Sailing to Jessica
In case you missed our feature on Kelly Watts’ travel memoir, Sailing to Jessica, the two minute trailer lets you live the adventure from the safety of your favorite chair. Packed with pics from their travels and welcoming asides – Paul and Kelly are exactly the type of sailing companions we could see ourselves having so much fun sailing with – the trailer is enough to make you start contemplating setting sail on your own world adventure. Watch the trailer below, and then read on for a behind the scenes into the making of it from Kelly herself.
“Where does that fit in your project plan?” my husband demanded when I announced that I wanted to make a book trailer for Sailing to Jessica. Paul is a project manager by profession and I had begged him to help me plan my work because I was overwhelmed. I had thought writing and editing my book for two years was hard work, but apparently the work was just beginning as I formulated my marketing plan. I needed to create a website; get active on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest; as well as format and upload print- and electronic- versions of my book. In two months. Make a book trailer too? No wonder Paul thought I was mental!
But I had just seen my first book trailer, and it was COOL. I had to have one.
While Paul scowled at me, I scribbled “book trailer” on the bottom of the already over-scheduled project plan. There. It was now officially on the plan so I was free to work on it.
But what would I put in my book trailer? I hadn’t taken many videos on our sailing trip but I had tons of photos. Friends suggested holding up placards in front of the video camera, or having someone interview us. Ultimately I used variations on both ideas. I studied the movie trailer templates in Apple’s iMovie as a guide. I listened to hundreds of songs online and purchased a single-purpose license for the music I finally selected. I whittled down my 289-page book into a two-minute compilation of photos, videos from our trip, our interview , and some choice words. I tried not to spoil the story while setting the reader’s expectations – a tough balance for a true adventure that includes sailing around the world and adopting a baby.
Based on the number of views on YouTube and several other websites, putting the book trailer on my project plan was smart. And, thankfully, even my project manager agrees. Now, if I can just sneak my new idea for a book club video onto the project plan…
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