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The photo has nothing to do with what I’m about to talk about. It is me working, and my daughter “helping me”. However, it does give you a glimpse into my strange little world.

I stumbled upon an article talking about promoting your book. One of the bits of information mentioned a book trailer. I had heard of them before, but never gave much thought to it as I didn’t know how to make one. But, something in particular nudged me that day, and I decided to do a search for tutorials. Low and behold, it was free, and simple!

I have a macbook, so iMovie was my first choice. You can even get it on your iPhone or iPad and did I mention? It’s free! Ten minutes to download and I was ready to begin! There are two choices when selecting a project to make – movie or trailer. There are also several templates for you to select from in the trailer section (adventure, romance, fantasy, suspense etc.). You can upload photos or video for your trailer. And I am so serious, it is simple! Music is included in the template!

The hardest thing about the project was selecting the images I wanted, to capture the feel of my project. So far, I have made two trailers. One for my children’s picture book, and one for my YA fantasy book – yet to be released. Now, I am an illustrator, so I had quite a few illustrations to work with for my projects. But don’t worry, if you aren’t an illustrator or photographer, there are plenty of places to download free images, royalty free, and allowed for commercial use. For instance, I used some images between my children’s book illustrations to add humor to the trailer. I downloaded them from It’s a free and easy to use website!

I can think of so many uses for the trailers. Illustrators could use them to showcase their work. Families could use them to highlight a vacation. Photographers could use them to show their clients their photo shoot. How fun would that be?

I would love to see links to your trailers in the comments if you have made one! Here are the two I made: