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deannamari
07-11-2008, 10:26 AM
The one from Seth Greenland for his SHINING CITY has gotten a lot of buzz. (You can find it here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0zv1dHSb0c).)

Have you seen any others that you found particularly effective?

Michael Murphy
07-17-2008, 08:29 PM
The one from Seth Greenland for his SHINING CITY has gotten a lot of buzz. (You can find it here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0zv1dHSb0c).)

Have you seen any others that you found particularly effective?

The trailer for my new novel Ramblin' Man has had over 800 views in less than two months. I like it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsp_PwT1tNc

fdevji
07-18-2008, 11:06 AM
The trailer for my new novel Ramblin' Man has had over 800 views in less than two months. I like it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsp_PwT1tNc

Great job! Do you have any idea how you managed to get so many hits in such a short period of time?

I'd also like to get your comments on a couple of my book trailers:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=XoE6GYLuCVU
http://youtube.com/watch?v=Wc7mCugCyxc

Thanks.

Robert Farley
07-18-2008, 04:23 PM
The trailer for my new novel Ramblin' Man has had over 800 views in less than two months. I like it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsp_PwT1tNc
Pretty good video. I was wondering about the use of the Jennings song. Did you have to get permission to use it?

Robert<><>

Michael Murphy
07-18-2008, 06:58 PM
There are groups on You Tube you can join to get others to view your book trailer. I posted links to various yahoo groups I belong to. I also linked the trailer to my My Space page and sent out a bulletin to my friends and also sent out individual messages to those My Space friends that have liked my other books. Basically, you market a book trailer like you do your book.

You need permission to use music or pics with copyrights.

flashy95
07-22-2008, 11:23 AM
Great advice! I've been looking for a way to get more people to view my "infomercial" for Learn Me Good.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxPqhkuU720

nccreative
07-27-2008, 07:45 AM
For the novel, The Book of Obeah

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJPL1wqlV_Y

:)

deannamari
07-30-2008, 07:46 PM
Nice job on the trailer, Michael.
I know they're a lot more difficult to make than they look.
Did you create it in Windows Movie Maker?

Here's another one I found that I thought was cute and would likely reel in readers. It's from Christie Craig for her novel DIVORCED, DESPERATE AND DELICIOUS. You can find it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EI0UG_hDxbk

Stuart Clark
08-12-2008, 03:41 AM
Honestly, as someone who works in TV, I would recommend that you don't make your trailer any longer than 45 seconds - 60 seconds at the absolute most. Your trailer is a commercial for your book. You want it to be short, punchy and to the point - just like an advertisement you would see on TV. Anything longer than 60 secs and I'm not watching it. That may seem blunt - but it's honest.

deannamari
08-14-2008, 03:26 AM
That's a really good point. What about having two -- one really short, like you say, and a longer one that you could post on your book/personal Web site for people who might like a little more?

As a TV person, what format do you think works best? The slideshow with typed words or a dramatization. I personally like the slideshow/typed words, but I've heard a lot of criticism (especially at GalleyCat) about the format...

Stuart Clark
08-14-2008, 08:13 AM
Deanna,

I'd question having two trailers, simply because if you have one, short, punchy one that works - what's the sense in having a second? I can see where you're coming from - and why having a longer one on your site might give potential readers more information - but then if you've got them to your site already, then your first trailer has done it's job (or half its job - its real job is to generate a sale!)

With regards to format - it's hard to say what works best. I don't know whether a dramatization is any better than a pictorial slide show or vice versa. There are certainly excellent (and awful) examples of both. I think the bottom line is whatever route you take, make it look as professional as you can. By that I mean make it look as good as you can/afford. Take the time to invest some money in your trailer - download some high quality royalty free images from somewhere like istockphoto.com instead of ripping them off the internet. Think also about purchasing some royalty free music and getting some professional voice over (again, if you can afford it). The result will be well worth the cost.

