Ideas and Doubts

So I’ve started to prepare for the release of my book . . . just doing research and planning what to post about, where to go, people to speak to–things like that. To that end, I tried to think about things I could post on instagram that will connect with my teen girl readers.

For instance, some adorable diy galaxy jewelry I remember watching a tutorial on.

diy-jewelry-galaxy-necklace
From: http://youdiyinfo.com/diy-galaxy-necklace-ring-pendants/

That set me off on so many ideas I could tie in to my book’s theme! Cute diy bleach moon shirts. Pretty diy galaxy notebooks. Maybe I could make some to use as giveaways during my launch party! I was so excited thinking about it all!

Then the doubts kicked in.

“That’s not how book promotion is done.”

“No one’s going to want to see that.”

“You’re doing it wrong.”

*sigh!*

It’s daunting. But I won’t give up. Maybe it’ll work, maybe it won’t. But it won’t be for lack of trying.

So go away doubts! Sink or swim, I’m not listening to you anymore!

-*heart*M.R. Anglin

 

Book Trailers

Been thinking about book trailers this week. For those who don’t know, a book trailer is like a movie trailer–an advertisement that uses clips of the movie for the purpose of telling you about the movie and making you want to go see it.

Which brings about an interesting question: how can you make a trailer of a product that is inherently static (the words on the page; hopefully the story isn’t static)?

Well, I guess the answer to that is up to interpretation. I am not an expert on book trailers, but I’ve seen a few. I recognize some things I like and don’t like about them. But I won’t get into that because I’ve spent a grand total of about 1 week and a half giving book trailers serious thought . . . certainly not enough to give you an educated opinion.

The reason I am writing this post is because I want to hear your opinions on the topic.

What do you think of book trailers? Are they worth your time watching? What do you like about them, and what do you hate about them? Does watching them make you want to go read a book? Do you think it makes sense to try and make a moving, visual advertisement for a product that is inherently “static”?