It has come to my attention that I need a book trailer. First step before doing something I've never done is to research, so I went on youtube and searched "fantasy book trailer."
Don't get me wrong - not ALL book trailers suck. I was just shocked by the high number of cringe and facepalm moments I had while watching. There was a huge difference between those done by indies and those done by professional peeps.
The trailer for Iced by Karen Marie Moning - one of my all-time favorite authors - was excellent. I will be using that as my standard of professionalism. I wonder how close I can come on my $0 budget. Probably not very. I will say though, that I've got mad respect for indie authors in general. Yes, some are less than professional. That's what you get when you open the doors to anyone with a keyboard. I'm talking about the ones who take great pride in their work, who do their very best, and who make real art.
It isn't easy to write well. It isn't easy to read and re-read, revise and re-read, revise and revise and re-read, over and over again until it's polished and pristine. It isn't easy to make your own book cover, especially if, like me, you have no experience with Photoshop. It makes my head hurt to think of all the marketing I'll have to do, and of making a book trailer when I have less than no experience with that. I do not want people to cringe when they see it and think, "Geez, that sucked. Not reading that book."
So... wish me luck! I'm gonna need it.