Get Your Free Book Trailer

Complete Book Trailer Templates With Instructions

I know there is all kinds of debate about whether book trailers are worth the cost, whether they are worth the time and whether they increase book sales. I’m here to tell you that yes, they are worth it! And the truth is, you can create a pretty sharp looking book trailer for free. And chances are the software you need already lives on your computer. So let’s get started! Make sure you check out the end of this post where we give away awesome book trailer templates as well as a chance to get your very own custom book trailer designed by us.

In this post not only am I going to show you how to create book trailers, I am also going to give you 3 awesome book trailer templates that you can download and edit for free. I think you will find them self-explanatory, but I want to go through some instructions and tips just so you won’t get stuck. If you are a master at PowerPoint and know how to save a PowerPoint presentation as a video, feel free to jump down to the trailers and download them.

Watch the trailers

The 3 styles of trailers below represent a romance book, action book and children’s book. And they were all created in PowerPoint to ensure that authors like yourself would be able to easily edit them.

Download romance trailer source files

Download children’s book trailer source files

Download action book trailer source files

1. Your Script

Most book trailers are too long for my taste; I find myself losing focus, and even the ones that work hard for cinematic effect often come across as boring. You’ll notice that the three samples we created were short and to the point! Below are a few tips to creating a great script:

  • Keep it short: You want to keep your trailer from going too long and losing your audience.
  • Hit the highlights: Just being short isn’t enough, it needs to be short and on point. Consider condensing your plot down to 3 or 4 short lines of text.
  • Pique attention: Grab your readers’ attention by ending your trailer with a question or shocking statement that will leave them thinking about your book long after the trailer is over.

2. The Software

These trailers were created with PowerPoint 2016 but we have tested them on versions as old as 2007. For older versions of PowerPoint there are some effects that you won’t be able to use.

Editing: All the editing is done in PowerPoint, and you can easily swap out our audio, photos and video clips for your own. You can duplicate scenes and modify them if you would like your trailer to be longer. If you are unfamiliar with PowerPoint, you can easily find some tutorials online that show you specific effects.

Saving a video file: Saving your awesome PowerPoint presentation as  a video is not quite as easy as you would expect it to be. Some versions of PowerPoint will allow you to save as video but many will not… check and see if your version allows this capability. If your version does not allow you to save as a video file or your video does not save with audio, then you will need to use a PowerPoint to video converter like iSpring River.

3. Finding the perfect assets

When it comes to creative graphics and other resources for your book trailer, you can spend as little or as much as you would like to. For the sake of looking out for your budget, we focus on taking the most cost-effective route for your trailer.

Audio: Our templates come with audio files, but if you are looking for other high quality royalty free audio than you can search audiojungle.com for clips for as little as $15.

Voice-Over: Not all book trailers need a voice-over, but if it makes sense to have one then a voice-over will add appeal and professionalism to your trailer. You can record voice-overs yourself or spend $5 on fiverr.com to get a professional to do it for you.

Images: Relevant imagery  or video is crucial to a successful book trailer, but luckily free photos are easy to come by. You can find high-quality free images at pixabay.com.

Video: Purchasing video clips can be the most expensive media item that you run into when creating book trailers. You can scout out free video clip sites to see what is out there. You can use Pixabay to get free video clips as well. Free high-quality video clips are hard to find no matter where you look. If you can’t find any that work, then consider trying to make your trailer work without video clips.

Download the Trailer Source Files

Here are the full source files to our three PowerPoint editable trailers:

Download romance trailer source files

Download children’s book trailer source files

Download action book trailer source files

blurbAn opportunity to win your own book trailer for free: We want to create a book trailer just for you! If you win, we will study your book and then craft a one-of-a-kind book trailer using high-quality audio and visuals. To enter, simply share this page by using any of the social media buttons above or below this post. All social media shares will represent one entry, and all links from your personal or business website will count as two entries. Once you have shared, then simply submit a comment with the name of your book and how you shared our post  (i.e. Hunger Games, Twitter). The winner will be asked to provide verification of their share. This contest will end January 26th, 2017

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139 thoughts on “Get Your Free Book Trailer

  1. I posted your excellent trailer to Facebook via a friend/author. ‘A Preponderance upon a family called Saxby’ is my book and my lifelong ambition is to get it published.

  2. Thanks for the info will post on our author pages and other pages on Facebook! Ava and Frank and the Magic Fairy. (teaching kids confidence)

    • Hi Pauline,

      Unfortunately these templates are only editable with PowerPoint. However, I did test them with both a Mac and PC version. I am contemplating doing some keynote templates in the future if there is enough interest.

  3. The Flapper Affair by Tam Francis, shared link on Twitter, followed you there, too. Vintage fiction: 1920s, new-adult, coming of age, romantic time-travel, murder mystery paranormal!

  4. Shared on Twitter and Facebook: “Hela: A Novel of Science, Faith, Love and Poland”. I really liked working with it. One issue – the sound volume is very loud and with Facebook’s volume level at maximum at start it can startle people. BTW my website also has your templates. Many thanks!

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  6. Your PowerPoint template is simple, clean, and (I hope) easy to use. I’d love a book trailer for new release AWAKENING MACBETH, a romantic thriller with a paranormal twist. The tagline is “Tomorrow is another day. Unless she dies in his dreams tonight.” The action is centered in Charlottesville, VA, with diversions to Edinburgh, Scotland, and the Iraq War and features a romance between a history professor and a combat veteran who together solve a decades-old secret.

  7. This is just awesome beyond my speech.
    Awesome is an understatement. Bravo. Excellent. well done.
    Unfortunately, i am NOT a trailer author, but i love this.
    I am a business, marketing, inspirational and motivational Author.

  8. Hi, I have just shared your post on Twitter (and have followed you, my twitter handle is @janedavisauthor). If I win a trailer, I would like it to be for my book My Counterfeit Self.

  9. Book is. “Brides and Cultures – around the World.
    Planning to publish around July, 2017.
    Presentation on my Twitter feed. @AmaR2k

  10. This is great! I posted to Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/docjodie
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    “What you say, what you think, what you feed, the vet care that you choose, the home you provide, and even your self-care has an impact on your pet! Journey with me into the mind-body connection that controls your pet’s emotional and physical well-being and then Live with Your Pet in Mind!”
    Thank YOU for this chance!

  11. I wrote on Facebook: If you are writing a book, check out Adazing.com and join their mailing list. There are a lot of free author tools on this site. Click the link below and enter to win a free book trailer. I intend to post to my other social media,too, especially Google+ where I have a lot of author friends. My book is My College Credit Plan(TM) and I really need your help!

  12. I shared your book trailer link via Twitter and Facebook. My upcoming book it titled The Secret of Berry Brae Circle

  13. Hello Mr. McDaniel and thank you for this opportunity. I shared it on Facebook and tweeter . The name of my book is “Come What May.”

  14. Perfect timing on this! The book is Awakening to Beauty in Our Midst, releasing February 14th. I shared on Facebook – private page, Facebook – blog page, Twitter @shebreatheshope.com, Pinterest – She Breathes Hope, and Instagram -@shebreatheshopeig. Thanks.

  15. Trabalho muito bonito e acessível, parabéns e muito obrigado !!
    Compartilhei no Pinterest e Google +.

    Nome de meu Ebook: “Coração de Noiva ”

    Sucesso sempre!!!!
    Marisa Emmel dos Santos