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Michael Poeltl (mikepoeltl) | 25 comments I'm doing it and not necessarily finding that the action has brought anyone new to my profile page i.e. new followers and friend requests. Also the fact that there are very few views on my videos tipped me off. Is there any point to videos in Goodreads? Is there an algorithm like Google has to make videos King?


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Justin (justinbienvenue) | 2201 comments I am curious to know this as well.

message 3: by Dana (last edited Aug 25, 2018 07:06AM) (new)

Dana Vacca (danavacca) | 17 comments So am I. I didn't think it would be especially effective since I thought a video would probably just reiterate what was already stated in the book's "blurb"; plus most authors has a photo of themselves either on the cover or in their author bio. What would a video bring to the book page that would be unique? I guess a video showing the setting or some kind of moving picture of the atmosphere or setting might be effective,... but that would probably be quite costly to produce, - and would it make enough difference to warrant such an expense? Otherwise, it might just look like a "low-budget" movie trailer and actually detract from the legitimacy of the book!

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Dana Vacca (danavacca) | 17 comments I've changed my mind about book trailers!!!

Check out my new book video trailer!



Dana Vacca

FREEDOM CALLING: A Civil War Slave Escapes By Sea

message 5: by Justin (new)

Justin (justinbienvenue) | 2201 comments Dana wrote: "I've changed my mind about book trailers!!!

Check out my new book video trailer!



Uh...what made you change your mind? You just sort of say you've changed your mind but don't explain why. I'm rather curious to know what's changed your mind.

Also, I love the idea of videos on here enticing people to be interested in my books but I don't know that Goodreads has such analytics to show whether or not they can make such an impact or can be considered a factor.

message 6: by Dana (new)

Dana Vacca (danavacca) | 17 comments Well, it hasn't seemed to help so far,..... : ( but I am still hopefule!
As for rethinking the use of video trailers,... At first I thought,... no cheesey,... it's supposed to be a book, for God's sakes,.... not a movie, not visual. The reader is supposed to provide the visual.

But then I took a look at some. Granted the one that sold me was PROFESSIONAL,.... created by Twentieth-Century Fox!,... but I thought WOW!!,... (it was the trailer for "A Monster Calls", which was also made into a movie trailer (or vice versa)), but it sure made me want to read the book! Then I read some articles on making a movie trailer. Suggestions were,... DON'T pin down characters as you would in a movie trailer,... DON'T give too much away,... you just want to create an atmosphere, and the mood of the book. That's when I thought sure, this could be a great thing! As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words,.... so you could really give the viewer a whole bunch of sensations at once about your setting / book flavor,.... all in under a minute!

Hope that answers your question. Are you thinking of doing one?

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Joan Carney | 14 comments Dana wrote: "I've changed my mind about book trailers!!!

Check out my new book video trailer!



Your video is REALLY good!!! Did you do it yourself or contract someone to do it for you?

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