This post was re-blogged from Cellar Door Lit Rants & Reviews and was written by my sister, Sheilah Randall, who can be found at Indigo-Ashe Book Trailers.
Since I began assembling book trailers, I have learned a few things. First and most importantly is copyright issues.
Many people think it's okay to pick your favorite song and just use it. Just throw some images together you find online and pair it to your favorite jam and post it online and everything will be okie dokie.
Unfortunately, as much as I'd love to use a Red Hot Chili Peppers' tune or a Tori Amos haunting melody, I can't. Not if I want to break copyright laws and potentially put myself at risk with the law enforcers. And/or not unless I want to spend LOTS of money to obtain the rights to that particular song. But let's be real here, no one in their right mind should spend that kind of money to market a book via a book trailer.
So what do you do? Where can you go to find songs that you can legally use without fear of running into copyright law infringements? Well luckily, there exists stock audio sites that allow you to purchase the rights to a song (usually for a single time use). What I love about these types of sites is that there are many quality musicians posting their work out there for you to buy for a generally inexpensive price.
My go-to site is audiojungle. For all the trailers I create, I look for a one to two-minute-long song, which costs roughly $14. Anything longer than two minutes and the prices increase by a few dollars. Just do yourself and your viewers a favor and don't bore them. Anything longer than two minutes and most people are hitting the snooze alarm.
There are many other stock audio sites as well:
istockphoto images and audio content you can purchase the rights to
pond5 images and audio available for purchase
audioblocks all audio
audiomicro all audio
freesound all audio
free stock music all audio
Even YouTube has a library you can use (with limitations).
While these are just some, there are plenty more out there. You just have to do a little digging and you can find a unique song to help translate your novels theme or feel. Did you write a horror novel? Well there are plenty of creepy tunes for you to pick from. A love story? Even more to navigate.
If you are going to market your book using music, do it right and legally. Find the song that will enhance and sell your book. Nothing kills a book trailer faster than a boring song. If you pick quality music your viewers will stick around to watch the entire trailer, I promise. If you pick a boring melody, your viewers will have moved on within 15 seconds.
--Sheilah G. Randall
I have been meaning to post my book soundtrack to Fractured Dream for forever. What I like best is that some of these picks were brought about organically through several readers and friends who suggested songs that reminded them of various parts or themes in the book. And then some of the songs I picked myself. My husband even got to have a say. So here's a big thanks to Lara Southgate (who has her own version . . . here), Nicole Munson, Melissa Flickinger, Bethany Root and Ronald Mendolera.
All of My Love | Led Zeppelin
Going Under | Evanescence
Remember | Emilie Autumn
Into the Mystic | Van Morrison
Howl | Florence + the Machine
Transylvanian Concubine | Rasputina
Desert Rose | Sting
This Night | Black Lab
Wicked Games | Chris Isaak
Little Earthquakes | Tori Amos
Without You | Breaking Benjamin
Breathe | Midge Ure
Little House | The Fray
Leave Me in the Dark | Keri Noble
Galileo | Indigo Girls
Shake It Out | Florence + the Machine
No Trace | MS MR
A Sight to Behold | Eisley
Redeemed | Charlotte Martin
My talented and amazing sister put together this awesome book trailer for Fractured Dream. It's got exactly the epic feel that the book has. I hope you enjoy!
A reader and friend has put together more songs for a playlist for Fractured Dream. I haven't gotten a look at all the songs yet, but one song is Transylvania Concubine by Rasputina. I'm totally stoked that she chose this song because I love it. It takes me back to the good ol' days of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, when most of my music mixes had songs from the show (my favorite show ever). But she chose it because it reminded her of two characters from my book, fairytales retold with a twist: Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. And I totally love it. . .
"They know what they do is wrong.
Stay here with us, it's just time."
I'll post here when the rest of the playlist goes up on http://shelterofmagnolias.wordpress.com. Check out some of her other playlists while you're there.
One of my early readers was listening to this recently and said it reminded her of my upcoming novel, Fractured Dream. I just love that she thought of my book when listening to music, and the fact that it's already got the first song of a soundtrack.
K.M. Randall writes fantasy and paranormal for both a general and young adult audience. Her debut novel, an epic fantasy called Fractured Dream, launched in June 2014, and her second book, The Reaper's Daughter, launched May 2015. Randall also published Fairytale Lost, a prequel to Fractured Dream, as an exclusive on Wattpad. She blogs about dreams, female heroines, and activism and its relevancy to the literary and fictional world. And when in the season, sometimes she just likes to talk about Halloween. She is currently hard at work on the second book in the Dreamer Saga series, Shattered World.