Monday, September 17, 2012

Posted by Laurel Garver on Monday, September 17, 2012 18 comments
I'm not here today, I'm over at Rabble Writers, sharing tips on making book trailers.

Come on over to learn what goes into planning, how to avoid "bait and switch" marketing, where to find low-cost or free images and music, how to avoid getting sued for copyright infringement, and much more.

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What do you think of book trailers? What, in your opinion, makes one effective?
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18 comments:

  1. Book trailers are so cool. It took me a long time to figure out how to make one, but after I did, I loved the process.

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    1. There is a huge learning curve. I read as much as I could and viewed a good 50 trailers before diving in. Once it's done, there's no rush quite like watching the finished product again and again!

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  2. Book trailers do nothing for me. I think I'm in the minority though. It seems like people love 'em.

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    1. There are plenty out there that strike me as "bait and switch"--promising a movie-like experience that a book can't really deliver.

      Folks who are very deeply verbal may find them kind of pointless, though, I imagine. :-)

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  3. ahh, I just don't know how I feel about book trailers. I don't really watch them, and I don't know. Very on the fence.

    Loving NEVER GONE, btw! Great work~ <3

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    1. They can work well for some kinds of stories but might be less effective for others that are more character-driven, for example.

      Glad you're enjoying NG! always encouraging to hear.

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  4. Oh great! I need to bookmark that page for future reference. :)

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  5. I know I should look into doing a book trailer. But, in all honesty, I'm kind of scared/overwhelmed at the thought.

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    1. This is where outsourcing might make sense. Sometimes services can be bartered. I am lucky enough to be married to a PowerPoint genius, who took my static ideas and made them dynamic. Perhaps there's a techie in your world who could work with images and music you choose and do the same.

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  6. Although I've liked book trailers, they haven't really sold me on books. I think they are interesting, but I'm not sure that I want to make one. I think the best ones use simple images, mood music, and written script. When there's a voiceover, I generally don't like them.

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    1. I agree that the simpler ones tend to make me think book and be interested in a reading experience. The live action make me think either "this will not live up to the hype" or "wow, is the dialogue really this stilted?"

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  7. I'm not a big book trailer fan, unless they are like a movie trailer. That's the only way to grab my ADHD attention.

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    1. I believe that's the thinking behind trailers--they reach those with shorter attention spans better than book cover descriptions.

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  8. Only when I am guided to a book trailer do I watch. I do not seek them out. But with that said, I do enjoy them as I like the idea of tying in imagery with words (my photographer side) and am curious on the how the author 'sees' her/his book beyond words.

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    1. It is interesting to see "the look" the author wants to establish for a story.

      Speaking of images, I'd love to someday produce an illustrated version of my novel with pencil drawings (since the protagonist is an artist), but my hubby is too busy to do more drawings for me at present. And I don't yet know how complicated it would be to add them to an ebook. But a girl's gotta dream. :-)

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  9. You had me at "marketing". Off to become the latest name in your networked blogs. And thanks for posting the follow swap logo! Would love it if you tweeted/posted what you're doing and I can RT you - the more publicity we get, the more everybody wins. :D

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    1. Thanks Katherine. Your hop seemed like a splendid idea. I've not been very active in meeting new blog friends this year. Time to remedy that!

      And thanks for the Twitter follow too. I'm very much a newbie on that platform.

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