Welcome to A Week Long Guest Post today Frances Pauli is talking about Book Trailers!
Ok Frances the floor is yours!
To Trailer or Not to Trailer
A few years back I started to hear a lot about book trailers. They were the new thing, back then, and the buzz had reached something of adull roar. There were a lot of mixed feelings about the phenomenon, and a good percentage of the “experts” all went, “Yeah, no.”
They like to do that. I believe they had the same response to e-books around the same time. Go figure. But they made some good points. I, for one, was a big fan of movie trailers, and I just couldn’t see their application for print media. I’m happy to say that no one listened to me.
Book trailers are still around, and while they may not have continued to swell in popularity, you can’t really stumble around book circles without tripping over them eventually.
I suspect the recurring argument against them is: “There’s no evidence at all that they increase sales.” And to that I have to say, “So what?” I mean, sales are good don’t get me wrong, but does everything an author does have to produce measurable sales? Can’t we, sometimes, add a little something to the book—just for fun? I certainly hope so. I like the idea of putting out bonus material, extras and bells and whistles just because the reader might enjoy them.
In the end, that’s why I ended up making four book trailers. Because, after the first one (which was an accident—I swear) I figured out that it was fun to do. I like making them. They make me smile. I don’t need any better reason, particularly if they make at least one reader smile too.
So now that I’m hooked, I’m curious about what you all think. Do readers love or hate the infamous book trailer? Which side of the fence are you on and why? Does it depend on the individual trailer? (Personally, I’ve seen some that make 1970’s stag films look like Oscar winners) What makes a good trailer or a hideous trailer, in your book?
Thanks so much for having me on the blog today. Feel free to tear at my little trailer efforts too. They can be found at:http://www.youtube.com/user/FrancesPauli?feature=mhee
And more info on my writing and books at: http://francespauli.com
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