|Posted on August 3, 2015 at 3:15 PM|
If any of you have seen me around on Goodreads you've heard me discuss this in several topics. Book trailers are important, are they necessary? I say yes and no. Given our society and between our love for watching Youtube videos and needing to be persuaded by media it shows that perhaps book trailers are a necessity after all. I think book trailers are one of the most underrated tools to promote one's book and many authors under utilize it. They are simple to make and you don't have to go find a trailer making service and spend hundreds of dollars. You can if you'd like but I don't think it's necessary. You can post them to Youtube which is the main spot(in my opinion), your website/blog if you have one and even on Goodreads. I actually make my own book trailers as they are easy to make if you have Windows Movie Maker or something similar on your computer. This not only saves you money but I assure you once you figure out how it works you'll not only be making quality book trailers but you'll have fun making them as well. There is an audience for book trailers. There are people out there who determine the books they wish to read by browsing and watching book trailers. Also if your trailer is done well enough the main idea is that it draws the attention of someone who just happens to come across it so again they don't need to be followers of trailers but at least interested in the idea of your book and they watch the trailer to become more interest and it makes them go out and buy it.
If you don't wish to make your own you can always look around on Goodreads at members who offer book trailer making services or a simple Google serach will work as well though again I'd suggest giving Windows Movie Maker or whatever kind of program you have on your computer a try. Should you invest time into making one? Yes. It won't hurt. Even if you believe it won't drive in sales which it probably won't it serves as another way for you to reach people and get your book out there. Lets be honest we all enjoy movie trailers as they peek our interest to see the movies, well book trailers serve the same purpose. Also we tend to have short attention spans so it's goo to make your trailer between 1-2 and a half minutes. Trailers also serve as a great promotional aspect, it's another way for someone to speak about your book on your behalf. With trailers you can talk about your book, tell a little bit about them, tease people about it. If they enjoy it then chances are they will check it out. With all the promotional and makreting tools that are already out there and at your advantage to use, what do you really have to loose in making a book trailer? Look of it as an extra to your book, a mini movie, I think I speak on behalf of most authors when I say we'd all like to see our books make it to the big screen. Well, with a book trailer we can do just that, make it into a mini movie and showcase our book.
So what do we know? We as a society enjoy being entertained by watching Youtube videos and whether or not we want to admit it the media influences what we like in one way or the other. Trailers are and can be easy to make if you have time, patience, creativity and the proper program to use to make one. There are quite a few places to post them and you really have nothing to loose by making one. So what are you waiting for? Go browse some book trailers and get a good idea. You can check out my https://www.youtube.com/user/Panther7788/videos" target="_blank">trailers I've made and if it inspires you to want to make you own well good because you should. Go on and make your own and realize the importance of book trailers!
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