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Initial post: Apr 28, 2012 4:40:38 PM PDT
Does anyone here look at book trailers when they are considering buying a book? Not too many authors have book trailers up, so I was wondering if readers even bother to look at them or not.
They are a very good way to get another view of a book before buying.
Some book trailers are amazing, but the most important thing I think is that the author is trying to give their readers another point of view. What does everyone think of book trailers?
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Posted on Apr 28, 2012 4:59:06 PM PDT
I've kind of avoided them for the most part, I think on the same basis that I don't want to see a movie before I read the book. I don't like the idea of having somebody else's "visuals" imposed in my head before I have a chance to create them myself...
Maybe that's weird...

I do love this one for "Goodnight iPad though!

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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 28, 2012 6:08:55 PM PDT
That's an interesting aspect. I must check out the trailer you are speaking of.

Posted on Apr 28, 2012 7:11:11 PM PDT
I'm having a book trailer produced for one of my novels, at present.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 28, 2012 8:17:11 PM PDT
I would have liked to do that but I had to do my own. I've made three so far and I have another that I'm working on right now. Won't be making anymore for a while. But I love the process even though it takes forever to get all your stuff together. Good luck with yours. Come back and leave the url when you get it done.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2012 5:54:41 AM PDT
"Come back and leave the url when you get it done."

That needs to be done in the Meet Our Authors forum. This forum is for readers discussing books, not promoting or discussing author issues.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2012 7:08:16 AM PDT
Splinker says:
I have friends who put them up on youtube etc. I haven't figured out how it could really help or if anyone actually spends time watching book trailers. I guess it can't hurt.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2012 7:10:20 AM PDT
Splinker says:
If I were to do a book trailer, it would have almost nothing to do with the book. I say, just make it funny or interesting, let the audience know what genre they are getting into and leave it at that. Like serving cookies at a seminar where you are trying to get people to buy your real estate course. The cookies have nothing to do with real estate, but they can't hurt.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2012 9:12:40 AM PDT
Splinker, that is a great idea. When I do a book trailer, I do try to make a story out of it concerning the book that is involved. But I try not to use words from the book description and to make it as simple as possible and kind of go in another direction without veering too far off course from the book's story.
I have often thought it would be fun to make a book trailer with cartoon figures and story balloons with your message as to what it's about. But so far my artistic talents have not wanted to try and draw cartoons.

Posted on May 16, 2012 6:51:29 AM PDT
As a new author I was wondering if they worked. I have watched Sherrilyn Kenyon's book trailers and those are like seeing the trailer for a new movie but being a new author I just took some photos and added words and music. I like the idea of the cartoons though! I used to know a pretty good cartoonist.

Posted on May 16, 2012 9:44:47 AM PDT
I have also seen some really entertaining book trailers that have been professionally made. I got some of my images online but others were my own photos also. I have found a really good website for music and you just have to give a credit at the end then let them know that you used it in a certain way.

Posted on May 16, 2012 9:55:56 AM PDT
Stant Litore says:
@Splinker and others: have you seen the trailer for the The Mongoliad: Book One (The Foreworld Saga)? I've only just picked up the book itself, but the trailer is very entertaining and it doesn't give away any plot. It's almost a parody of a trailer.

I agree with Splinker that trailers should be a teaser -- not a plot preview.

Posted on May 16, 2012 10:04:30 AM PDT
Well here goes. I put the two I made up on my author page. They are not as good as professional ones but well if they drive a person toward my stories I guess that is good right?

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Posted on May 16, 2012 11:19:34 AM PDT
Marty Shaw says:
I think book trailers are a double-edged sword. Good ones can help but there are a lot of bad ones out there. I've seen a few that actually made me almost lose interest in the book it was advertising because they were so lame. I say almost because the books sounded really good, but the trailers should've been skipped.
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