really think they’re great as they are so no rush to make any changes! I’m so impressed 🙂 x annie

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    • diannegray / Mar 31 2014 4:56 pm

      Oh thank you, Annie – I was struggling with that. I agree that all the words should be on the first slide about going on the journey. I also don’t know whether or not to put his name there or just leave it as ‘this boy’. The murder page I wasn’t sure what picture to put in there and basically plucked the tree out of thin air (because the body is buried under a tree). I think I’ll have to find something a little more menacing (maybe a skeleton?)

      Thank you so much for your suggestions.

      You’re wonderful 😀

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      • bodhisattvaintraining / Mar 31 2014 5:02 pm

        I think ‘this boy’ is perfect…and the tree is great, just the clouds are too cheerful ha ha – darker would be good, but like I said they’re both great Dianne and if too hard to change I wouldn’t. If you hadn’t asked for feedback I wouldn’t have picked up anything, would have just loved them 🙂

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      • diannegray / Mar 31 2014 5:20 pm

        Awww – thank you, Annie. Maybe I could make the clouds darker. I can’t change these ones (I don’t think), but I’ll be taking all the comments on board and maybe redoing them for Goodreads 😀

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  5. harulawordsthatserve / Mar 31 2014 5:05 pm

    I’ve never heard of book trailers, so thanks for enlightening me! I think these are great. I like the everything theory one, there are some beautiful images, and the use of rough, written notes works well considering the story (which I’ve read and LOVED! The music in both is great. I’m not sure if, for me, there’s enough in the other one to grab me. I think I need to know a little bit more, and I understand there’s probably a very fine balance between giving just enough to create excitement and anticipation and giving too much away. That said, I do want to find out more about ‘Let sleeping god’s lie’ now! Have a great week! Love and blessings, Harula xxx

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    • diannegray / Mar 31 2014 5:28 pm

      It’s interesting that you like The Everything Theory trailer after reading the book and I’m hoping I’ve actually captured the essence of the story. The other one maybe does need a little more of a hint as to what happens in the story and that’s certainly given me something to think about. It’s not as long (I think it’s about 15 seconds shorter) so I can add a hook in there somewhere.
      Thank you so much my dear for taking the time out to have a look at these! 😀

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  6. EllaDee / Mar 31 2014 5:16 pm

    Both are great. I have The Everything Theory downloaded and waiting to be read… the trailer is a sign – it’s next. But Let Sleeping Gods Lie I have read… and the trailer made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck.
    Somehow before I opened the post I knew where you were going with it but you didn’t disappoint with the jokey trailer pic I expected of you 😉
    I never had skinned knees, as an adult anyway. But I have had a skinned nose… I won a port sculling competition. The rest is a long story 🙂

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    • diannegray / Mar 31 2014 5:33 pm

      I’m so glad you thought ‘Let Sleeping Gods’ was okay after having read the book! That trailer is the shorter of the two, so I’m thinking of just adding one more picture in there for a bit more of a hook. Thank you thank you thank you 😀

      Now – about that port sculling competition… LOL You’ll have to share that story with us one day! 😉

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  7. jmgoyder / Mar 31 2014 6:07 pm

    I think they are great which reminds me – I must get hold of your books – very remiss of me!

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    • diannegray / Mar 31 2014 6:42 pm

      Thank you so much, Julie.

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    • diannegray / Mar 31 2014 6:43 pm

      Sorry – I pressed reply too soon! I’m glad it’s cooled off over there. It’s still sweltering here – I can’t wait for the cooler weather 😉

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  8. danpentagram / Mar 31 2014 6:31 pm

    Absolutely fantastic, Dianne. Much better than my book trailers 😉 I especially love the The Everything Theory one – makes me want to read it – all over again!!

    I’m going to blog that one!

