Make a Book Trailer with PowerPoint

I’m a cheapskate.

I’m also technologically impaired.

So when it came to making a book trailer for Sunwielder’s audiobook pre-release hype, I resorted to the old familiar standby from my years of selling office furniture – MS PowerPoint. The program’s been updated over the past 2 decades, but I still figured it out with some trial and error. And error. And a little more error.

The main thing I learned is regarding sequence:

1. Start with your text: Keep it pithy. I used my book blurb and pared it down to its bare essentials. That gave me about fifteen slides to populate with images.

2. Then add images: I took advantage of Pixabay’s royalty-free, attribution-free images for this one, frequently mashing them together to create a scene. Remember to check copyright details for the images you decide to use.

3. Add transitions: Don’t get too zany, but have fun. Timing is the hardest part. Just keep viewing and adjusting until you’re satisfied.

4. Add animation: Same as the above.

5 Add music: Once your presentation is done and the timing close to finalized, find a piece of music. I searched for royalty-free music about the length of the slideshow since editing music is beyond my brain’s ability. Again, check the copyright details. I added a slide at the end for the required attribution.

6. Tweak about 50-100 times.

7. Export from PowerPoint as an MP4 file.

8. Upload to Youtube, Goodreads, and Amazon.

Want to check it out?

145 thoughts on “Make a Book Trailer with PowerPoint

  1. Joel F says:

    Thanks for this. Another day of learning.

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  2. Teri Polen says:

    This sounds completely beyond my capabilities, Diana. Luckily, i have a computer-savvy friend!

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    • You could do it, Teri. The hardest part, to be honest, is collecting the images, particularly for speculative fiction, but you’d be surprised at what’s available on Pixabay. Then it’s just a matter of assembly. ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  3. Very nice and great advice for us technically impaired folks. Trailer is awesome.

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  4. cath says:

    A lovely presentation, well worth the time spent. I use power-point for teaching, but my technical slides seem very tame after seeing this.
    Sunweilder looks intriguing. Congratulations.

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  5. Joanne Sisco says:

    I laughed out loud at step #6. I could relate to that one!!!

    The trailer is AWESOME! Give or take step #6, you made it sound so easy to do ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  6. Definitely saving this post for future reference!

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