A good book trailer can raise the level of awareness for a novel or anthology in a big way. Providing it’s well-made, it leaves viewers feeling good about the author(s) and/or the work itself. People with no previous interest in either that writer (or even the book’s genre), not only watch it, but some of them go on to share it on their own blogs.
Of course, it has to be good for that to happen, so the question for anyone thinking about making one has got to be: “What makes a book trailer stand out from the crowd?”
I have my own thoughts, which I’ll share during the week, but for now I’d love to know what you think.
How do you feel about book trailers?
Can't get enough of them
If there’s one in front of me, I’ll watch it
Meh, trailers, shmailers. Who cares?
Never seen one
Have you ever sought out more information about a novel or anthology as a result of seeing a book trailer?
From the list below, please select anything which YOU feel is an important ingredient for a book trailer:
It should make me smile inside
It should scare me
It should make me sad
It should make me laugh
It should surprise me
It should have good background music
It should have a lot of description
It should only have very little description
It should leave me with unanswered questions
Something else, which I’ll say in the comments
If you’ve seen a good book trailer, or have one of your own, feel free to add a link to it in the comments section. I’ll cut & paste it into the second part of ‘What’s your take on book trailers?’ when I post it during the week.
In the meantime, have you ever seen a bland, or even a bad, book trailer? If so, what do you think was wrong with it? As always, please don’t name names unless you liked it.