Saturday, November 20, 2010

Do they really sell books?

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

Bird3 It shouldn't come as a huge surprise to readers that authors spend just as much time on promotion as they do writing.  (Or at least quite a few of us do.)  This promotion comes in many forms:  sending out postcards and bookmarks, showing up on Facebook, Goodreads, Myspace and Twitter, and making personal appearances.

As I mentioned last week, I'm doing a craft show today (which is why I'll be scarce for comments until late in the day).  I don't do a lot of personal appearances out of my area because I don't fly.  I am scared witless of it -- and considering all the hassles involved in air travel these days, I feel even more determined never to fly again.  (There's a reason God didn't give us wings.)  Therefore, I do a lot of my promotion from from my computer keyboard.

A_Crafty_Killing-1st in series One of the most fun things to do for promotion is to make a book trailer.  Sadly, I don't have the technical know-how, but luckily I have friends who do.  Right now Jennifer Stanley and I are working on a book trailer for my first Victoria Square Mystery.  I've never been very good at writing a synopsis (ask my editor), but for some reason I'm better at writing a book trailer script.  Boiling the story down to a couple of sentences was actually kind of fun. Finding the pictures was even more fun.  Now to see what Jennifer comes up with for the music, the timing, etc.  (That's the really hard part.)

This will be my fourth book trailer.  The others are:

Dead In Red
Bookmarked for Death
Chapter & Hearse

And if you like those, don't forget to see all the Cozy Chicks' book trailers right here.

I'll let you know via Facebook and my blog when the new trailer is available.

So, do you like book trailers?  Do you think they entice readers to buy books?  What are some of your favorite trailers?  (Please share the links in the comments section.)