The Best Info About Book Trailers
I’ve followed the book trailer phenomenon for a couple years and wanted to do a post. In 2003, it was just beginning; in 2006, there was lots of experimenting; in 2009, it seems here to stay and writers should take it as a given that they need a book trailer for trade books. Here’s some of the best about book trailers from around the web.
- 42 Sites for submission
- 14 Ways to approach content
- 10 Ways to combine audio/video
- 5 Case studies
- Much more. . .
How To Create a Book Trailer
- The Book Trailer Manual
- Book Trailers Squidoo
- How to Make A Book Trailer — Easy And Free
EHow has step by step instructions for making a trailer with Powerpoint.
- The Making of a Book Trailer. A four-day account of an author making her own book trailer.
- Animoto.com. Animates still pictures.
- How Will Your Book Trailer Upend Readers’ Expectations?
- In A World … Where Books Are Hyped Like Movies A 9/2008 National Public Radio article, with links to the audio.
- Book Trailers that Matter
- Every Book Needs a You Tube Video From CamCorderInfo.com. Of course, the Camcorder people would recommend book trailers; yet, the article is fairly balanced and has lots of links to new info.
- What Can You Do with a Book Trailer? by Karen Dionne (billed as the “new Michael Crichton”) write a general article about trailers touching on where to share them and best practices.
- Book Trailers Coming to Bus and Mall Billboards, buses (one company already busted!) and more links.
- Book trailers might be overkill. 2009 post: How do you make your video stand out? It’s about finding interesting ways to tell a story.
- Book Trailer Videos. A general article.
- VIDEO BOOK TRAILERS: Coming to a Library near You!
When kids make book trailers they are more engaged with the story.
- Book Trailers, a great way to promote your children’s book The downside of trailers: less imagination needed.
- In-Transit Viewing of Book Trailers – A Potent New Book Marketing Venue. Kids watching book trailers on the school bus.
- Book Trailers: The Key to Successful Video Marketing. From Poets and Writers Magazine.
- New York Statewide Summer Reading Program
Featured book trailers for teens from their reading program.
- A Survey of the Imperfect Art of the Book Trailer. The marriage between book jacket blurb and the video – review of 7 trailers.
- Trailers for Sale or Rent . 2007 optimistic look at the impact of book trailers on children’s books from PW.
- Watch Before Reading: Art-House Book Trailers. Book trailers are interpretive, rather than plot-focused.
- Promoting your novel: How to make a book trailer. Author Brenda Coulter poss her experiences making a trailer for her book on Gather.com
- What makes video trailers for books effective? (5 keys) Over 1 million views of a book trailer!
- Book Trailer Tuesday. Another regular posting on trailers.
- Video Wednesday.Scholastic column which presents a book trailer each Wednesday.
- Fuse #8 Productions does Video Sundays and sometimes features Book Trailers.
- Blazing Trailers
- The Red Room Where the Writers Are
- Books Toolbox: 50+ Sites for Book Lovers
From Mashable, this post lists many more social media sites about books.
- Circle of Seven Productions: Book Trailers
- JKS Communications: A Literary Publicity Firm
- Moving Stories Book Trailers and Book Videos
- Author Bytes
- Living Jacket.com
- Book Trailer Competition for High School Students
- Authors Promoting Authors
- Fantasy Book Reviews
This UK site has a yearly Book Video Award
- Outsourcing the Book Trailer Production to Your Fans. Authors Megan McCafferty and Lynn Messina ran book trailer contests for teen girls – a great example of a trailer contest.
- Publishing Monday: Are Book Trailers Effective? This author is charmed by trailers.
- Are Book Trailers Effective? This post quotes the Wall Street Journal: “”There is scant evidence . . . that the average book trailer actually has much impact on book sales.”
- Book Trailers Work! From LatinoLA!
- Lesson plan for Book Trailers. (pdf). References to NCTE/IRA, NETS and CTLanguage arts standards.