The biggest problem with book trailers is that authors, by definition, aren't that au fait with editing programs -and so typically, you end up with trailers filled with all these fancy transitions (a change from picture to picture) because people think they look cool (the page wipe is a favorite - well, because it's a book trailer of course). Honestly, don't do it. It looks cheap and cheesy. The best thing you can do is a jump cut. Just cut from one thing to the next. Next time you watch a movie or show on TV, see how many transitions you see - if you see any, you'll probably only see a dissolve (a fade from one picture to another) - but other than that, I'll bet you can count them on one hand.

There's another reason for not using lots of transitions - it freaks your compression software out. Go find a book trailer and watch the picture when the images flip around or over - you'll see lots of digital break up/pixellation. That's because the compression used to get the file small enough to upload can't handle huge amounts of movement in the picture. Better just to use a straight cut.

Other things I wouldn't do...don't take small pictures and blow them up to fit the screen. Pictures are based on pixels. When you enlarge them, you shoot the resolution all to hell and they look awful, having the net result that your trailer will then look cheap and nasty again. Again, use large, high quality source images if you can.

Also, don't stretch your trailer out to match a piece of music. Either edit the music or fade it out. Don't fill. Like I said, after a minute, I'm getting bored.

Play around with your compression software. Change the settings and make sure you are getting the best looking file you can create.

Finally, ask around. Is there anyone in your family or circle of friends who plays around with a camcorder? If so, they probably dabble in video editing and Photoshop - and they can probably put together a much better video than you can - better still, they might even do it for free.

Hope that's been helpful. Sorry, I didn't mean for it to turn in to a lecture.

deannamari
08-14-2008, 07:30 PM
Wow, I really appreciate the lesson! Thanks for taking the time :-)

flashgordon
08-17-2008, 07:39 PM
I guess I got to this thread a little too late. I just finished my first trailer and from what people are saying it is way too long. I've had some good feedback, and several positive comments, but I'm guessing it is to long, to slow, and not flashy enough. But it was my first attempt, so lessons learned.

If you want to watch it, it is on my book page at: Native American Cultural Affiliation I Archaeology in the American West (http://www.bauuinstitute.com/Publishing/RespectAncestors.html).

deannamari
08-18-2008, 06:46 PM
I like your trailer & the music is great. If you wanted to tweak it to make it shorter, maybe you could remov the typing-out effect on the message pages. That might even bring it down to the recommended length above.

flashgordon
08-23-2008, 07:50 PM
Thanks for the feedback. I'd agree, it is too long and my next one will be within the "recommended" length of 45 seconds.

How have people capitalized on their book trailers to effectively drive sales?

Feathers
09-02-2008, 11:22 PM
I don't want to jump into a boiling pot, here, but I heard a few authors say that 1:30 is when they get their best response time. I would think that 45 seconds would end up being cryptic rather than snappy. I think Staurt had some great advice; I'm just wondering if that's a bit extreme?

-Feathers

Shadow_Ferret
09-02-2008, 11:35 PM
I don't think I've ever in my life seen a book trailer.

I've seen the Bookmobile.

flashgordon
09-04-2008, 07:57 PM
Here is one that is pretty fun. It might be more cryptic then snappy, but I think it is more fun then some of the other book trailers I've seen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kGMOtHPMHs

Manny
09-04-2008, 10:40 PM
I thought this was a pretty cool idea, I never thought of using youtube to promote my book - duh!

So I just put one together: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=XFP5faMc0tM

I had never used movier maker before, it takes a bit of getting used to.

Levi
09-05-2008, 11:21 PM
This is one for my book http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpjWK9BmYDs

Stuart Clark
09-16-2008, 04:10 AM
I don't want to jump into a boiling pot, here, but I heard a few authors say that 1:30 is when they get their best response time. I would think that 45 seconds would end up being cryptic rather than snappy. I think Staurt had some great advice; I'm just wondering if that's a bit extreme?

-Feathers

Feathers,

You are totally entitled to your opinion - and I'm not offended by your post at all. 45 secs might be cutting it a bit fine - I think, if needs be, you could push it out to a minute - but unless you can't tell your story in 60 secs, I don't think you should be going much longer than a minute.

