Book Trailers: Get Your Fix Here

Barbara Vey -- November 22nd, 2010

On November 4th, PW Shelftalker blog asked, “Who Watches Them?”  Sheila English, CEO of Circle of Seven Productions said she just read “an article about grants being given to libraries for book trailers.  And Sheila would be the one to talk to about this subject since she trademarked the term “Book Trailer.”

I used to post Sunday Matinee with book trailers when PW was using a different blog site.  I had to stop when I couldn’t figure out how to put them on this site, but the issue was finally resolved, so I will again be showing videos on Sundays.  If you would like one considered to be on the blog, you can send it to me at bvey@publishersweekly.com

In case you’re wondering what you’ve been missing, I’m posting several book trailers I’ve recently received.  Enjoy them and then let us know if watching the video makes you want to buy the book or even read it?  Have you seen them being shown anywhere?  I actually saw one before a movie at the theater a few weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised.  There were a lot of people in the theater exposed to that book video and I’m for anything that gets something to think of reading a book.  Brilliant!

Face the Winter Naked by Bonnie Turner

An Amish Christmas by Cynthia Keller

Dark Fire by Christine Feehan

The Shadow Keepers Series by J. K. Beck

Wicked Highlander by Donna Grant

Crown of the Crystal Flame by C.L. Wilson

Bottom Line: By the way, I’m blogging over at Romance University today and Saturday I was at the Pink Heart Society.  Thanks to all who stop by.

Giveaways

From Susan Crowley Nights of Passion Blog: From Nov. 29 to Dec 5, Nights of Passion Blog is having a weeklong holiday party with romance authors a.c. Mason, Lindsay Downs, Mary Martinez, Toni Kelly, Rebecca Royce, Annie Nichols, Sandra Sookoo, Leanna Renee Hieber, Susan Hanniford Crowley, Marie Roy, Kit Marlowe, C. Margery Kempe, and Inara LaVey. Join the fun and enter the contests.  See the Nights of Passion Blog for details.

From Samhain Publishing: Here are Samhain Publishing’s freebies for this month on Nook and Kindle. This month we’re not only offering our standard two titles for giveaway, we’re also offering four holiday stories as freebies that’ll run a full month from mid-November to mid-December. Happy holidays to our readers!

The first date is the day the book price flips to $0.00 and the second date is the final day and the original price will go into effect again.

Begin Date

End Date Book Title Author

11/1/2010           11/14/2010         The Matchmakers          Jennifer Colgan

11/15/2010         11/28/2010         Pack Challenge              Shelly Laurenston

11/15/2010         12/15/2010         Snowy Night Seduction Arianna Hart

11/15/2010         12/15/2010         My Christmas Wish        Ember Case

11/15/2010         12/15/2010         Holiday Bound               Beth Kery

11/15/2010         12/15/2010         The Dickens with Love   Josh Lanyon

33 thoughts on “Book Trailers: Get Your Fix Here

  1. Sheila

    Barbara thank you! I am so thrilled to hear that the Sunday Matinee will start again too!
    Obviously I love book trailers. And I am so lucky to work with so many talented editors, script writers and other creative people. But a trailer can only be as good as the book it represents. There’s some amazing stories out there and I hope people will spend some time going through the trailers to find a story that gets them excited to read the book!

  2. Lisa

    I love trailers! I have found more than one “new” author to read via a trailer. My 16 yr old nephew who is from a much more visual oriented generation loves them as well.

  3. Christine Feehan

    I love book trailers because they’re so visual and I’ve found many books by watching other writer’s book trailers. We have many discussions on them within the community on my website and many of the readers find their books via trailers. I like the medium because it is so visual! (I personally love to see someone’s artist concept of my book as well).

  4. Lovelyn

    I love book trailers too. I find myself browsing book trailers on YouTube sometimes when I admit I should be writing. I’ve found many great books by happening upon their trailers.

