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Oct 3, 2010

Early Dawn - Book Trailer of the Day + Is it Worth the Money?

This has two things that interest me. One is the use of the old sepia photos, which I like. My favorite part is when the sepia turns to color, although this isn't a constant effect throughout the trailer. The second is the way the words are written on bands across the screen, which I'm more ambivalent about.

This book is a Western, which I don't normally read, and to be honest, I might not read this one, but the trailer did catch my interest in the story.

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Slightly off topic...

I know some people think booktrailers are a waste of money. This one is by Circle of Seven Productions, so it wasn't cheap. I really like them, but do worry about whether a $1000 trailer can pay for itself in sales. Then again, trailers do have one advantage, which is that I watch trailers for genres I normally never read, and if the trailer is good, I often watch it several times. Sometimes I watch it so much, I feel an overwhelming curiosity to read the book, even when I initially had no interest. But I read a LOT. And pretty eclectically. Are there enough people like me to justify the cost? I'm not sure.

I know that I'm watching the cost of my own trailers pretty closely, because as much as I would love to splurge, I just can't. If I add anything to investment costs in my anthology, it will be interior formating. I'm fooling around with InDesign, and given enough time, I am sure I could master it sufficient unto my meager purposes, but time is tight for me right now. Money is tight too, though. The one thing I refuse to do is put out a crappy product. (Though I'm not saying you have to use InDesign to have a good product.) Somehow, I will make it work.


Kelsey (Dominique) Ridge said...

The idea of book trailer's still intrigues me, and I'm not sure how I feel about them. It's strange, because the other day I actually said, "I saw a trailer for this book the other day," and my friend and I both stopped and thought about that sentence. I know they can be effective, but the idea still strikes me as odd.

SandyG said...

I liked it! I agree the writing on the band seemed strange, and the clip was a bit long; I really liked how the music added to the drama. And I am a sucker for kissing a man with a beard, so that alone would have turned me on to the book!