After an extensive eight weeks I've managed to film and edit a new 'book trailer' for my upcoming novel 'Tabitha Bates'.
It's amazing just how hard it is to source public domain footage - that does not have a hefty fee attached to it to it.
That aside, I used the best stuff I could find, and then a mix of my own video footage, which I shot on a Sony Cybershot Camera.
The video editing process is a lengthy task, and you need a lot of patience and practice in combining it together. Basically, you've got ten or fifteen seconds to grab the audience before they lose interest.
I have seen a range of book trailers done by big publishing houses and they've really had - the full treatment. I can only guess how much they may have cost.
Nevertheless, I made mine for about a hundred cups of coffee, which I drank during the process - and a lot of sweat and tears.