By Andrea Boeshaar
If you're an author with a new release, you know that the decision of whether to purchase or make your own book/video trailer can be daunting. So many writers have trailers for their novels and just as many swear they bring more hits to their web sites and more readers into bookstores.
For myself I have found that purchasing a trailer has been costly, although I'm not sorry I purchased it. My dear friend, Misty Taggart, owns Trailer to the Stars a highly professional company. She created the trailer for the first book Unwilling Warrior in my Seasons of Redemption series I felt Misty and her production company did a great job -- although, sadly, I only have 184 views on YouTube. In short, the trailer did NOT go viral.
For books two and three I played around with http://animoto.com/ and created my own book trailers. They look like I did them myself. *sigh*
Marketing a new book is not cheap. One writer advised me to spend 10% of advances and royalties on marketing. I'm now officially over budget!
Then, last week, Charisma Media surprised me by having a book trailer created for Undaunted Faith -- click here to view trailer. I was so tickled when I watched it. My husband LOVES it (and he's quite particular). A big shout out to Hamby Media who designed and produced the trailer. I'm extremely pleased with it!
But will it sell more books?
From a marketing standpoint, it will be interesting to see. I plan to use the trailer wherever I can and wherever I guest blog or I'm interviewed online.
In the meantime, will you let me know what you think of the trailer? Does it make you want to read the book? By leaving a comment you will be entered into a drawing to win a signed copy of Undaunted Faith.
I will choose the winner on May 2nd. So be sure to leave a comment.
Click here to watch Undaunted Faith book trailer