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    • diannegray / Mar 31 2014 6:45 pm

      Oh – thank you, Dan! I was really interested to hear what you thought after actually reading the story and then seeing the trailer – whether it actually matched the book, and it sounds like it did 😀

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  9. Jill Weatherholt / Mar 31 2014 9:42 pm

    I loved the trailer for Let Sleeping Gods Lie…there is something about an open road. Loved it, Dianne!

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    • diannegray / Apr 1 2014 5:45 am

      Thanks so much, Jill – you’re right about the long open road, it just has ‘journey’ written all over it 😀

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  10. nrhatch / Mar 31 2014 11:47 pm

    Great job on the trailers.

    I loved the notes on brown paper bags in The Everything Theory. Perfect! I did feel I would be more connected to the story if “this boy” had a name.

    I loved the music you chose for Let Sleeping Gods Lie and the first few images with the motorcycle and the vistas.

    That said, I enjoy watching movie trailers, seeing actual scenes from the film. I don’t care much for the concept of book trailers ~ I’d prefer to read a BLURB on the back of the book or on-line rather than watching images that are loosely tied to the theme. The exception for me might be an illustrated children’s book or a photography book when a trailer could share actual images.

    But don’t let my lack of enthusiasm for book trailers stop you in your tracks. Just watch where you’re walking and save those knees!

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    • diannegray / Apr 1 2014 5:58 am

      Thanks so much for watching them and giving feedback, Nancy. It’s great to know what works and what doesn’t. I felt a little behind the times because it seems everyone is making book trailers these days. But it was a load of fun doing it. You’re right about movie trailers and I love watching those as well.

      Now that you’ve mentioned the photography book I have a friend who’s published one and I’ll let him know about this.

      I’m watching those knees and won’t be chasing any dogs around for quite some time! 😉

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  11. Photos With Finesse / Apr 1 2014 12:29 am

    I enjoyed both of them, but really liked Let Sleeping Dogs Lie. I think it was the bold drama of the music. You’ve given me inspiration. I’m supposed to be making promotional videos of my photography services. Clearly it’s doable LOL. I still need to see a written blurb about the story line, but these would capture my attention to go check it out further.

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    • diannegray / Apr 1 2014 6:23 am

      Thanks so much for watching and commenting, Suzan 😀

      Animoto is free if you want to do a 30 second video. I had a go at it with the book I’m currently writing and liked it so much I bought a $30 yearly subscription to make videos up to 10 minutes long.

      I’ll keep an eye out on your blog for your videos 😉

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  12. Carrie Rubin / Apr 1 2014 12:51 am

    These are really great, Dianne. I especially loved the Let Sleeping Gods Lie one. The images are sharp and dramatic, and the music matches the story theme so nicely. I’m impressed! I’ve never done a book trailer. Wouldn’t know where to begin!

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    • diannegray / Apr 1 2014 6:29 am

      Thanks so much for going in and having a look, Carrie. There’s something about the Let Sleeping Gods Lie trailer that people prefer – hmm. I’ll have to do bit of work on the other one 😉

      You can do 30 second Animoto trailers for free, that’s how I started and then realised it wasn’t as hard as I thought. You just need some pictures and music (which you can get for free from Animoto or put your own in). The hardest thing for me was choosing what words to put in (LOL) 😀

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      • Carrie Rubin / Apr 1 2014 6:56 am

        I’m sure it’s fun to play around with. I’ll keep that site in mind if the day should ever come I attempt that.

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  13. avwalters / Apr 1 2014 1:10 am

    I’ll start by admitting that I’ve never seen a book trailer before. I’m not a technical person, so when the pundits tell me I need such things for my books, my eyes glaze over. As a complete newbie, I liked the trailer for Let Sleeping Gods Lie much better, because it gave a hook into the story. The trailer for The Everything Theory focused on what we don’t know and what we’ll learn–but not quite enough about he story. Readers are story people. We learn lots in stories, but because we’ve connected with the people and their quest. (Lots of new brain science on this lately, that marketing has been harping about for years.) In both cases they trailers look well produced–with appropriate music for the story they’re promoting.