My own personal thoughts are these....
You need to get my attention right from the get go. If you do that, I might be willing to watch your trailer/ad through its entirity - despite me thinking that it might be over long. I've then got to like your trailer enough to then think about buying a book.

If I see that your trailer is 2 mins 30 secs my immediate thought is that you can't package your product concisely - and if I think that, my next thought is that your writing might not be that concise - wordy etc, and then I'm not interested.

That's harsh, I know - and certainly not fair. But if you're going to play in the world of internet instant gratification - you need to get your audience on side quickly and then keep them.

:-)

Stuart

Keffington
09-17-2008, 04:56 AM
I'm not really much for book trailers, but I like this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55jUNNPT1eM (For Mario Acevedo's vampire books. Stop motion Lego!)

Michael Murphy
09-17-2008, 06:02 PM
If you have a book trailer for your novel, there's an excellent website that posts book trailers called Watch the Book. Here's a link that includes information on how you can get your trailer posted. www.watchthebook.com. While you're there, you might want to check out my Ramblin' Man book trailer.

Steffi
10-01-2008, 09:31 AM
Phew, mine (http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqCTAsP4fs8) is short and only uses one fade transition. Check it out and give me feedback.

flashgordon
10-02-2008, 07:41 PM
Another fun one with some spectacular pictures.

Searching for a Perfect State of Colorado (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YohNrACRnbc)

Cbrandtwright
10-13-2008, 10:53 AM
I'm also jumping in a bit late, but basically, I decided to create book trailers because my target demographic (12-17) would be more likely to watch / find out / take inteterest in something on YouTube than old fashioned ways of marketing. Are they professional? No. Are they fun and basically convey the story? Yes.

Also, to elaborate on length, I've kept the trailers short (:60) and also made a separate video that are just reviews set to music (:45).

For reference, collectively, I'm closing in on 1500 views for all videos.

Thoughts / feedback appreciated.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwNjC0cR71o
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irzLq7hd2e4&feature=related

miko
10-14-2008, 06:02 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwNjC0cR71o

I really like your trailer. I thought it was very tidily done.

______________

I recently made one for my book "Fog Island Flowers" - which is pretty much an experimental foray into the world of self publishing. The promo vid also happens t be my very first attempt at making any sort of video - so while i doubt the results are stellar - I'm basically satisfied with how it turned out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOU9HdutIz4

Cbrandtwright
10-15-2008, 04:12 PM
Thanks! It's obviously meant for a target audience, but I really had such a blast making it. :) I'll try and check out yours when I'm home from work tonight.

katiemac
10-15-2008, 10:30 PM
The trailer for "Book of Lies (http://www.bradmeltzer.com/novels/book-of-lies/movie-trailer.php)". It features Joss Whedon, Damon Lindelof, religious theorists and a documentary-style shaky-cam conspiracy setup. Very cool.

Too bad I returned the book because I disliked it so much.

buttterflywilma
10-21-2008, 06:31 AM
Hi everyone,

Nice trailers.
Mine is simple and i would love to up my views, and maybe get a reaction although it's not in English?
A friend of mine who plays in a band made the music.

http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=cz5uII9sd5I

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8996127622868000386

thanks a bunch !

doja
11-12-2008, 03:13 AM
My last project is kind of a "package" deal with a printed book, documentary video, and multimedia digital versions of the book where "photos come to life as video." (The digital versions are based on the technology we use for our college computer textbooks.)

To help promote the documentary film and book, we created two trailers, one longer trailer (4:00) and one shorter trailer (1:30).

Most people here seem to be in favor of short trailers, but we've had pretty strong positive reactions to the longer trailer as part of the documentary DVD, on our Web site, and when played during presentations and discussions about the book and documentary film. (We often use the long trailer as a "teaser" during presentations.)

We have both trailers posted on YouTube (just posted the shorter one today), but so far at least, YouTube hasn't been a significant factor for us. Then again, maybe our trailers are too long for YouTube. ;-)

Maybe the thing to keep in mind is that a "trailer" can be used in many different ways and maybe the optimal length depends in part on how you're using it.

