Book Trailers and Other Things I’m Not Great At

video cameraMonths and months ago, my publisher suggested that I make a couple of videos to introduce my book. A “book trailer.” A couple of conversations. A few little clips of me yammering about my memoir.

Those of you who follow me on Facebook might remember that I instantly freaked out…and then promptly ignored the idea because I had NO CLUE how one goes about doing such things. The only video projects I’ve ever done are the end-of-the-year video compilations I make of my kids.

But it’s the week before the book releases, and I wanted to introduce When We Were On Fire in some new ways. I wanted you to hear about it in my own voice. I wanted you to get a chance to see me. The girl behind the pages. And if there’s ever a time to be brave and try something brand new, it’s the week before your book releases, when you’re about to show the entire world what a mess you are anyway.

Let me be clear: video is not my strong suit. I am a writer for a REASON, and it’s because I’m better on the page. I do not love the sound of my own voice, and I have all the typical insecurities about the way I look on video. But I’m going to do it anyway. Because, why not?

Anyway, it’s 1:48 in the morning right now. And I’ve been working on this thing for way. too. long. So here you go. My amateur attempt at a book trailer. For your enjoyment. Share it with your people.

38 thoughts on “Book Trailers and Other Things I’m Not Great At

  1. Addie, this was so fantastic! Great job. Also, your voice? Spoken and written it is beautiful. xo

  2. Wow. If this is something you’re NOT good at, I can’t imagine how good you are at something you’re GOOD at!

    I. Cannot. Wait. For. This. Book. And even when I look at this video conceptually rather than emotionally, what an awesome concept. I love it.

  3. I got chills. Want to see the feature-length version of the TRAILER, let alone read the book. Really freaking well done.

  4. Beautiful and haunting. I hear my story in your words, as I’m sure many others do. And, your voice is lovely!

  5. So well done and you sound so great! Really, like all polished! Loved it. And I know I’ve said this about 16 times before, but I can’t wait to read it all.

    Hope you have a wonderful day and somehow avoid the exhaustion from being up so late. Sounds like a movie day for the kids….

  6. SO EXCITED for your release and so proud of you, Addie. This is hard, brave work and you’re doing it. So much of what you said in the trailer resonated with me and where I’ve been and where I am and where I’m going. It’s incredibly affirming to have someone come along and not only share, but beautifully articulate so much of my experience and feelings. So thankful for you.

  7. See, you freak out and pig out and then THIS!! All I can say is, Lordamercy this is just achingly beautiful. Having trouble waiting til the 15th…

  8. Love, love, LOVE this. We saw those sailing lanterns for the first time this summer – this was the perfect place to use one. You did good, Addie. Loved hearing you.

  9. I think it turned out amazing! Especially for a first attempt. What video editing software did you use to make it?

    Also, I have a friend who is obsessed with these lanterns!

    1. I used Windows MovieMaker. We had this idea of getting a whole bunch of people together and releasing them…but we never could come up with a safe place where we didn’t think we’d get arrested. We ended up going this route because it seemed like better than nothing…

  10. You did a FABULOUS job with this! It’s beautiful – more than just a trailer…


    1. Thanks so much Amy! I’m still pretty sure it’s not my “special gift,” but it did turn out better than I expected. Thanks for the kind words!

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