    Damn. No I’ll have to look into book trailers. So much to do, so little time.

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    • diannegray / Apr 1 2014 6:54 am

      Thanks so much for this feedback, Alta. Let Sleeping Gods Lie is certainly the favorite here and you’ve hit the nail on the head with this comment. I need to put more of a hook/story line in TET.

      If you go into Anomoto you can do a 30 second trailer for free. I did that with my latest novel (just as a test because I haven’t finished the novel yet) and that’s when I got hooked and tried it out for these two novels. I’ll probably do ones for the other novels now. If you give it a go let me know how you go 😉

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  14. sherrylcook / Apr 1 2014 1:26 am

    Great Job Dianne! Technology is amazing isn’t it?

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    • diannegray / Apr 1 2014 6:55 am

      Thanks, Sherry. Ten years ago I would have had some dumb powerpoint presentation. I’m loving this technology! 😀

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  15. JackieP / Apr 1 2014 1:27 am

    They were both good. But for the Let Sleeping Gods Lie needed a more menacing tree. No skeleton though, as I think that’s a bit too much. I love the tree idea just needs one more….gothic I guess. The Everything theory was well done also. I liked the torn paper and the music was just right in tempo.

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    • diannegray / Apr 1 2014 6:57 am

      Great feedback, Jackie. You’re right about the tree – it doesn’t really reflect ‘murder’ LOL 😀

      Thank you so much for taking the time to look at them and get back to me. Every bit helps to get that final product looking smart and polished 😀

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      • JackieP / Apr 1 2014 7:31 am

        Glad I could help! They do look good Dianne. 🙂

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  16. Ruth Rainwater / Apr 1 2014 1:59 am

    Great trailers, and somebody already mentioned the typo The first one, I thought the transitions were too sudden, too jolting. I don’t know if you did that intentionally. The transitions in the second one were much smoother. I will have to look at them again later after I’ve had my 2nd cup of coffee; I may have more suggestions once I’m awake. But good job!

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    • diannegray / Apr 1 2014 7:00 am

      Thanks so much for going in and checking them out for me, Ruth. I know what it’s like to try and focus before that second cup of coffee (I’m on my second now). 😉
      The transitions in the first one have something to do with the template and I can’t change that unless I change the template – but I haven’t tested them all out yet so that gives me something solid to focus on. Many thanks again 😀

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  17. ygm17 / Apr 1 2014 4:17 am

    Dianne I loved them both although maybe the second one could be a little longer? I really thought The Everything Theory was wonderful and the choice of music great 🙂 I have downloaded The Everything Theory and I must say the video makes me want to read it even more.

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    • diannegray / Apr 1 2014 7:06 am

      You’re right – Let Sleeping Gods Lie is about 10-15 seconds shorter than TET. I’m thinking of adding some more to it.

      I really hope you enjoy TET – I’m so excited you’re thinking of reading it! 😀

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      • ygm17 / Apr 2 2014 2:19 am

        I can’t wait to get to it but only last night I commented to my husband that so far I have only read three? fiction books this year and we’re already in April 😦 am very disappointed in myself *aaargh*. My day job involves reading tons of business material and that has kept me busy but I’m hoping to get through that soon.

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      • diannegray / Apr 2 2014 5:54 am

        Reading all day doesn’t really auger well for being able to kick back at night and read a good book! 😉 I remember when I was working as comms manager and I was writing all day – when I got home at night the last thing I wanted to do was sit down and write 😉

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  18. Polysyllabic Profundities / Apr 1 2014 4:36 am

    Wow…both were great. I have a desire to read both books again so they must have done their job!

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    • diannegray / Apr 1 2014 7:11 am

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad you liked them ❤

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  19. char / Apr 1 2014 4:38 am

    Great job! I’m in awe. One typo I saw on Sleeping Gods was shortlisted at the end. It had a T missing in it.

