My friend, author Stephen Poleskie, recently had a book trailer made for his book VIGILIA'S TEMPEST. While it had over 700 hits on YouTube in the first months it was up, and has now passed 4300 hits, he is not quite sure how many sales this actually accounted for. Here is the link to his book trailer if you would like to check it out:
Let me know what your opinion is of the effectiveness of book trailers, positive or negative. Please feel free to post your book trailer here if you have one, or someone elses if you wish to comment on it.
I find my video book trailer augments my personal presentations at clubs, festivals, and other literary organizations. Even though I believe the video is powerful, readers won't buy books based on a video, IMHO. I find it helpful as an addition to my 1:1 communication with potential readers of my thrillers.
PS Check out my video for the last in my medical mystery thriller trilogy--a novel called DENIED
Very well put. No one thing is going to make all the difference in sales of your book. I tell all trailer clients there are many steps to a successful campaign. I give them an extensive list of things to do to help them on their way. A book campaign is never dead until the author lets it die.
I just finished creating my own book trailer. I tried to time it so it was ready for my virtual book tour. My thought is that if readers are already interested in my book, then watching the book trailer might be that final exciting push to get them to purchase it. I think a book trailer provides an opportunity to add something supplemental to your book - a way to provide some new content. I wrote my trailer in first person, but my book is written in third person. I also think a trailer can be a great way to establish the overall tone of your book.
This is my trailer for A Part to Play, my debut young adult novel
Your trailer is very interesting, if a bit abstract, which makes one wonder how the book is written. The trailer is rather accomplished for your first effort. What program did you use?
Good luck with your book. I hope you write many more -- and make more trailers.
Thanks! My husband is a professional 3D computer graphics artist, so he helped create the animation of the mirror shattering using a program called 3DS Max. I then edited the animation and sound using Adobe Premiere Pro. Did I mention I am also a digital media artist? Anyway, thanks for the encouragement. I'm curious to know if the trailer helps with sales - I'll keep you posted.
Where were you guys with 3D Max when I needed you :)
This is one of my trailers created with Photoshop CS2 and After Effects CS3. I didn't use real footage, the entire 3D city I created in AE. I did my best to make this trailer look like a movie trailer rather than a book trailer.
This trailer is for my short story sci-fi/dystopian series titled Factory 21.
Thanks for posting. The trailer looks good. You did a real nice job. Good luck with your book.
We are coming closer to the release of the book, so prepare to be teased.
Here is a video, made by Channel 9 News NYC, about Steve Poleskie and his aerobatic flying. These flights were part of the inspiration for his book VIGILIA'S TEMPEST. The trailer for this book is up in the first posting on this discussion.
The writers I work with do report an increase in sales and traffic to their blogs and author pages, so I'd like to think a well done, well placed trailer does increase sales. My latest (posted below), for example, has been up for a week, and has had about 6000 views across all platforms (Youtube, Vimeo, - placings in BookRiot (hard to get into) and AOL Arts.
Just a preliminary video... I will post an interview one shortly!