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Posted on Mar 10, 2013 8:26:43 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 10, 2013 8:29:22 AM PDT
This creepy book trailer for The Scavenger's Song, by Sara Marie Hogg is tongue-in-cheek.
the book itself is being serialized free at Venture Galleries. It should appear on Kindle to purchase this summer. The trialer DOES cause some extra book "hits."

Posted on Oct 9, 2012 10:36:10 PM PDT
Didn't even make you shrivel a little?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2012 10:06:59 PM PDT
doesnt make me do anything

not wasting time on any videos including trailers

Posted on Oct 9, 2012 9:31:22 PM PDT
A title like that is all you need, Kelly. :-)

Here's one I did for an author with a similar "Title says it all" book.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2012 8:56:59 PM PDT
Kelly says:
I agree - I went with creating a video that wasn't a strict book trailer, but was related closely to the subject of my book LIVE CHEAP AND FREE! Strategies to Thrive in Tough Economic Times that we made to enter a contest for college scholarships. We didn't win, but the video has proved valuable!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2012 8:55:01 PM PDT
Kelly says:
I'm thinkin' I need one too for DON'T PUNCH PEOPLE IN THE JUNK: (Seemingly) Obvious Life Lessons to Teach Kids - time to get creative!

Posted on Aug 27, 2012 11:45:36 PM PDT
Chris Bacon says:
In order to promote Forgotten Lancashire and Parts of Cheshire and the Wirral, TMB Books have set up a YouTube channel which is here:

The videos have been well-received (but it's too early to know whether they are effecting sales, as they are purposely designed to be quite subtle). They're all about 2 minutes long. Sales of Artie Shaw music (and tripe) is certainly increasing as a result!

Any views?

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 3:34:19 PM PDT
reader says: - this is one way to make a book trailer type video without needing any equipment other than a computer. I even got an American voice for my character which was 'way cool' & just as I'd imagined it.

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 12:17:30 PM PDT
D. Mcfadden says:
Check out three of the funniest book trailers I've ever seen!
These are for a political satire e-book, Fools And Knaves: The True Story Of My Historic Presidential Campaign It's a great novel, actually.

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 2:43:20 PM PDT
This blog has given me some interesting insight on creating a buzz. It's not just about writing a funny book anymore. You have to become a online computer genius to download it to Kindle format, and then you have to wear a dozen different hats. Creator, casting director, scriptor, editor, director, and all of those in between for 'you-tube'! It's not about, "build a field and they will come..."
Well, I wrote a hilarious book on Interent dating and 23 stories of my actual dates! Now I have to think of how many actors I need in the 'you-tube'... Sheesh! Rene author

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 25, 2012 8:23:55 AM PST
You're right, that's fantastic.

Here's my own animated trailer for a self-published book that's sold over 100,000 copies. Partly because it got 30.000 views on YouTube and a lot more than that on Yahoo before they dumped their videos.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 25, 2012 5:47:01 AM PST
weebil says:
One of the best I've seen. A fellow writer and cartoonist from Authonomy.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 24, 2012 7:39:55 AM PST
Eric says:
I think so. If they go viral, you get lots of exposure, and if people truly enjoy it and are in need of such a book as a gift or for themselves, your book is top of mind for them to buy. I'm having great success with this one:

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2012 11:38:25 AM PST
abbe diaz says:
There you are.
It's kinda freaky.
If you watched my trailer you would see what I'm talking about. On the day we filmed we were all talking like this, it's like you were there!

Posted on Feb 20, 2012 11:33:49 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 20, 2012 11:34:18 AM PST
abbe diaz says:
Just wanted to say how inspirational this thread was while in the process of making the trailer for my (second) book. And I'm proud to announce it's done and on YouTube and it's hilarious and I love it, I think it came out great. So I wanted to share just in case anybody wants to check it out:

I remember there was someone in this thread that commented how they'd like to see a "making of" video-- well, making this trailer turned out to be so much fun, the next project is sorta like that. So something like that is coming on my website soon, I'm just sayin.

Anyway, thank you! :)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2012 7:17:53 PM PST

On the other hand, if it's a single wide in an Arkansas park it's about as good as the next cyclone.

Posted on Feb 13, 2012 6:55:47 PM PST
LH Thomson says:
I'd say if the funny book trailer parks outside of a really popular Chapters, its chances of selling a few books would rise dramatically.

Posted on Jan 28, 2012 8:55:49 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2012 7:58:17 PM PST
Grisly ones probably work, too

Posted on Jan 28, 2012 7:54:41 PM PST
norm cowie says:
I hope not because I don't have any book trailers. Well, one... but it's not all that funny.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2012 12:52:50 PM PST
If it's free post it. I wouldn't mind

Posted on Jan 24, 2012 1:38:00 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 24, 2012 1:40:22 PM PST
Yonderlander says:
Funny book trailers can sell books, but if the gas you put in the car that pulls it is funny, you may find your sales career in neutral or on hold!
Cross Draw: A Crucial Fiction of Record

Posted on Jan 23, 2012 8:20:38 PM PST
Lacy Maran says:
I like the idea of book trailers, but I'm not sure how much crossover there is from watching a video to buying a book. There's a lot of people that are into visuals that just aren't into reading.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 19, 2012 9:54:27 AM PST
Owen Egerton says:
I've had similar success with mine!

Fun way to spread the word.


Posted on Dec 29, 2011 10:47:44 AM PST
I obviously mis-read your post. I apologize.

I agree that amazon is overly restrictive. It seems odd they'd hustle authors to be on Kindle, then not let them post on the amazon forum.

On the other hand, things can turn to jerk-fests pretty quickly.
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