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    • diannegray / Apr 1 2014 7:12 am

      Thanks so much, Char – you have a very good eye! 😉

      And also a big THANK YOU for your review of Soul’s Child. I saw it on Goodreads yesterday. Very happy indeed! 😀

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      • char / Apr 1 2014 8:29 am

        That story captivated me. I couldn’t figure out what would happen to that poor girl. You’re a talented writer. Your characters really come to life on the screen of my kindle.

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      • diannegray / Apr 1 2014 10:16 am

        Awww – thank you so much. That means so much to me and I’ll be grinning from ear to ear all day now! 😀

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  20. El Guapo / Apr 1 2014 5:32 am

    Wow, fantastic! Great job on both of them.
    The only things I noticed were The Everything Theory used the same picture three times at the beginning, and the music for Gods was sort of…whimsical? Does that match the story?

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    • diannegray / Apr 1 2014 7:18 am

      I’m thinking of changing those three pictures – to what, I’m not sure LOL 😉

      Let Sleeping Gods isn’t really supposed to be whimsical (although it does have some very interesting and funny Aussie characters in it) so I’ll have to take another look at that and maybe a rethink.

      Thanks so much for going in and commenting – very much appreciated 😀

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  21. Roy McCarthy / Apr 1 2014 6:20 am

    Great job! I’m enthused at least to have a look at how it’s done. A couple of things that struck me
    TET – (a) it suggests to me a heavy, learned read when it’s not a bit like that. (b) the 2009 award was great but it’s like a brewery over here that is still selling crappy beer on the back of a medal they won in like 1970 🙂
    LSGL – same comment re the award but otherwise this is, I think, excellent and the words and images preface the story perfectly.

    I must have a go 🙂

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    • diannegray / Apr 1 2014 7:25 am

      Excellent comments, Roy. I may take out the IP thing because it’s not a universally known thing (and I don’t want to think it’s about beer!) LOL

      I found it harder to do TET and I’m not sure why – I think I have to ‘lighten up’ on it a bit. As someone said here, ‘it doesn’t tell me about the story’.

      Animoto is really good and you should give it a try. They have their own pictures and music, but I downloaded mine (and used some of my own). You can make 30 second videos for free, which is what I did for the novel I’m currently writing. But because I haven’t finished it yet I didn’t put the video here (I have to find out what happens in the end first) LOL 😀

      If you give it a go please let me know how it turns out 😉

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  22. restlessjo / Apr 1 2014 6:45 am

    You really aren’t just a pretty face (with skinned knees), Dianne!
    I preferred the Sleeping Gods trailer. It built nicely and I like the sound of this book, but you’ve done a great job on both of them. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Apr 1 2014 7:27 am

      Thank you so much for going in and taking a look, Jo. It seems Sleeping Gods is the outright favourite and I have to do something with TET to bring it up to par – I think the problem is I haven’t really put a ‘story line’ in the trailer.

      Again – many many thanks for checking them out for me 😀

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  23. Pagadan / Apr 1 2014 8:07 am

    I like The Everything Theory best; it’s more dramatic, and I really like the muscial background. The layout, letters and notes are perfect. I think it’s cool and intriguing. Did you do that all by yourself? If so, I’m so impressed. But they’re both well done.

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    • diannegray / Apr 1 2014 10:11 am

      I did them both by myself, Joy, which was a bit of a shock for me because I’ve never tried anything like this before! I just went into Animoto and put some pictures in and then music – it’s all pretty simple (they provide pictures if you don’t have any and you can download the music for free or use theirs).
      Thanks for much for taking a look for me – I really appreciate it (and I’m so glad you like them!) 😀

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  24. Ruth Rainwater / Apr 1 2014 8:10 am

    Based on the music and the snippets, it looks like TET is an adventure thriller. The music is building as it does in those Alfred Hitchcock movies when you know something is going to happen and you’re on the edge of your seat; and you still jump and squeal when it does happen.

