Book trailers are a popular new way to promote both published and unpublished books. They usually are about 1-3 minutes in length and look just like those movie trailers we have watched for years but are to promote a book instead. I have received links to many well made book trailers through my twitter account lately and I have seen book trailers be used on television lately too.
Book trailers can be used as a way to pitch your novel to an agent (if they accept it), promote your published novel, and I have even heard of school librarians using them to promote works to students or get kids excited about a book before an author comes to visit. I can certainly see why people would want to produce a book trailer but I am curious as to whether they work. I asked my friends through one of my private social media pages if they had seen a book trailer lately and if so did they buy the book. The majority of my friends response was “There are book trailers?” So if those of us who are already in the writing and reading world are the only ones who know about the book trailers and we most likely already know about the books they are promoting, then what is the point?
Still the idea of book trailers intrigues me. Book trailers can be made as inexpensively as this one by Jill Elizabeth Nelson for her own book Reluctant Runaway which she made using Windows Movie Maker:
What do you think of book trailers? Are they worth it?
- Cool Trailers for September Books (csilibrarian.wordpress.com)
- Book Trailers: Simple Vs. Fancy (thestoryinme.wordpress.com)
- Book Trailers Are Getting Better and Better (slog.thestranger.com)
- The Book Trailer (beaturvey.wordpress.com)
- One Grave at a Time Book Trailer (abookwormshaven.com)
- Effectiveness of Book Trailers Survey (booktrailermanual.com)