As I’ve worked hard over the last month to unify the look of the covers of my previously published novels, I decided to tackle another form of unification, and that’s creating trailers that are a little better than the old ones I produced years ago and have a similar feel.
With a little more insight into video production from some of my students, I decided to give my trailers another go. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve researched other writers’ trailers, and there were things I liked and wanted to incorporate into my own.
After reading Start with Why by Simon Sinek, I’ve had to reevaluate everything I do with regard to being an indie author. I’ve come up with different strategies and tactics, and I’m seeing how this new plan goes because with each new step, I ask myself “why” I should do it.
I think it’s fun to play around and be creative with trailers. I’d love to work with some video footage instead of still photography for some upcoming trailers, and I’m pretty thankful for my time in Orioles Productions years ago when I interned with my friend Charles Steinberg and had to make videos for the ballpark. It was a lot of fun learning that side of storytelling. Plus, I’m a big movie fan, and always find it interesting to see what happens when a book makes it to the big screen—what stays, what goes, what changes, and how it goes from the page to being set in motion.
Anyway, I ramble. Here’s the new trailer for my first “baby,” Beneath the Mimosa Tree.
Stephanie Verni is a hopeless romantic, Professor of Business Communication at Stevenson University, and the author of Inn Significant, Baseball Girl, and Beneath the Mimosa Tree. Along with her colleagues Leeanne Bell McManus and Chip Rouse, she is a co-author of Event Planning: Communicating Theory and Practice, published by Kendall-Hunt. Follow her on Twitter at stephverni or on Instagram at Stephanie.Verni.