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Lindsay Paige (authorlindsaypaige) | 11 comments Do you think they have any effect on sales? Do you know how to make them? Or does someone else make them for you?

message 2: by Dawn (last edited Nov 09, 2011 06:51PM) (new)

Dawn Jayne I made one for my book using Windows Movie Maker. It was fairly easy and I wanted something visual to add to my arsenal of marketing. As to the question, does it make a difference? Not sure yet, since my book isn't released until 2012.
I've heard some people will view a trailer and judge the book the same as they would the cover and back cover blurb, and some don't think it's important at all, since it's an entirely different media. I made a book, not a movie!
My thinking was that I can offer one, for those who would like to see it, and for those that don't, they can just pass.
I have it on my author page, if anyone wants to take a peek. It took about one day to pull all the stock video and music and mix it together. I', always curious how it's viewed.

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Lindsay Paige (authorlindsaypaige) | 11 comments A friend of mine made my trailer. I adore it because it makes me tear up everytime I watch it. It really respresents the book well. Here is a link in case you want to see it.

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@Lindsay...yes...I have a trailer of my book The Unfaithful Widow and I too cry everytime I watch it. lol My hubby thinks I'm weird. I would imagine having a trailer for you book is a positive thing. It lets ppl see and feel the emotions of your story. I don't see any negativity a having a trailer unless of course it has nothing to do with your book. @Dawn....I sooooo love you trailer and yours too Lindsay. Check mine out its on my page. :)

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Leila Summers (leilasummers) | 20 comments @Dawn, I also made my own trailer on Windows Movie Maker and found it easy and fun. I'm not sure if it makes any difference to sales, but even if it gets me one extra sale, that will be worth it. That one person, tells another one person who tells another one person and so on...
I'm off to watch some of these now! Mine can be found here -

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Leila Summers (leilasummers) | 20 comments Dawn, Lindsay and JS - great trailers!! I 'liked' them all.

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Leila wrote: "Dawn, Lindsay and JS - great trailers!! I 'liked' them all."

Thank you Leila!!! :)

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Ashley Fontainne | 8 comments I have one that I made myself using Windows Movie Maker as well.

Has it helped in book sales? Really, too soon to tell. I will say that the it did connect me with fellow author Lindsay Anne Kendal (author of the Bloodlines Triology here on GR). I posted a link to it on FB in a group entitled "Celebrating Authors" and she saw it and immediately decided to read and review the book!

I have it posted here, on my web page, FB, etc., and the time and effort I put into creating it was well worth it, even if the only things I gained were a new friendship with a great gal and her incredible review!

I contacted several places that advertised to create one, but after hearing their prices (and waking up eventually after I fainted) I found one that would make one for $199.00. I did try to convey to her what I wanted, but since she hadn't read the book, we just couldn't come to a meeting of the minds, hence, I created my own.

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Maria | 8 comments I make my own trailers using imovie HD. I wasn't really sure about having book trailers, and I'm still not sure if they have any impact on sales, but I enjoy making them :)
Here are links to mine:
The Dream:
Second Chances:
A Time to Tell:

Waterfall *Daughter of Northridge Earthquake* (falls) I personally loathe book trailers. As a reader, I think it detracts from the point of reading a book. If I haven't read the book, I will not watch the trailer, especially if characters are portrayed. I will never be able to read the book and imagine my own character. I'll have the actor stuck in my head instead. It's comparable to films based on books. The book is always better. Every book trailer I have seen has done the book an injustice.
If I already have read the book, I can slug through a book trailer, because I have my established characters and setting in my mind and don't feel like the trailer is entreating upon that. But at the same time book trailers don't do anything for me. I once read this amazing series that to this day remains my favourite, and I watched a bunch of book trailers on it a few weeks after finishing. If I hadn't read the book already and had just watched the trailer, I would not have wanted to read that series.

Then again, it could just be me, I know plenty of people who absolutely adore book trailers.

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Jonathan (jonathan_maberry) | 4 comments A local film student did one for my latest novel:

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Sabine Reed (sabineareed) | 24 comments I have never seen a book trailor. Why would I? It would be helpful for a movie, not a book. I always read the blurb though...and I think that is what really sells a book by a new author. That, and the cover.

message 13: by Dicey (new)

Dicey Grenor (diceygrenor) I made my own. I think as many different ways as I can let people know about my books, is always good.

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J.R. Wagner (jrwagner) | 8 comments Did all this myself

it was a TON of work. There are things I'd like to change, but I needed to focus on my writing. Film editing is a life-sucking endeavor.

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Brett Talley | 5 comments Here's mine. Did it myself and it was a lot of fun!

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A.G. Claymore | 27 comments I just loaded one on YouTube for 'Metamorphosis', a short story. I have been using an open source CGI program called Blender to create my covers and I finally got around to animating one of the scenes. It took a couple of days to put together (and a few months of watching the odd tutorial now and then). It's a bit rough but not bad, I think, for a first attempt.

I would love to hear if anyone has had luck with trailers.
Also, any suggestions on how I could improve the video would be appreciated.

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Rachel Eliason (RachelEliason) Book trailers are all the rage right now. I guess with ebooks and the fact that more and more book buying is being done online, it makes sense. It's interesting that nobody in this group can say if it's an effective marketing device or not. I haven't done one yet. I did however make a video for my kickstarter and that wasn't too hard. It would be interesting to have this discussion again in six months or a year and see if people think it's made a difference.

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Harlow Drake (harlow_drake) | 1 comments Pav Tyler with Novel Publicity created my book trailer:!/pages/Harl.... I think she did a great job. Comments are welcome.