The longer trailer definitely seems to be helping with sales of the book and DVD. Actually the documentary film on DVD is selling much better than we had anticipated, with close to 2/3 of our customers purchasing both the book and DVD.

Here's the link to the shorter trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ik9vP0t7zrA

The longer trailer is:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-m5hfZNEXjY

If you have comments or questions, please send them along. ;-)

WordGypsy
12-30-2008, 10:36 PM
Just put up my book trailer and I'd LOVE to get some feedback! All of the pics are from the Creative Commons, attribution only. The song is Ladytron's Destroy Everything You Touch, which belongs to Universal Music Group. Apparently, rather than taking down videos with their artist's songs in them, they're tagging them with a link back to THEIR site and using the fan vids for promotion! Good move, huh? Anyway, I'd love to get my comments and subscribers up. The novel is a YA Urban Fantasy called Reapers. Link is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6NZfo1M1qM

jessicab_87
01-03-2009, 06:14 AM
I've got one (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSPDcYKuO80)!

Saskatoonistan
01-19-2009, 06:39 PM
Here's my book trailer for "Unseen World". I used Swishmax to create it, oh, and Audacity for the music editing.

http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=3WFmVp2KuDc

plussignpro
01-22-2009, 07:30 AM
Good video.

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loudsavlon
03-15-2009, 12:45 PM
The one from Seth Greenland for his SHINING CITY has gotten a lot of buzz. (You can find it here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0zv1dHSb0c).)

Have you seen any others that you found particularly effective?

Lol. Now, that has inspired me. I love the humour in that one, and I think that is something that is so universal that it makes you think, "Hmm, well, he hooked me in within 10 seconds of watching a vid. The book might be worth checking out."

Great thread.

loudsavlon
03-16-2009, 02:32 PM
I'm also jumping in a bit late, but basically, I decided to create book trailers because my target demographic (12-17) would be more likely to watch / find out / take inteterest in something on YouTube than old fashioned ways of marketing. Are they professional? No. Are they fun and basically convey the story? Yes.

Also, to elaborate on length, I've kept the trailers short (:60) and also made a separate video that are just reviews set to music (:45).

For reference, collectively, I'm closing in on 1500 views for all videos.

Thoughts / feedback appreciated.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwNjC0cR71o
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irzLq7hd2e4&feature=related

*Laughs* Those were great trailers! The length was perfect and it told me all I needed to know. I prefered the music in the second one.

Some trailers I've seen have been so long that I get bored after about 60 seconds (not like it's an author I know and so WANT to watch the trailer).


Also: WordGypsy. I really liked the images you used, and the way the song was incredibly atmospheric. Have to say, I turned off just after 1min because I never watch trailers longer - even if they are good ones (like having to read a 10 page synopsis; makes me wonder why it couldn't be condensed into much less. No offence meant, o'course)

Team 2012
04-21-2009, 06:57 AM
You can book this trailer REALLY cheap

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/uimages/la/atla_rom-treehouse021208.jpg

Tanya Egan Gibson
04-22-2009, 08:00 PM
I'm partial to my own trailer -- my husband and I made it on iMovie. People think it's funny :) and it has gotten over 1,100 views on YouTube in the month it has been up (plus additional views in other places where we posted it):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrQ_o7FmwKo

witchunter88
04-25-2009, 07:48 PM
The Blue Bloods trailer from Melissa De La Cruz's series. It was like an animated comic, very cool.

Team 2012
04-28-2009, 10:25 AM
Just saw this author-produced video posted on another forum.
What's great is not superb cinematic quality--though it's very clever and well-done--it's that it's "viral". It has a cute, squinky quality that people tend to mail to frends and post on forums (this is the fourth such than I'm aware of).
It's from a different place than all the cookie-cutter "trailer mill" vids we see and shows some originality.
Too long, doesn't lay the purchase point out soon enough, etc... but the thing is it's home-made and works for promotional purposes better than many slick, expensive videos.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrQ_o7FmwKo

Team 2012
04-28-2009, 10:26 AM
Oh, hell. Just realized it's the video shown right up above. This is where the expression "Doh" comes from.

