Sunday, November 27, 2016

Over 600,000 Royalty Free Stock Images

 This is one of my favourite sites to get Royalty Free Stock Images:

Here are some examples of stock images you can incorporate into your designs, blog posts, promo videos and book trailer videos...
As a paid member,  you have unlimited access to over 600,000 images/photos/vectors

Most images are available as EPS, PNG, JPG and SVG.  With a free or paid membership, you have access to what is called a Standard License; for some projects in particular you will need to pay a per-image fee of (currently) $20USD to purchase the Extended License.

As a free member, you may download from over 60,000 vectors and images at stockunlimited however you must include an attribution link back to the site and the author/creator.  Here are designs using keyword 'meditation':

The paid membership however offers an annual or a monthly at a very low price so if you are going to need images several times a month and throughout the year, I highly recommend you take a look around the site to see what's available, depending on your niche, and upgrade to the paid membership.  I have created many designs, illustrations, books and videos by utilizing the images from SU.

Another cool place where you can download FREEBIES on a weekly basis [and hire designers for just about any product or service] is  They have really cool and free Creative Design Files:

I hope you visit these sites and can benefit from the many items and options available.

Petra Ortiz

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Great tips for a professional looking book trailer

Great tips for a professional looking book trailer**

Watching a book trailer that only shows still images or text on the slides can be boring and it may not capture the attention of your audience. Enhance the quality and viewership of your book trailer by incorporating high quality footage and video clips, and make your video more enticing, vivid and full of movement!

In this example, an ANIMATED VIDEO BACKGROUND and various VIDEO FOOTAGE clips, along with an energetic and exciting music track and a professional voice over are utilized:

As I mentioned, using just images may be a bit boring however some viewers would rather NOT hear someone speaking during the video--so I recommend always that you make several book trailers per book title.  I also recommend that you publish your book in ebook, paperback and audio book [if appropriate].

Here is an example of using images only [in this instance, powerpoint slides], an easy-listening music track, and text/captions:

Five Stars By John E. Arnold on October 3, 2015
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
"Beautiful beginners book. Great non-intimidating book to display in beginners class..."

For Book Info Click Here

Using the right tools such as a great soundtrack and video clips, and avoiding copyright infringements will make your book trailer look great and win your audience, which will reflect in more book sales.

For more tips, see my new book Bodacious Book Trailers, based on my course which offers great tips on how to create a professional looking book trailer.  You will learn the importance of finding high quality footage to enhance your visuals when you use it inside a high quality video platform.  I discuss various ways that you can source video footage for your own videos.  And I've included music, footage and templates for you to incorporate into your own videos, inside the course itself.

**The term "Book Trailer" is a U.S. registered trademark to Sheila Clover English of Circle of Seven Productions. Used with permission. 

Petra Ortiz

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Using high quality images to enhance your book trailer:

Using high quality images to enhance your book trailer:

Did you know that a visitor who watches a product video is 85% more likely to make a purchase?

Learn how to make great looking book trailers and attract more readers to your book with this amazing class.

You will learn the importance of using good size and high quality images in a book trailer, various sites where you can source these high quality images at amazingly low prices.


I Learned A Lot

I enjoyed everything, aside from grabbing a bite to eat, I watched from beginning to end because I was learning so much. Great class!

Excellent resource for every Indie author!

I'm very satisfied with this course. It's comprehensive, easy to follow, very informative and provides an array of resources for anyone interested in making their own book trailer. Excellent quality with great samples of videos that have already been created by the teacher, which makes it even more fun to watch and very educational. If you're an Indie writer and know how important book trailers are for marketing, you can't miss this fantastic course. Highly recommended. Two thumbs up!

In order for your book trailer to stand out and have lots of views, it needs to be professional looking with music and video clips, besides beautiful images to make it exciting to watch.

Utilizing these tools inside great video platforms can be easy to use and will help you make the best book trailer for your marketing and promotional needs.

See BODACIOUS BOOK TRAILERS for more information on how to source music, images, footage, book animations, book graphics and more at

**The term "Book Trailer" is a U.S. registered trademark to Sheila Clover English of Circle of Seven Productions. Used with permission.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Enhancing your book trailer with high quality background music

Everyone loves to watch a video with a soundtrack - and music is really a plus when you think about movies. 

When you're watching a book trailer, the same is true: you watch the images and listen to the background sound, and visualize the main theme of the book. And that music can make all the difference in terms of the mood, including help to increase your sales. 

But is it OK to use any audio without infringing copyright agreements? 

And what about the quality of the sound?

Here are three videos that are made more exciting, because of the music tracks that were chosen:

In this class, you will learn the importance of using high quality royalty-free stock music that is not "free". If you don't want any hassles from video sites, it's better to spend a few extra dollars to obtain a high quality audio and avoid copyright violations.  You will learn about two easy to use sites, that you can acquire inexpensive high quality royalty free stock music from, for your own book trailer videos.

Your book trailer will not only look fantastic, but will sound professional and will attract more viewers and potential readers, with a variety of great music you can choose from!

click here to visit udemy and this course


The term "Book Trailer" is a U.S. registered trademark to Sheila Clover English of Circle of Seven Productions. Used with permission.

Petra Ortiz 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Learn how to make powerful high quality book trailers at

Every author knows that a book trailer can be one the most efficient marketing tools to make a book stand out. However, many are daunted by the thought of the costs involved in hiring someone to make a trailer, and don’t even think about doing it themselves due to the difficulties involved.

However, as an author myself, I found this course to be just what every indie author needs, a comprehensive tutorial to do-it-yourself book trailer production. It covers everything from the starting requirements to the music track, video footage, animations, and graphics, finishing with several video examples to jumpstart your creativity.

What made this course stand out for me is that it really saves an author time and money. There are many resources available that I wasn’t aware of and that, with a little ingenuity and very basic skill, can be used to create an eye-catching trailer.

Book Trailer* stats provided courtesy of Sheila English of
*The term "Book Trailer" is a U.S. registered trademark to Sheila Clover English of Circle of Seven Productions. Used with permission.

With 43 lectures and 3 hours of content it covers...
click here to check out the course at Udemy
Click THIS LINK to see the course live at Udemy!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

A reason to create various videos of varying lengths of the same content


Check out my new Udemy course here.

I decided to create this post to show how one can take one piece of content and create at least three different videos.  You would want to do this so that your viewer can decide how much time they want to watch, and how much detail they want to hear about your content...  :)

There are various reasons you would want to get a QR [quick response] code, I created this video about three ways, and how you can get as many as you want and need... at this site

7 minute in-depth video about QR codes:

3.5 minute version here:

30 second version here!!



But...I'll bet you can do the same with your next video: 

chop it into at least three :)



check out my new site for 'brick and mortar' business owners:

Optimize Your Local Search Engine Ranking and get Guaranteed First Page Results, and a Custom the informative video now at: 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Reading my favourite section of my favourite book: THE POWER by Author Rhonda Byrne

This is my favourite excerpt of my favourite book 

THE POWER Rhonda Byrne: "Life Follows You"

This is a video I created, including music I own
and music from*

How did I learn about this awesome book?!

My 2nd oldest son, at the moment now 19 years young
shared this book with me in the Fall of 2012 when visiting

I was completely blown away by it, and wish to share this 
special section, especially with those who have no idea that 
this title exists...enjoy :)

I have and recommend the beautifully illustrated hardcover book 

[272 pages] and also recommend the audio book with Author's 
narration.   She sounds great!
I practically cry hearing her introduction...  


*Her Scent Full Mix by