Book trailers

Despite the fact that I have access to someone who is really awesome at film editing and production, I find myself having mixed feelings about book trailers.

I know it’s pretty common wisdom to have them and that they’re considered good marketing, but I rarely find one that really gets me excited about reading a book.

The reason I’m posting this is twofold. One, I saw a great trailer over the weekend that really jumped out at me. It’s for the book I linked to over the weekend (Voodoo Dues, by Stephanie Simmons.) Two, as I approach the release for A Hidden Fire (which will hopefully be sometime in the early fall), I’m debating whether or not I should spend the time on making a book trailer and I’d love to hear what you think.

Here is Stephanie’s trailer, which she made herself. It’s very cool and kind of reminds me of Tim Burton (who I love) and it deserves way more clicks on YouTube, so check it out.

So I’d like to hear what you think of book trailers in the comments. Should I take to time to make one? Have you ever bought a book because of a trailer? And for all the authors out there, have you made one yourself and do you think it was an effective marketing tool?

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Thanks for reading,

E

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  1. Wow, thank you again for the wonderful linkage! I’m going to have to start paying you for PR if you keep it up! lol

    In answer to your question, I’ve purchased one book as a direct result of the book trailer. That was The Vampire Relationship Guide Volume 1: Meeting and Mating by Evelyn LaFont. I’ll post the URL for those interested. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjGAy2TBgdo For the record, the book is just as tougue-in-cheek funny as the trailer is.

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