- Search for copyright-free, public domain images. Wikimedia Commons and Public Domain Images are good sources. If you want, you can also purchase the rights to high-quality images from other websites.
- Search for copyright-free, public domain audio/music clips. Pdsounds and Wikimedia Commons are good sources. You can also buy one-time rights to some audio/music clips.
- Create an outline of your book trailer. Use enough text to capture viewers' interests, but not so much that you bore them or give away too much of the plot. They key is to intrigue rather than inform.
- Open Windows Live Movie Maker.
- What you do now is up to you and your vision. Play around with the program and see what you can do. There are several tabs at the top of the screen. Under "Home," you can add pictures, music, text, and even video. Under "Animations," you can choose how one slide will transition to another. Under "Format," you can choose any color, size, and font you want for the text you use. You can also choose how the text will appear on the screen.
- You'll need to save your trailer as a WMV file. YouTube doesn't accept the file type that Movie Maker uses.
Here is a video tutorial I created that repeats the points above:
And here is a sample book trailer I made with Movie Maker. It's not the greatest trailer in the world, but hopefully it gives you an idea of what you can create. I didn't spend any money making this, and all the images and music are public domain:
Here is the trailer for Dori Jones Yang's novel Daughter of Xanadu. I don't know for sure if it was created using Windows Live Movie Maker, but I think it might have and anyway it's a great trailer.