Help us create a video to promote your book!
The video above was produced by Nostalgia Magazine to help support Tony and Suzanne Bamonte‘s new book, “The Coeur d’Alenes Gold Rush and Its Lasting Legacy.” The video was filmed entirely with an iPhone 6, and the Bamontes provided a selection of photographs to help tell their story. Other photos and assets were collected from sources in the public domain.
Nostalgia Magazine can help you create a high quality video to help inform your readers about your book projects. You can use this video anywhere – on your website, on your social media sites, and so on, and we’ll include it in any publicity on the Nostalgia app and website relevant to your book as well. To make this as easy as possible, we have a few guidelines and requirements. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Please complete a Submission Agreement Form. If you are submitting photos that belong to another source (for instance, a museum or historical society) please let us know. Nostalgia Magazine will never knowingly publish a photo without permission.
- Please include 10 to 20 photos relevant to your book project, or send us a link to where your photos are stored online. If you need assistance sending photos, please let us know by email when you submit your other materials. Photos should be scanned at a minimum of 300dpi if possible. Lower resolution photos may not display as well.
- Please send us either audio or video files, or send us a link to where they’re stored online. If you need assistance sending audio or video, please let us know by email. Guidelines for creating audio and video can be found below.
Guidelines for Creating the Best Video Possible:
Creating a video today is easier than ever. You don’t need fancy equipment, and with a few tips, we’ll be able to collaborate to create something you can share on your own website, via social media, on Nostalgia’s app and website, and elsewhere. If you prefer to send audio only, skip to the sound section.
- Use any camera or smartphone that records digital video. We used an iPhone 6 in the video above.
Turn the camera so that it is oriented “landscape” to match TV screens and video monitors.
- Use a tripod clip if possible, and attach it to a tripod.
- If you don’t have a tripod, you can have a friend hold your phone. That person should stand with a solid, wide base – feet a little wider than shoulder width. Hold the camera with your elbows tucked down, and close to your chest. If the phone is held far away from your chest, there will be more opportunities for camera bumps and unsteady motions.
- Find a location that has even lighting if possible, with no shadows on your face or shoulders.
- If you decide to record outdoors, we recommend an area in the shade, as shaded areas often have more even light. The video above was filmed in a meadow just before sunset.
- Also, if you record outdoors, be careful of ambient noise, especially near roads, parks where children are playing, and so on.
- If you would like to use lights, Amazon.com has some excellent options for low-cost portable LED lighting. Click here for a few options – no need to spend hundreds of dollars.
Background and Attire:
- Your background should be as basic as possible so that the focus is on you. We suggest a closed curtain or a blank wall.
- For attire, we recommend wearing solid colors instead of stripes or other designs. The focus should be on you, and what you’re saying, instead of what you’re wearing.
- If you’re using a smartphone, we highly recommend the Vidpro XM-L Wired Lavalier microphone to record the sound for your video – we used this mic in the video above, attached to an iPhone 6, and it’s less than $20. It’s a lapel mic with a 20’ cable. The cord has plenty of length and plugs into a headphone jack. It has a clean signal, and it can be used for many different types of equipment, including cameras. This will give clean, isolated audio.
- Find a quiet area – no dogs barking, avoid the sound of traffic and noisy parks where kids are playing.
- If you’re only recording audio with your smartphone, a mic is not necessary. However, using a mic like the Vidpro XM-L Wired Lavalier will produce higher quality sound for a better video.
For more helpful tips about recording your video, watch Chris Wooley‘s how-to video on self-recording. Chris is a professional head shot photographer in Spokane, Washington. Learn more about Chris at headsandtailsphoto.com.
- We recommend focusing on the actual history in your book. Tell your readers three short highlights about the people, their struggles or victories, the interesting places, or the important moments that make people interested in reading your book.
- Introduce yourself.
- It may help to write what you want to say first. If you prefer to read your highlights, set them on an easel or have a friend hold your text slightly to one side of the camera.
- Please record each highlight twice. That way, when we edit your video, we can create the best possible video. Try to keep each highlight to about three minutes.
- Our goal is to keep each video under five minutes.
The video above was produced by Nostalgia Magazine to promote Larry Matsuda’s book, “A Cold Wind From Idaho” using voice over submitted by Larry Matsuda and photography courtesy of the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle, WA. This example shows that powerful video can be created even with voiceover alone.
Sending your video or audio, photographs, and submission:
- We recommend uploading your video files to file sharing service like Dropbox.com. You can upload your photographs to the same service.
- Include your name in the filenames of the files you upload if possible.
- Be sure to complete your submission agreement form.
- Send us an email with links to your files, your submission agreement form, and a brief description of your book. Be sure to send us links to where your book is available for purchase.
Send your submission to email@example.com