    The trailer for Sleeping Gods has music that is more flowing and upbeat, so it was a surprise to me to see the word ‘murder’ on one of the snippets. I like how the snippets transition into each other; it’s not as jerky as TET.

    I hope this comment makes sense – I’m still having some issues with finding the right words.

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    • diannegray / Apr 1 2014 10:15 am

      Thanks for coming back, Ruth (hope you enjoyed that coffee) 😉

      I know what you mean. Someone used the word ‘whimsical’ for the music to Sleeping Gods, so I may have to add more of a dramatic tone. After reading your comment this morning I went into Animoto and searched for a way to stop the ‘jerkiness’ of the transition. I think I many have found it so when I update them I’ll change it.

      I think your words are perfect 😀

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  25. jmmcdowell / Apr 1 2014 9:05 am

    I enjoyed them both, and it looks like a few other folks caught the typo in “shortlisted” already. 🙂 I think The Everything Theory could use a bit more of a hook as someone else noted, but for your first attempts, I think you’re off to a great start! I really enjoyed the music on both, too.

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    • diannegray / Apr 1 2014 10:22 am

      I was really happy with my first attempt and am glad so many have come in to tell me what they think. All the comments have been such a great help and when I redo them I’m taking everything here on board for the changes.

      I’ve never really seen trailers for books up until about six months ago when it became the in thing. Most publishing houses now do them and it’s probably just a way to catch the attention of readers. I thought I’d give it a try and was surprised how easy it was (hence, me putting them out there for others to let me know what they think, because I often kid myself into thinking things are good when they’re not! LOL).

      If you ever give it a try let me know and thanks so much for taking a look at them for me 😀

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  26. tchistorygal / Apr 1 2014 11:40 am

    You have so much talent it just animates itself. 🙂

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  27. anotherday2paradise / Apr 1 2014 11:12 pm

    What a great idea, Dianne. I’ve watched them both and commented. Love them. Yes, I’ve skinned my knees, broken my femur and lost my dignity in the process. Not sure which hurt the most. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Apr 2 2014 5:36 am

      Thank you so much, Sylvia! I’m so glad you like them 😀

      LOL – we throw dignity our the window when we go for that big tumble! 😉

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      • anotherday2paradise / Apr 2 2014 11:07 pm

        Tell me about it!! It’s also not very dignified to be on crutches for months on end. 😦

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  28. Theo Fenraven / Apr 2 2014 12:03 am

    Well, aren’t you brave! 🙂 I haven’t bothered because I don’t look at book trailers. I read the blurb, look at the cover, *look inside* at Amazon to make sure the author can write and used an editor, and make my decision. But I know people who do, and any way you can reach readers is a plus. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Apr 2 2014 5:44 am

      I’ve noticed the ‘book trailer’ becoming more prominent in the last year or so, Theo, so I thought I’d give it a shot. Was unsure at first because being ‘visually artistic’ is not really one of my strong points 😉 But I ended up enjoying this – I might just make a few more for my other books 😉

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  29. helpwithyourlife / Apr 2 2014 1:12 am

    Both are excellent Dianne! 🙂

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    • diannegray / Apr 2 2014 5:47 am

      Thank you so much, Cathie 😀 It’s always good to spread our wings and do something totally unfamiliar. It was scary putting them out there, but I’m glad I did 😉

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  30. Sheila / Apr 2 2014 1:17 am

    Those are great! I love the sense of mystery that’s created with the photos. I’ve been wanting to read The Everything Theory for a while now, but the trailer makes me want to read it even more. It seems like my kind of a book. I’m moving it up to next on the list!

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    • diannegray / Apr 2 2014 5:50 am

      Thank you, Shelia. Those who have read it tell me I’ve made the trailer a little complicated when it’s actually a very easy story to read. I’m thinking of taking away a little of the ‘complication’ and adding in a few words regarding what the story is actually about 😉

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  31. Jacqui Murray / Apr 2 2014 2:26 am

    I will definitely watch them. What software did you use? I’ve done lots of videos (where I pull pieces together) and mostly, they don’t look professional enough to my eye. I’m eager to see what you did to inform my future efforts.