On the other hand, it got passed around the internet and came back...how viral can you get?

mattrh81
05-22-2009, 08:09 AM
Quote from Stuart Clark:
My own personal thoughts are these....
You need to get my attention right from the get go. If you do that, I might be willing to watch your trailer/ad through its entirity - despite me thinking that it might be over long. I've then got to like your trailer enough to then think about buying a book.

This trailer, I think, is one of the few that manages to do exactly what Stuart Clark was talking about here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tS9-fMlSSiY

I'm not a big fan of fantasy, but this trailer for Behind Every Illusion still got to me.

backslashbaby
05-22-2009, 08:19 AM
I haven't watched the links yet, but yes, this trailer made me buy the book:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1H7r0E6bRnA [This is the Dark version]

Here is the Light version:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaadiIAac_Y

And I'm thrilled to have found this author, btw!

Doctor Shifty
06-14-2009, 04:27 PM
I've just got a promo vid out for my new book.
Check it out
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9rSIe6bd3s

It's also embedded in the book's webpage. I don't know if hits on the web page get counted on the YouTube original. It could do with a few more hits. Go to it. :)


Kim

buttterflywilma
07-13-2009, 04:12 PM
What do you think of this idea:
I made a bookcoverslideshow with 100+ covers. Each slide lasts 5 seconds.
I've asked all the authors for their permisson. They are all promoting it either by emailing it to their contacts or embedding it in there social network page.
I'm planning to do some more :)

Check it out and please tell me what you think: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8EvuLLvCB8&feature=channel_page

Doctor Shifty
07-17-2009, 03:31 PM
I've just posted this in another section, but it can find a home here as well.

My book trailer has stalled at 301 hits. It's been on that for about two weeks. I'm looking for people who will hit the link and leave a comment there, giving me the date of their hit and the count number.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9rSIe6bd3s

The only way I can see if this thing is alive of dead is if people give it a kick as they walk past. :)

Thanks
Kim

hughhowey
07-27-2009, 04:20 PM
I think this one is great... then again, I'm a bit biased.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKE3018zMQ4

Doctor Shifty
08-22-2009, 11:37 AM
My publisher has got a bunch. When I did mine he was impressed enough to get a whole lot more for other titles.

http://www.youtube.com/user/fordstreetpublishing#grid/uploads

vsrenard
08-25-2009, 07:49 AM
Here's my book trailer for "Unseen World". I used Swishmax to create it, oh, and Audacity for the music editing.

http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=3WFmVp2KuDc

Fabulous!

heidi willis
10-14-2009, 01:32 AM
I'm wondering if a book trailer can really generate enough buzz to make it worth the time or money it takes to make a good one. Does anyone have examples of how it's helped sell a book - either your own or one you bought that you wouldn't have known about before?

I've done one for my book that's being released this winter. If you have the chance, could you take a peek and let me know if it's more likely to help or hurt my buzz? I've gotten great feedback, but mostly from people I know, since I haven't tried to get it "out there" yet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsuE9hG1tPk

Thanks!
Heidi

Amarie
10-14-2009, 02:35 AM
It looked professional to me. I've been looking at as many as I can, and yours seems ahead of the curve. I think it will help.

heidi willis
10-14-2009, 04:38 AM
It looked professional to me. I've been looking at as many as I can, and yours seems ahead of the curve. I think it will help.

Thanks, Melia! It's great to get an opinion of someone who doesn't know me!

MumblingSage
10-21-2009, 12:15 AM
I'm wondering if a book trailer can really generate enough buzz to make it worth the time or money it takes to make a good one. Does anyone have examples of how it's helped sell a book - either your own or one you bought that you wouldn't have known about before?

I've done one for my book that's being released this winter. If you have the chance, could you take a peek and let me know if it's more likely to help or hurt my buzz? I've gotten great feedback, but mostly from people I know, since I haven't tried to get it "out there" yet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsuE9hG1tPk

Thanks!
Heidi

The music is great! (And that's important to me--so many book trailers I've seen have these gentle piano soundtracks that put me to sleep. How can I get excited about a book when the trailer's soundtrack sounds like a lullaby?) I also like how things are moving on the screen; it's not just a PowerPoint presentation of your book. The choice of pictures and also the way the pictures appear briefly or more lingeringly in time with the music and text was also effective. I don't know how much book trailers in general help sell books, but I don't think yours could HURT sales, especially if it was viewed by someone already interested in the story or topic.

