Book Trailers

Okay, guys. Book trailers. What?

I had never heard of book trailers until I took a publishing class in college. I still don’t entirely understand the concept. Books aren’t movies. Cover blurbs are the book equivalent to trailers. Right?

Am I just old-fashioned? Behind the times? Book trailers just don’t seem to match the medium of entertainment. It’s like smelling an apple to see how an orange will taste.

Help me out, friends. Do you watch book trailers? Do you have a trailer for your book? Do you think it’s a key part of advertising? Does anyone else out there think that the concept is a little odd?



  1. It is odd, but it’s a natural outgrowth of a old marketing tool. Whether or not it’s truly effective, like all marketing, is anybody’s guess, but for me, a trailer was fun to make, I learned from the experience, and it doesn’t have to cost a dime. So, my vote is: try it! 🙂

  2. No, no, no, and yes to your questions. In that order. I’m really not a fan. The first book trailer I saw was just a couple months ago and I was a bit unnerved by it. I’d never heard of one or seen one despite how avid a reader I am.

  3. You’ve got me … I’d never heard of them until this post. Is a BT something that appears much as a you-tube snippet?

    From context I at first got a flash of a wee page of written words (~!) much as an author’s bait (cover blurb, someone said).

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