Last TUTD we had a great conversation about “extra” novellas to go along with your favorite series, this week I want to talk about book trailers!
We all know the effect that a well done movie trailer can have on movie-goers at a crowded movie. From the exhilarating ones that make your heart pound in that 30 second time frame to the ones that make you want to wet your pants because GOSH DARN IT, IT LOOKS SO FUNNY even if we know all the funny parts have probably just been shown…the effect is audible as you can hear murmurs of “I’ve got to see that” or “that looks so good.” A good trailer is key. They’ve got 30 or so seconds to woo you with carefully chosen reels that are in the perfect order to the perfect music. They’ve got to showcase their goodies to entice you and make sure you’ll be in those same seats with your oversized, overbuttered and overpriced tub o’ popcorn.
But what about for books? It seems book publishing is looking to the trailers to spice up how they are promoting books. With the amount of Youtubing and thirst for all things visual these days, it does seem to make quite a bit of sense to try to hook an audience in a different way. Find those people who don’t browse the bookshops or creep the catalogs as we do so regularly. Examine a new avenue of promotion. Find a new way to entice readers or make a book memorable.
My question(s) for you: Do you watch them? Do you like them in general? Do you find them to be effective in making you want to read certain books? Why do you think they are becoming more popular? Which ones have you found to be done really well and most memorable? Anything else you want to add to what I’ve said?
Thumbs up if you like them/watch them; thumbs down if you don’t find them to be effective for you or don’t watch them
My Thoughts: I personally don’t watch them. It’s more of a time thing. I already watch too many things on Youtube (Jenna Marbles, beauty vloggers, musicians) and I’d rather just read a quick blurb of a book. I think it’s also that I’ve seen quite a few bad/boring ones that really turned me off to them. So to me, they haven’t been worth the extra time. I’m always on the lookout for book trailers that people say are really well done. I feel like I watched one for The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney that was really well done. I think it was that book anyways! lol. Maybe I’m not watching the right ones? But I sure am curious to hear if you guys watch them/find them to be effective for you. I’m also hoping you will link me to really well done ones! I’d be a convert perhaps if I saw really great ones!