Sunday, July 12, 2015

Do Book Trailers Work?

Amusingly enough, this week's topic might again fall to Veronica, as the most experienced with the topic - Book Trailers: Yes or No?

I have exactly two book trailers - both that other people made for me. One my friend made as a gift, above, for ROGUE'S PAWN, the first in my Covenant of Thorns trilogy. And the other I paid a reader/fan to do, below, for THE MARK OF THE TALA, first in my Twelve Kingdoms series. I like them fine. They're fun. Do they work?

Meh. I dunno.

The idea is that they should work like a movie trailer, to generate excitement for the book. The problem is that movie trailers are, obviously, assembled from actual clips from the movie itself. For a book, the images must be created. Depending on budget, the images can be video or still. (Mine are the more cheapie option, of a series of still images, which I don't think is as effective. Even if you cough up for video, we all know that the movie is just NEVER as good as the book. That's with multi-million-dollar budgeting and doing the whole book.

All that said... can a short trailer capture the essence of a book? Probably not.

Can it get far enough to entice a reader? Maybe.

But, so far, my experience says it's not worth the money.

Oh! And my new contemporary erotic romance comes out tomorrow! 

Under Contract

The kinkier the sex, the higher the price tag…
Ryan Black has admired Celestina Sala from afar for years, her lush body and sensual nature calling to the dominant in him. For just as many years, Celestina was off-limits—married, proud and self-sufficient. But all that has changed, and now Celestina is in debt and in need…and available. Ryan proposes a contract: he’ll pay off her debt if she gives herself to him in bed, yielding control in exchange for the pain and pleasure he’ll bring them both.
There are words for women who take money for sex, and none of them are nice ones. Celestina never thought she’d have to sink this low, but giving up control sounds more enticing than ever before. And suddenly it’s not about having to give in to Ryan. It’s about wanting to.
But when Ryan’s dark past comes to light, they may both be in over their heads. The terms of his contract say her body is his…but her heart may be another story.
One thing is for sure—now that Ryan has Celestina, he can never let her go.

Available July 13, 2015


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