Hi everyone! Thanks so much for having me here today. Today, I'd like to talk a little bit about something I really enjoy – book trailers.
Book trailers are a relatively new phenomena. I've noticed that more and more stories are showcasing these book “previews” to promote their stories. Some sites even host book trailer competitions. I think everyone agrees that book trailers can be visually entertaining. The music and images they provide give you an instant tone and feel of a book better than anything else. Some trailers can be dark and intense, others quirky and whimsical, but all of them are fun.
A lot of time goes into the making of a book trailer, either by the author or by a production company. You have to find just the right music and pictures to create believable characters. Then you have to string everything together in such a way as to pull the viewer into the story. Some big-named authors even go so far as to use live actors to play the main characters in their book trailers.
But do they sell books?
Personally, I'm torn about this issue. As an author, I love making book trailers. They're the fun reward after a sale. As a reader, I have to say that I have never bought a book based on the trailer alone. Many times I find sites like youtube and “blazing trailers” hard to search (mostly because people don't put up the right tags for their trailers), so I'm limited to either book trailer websites, competitions, guest blogs, or authors who have the money to buy ad space on reader's sites. But even if we had a user-friendly, searchable site for romance books, would people use it? And more importantly, would it influence their buying decisions?
So I'm asking everyone today, do book trailers work for you? Why or why not? Which are your favorites? Have you ever bought a book based on the book trailer?
In the meantime, check out my book trailer of my newest release, Dark Deception. I hope you enjoy it!
After being plunged into a chaotic and deceitful society, Maria Guerrero finds comfort in the arms Enrique Torres, a man she believes is innocent of her world. She keeps him ignorant about her inner monster, and the blood oath she took to save her brother's life. Instead she prefers to use their sexual play as an escape from her supernatural world. When her secrets catch up with her however, Maria is forced to confess her sins. Will Enrique find it in his heart to forgive her deception? He must, before her vampire master demands her to pay him his due. With the help of a disillusioned fey warrior, she convinces Enrique that vampires are real, and danger lurks around every corner.
Enrique can’t allow himself to fall for Maria charms, or he’ll risk revealing secrets of his own -- secrets which would not only scare her, but put his mission in jeopardy. He hopes that by forming a physical connection with the young vampire, he’ll lower her defenses and earn her trust, for she’s the only one who could help him bring peace to the Immortal Realm. As they play out their sexual fantasies, her true identity is uncovered. On impulse gives her his trust, only to be repaid with her betrayal. Now he wants revenge… but what will be the cost? As the Immortal Realm descends into chaos, Enrique and Maria must choose whether to trust each other again, or fall victims to the dark deceptions that rule their world.
After over a decade in the scientific world, Suzanne needed a creative outlet. She tried scrap booking, cooking, crocheting, painting, and piano, none of which held her interest for very long. Then one of her friends suggested writing. Thrilled with the idea of creating her own worlds, she opened up her lap top and never looked back.
When Suzanne’s not writing, she can be found playing with her two daughters, testing her husband’s latest kitchen creations, or curled up with her favorite romance novel in her central Massachusetts home.
Embrace the Shadows Blog: http://embracetheshadows.wordpress.com/
Youtube Channel (so you can see my other book trailers): http://www.youtube.com/user/SuzanneRock1