Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Book Trailers, do we need them?

Who looks at book trailers? Who even knew they existed? Here's an article about book trailers. If you scroll down you'll see the trailer for 'Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters'. Honestly, I'd go see this if it were a movie!

Here's a site where they have book trailer awards, The New CoveyTrailer Awards. There's more trailers here than you ever knew existed.

I have a confession to make. I'm a book trailer addict. It all started when my husband and I made a book trailer for the last book of my T'En trilogy, back in 2002. At the time there weren't any around (that we knew about) and the publishers couldn't see a use for it.

Currently, my partner and I are planning a book trailer for my new series, King Rolen's Kin. Apart from it being heaps of fun, we hope to capture the flavour of the book and intrigue the reader.

Do you watch book trailers? Have you ever bought a book on the strength of the book trailer?


Anonymous said...

My book trailer for Dark Space (on You Tube) has had over 20,000 views, so I guess it can't hurt. Random House YA have just done a beautiful one for their new book Fallen.

Rowena Cory Daniells said...

Marianne, can you provide a link through to the trailer? Or do a post with a link to it?

20,000 views that is so cool!

TansyRR said...

I love book trailers! The Sense and Sensibility one is the one that kicked off my obsession.

They have to be inventive, funny or particularly interesting to work, I think, but I am fascinated to see the different things authors do.

Libba Bray dressed up as a cow to promote Going Bovine is one of my faves, and also Maggie Stievater's 'kraken are the new vampire' flash cards.

I long for a book trailer for Creature Court...

Rowena Cory Daniells said...

I would so go and see that Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters movie!

I'd love to see a trailer for Creature Court. Would Harper Collins put some money towards it?

Kaia said...

I always collect book titles in long lists before actually purchasing them, so these I haven't bought yet, but I definitely will!

Levithian, by Scott Westerfeld
Crashed, by Robin Wasserman
They Told Me I Had to Write This, by Kim Miller.

I think there's more, but those are off the top of my head...