  5. Cynthia Vespia

    I think trailers are a great way to get a book out to people in this crazy, fast paced world! People are very visual by nature and if a trailer is done well in those two minutes you can capture a new reader.
    I’ve been doing video editing for many years so I make my own trailers and I’m happy to say that I received a Most Artistic Trailer award recently! But to get your trailer in a theater…wow what a coo!
    COS Productions does a great job of promoting as well as making videos too, just look what they did for my new novel Life, Death, and Back: http://www.cosproductions.com/videos/view/509

  6. Bonnie Turner

    Thanks you so much for featuring my book trailer here. What a great surprise! I’m very happy with the work COS Productions did with my Depression-era novel, Face the Winter Naked and may soon be in the market for another for my new YA historical novel: Drum Dance.

  7. Amy J. Fetzer

    I love book trailers, just because they’re fun to watch, but none have made me buy a book. Something in me (probably old age) asks… a movie for something you read? Hum? Its book commercial but I’d rather read a sample of the author’s work instead.

  8. Renee

    Book Trailers definitely spark more interest in the book! There have been some books that I would have never known existed, except that I saw the Trailer, and then I just had to read it! Book Trailers take the imagination to the next level. If I want to know what great new books are out there… I go to COS to see the video. After all, they have the best videos! Thanks Sheila for giving us a great venue to view books!

  9. Donna Grant

    Thanks for featuring my book trailer, Barbara! I had a good time working with COS and the trailer they did for WICKED HIGHLANDER!
    I don’t know how much they sell books, but I love the visual they’re able to bring. :)

  10. Jenni

    COS Book Trailers are the absolute best! At Dragon Con this year I had my book trailer for Kiss of Darkness playing on the big TV screen and people came and bought the book because they were intrigued by the trailer.

  11. Dayna Linton

    Thanks for another great article! I love book trailers and have seen first-hand how they can increase an author’s book sales.

    As friends of Jennifer St. Giles, we paid COS for a book trailer for “Lure of the Wolf” and it catapulted Jenni to a USA Today Bestselling Author!

    I am a firm believer in this fantastic new avenue for authors to get their books “out there” to the public. Sheila is positively BRILLIANT!

  12. Liz Kreger

    A good book trailer will always influence me. I’ve seen them at the RT conferences and, of course, on the internet. Often if I’m checking out an author’s website, I’ll play their trailer (if they have one). I won’t say that solely will cause me to purchase the book, but it will have a say in it.

    Glad Sunday matinees are back. Always enjoyed them.

  13. C.L. Wilson

    Hi Barbara,

    thanks so much for featuring the trailer for my lastest release, CROWN OF CRYSTAL FLAME. I’ve been working with Sheila and the folks at COS for years – in fact, I was around in the early days when she first conceived of the idea of a Book Trailer (R) – and I’ve always considered them an innovative and fun. In an increasingly visual entertainment world, Book Trailers can introduce books to a potential readership more used to graphical entertainment.

    I’ve had numerous readers write to me about my trailers, so I know they’re definitely being watched. I’ve also had numerous readers write to say they bought the book because of the trailer, so I know I get at least a few new sales because of them.

    cheers
    Cheryl

  14. Anita Higman

    Circle of Seven is amazing. They’ve done three book trailers for me, and they’ve all been great. The last one is for a Christmas novella collection, and it’s so beautiful I think it could win an award. It’s on the home page of my website at http://www.anitahigman.com if you’d like to view it. I do think book trailers make a difference in the marketplace, just like a movie trailer might romance me into seeing the film!

  15. C.H. Admirand

    Hi Barbara!

    I’m a fan of the visual aspect book trailers provide. I’ve had several created, the last two…and one in the works…by Circle of Seven. Shelia and her support staff do an amazing job with not just with the creation, but the promotion for the book trailer.

    A book trailer from COS Productions is part of my promotion budget for each book…they look so fabulous up on the big screen during the book fair at the RT Bookseller’s Convention!

    The latest one COS created is on my website…check it out at: http://www.chadmirand.com.

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  17. Keisha Burton

    I think the concept of the book trailer is a brilliant one. Finally there is a marketing tool for authors that gives them the same edge that videos give to music Cds and movie trailers give to movies. As an author, I am thrilled!

    Circle of Seven has just created a book trailer for me, and it is amazing! Sheila and her staff really did a fabalous job! I can’t wait to submit it to this blog, among other places, for posting. Thank you for writing about book trailers, Barbara. Great article.

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