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S.L. Coelho (sl_coelho) | 6 comments I think trailers can get readers excited about your upcoming project if they are timed right. I read no more than 2 months ahead of publication date is optimal. There was also an unofficial poll by YA readers on the length of trailers It turns out people prefer trailers between 1 - 1:30 max. I made all three of my trailers using Serif's Movie Plus, they are all very different and can be seen here As for how many books they sell, my belief is they are a great tool, but I wouldn't rely heavily on them. A solid platform which is slower but more effective is the better way to go IMHO. They are still great fun to make and I use mine to keep me motivated until the book lands in the editor's hands. I make them halfway through, or when I'm feeling 'stuck' but I don't release them until the book is near completion.

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Lanie Malone | 41 comments I've been looking at other people's trailers and thinking about making my own, but I'm afraid of the time sink involved. I'm computer literate, but not a genius by any stretch of the imagination, so I have to wonder if it would be worth it.

How difficult is it to do yourself? Really? Am I going to want to smash my laptop into tiny bits before it's all over?

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S.L. Coelho (sl_coelho) | 6 comments Lanie wrote: "I've been looking at other people's trailers and thinking about making my own, but I'm afraid of the time sink involved. I'm computer literate, but not a genius by any stretch of the imagination, s..."

Hi Lanie, I don't know if you have seen my trailers, (the post above yours) but it was very easy to do. I used a program called Serif Movie Plus (it has tutorials and is user friendly) I understand Microsoft Movie Maker is also user friendly. I think a trailer is a good tool to HELP market your book, but should not be heavily relied on. An easy step by step on how I made mine is below.
Chose a sentence or two which describes your book.
Purchase photos and music which reflect segments of your VERY SHORT synopsis (the sentence or two you decided on).
Then plug them into place with your software and play around with a few effects. The software will show you how to place and edit captions, music tracks and how to add some special effects if you wish. Have fun with it! If you have questions - email me - it is on my website!
Good luck ♫

message 22: by Lanie (new)

Lanie Malone | 41 comments Thanks. I think I might look at it tonight if time permits. :)

message 23: by S.L. (new)

S.L. Coelho (sl_coelho) | 6 comments Lanie wrote: "Thanks. I think I might look at it tonight if time permits. :)"

You're welcome, if you need assistance, or have questions my email is on my website I'd be happy to help. :D

message 24: by Lanie (new)

Lanie Malone | 41 comments I finally finished my trailer and aside from some technical issues it wasn't too difficult. So here it is:

message 25: by Mary (last edited Mar 30, 2012 07:30PM) (new)

Mary McCall (MaryReedMcCall) | 8 comments I do sometimes enjoy book trailers, if they’re well done and don’t disrupt my vision of the characters or the book. Nothing can turn me off a story more quickly than having jarring visuals provided for me (since I’m a very visual writer – and reader…I make pictures in my head almost immediately as words filter into my brain).

That said, I've never done - or had done for me - a book trailer. I do worry about it meeting the images in my head (and hence the reader's head), though if I had lots of $ to spend on the images etc that matched my vision I'd be more likely to try it.

My cover designer recently did a different kind of "book trailer" - a one minute "hybrid" trailer (I like to call it that, since I'm also a "hybrid" author, LOL) that promotes my book but does so through cleverly and dramatically (and therefore humorously) examining one of the many important steps she took in crafting my cover.

Here's a link for anyone interested. It's only 1 minute an 7 seconds, but I like it for what it accomplishes - highlighting the book but in a way that won't jar a reader's preconceptions about a character/story, but may be interesting to them nonetheless. Volume on is necessary, as the music plays an important part in the dramatic humor of the video:

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Richard Stephenson (richard_stephenson) | 1 comments I just used Powerpoint and put a soundtrack behind it.

message 27: by Douglas (last edited Apr 07, 2012 09:46PM) (new)

Douglas Brown (douglasbrown) | 7 comments My cover artist and I created one. I think it is tricky to get a book trailer right (I can't say that I have) because if it turns out cheesy, it will turn people off to your work. But if it is decent, it is simply another way to get your book out there in front of people.

message 28: by Ken (new)

Ken Lang (drkenlang) I've created trailers for my books. Am getting ready to produce one for my newest release. I've found that trailers are a good way to bring attention to you writing through social media. Many people are visual, especially those on social media outlets.

When I started I looked at some trailers and thought they were cheesy so I develop trailers that carry the theme of the book without using characters. My first three books are about homicide investigations I handled. Here is the trailer to the first book. I used my iPhone to video and windows movie maker for editing.

message 29: by Denise (new)

Denise Baer Lindsay wrote: "Do you think they have any effect on sales? Do you know how to make them? Or does someone else make them for you?"

I don't know if my book trailers have any effect on sales but any kind of promotion and marketing can't hurt your book. It's impossible to know if book trailers have any impact on sales unless a reviewer stated so. Plus, some people watch trailers and some don't, just like for movie trailers.

I made both of my book trailers using Photoshop and Movie Maker.

Sipping a Mix of Verse by Denise Baer - -

Net Switch by Denise Baer -

If you want to make a book trailer, make sure you take the time to choose appropriate music, voice, pictures and words/phrases that depict your book. I've watched so many book trailers, and by the end, I still didn't know the genre or what the book was about. And one important thing to remember is book cover. There are so many book trailers that never put in their book cover. It's so important to put as much information into the book trailer in a short period of time.

Good Luck!

Denise Baer

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Randy Attwood (randyatwood) | 97 comments I'm trying it out: It's really something when someone says your book is the best book they have ever read. And when it comes from a 500 top reviewer for Amazon, I hope it carries weight:

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