So...let's talk book trailers. Fess up, you guys know you've imagined one for your WIP, am I right? (Or is that just me?) Author and friend Anna Staniszewski has recently devoted her week of blog posts to making a book trailer and instead of rehashing her well thought out points, I'm going to direct you there:
The Making of a Book Trailer - 1
The Making of a Book Trailer - 2
The Book Trailer
(full disclosure: I did the art for Anna's trailer this week, which is why the topic's been on my mind!)
But tell me, you awesome Alliteratis...what are book trailers to you? Have you purchased a book because you were impressed with the trailer...or vice versa? Do you seek out book trailers, avoid them, or just have book trailers thrust upon you? Are there any that you've seen lately that have been particularly successful? The floor is yours! (but we have to be off it by 6, there's a wedding later)
And just because it's Friday (I want this guy for my voiceover):
Okay, so I haven't imagined my own book trailer, but I have my dedications written out (for book #1 and the yet-to-be-written sequel). And I think it's super cool that authors are finally getting the marketing campaigns that movies have been bestowed for years. It's all very cool. I'm not sure how effective they are in terms of generating sales, though. I still think social media is a writer's biggest and best tool.
Steph, I feel the same: I love the idea and I think it's great for giving the book a marketing outlet, but I'd also love to see how that translates into sales and/or effective promotion.
And I love that you have the dedications ready to go! Way to be prepared. :D
I admit, I got interested in Silver Phoenix largely because the book trailer reminded me of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
I think what book trailers can do best is tell you the KIND of book it is. Like a book cover with music :-)
I don't seek out book trailers, but I think that if they're well done, they can totally make me want to read a book I would've otherwise not picked up.
And ANY book trailer with THAT GUY as the voice over would totally make me pick up the book!
Sad but true, I didn't even know about book trailers until about a month ago. So no, they don't sway my decision to purchase a book. I will usually buy a book if it comes highly recommended or I've heard about it on Twitter. I loved the one you illustrated, though!
Peggy - I KNOW, RIGHT? If I'm ever inclined to make one, I vow to start my book trailer with "In a world..."
Keri - Aw, thanks! Isn't that funny how Twitter can totally be a swaying factor, too? Word of mouth is DEFINITELY a good way to go.
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