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    • diannegray / Apr 2 2014 6:01 am

      I went into Animoto, Jackie. You can make free videos there if they’re under 30 seconds. I gave it a try last week for my new novel and found it was very easy to work with (but I didn’t finish my video because I haven’t finished the novel yet and don’t know how it’s going to end) 😉

      So I upgraded with Animoto to $30 per year which gives me more options and the ability to produce a video up to 10 minutes long. It’s very user friendly and they also provide music and pictures of you don’t have your own.

      Let me know what you think of Animoto if you go in to have a look 😀

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      • Jacqui Murray / Apr 2 2014 6:46 am

        I’m a fan of Animoto. Great idea to use that. It’s much easier than so many other video editors I’ve tried.

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  32. dex / Apr 2 2014 2:43 am

    Both are very nicely done. The music you selected for each was particularly good. Apart from the recycling of a few images in the trailer for ‘The Everything Theory’, I can’t find any flaw. (That, in and of itself, isn’t a flaw, per se. A lot of people may not even notice it.)

    All in all, I’d say they’re very impressive. Excellent work! 🙂

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    • diannegray / Apr 2 2014 5:14 am

      Thanks so much for taking the time to have a look at them, Dex. I’m very flattered that you’re impressed – you’ve made my day 😀

      I’m thinking of not using the same pictures in TET, so that’s a great pick-up. I also love the music, it’s available for free which is very generous of the composer so I should probably mention his name there somewhere as well 😀

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      • dex / Apr 2 2014 7:19 am

        You’re very welcome. I was impressed because you did an impressive job! 🙂

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  33. Bonnie / Apr 2 2014 5:48 am

    Dianne, those are great! I love the Let Sleeping Gods Lie music choice and it’s simplicity. Totally drawn in. And, I love the story-telling parts of The Everything Theory – so suspenseful!! Both really great and I think the idea of a book trailer is cool! I use Animoto and have the paid account – well worth it! Have fun – share more as you make more! 🙂

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    • diannegray / Apr 2 2014 7:02 am

      Thank you so much for going in and having a look, Bonnie. I just love Animoto! It makes everything so very easy 😀

      I’m going to do some trailers for the other stories soon! 😀

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  34. agjorgenson / Apr 2 2014 12:34 pm

    Well done, I like the second better, although they really were both well done. I hope you find these generate more interest. It is always good to cast your net wide when it comes to publicity!

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    • diannegray / Apr 2 2014 12:47 pm

      I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them yet, Allen, apart from putting them up on Goodreads. They’ve made me feel like I want to go into the video making business! 😀

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  35. ocdreader / Apr 2 2014 1:55 pm

    Nicely done Dianne! The second one was easier to read the text. But they are both awesome 🙂

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    • diannegray / Apr 2 2014 2:13 pm

      Thank you so much for taking a look, Elisa. I’m not sure if I can bold the text, but I’ll try 😀

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      • ocdreader / Apr 2 2014 2:20 pm

        It wasn’t a bold thing, it was that some of the text was so low on the page, the volume bar got a bit in the way. It might be user error on my part though. lol

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      • diannegray / Apr 2 2014 3:46 pm

        Oh okay – now I get it! 😀

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  36. Janna G. Noelle / Apr 2 2014 3:16 pm

    Dianne, these were great! I particularly like the one for The Everything Theory: all the photos gave it an epic feel, plus and the lens flare on the camera was a nice touch. 🙂

    The one for Let Sleeping Gods Lie was more simplistic/less epic but I’m guessing more suited to the type of story it is. It too is well done. I think you have safely evaded Lifebuzz, and I’m impressed you made those in only four hours!

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    • diannegray / Apr 2 2014 3:48 pm

      Thank you so much for taking the time to look at them and get back to me, Janna. I’m experimenting with some others right now – it’s SO MUCH FUN! 😀

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  37. Hazy Shades of Me / Apr 3 2014 10:58 am

    They are fabulous! I’m not sure what it is, but I found The Everything Theory more intense than Let Sleeping Gods Lie…maybe it was the music? I also really like the photo/paperclipped note style…very ‘mysterious’.

    Ahh, I’m so impressed! You go, girl!! 😀

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    • diannegray / Apr 4 2014 6:28 am

      Awww – thank you so much! It’s wonderful of you to go in and take a look. If you ever think of doing it yourself let me know 😉

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  38. ly / Apr 4 2014 7:53 am

    I watched both trailers the other day, but just now have time to write. They are both fascinating, Dianne. I am impressed. That little app makes you look like a pro; or are you a pro?

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    • diannegray / Apr 5 2014 6:46 am

      LOL – I’m no pro, these are my first attempts. I use Animoto, it’s fantastic. I made two more for Soul’s Child and The Eleventh Question yesterday 😀 I’m really happy with The Eleventh Question one, but Soul’s Child so far is a bit ho hum – I’m going to work on it again today.

      Thanks so much for taking the time to watch them and comment, Ly – I really appreciate it 😀

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  39. the eternal traveller / Apr 5 2014 7:48 am

    I looked and commented on both. Well done Dianne, these look very professional to me. I’m sure they won’t be on that list.

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    • diannegray / Apr 5 2014 11:27 am

      Thank you so much for taking the time to have a look and comment. It’s very much appreciated 😀

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  40. Rebecca Bradley / Apr 6 2014 12:35 am

    Firstly, I think you’re incredibly brave to attempt this!
    Secondly, I love The Everything Theory best. I liked both, I just LOVED The Everything Theory. (I haven’t read all the comments so I don’t know what everyone else is saying) I just like the whole concept anyway and the tone of the video seemed to portray that well. I thought it was fabulous! You should be so proud of yourself 🙂

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    • diannegray / Apr 6 2014 1:34 am

      Thank you so much for going in and having a look and commenting, Rebecca! When I did these I didn’t know how they would be received, but I’ve been getting some very positive feedback 😀 I’ve been working on another two for the other two novels over the last few days and am now wondering if it’s becoming an obsession! I’ve put one on Goodreads, but I’m not sure if there is a group I can run them past – I’m still searching (I don’t really understand Goodreads and should take more time having a look through there).

      I put Sleeping Gods on YouTube and have had 6 views (although, I think it may have just been me who was viewing it) LOL 😀

      If you ever think of doing this let me know – hopefully I’ll have a few tips when I’m finished all mine 😉

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  41. Kourtney Heintz / Apr 6 2014 5:53 am

    Wow. Terrific music choice and font and images. Really enjoyed The Everything Theory book trailer. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Apr 6 2014 6:11 am

      Thanks so much for going over to take a look and comment, Kourtney. I’m so glad you like them! 😀

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  42. 4amWriter / Apr 6 2014 11:23 pm

    Late to the comments, sorry. Craaaazzzyyy week. Fun trailers! I liked Sleeping Gods better. The Everything Theory didn’t hook me, although when I’ve read excerpts and reviews I know I would love the book. I guess because there isn’t much of a clue in the trailer as to what the story is about? And the phrasing wasn’t original to me, so I kind of lost interest. Sleeping Gods trailer makes me want to read that book!

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    • diannegray / Apr 7 2014 7:16 am

      Thank you so much for this (it’s never too late to join in the conversation) 😉 ‘Original phrasing’ you’ve hit the nail on the head with this. I knew there was something amiss with TET, but wasn’t sure what it was. I’ve done another trailer (same pics and template) with different words and it still doesn’t have the WOW factor. Because I love this story so much, I think I’m overthinking it and not making it simple enough.