It was kind of a funny coincidence that today I saw one of the anthologies I'm in has it's book trailer out:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZleSgX3Vqk

I'm not certain how effective it might be to potential buyers. The main message seems to be 'book trailers are hard to do'--true, and it got a chuckle out of me, but I'm not sure if that sells books.

zpeteman
10-21-2009, 05:36 AM
I've never seen a trailer that made me want to buy a book. I've seen a ton of them, however, that convinced me NOT to read the book.

That's enough to make me wary of ever doing one.

cptwentworth
10-21-2009, 06:08 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQa4oftyLSw

I like this one.

nccreative
10-21-2009, 03:48 PM
Heidi, great job! I created this one last year to attract attention of agents and publishers, and it worked.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJPL1wqlV_Y

Can you guys share which programs you like the most? I noticed someone mention Swishmax; never heard of that, so I'll check it out. Animoto is nice and easy, but we have less control over it and thus, to me, the quality can be iffy. I did this in good ol' Windows Moviemaker.

Thanks in advance for suggesting other programs to work with. :)


Dena

www.onevoicerising.com (http://www.onevoicerising.com)

nitaworm
10-21-2009, 04:19 PM
I liked it. Looked well done. Better than a lot I have seen.



I'm wondering if a book trailer can really generate enough buzz to make it worth the time or money it takes to make a good one. Does anyone have examples of how it's helped sell a book - either your own or one you bought that you wouldn't have known about before?

I've done one for my book that's being released this winter. If you have the chance, could you take a peek and let me know if it's more likely to help or hurt my buzz? I've gotten great feedback, but mostly from people I know, since I haven't tried to get it "out there" yet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsuE9hG1tPk

Thanks!
Heidi

nitaworm
10-21-2009, 04:21 PM
Wow! You have a lot of views! What's your secret?


Heidi, great job! I created this one last year to attract attention of agents and publishers, and it worked.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJPL1wqlV_Y

Can you guys share which programs you like the most? I noticed someone mention Swishmax; never heard of that, so I'll check it out. Animoto is nice and easy, but we have less control over it and thus, to me, the quality can be iffy. I did this in good ol' Windows Moviemaker.

Thanks in advance for suggesting other programs to work with. :)


Dena

www.onevoicerising.com (http://www.onevoicerising.com)

nccreative
10-21-2009, 04:27 PM
Wow! You have a lot of views! What's your secret?

Hi, Nita :)

It's been on there for a year, but the thing is I didn't even try to promote it. It truly spread like wildfire. It wasn't even a finished product, not in my eyes. I wanted to tweak and edit some more but the hits piled up quickly, so what is there stuck.

Let's see what happens when I TRY to promote the next videos, and I'll let you know. ;)

Making use of social networking and various grassroots marketing tools is, to me, the only way to go nowadays. The problem is those tools change monthly. Who even heard of Twitter a year ago?

It's insane...everything happens so quickly and it can all become white noise.

sknipper
10-21-2009, 04:49 PM
Heidi,

I just watched your book trailer and loved it! I'd definitely read your book after watching it.

sknipper
10-21-2009, 04:52 PM
nccreative,

Same thing. Loved the trailer! Good job!

Flint
10-25-2009, 08:01 AM
I'm wondering if a book trailer can really generate enough buzz to make it worth the time or money it takes to make a good one. Does anyone have examples of how it's helped sell a book - either your own or one you bought that you wouldn't have known about before?

I've done one for my book that's being released this winter. If you have the chance, could you take a peek and let me know if it's more likely to help or hurt my buzz? I've gotten great feedback, but mostly from people I know, since I haven't tried to get it "out there" yet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsuE9hG1tPk

Thanks!
Heidi


I can't see how it can hurt but I don't see how it can help either. Trailers have to be excting and instantely grab your attention; and in order to do that you need alot of money to make it look professional, especially if your book is scifi/fantasy related or historical, etc. That money is likely better spent on advertising online.

