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Find music for your trailers



If you choose not to use Soundzabound or another royalty free site, you may not post your work on the web.

  • Soundzabound
    Soundzabound Music Library offers a wide variety of music, audio themes and sound effects
    for grades K -12 and universities that ensures your copyright safety.
  • CCmixter
    ccMixter is a community music site featuring remixes licensed under Creative Commons where you can listen to, sample, mash-up, or interact with music in whatever way you want.

Make your own book trailers

Make your own

1. View some of the best trailers on the Authors pages

  • Select a book

2. Decide on important story points

  • tone of the book, scary, suspenseful, futuristic, romantic -  picture the setting and the characters 
  • short, snappy text - What words might propel the trailer,  text posed in the form of a question can work well
  • try a voiceover

3. Search for images and music on royalty-free sites

  • select music and sound effects

4. Use the right tool for the job

  • Animoto
  • Windows Movie Maker : remember to select "Finish Movie" . Once you select this option choose e-mail movie. Even if you do not plan on e-mailing you must save the movie with the correct file extension .wmv.
  • Use PowerPoint then convert to video
  • Use ClipGenerator

5. Launch and promote

  • Does it make the viewer want to read the book?
  • Do the transitions make sense?
  • Do the graphics fit the tone of the book?
  • Does it grab  attention?

Some Book Trailer Tools

Cover Art
Create 30-second videos with the free version.
Cover Art
Animoto - Animoto Inc.
"Turn your camera roll into beautiful, pro-quality videos. Choose your music, photos, and clips and share amazing videos with your family and friends."
Basic account is free.
Cover Art
Window Movie Maker
Windows Movie Maker contains features such as effects, transitions, titles/credits, audio track, timeline narration, and Auto Movie.

Find images for your trailers


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