      Again – many thanks for your input, it means so much to me. If you ever think of doing something like this I’d be only too happy to help where I can 😀

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  43. tw / Apr 7 2014 5:30 am

    I like them Dianne, have always been a fan of a little information to prompt curiosity 🙂

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    • diannegray / Apr 7 2014 7:22 am

      Thank you for taking the time to watch them and comment, Tracy. I’m really glad you like them. I think a visual snap of a book certainly gets that curiosity stirred up 😀

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  44. Kozo Hattori / Apr 7 2014 6:05 am

    I love them both, but I like the Let Sleeping Gods LIe one better. Love how concise, yet intriguing it is. Great music in both. {{{Hugs}}} Kozo

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    • diannegray / Apr 7 2014 7:24 am

      Thank you so much, my dear one! I think Sleeping Gods is the outright favourite here and I’m reworking TET based on the comments I’m receiving. It’s wonderful to be getting all this feedback 😀

      {{{Hugs}}}

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  45. DaydreamsInWonderland / Apr 7 2014 10:58 am

    I think these are wonderful, Dianne. Don’t scrap them! I love that shadowy effect on The Everything Theory one. Book trailers, who knew? What a neat idea!

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    • diannegray / Apr 7 2014 12:09 pm

      Thank you so much, my dear. I’m working on the other books now so hopefully I’ll have a trailer for every book soon (so I can drive everyone crazy with them) LOL 😀

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      • DaydreamsInWonderland / Apr 7 2014 1:15 pm

        Aww no! You’re always a welcome read. I have a lot of fun in DianneLand. 😛

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      • diannegray / Apr 7 2014 3:54 pm

        LOL! I’m so glad – I love the name DianneLand 😀

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      • DaydreamsInWonderland / Apr 7 2014 4:01 pm

        Kind of reminds you of an amusement park, right? Although, I picture even virtual DianneLand as having the RUC. & Lots of critters. & Wine. lol (& Friends!)

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      • diannegray / Apr 7 2014 4:20 pm

        Don’t forget the music! Which reminds me – it’s wine time now and then walk doggies to creek time in DianneLand….

        P.S I dropped my phone in the creek yesterday when I tried to get a photo – Do’h! I dried it out and it’s still working (for how long I don’t know) 😉

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      • DaydreamsInWonderland / Apr 7 2014 4:26 pm

        Ah yes! How silly of me! Cannot ever forget the music!

        That’s unlucky & lucky at the same time. Whoa paradox! Dun dun DUN!!!!!

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  46. bluebee / Apr 7 2014 10:25 pm

    A book trailer – what a novel idea 🙂 Yours work brilliantly.

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    • diannegray / Apr 8 2014 6:17 am

      Thank you so much for having a look for me. I’m so glad you like them 😀

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  47. Britt Skrabanek / Apr 9 2014 3:11 am

    Nice job, Miss Dianne! I think book trailers can be an awesome accompaniment to our work. I say “can be”, because I’ve seen some yucky ones out there. One in particular involved embarrassing acting starring knights in homemade armor sword-fighting around a backyard.

    I think you have such a dynamic personality that a behind the scenes with Dianne (interview style like I did with mine) would be something you could definitely pull off. Just a thought…

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    • diannegray / Apr 9 2014 7:17 am

      I’ve been thinking about that since I saw yours, Britt. I’d love to do it, but am a little shy (ahem). Having said that I’m going to give it a shot 😉

      Knights in homemade armor sword-fighting around a backyard – now why didn’t I think of that! Yippy-ki-ayyy! 😀

      I’m so glad you like the trailers. I’ve made more for the other books now and am driving my kids nuts telling them to look at them to check for typos etc. I’m pretty sure they’re over it by now 😉

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      • Britt Skrabanek / Apr 9 2014 7:58 am

        Believe it or not, I’m pretty shy as well, which is why I had the cam all set up myself. I would have had some trouble even with Mr. H on the other side.

        You should totally give it a shot! Maybe you can have some knights sword-fighting in the background for visual effects. : )

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      • diannegray / Apr 9 2014 8:04 am

        LOL – that would be hilarious! 😀

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