Thank you so much for hosting me during my Cherish the Romance Book Tour, which launches my contemporary romantic suspense, Lancelot’s Lady. My tour runs until October 10th and I’m giving away some great prizes, including a Kobo ereader sponsored by KoboBooks.com. Now let’s explore the fascinating world of book trailers…
Book trailers have increased in popularity over the past two years, and you’ll find that many publishers and writers, including bestselling authors, use trailers as part of their marketing. Schools holding book fairs are using book trailers to get the attention of younger readers.
YouTube currently has over 355,000 book trailers. The most popular is Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, which has had over 240,000 views. These facts alone show that book trailers are being viewed.
Personally, some trailers have led to me buying a book. I bought Mothering Mother by Carol D. O’Dell based on her book trailer and info. The info drew me in, the trailer sold me. I’ve seen awesome trailers and some that are just not that well done. Technology has changed and trailers once considered more complex are now easier to create. With micro-stock photos readily available at cheaper prices, it’s more affordable than ever to have a book trailer made.
Book trailers vary in style. Some are text only with dramatic music. Those can definitely be appealing, since nothing else distracts the viewer. Some trailers feature live actors. Most of these are low budget shorts with unknown actors of minor skill, but once in a while you’ll come across a trailer that showcases excellent acting.
A while ago, I watched Dean Koontz’s Odd Passenger “webisodes” (or Internet movie chapters) on YouTube. It is basically a series of short book trailers that, combined, tell a creepy story. The acting won’t win any Academy Awards; however, it’s solid enough and the camera shots are professional enough that I was hooked. Reel me in, Odd! I’ve ordered all of the Odd books because of these webisodes.
Most of my trailers have been created by a friend who happens to be very talented. Kelly Komm is best known as a YA fantasy author, but her trailers are so well done (even better than my last publisher’s) that I’ve had her create mine.
Here’s the trailer for Lancelot’s Lady:
Thank you to everyone for dropping by this blog and visiting me on my Cherish the Romance Virtual Book Tour. Lancelot’s Lady is available in ebook edition at Amazon’s Kindle Store, Smashwords and other ebook retailers. Pick up a copy today and “Cherish the romance…” You can learn more about Lancelot’s Lady and Cherish D’Angelo (aka Cheryl Kaye Tardif) at http://www.cherylktardif.com.
Prizes & Giveaways: Follow Cherish from September 27 to October 10 on her Cherish the Romance Virtual Book Tour and win prizes.
Leave a comment here, with email address, to be entered into the prize draws. You’re guaranteed to receive at least 1 free ebook just for doing so. Plus you’ll be entered to win a Kobo ereader. Winners will be announced after October 10th.
Does the above video intrigue you, tease you, leave you wanting more? Does it make you want to order Lancelot’s Lady? Have you ever bought a book because of the book trailer? Enquiring minds (mine!) wanna know.