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Interesting: Book Trailer Contest

09 April 2010
Interesting: Book Trailer Contest
ForeWord Reviews wants to see how creative you can be. That's why we're asking for entries in our first annual Book Trailer Contest.

If you're an author or publisher of an independently published book, roll up your sleeves, make a video trailer for your book and enter our contest. The grand prize winner, as determined by public voting, will receive an Apple iPad! All book trailers will be shown at the Indie Press Lounge at Book Expo America in New York City in May.

What are Book Trailers? Wikipedia says:

A book trailer is a video advertisement for a book which employs techniques similar to those of movie trailers. They are circulated on television and online in most common digital video formats.... Book Trailers can be acted out, full production trailers, flash videos, animation or simple still photos set to music with text conveying the story.

Maybe you've never made a video or produced anything like this before, but don't let that stop you. As the author of your book, you know the subject matter, storyline, characters, etc. better than anyone else. Think of the book trailer as an opportunity to draw in prospective readers in a new way. The result will be publicity for you and your book, and hopefully more sales!

Contest Rules

1. Contest runs during the month of April, ending at Midnight EST on April 30, 2010.
2. The book trailer that receives the most positive votes will be deemed the grand prize winner and the entrant will receive an Apple iPad.
3. Book trailer videos must be uploaded to the contest group on YouTube to be eligible and must be set to be viewed by the public.
4. Book trailers may be no longer than three minutes in length.
5. More than one trailer may be entered for a title, but each video should be unique.
6. Any trailer containing offensive, profane, inappropriate, or hateful content will be removed.
7. The maker of the book trailer video is responsible for all materials within; any copyright infringements will result in disqualification and/or removal from the YouTube group.
8. The book trailer must promote a book that was independently published in either 2009 or already published by an independent press in 2010.
9. All videos will be shown at Book Expo America in New York City at the Indie Press Lounge hosted by ForeWord Reviews.

Follow These Steps

1. Make your book trailer. You may consider reading How to Make a Book Trailer from eHow
2. Upload your book trailer to the ForeWord Reviews group on YouTube. New to YouTube? Use Google's Help Guide. Be sure to upload your video to the appropriate contest group, so viewers can vote for it.
3. Take note of the URL (website address) of your book trailer video on YouTube.
4. Tell your friends about your entry and encourage them to vote for your book trailer.
5. Attend Book Expo America in New York City at the end of May and see your video playing in the Indie Press Lounge!

(More information HERE.)
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