Excerpt from our new e-book: ***** 111 Tips to Create Your Book Trailer ***** featuring valuable tips and links to video tutorials, free music downloads and free images, available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008Y15YYO
Actually, there will be more than 200 tips, but to fit it within a whole series of e-book titles regarding book-promotion and marketing, we will stay with 111 Tips.
Royalty-free & Public Domain Music are a great way to keep within the budget for your book trailer. Royalty-free means you do not have to pay an ongoing fee while you use their compositions. However, a one-time fee to upload the songs is usually charged. Public Domain music, on the other hand, is totally free.
It shows your appreciation for the artist (and also good manners) to contact them and let them know how you are using their music. A nice gesture would also be to send them your book or let them download a free copy of your e-book. Who knows: He/she might even help you to get the word out for your book trailer & the book?
Quite a few artists offer their music under the Creative Commons License, but it is sometimes hard to find them through all the sites that charge you money to use one song. A few artists allow you to use their music in all commercial productions while others only allow you to use their music in personal productions. Read the license agreement carefully!
Most music is licensed under attribution, which means you should credit the author of the music in your video. You also should include a credit to the composer in your book trailer.
You might even use old-fashioned tunes if it fits into your book trailer, music whose copyright expired (in the USA before 1923) and which went into the “Public Domain”. This kind of music is absolutely free to use:
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