Thursday, September 1, 2011

Book Trailers: How To and Where To Post



Whether you've braved the trailer making journey on your own or paid someone to make one for you, the next step is where to post them.  


Outside of YouTube and your own website, where do these things go anyway? The truth is, there are tons of places to post your book trailer. From Web forums to LinkedIn account to sites exclusively for trailers, here are a few to get you started.
There are also specialty sites for specific genres or markets. For example, since I write inspirational fiction, I also have my trailer on Christian Book Videos.  There are sites for every genre...Wrote a horror book? Post your trailer on The Fear Zone. What about romance...Seriously Reviewed is your spot. 

Keep in mind that a lot of these sights do require a release date and ISBN. Some also require you to have a FLASH version of your video. However, a lot of the sites out there will just allow an embed code from YouTube which is super easy.


There was a site called Trailer Spy that was really fun but I got an error code at the time of this post. I'd check back though just in case.


If you're interested in making your own...something I encourage you to try at least once, Hub Pages has a great "How To Create Your Own Book Trailer" article with links to photo sites, music sites, and everything else you'd need to get started.


Something I found helpful a.k.a sanity saving, was the plethora of YouTube tutorials on how to make a book trailer. Everything from, "How to Fade the Music" to "How to Insert Sound Effects" all kept me from pulling my hair out.


The following is the first one I ever tried. It was for my debut novel, Purple Knot. My publisher ended up making one of their own for the entire 3-book series...but I'm still proud of my end results considering I didn't even realize my laptop had Movie Maker to begin with...totally not an expert.


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So grab your laptop and give it a whirl...you might surprise yourself.

Photograph by M4D Group.

100 comments:

Emma Henry said...

Thank you for this information. I am checking them out and will post again when I have done this. I was starting my research on how to make a book trailer and this will help me out tremendously. Thank you!

Marianne Evans said...

Great stuff, Raquel! You and I followed VERY similar trailer making journeys. I made one for HCrossing and HSurrender, then WRP made one for my series...but at the point when I created my two, I barely knew what Movie Maker was, let alone how to create an actual trailer! LOL! I had fun learning, though! :-D

E.J. Wesley said...

Thanks for all of the tips, Raquel! Very helpful and appreciated! :-)

EJ

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'm bookmarking this! My publisher posted my trailer on many sites, but not all the ones you listed.

Devin Bond said...

Ahh, that was an awesome trailer! (Yay, Seattle!) I'll definitely be keeping this post in mind when I start doing book trailers. :)

Jamie (Mithril Wisdom) said...

I've been looking for some book trailer sites for a while (I'm slowly getting hooked on them). Thanks for the links!

Dora Hiers said...

Fabulous trailer, Raquel. You are a woman of sooo many talents! And thanks for the tips on where to post my trailer. I had no idea.

raelynbarclay said...

I'm far from this point in the writing process but am going to bookmark this for future reference.

I enjoyed your trailer. You're very talented.

Raquel Byrnes said...

I'm so glad you all found the post helpful. There is so much help out there for us authors. Can't wait to see all of your trailers!

Tina DC Hayes said...

Thanks for all the trailer info. :)

Sarah Pearson said...

I've seen the level in expertise rise drastically over the last six months or so as they become more popular. It's nice to know they're coming into their own :-)

Trisha said...

I still find it funny that, until recently, I had never even HEARD of book trailers!

Tracy Krauss said...

Good information! Besides Youtube and REd Room, I did not know about these other places...I'm bookmarking the post

Raquel Byrnes said...

Tina - You are so welcome.

Sarah - I like that the authors are doing them now. You really get a feel for their voice.

Trisha - I know...its really and exciting growing phenomena

Tracy - Great to hear you found this post helpful. :D

Crystal said...

Oooh, thanks so much for the links! I can't wait to give the whole trailer thing a whirl.

allie said...

Thank you so much for this post. Even though I'm not at the stage where I would be doing a book trailer. I think it's an absolutely wonderful idea. I've saved this post for future reference! Thanks. :)

DEZMOND said...

very interesting, Raquel, I didn't know there were so many places for book trailers!

Heather Justesen said...

This is awesome advice. I didn't know about most of those trailer sites! I need to get moving on trailers for my other books. Thanks for sharing!

Maggie said...

I have to admit, the first time I saw a book trailer, I was like huh? Corny! Now I am totally in to them. Thanks for the info!

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Chris Eboch said...

Thanks for the list of places to post. I did a book trailer for my middle grade Haunted series awhile back -- better make sure it's up in all those places!

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