I'm on a panel at 2:00 PM today Feb. 9, 2012 at a writing conference, LTUE, on making a book trailer, which is something I have some experience with. Below I've pasted some videos and links for people's reference.
Here are some questions we're going to answer:
How do you say enough about the book with out giving away too much?
Short answer: you use your elevator pitch line, a modified version of that for the text.
Are the worth they worth the expense and the hassle?
Yes, and possibly no.
Where are the best places for book trailers?
On your website and YouTube.
What are some good examples of book trailers?
Check below and look at the trailer for A Girl of Fire and Thorns and also look at The Crimson Pact trailer.
What equipment do you need?
Money or video editing software, and/or free images--I've posted links below to some stock photo sites I use.
This is the best book trailer I've ever seen. The book the trailer below is about is: A Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson.
Go to Rae's website to learn more. She got this trailer for free. It showed up one morning in her inbox. She had no idea it was even being made. Totally amazing. http://www.raecarson.com/
This is the book trailer I made for The Crimson Pact Volume 1
Please check out The Crimson Pact story trailers for volume 2 on thecrimsonpact.com, or on The Crimson Pact YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheCrimsonPact?ob=0
This is the book trailer a friend of mine made for The Dragon Hunters.
This is the book trailer for The Golden Cord, made by a friend of mine, with music by another friend of mine.
You can get awesome music for book trailers at http://www.shockwave-sound.com/
Find awesome pictures here:
and here: http://www.sxc.hu/
You can see how my book trailers are posted on my website, here: www.paulgenesse.com