A cozy read aloud, this picture book makes children laugh and expands their imagination, while teaching them an important lesson about hard work and perseverance.
This book has hit #1 Best Seller in Category and has a 5.0 star rating with 13 reviews.
Targeted Age Group:
Children ages 2-9
How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
I know there’s a debate about whether book trailers are useful or not. I believe they are. With the rise in social media use, a trailer becomes a “commercial” for your book that people can see on Facebook and Twitter. In all literary history there’s never been a time, till now, that authors can create a visual representation of their book (besides a cover). If someone is interested in your genre, and they come across your trailer in their feed, then they’ll probably watch the short trailer to see if reading the book is worth their time. Not only that, a trailer also adds interesting content to your website and social media pages. And video content is favored by Google, so a trailer will increase the visibility of your site. That being said, writing a quality book and navigating KDP on Amazon is more important than a trailer. So why not do all of it.
I wrote several blog posts on choosing video software and finding free or inexpensive songs, which you can find on my blog: http://valerierichardsonharmon.blogspot.com.
I must admit that as a children’s picture book author, I have an advantage when it comes to creating a book trailer. I have an illustrator and she can create backgrounds just for our videos. I know, I am lucky! It also helps that I have work experience getting paid to create videos for other companies. When a new author, I didn’t realize that my videography experience would assist me as a writer, but when it comes to trailers, it’s an asset.
Valerie Harmon grew up with seven sisters and one brother on the outskirts of a small Oregon town of 1,000 people. Her childhood and teenage years were punctuated by living on exchange in Mexico City, attempting and failing at hurdles (she’s barely 5’3″), and singing to win a student government election (a duet with her twin sister–it worked!).
She moved on to college and decided to study English, because she LOVES to read. She had dabbled with writing as a teen, but it wasn’t until her Junior year at university that she discovered a passion for writing.
Valerie married, graduated from college and began her family. In between her focus as a mother, she edited other authors’ books for publication and just wrote for herself. Currently, Valerie lives with her husband and six children, and she teaches writing and Shakespeare.
When Valerie read aloud her first draft of The Snake Who Wanted To Be A Horse and it made her children laugh, she knew this was the project for her. She’s now published three fully-illustrated children’s picture e-books and all three have hit #1 Best Seller in Category list on Amazon.