Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Book Trailers That Work!

I'm not the only person out there who has spent hours of her life watching book trailers, am I? 

Well, I secretly love book trailers. And while there are so many awful ones out there, I thought I'd write my opinions on how to get them right. Here are my top three favorite book trailers of all time.

KISS OF FIRE,  Rebecca Ethington

First off, watch this one. It's 45 seconds long and pure brilliance.

Why it works: It's cinematic, professional, and short. It gives the theme, the feel, and the stakes in a really short and appealing way. It looks like it cost a ton of money, like it's literally a preview for the movie version of this book, which I hope gets made. 

FEW ARE ANGELS, Inger Iversen

Okay, so now watch this one. It's a bit longer, but it's beautiful and creepy. It's the best trailer I've seen, and it makes me want to buy this book so hard.

Why it works: Um...cause it's awesome. The author went for it here, decided that if it was worth doing, it was worth doing right, and while the guy at the end has a bit of a cheesy quality to him, it's basically perfection in all ways.


Okay now watch this one... Perhaps it's less professionally made...ahem, but this is one of my favorite trailers of all time, and this trailer has had thousands more views than the others put together, and shows that sometimes the best thing you can do is break the rules. Or use action figures to show you know what the rules are, and that GI Joes are surprisingly angst ridden. Watch it.

*tip of the hat to Sabrina who first showed this video to me.

We've hired someone to make a book trailer for Alchemy, and I'm excited about it, and hope it will reach for the epicness these three trailers have, and launch us into super stardom.  But until then, I am beyond excited to see the world of the story I've been obsessing about shown in a short clip, and I'm psyched to see how it turns out. If we're going to do something, then why not be awesome?

Show me how it's done. If you have a book trailer you're especially fond of,  post the link in the comments and I'll check it out.

Feed the obsession!
 Check out Alchemy now before the trailer comes out. Because you're cool like that. You know things before they're mainstream. Yo...


  1. Those were pretty awesome book trailers. I liked the first one the best. Short and to the point, but the third one was very clever. That is how to do it on a budget.

    I don't watch book trailers, but I'm sure a lot of people do. Does anyone have any idea if they boost book sells?

    Can't wait to see the Alchemy trailer. Sounds like fun.

  2. These were so much fun. I agree with MaryAnn--short and to the point is better. I would love to see some statistics on whether book trailers boost sales. The way I think it would work is this--someone LOVES the book, finds the trailer and shares it around to their friends. It might make a few more people read the book, and that's cool.


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