LovetoWrite
10-25-2009, 09:28 AM
Flint- up until a few minutes ago I would have agreed with that statement. We all learn new things. :)

I just watched nccreative's book trailer and I loved it. Without a doubt I would buy that book just from seeing the trailer. Its going on my list.

From what she says above, she did it in Windows Moviemaker.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJPL1wqlV_Y

nccreative
10-25-2009, 07:26 PM
Flint- up until a few minutes ago I would have agreed with that statement. We all learn new things. :)

I just watched nccreative's book trailer and I loved it. Without a doubt I would buy that book just from seeing the trailer. Its going on my list.

From what she says above, she did it in Windows Moviemaker.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJPL1wqlV_Y


Many thanks, LovetoWrite. Much appreciated. :hi:

Lemmy Caution
10-27-2009, 06:13 PM
These (totally fictional) accounts of my experiences in the world of publishing have got about 2000 hits in the first week. They are, in a round about way, a promotion for my book (someone said it was the best book trailer they had seen). They are an entertainment in themselves too. Oh, they are enacted by robots. Eight 2-minute episodes. And some bad language.

Chapters 1 to 5 here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkxdALqPkYM

Chapters 6 to 8 here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dumQ3dhl4aU

As 8 separate episodes:
http://www.beachbeneathpavement.co.uk/Site_2/On_Meeting_An_Agent.html

Roland

http://beachbeneathpavement.co.uk

nccreative
10-27-2009, 07:04 PM
These (totally fictional) accounts of my experiences in the world of publishing have got about 2000 hits in the first week. They are, in a round about way, a promotion for my book (someone said it was the best book trailer they had seen). They are an entertainment in themselves too. Oh, they are enacted by robots. Eight 2-minute episodes. And some bad language.

Chapters 1 to 5 here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkxdALqPkYM

Chapters 6 to 8 here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dumQ3dhl4aU

As 8 separate episodes:
http://www.beachbeneathpavement.co.uk/Site_2/On_Meeting_An_Agent.html

Roland

http://beachbeneathpavement.co.uk


Lemmy, that's BRILLIANT!!! *clapping*

Really good stuff. :)

I have another project -- not related to publishing whatsoever -- for which I want to make a video and have animated characters. Animation is WAY out of my league -- both skill wise and budget. Are there stock animations that one can use in some way -- similar to what Lemmy did here, with simple movements and we can do voiceovers -- that anyone knows of?

Again, really, really great job!

Doctor Shifty
10-28-2009, 01:44 PM
I've done one for my book that's being released this winter. If you have the chance, could you take a peek and let me know if it's more likely to help or hurt my buzz?

Thanks!
Heidi

This one goes bit too slow for me. I'm sitting around waiting for the next line of text without having any action to hold my interest.

OTOH, remember the advertising mottos, "Half of my advertising doesn't work, but I don't know which half" and "Any publicity is good publicity'.

Lemmy Caution
11-03-2009, 04:10 PM
The robots got interviewed:

http://www.publetariat.com/sell/roland-denning-and-quite-possibly-best-non-book-trailer-ever

Lemmy Caution
11-07-2009, 02:14 PM
My new trailer (no robots this time):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flMNkqiu-6k

trocadero
11-07-2009, 04:33 PM
Kirkus Reviews runs a book trailer competition each year for new Random House YA novels. The trailers are made my film students and they are great. I've also posted a link below to a page I found with tons of resources for making a book trailer.

The Book Thief: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95s8GlKY40o
The Forest of Hands and Teeth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUi3Ap2ga1U&feature=related

This year's finalists (winner to be announced on the 11th November):
The Maze Runner (LOVE this book!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2-zYcD-dDs
Very LeFreak: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OxDa1fl2t0
The Fallen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsLE6bNaIrk

Great resource:http://www.darcypattison.com/marketing/book-trailers/