I wish to welcome back to the blog, Jacki Delecki. Descended from a long line of storytellers, Jacki spins adventures filled with suspense, healing, and romance. Jacki’s love affair with the arts began at a young age and inspired her to train as a jazz singer and dancer. She has performed many acting roles with Seattle Opera Company and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Her travels to London and Paris ignited a deep-seated passion to write the Regency Code Breaker Series, of which her new audiobook, A Code of the Heart, is part. Welcome, Jacki…
I don’t usually create video trailers for my books, but I did create trailers for both of my audiobooks. Why, you ask? With the addition of sound, adding video is a way to add dimension to this engaging book promotion technique. I work with my assistant, Maria Connor of My Author Concierge, and this is a look at our process.
Developing a book trailer starts with a script. This can be the book cover copy (also called the book blurb or book summary), an excerpt from the book, or something entirely different. For A CODE OF THE HEART, we used a brief excerpt that reflected the storyline, plus the tag line for the Code Breakers series. The script can either be narrated or added as text.
The next step in the process is to assemble the graphic and audio components. This can be a challenge, as one must comply with copyright laws. He must have permission or be authorized to use the content in the trailer. To avoid any problems, we either use images owned by the author, his/her assistant, or stock art/music that one purchased. One can also use material under a Creative Commons license.
Finding licensed images for Regency romance can sometimes be a challenge. We discarded one of the images we considered using for this book trailer when we realized the male model–posed in a classic historical romance cover embrace–was wearing a gold chain necklace. We didn’t want any readers complaining about the historical inaccuracy of such an image so we selected a different graphic.
Another means to solve the problem of limited Regency England images is to look for photos that reflect the story elements without specifically portraying them. For example, in this book trailer, the “spilled” tea cup represents the poisoning, as well as the danger and betrayal incidents in the story, while we selected the British flag to signify the intrigue and danger to the British monarch.
The audio and video elements are crafted into a final product using Windows Movie Maker and an audio “mixing” program called Audacity.
Below are links to book trailers for my two historical romantic suspense books available as audiobooks:
For an audio sample of Jacki’s new audiobook, listen HERE.
I hope you enjoyed our creative efforts and that we’ve made you curious to learn more about Jacki’s Regency romantic suspense! If you’d like more information about Jacki’s audiobooks, you can find A CODE OF LOVE and A CODE OF THE HEART on Audible, Amazon and iTunes.
About Jacki Delecki
Jacki Delecki is a bestselling romantic suspense writer. Delecki’s Grayce Walters Series, which chronicles the adventures of a Seattle animal acupuncturist, was an editor’s selection by USA Today. Delecki’s Romantic Regency The Code Breaker Series hit number one on Amazon. Both acclaimed series are available for purchase at http://www.JackiDelecki.com. To learn more about Jacki and her books and to be the first to hear about giveaways join her newsletter found on her website. Follow her on Facebook as Jacki Delecki; Twitter @jackidelecki.
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I’ve been thinking about preparing a trailer. Great advice / information. Thank you 🙂
The idea sounds like a good one. It piqued my interest.
Thank you for hosting A Code of the Heart. Lovely to be back!
Glad you are here. I have several people looking at the post for information on book trailers.
A former student who makes documentaries now, did this one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bUUKCVCPLI
Hello, Regina and Jackie! I’m glad that Carol Cork posted this interview, very interesting. O’ I am so excited about listening to your storytelling, Jackie! Blessings to you both!
Many thanks for joining us, Juanita. Carol is truly a blessing to have among those who regularly follow my blog.
I usually don’t pay much attention to book trailers, I enjoy blurbs and excerpts more 🙂 But one time there was a book I was on the fence about and I saw the trailer and I was blown away. So of course I had to snatch it up :).
Interesting perspective, Crystal. I have a similar conversation going on with my friend [former student] that I mentioned above.