Writing Can Be Murder

April 5, 2007

Book Trailers

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 9:34 am

Everyone loves book trailers, right?

Not me.

Because, here’s the thing about book trailers. You click on an author’s site — maybe you’re looking for info on one of their books, or you want to peek at their blog, or you’re hoping to find their secret Chicken Salad recipe — you click on their site and the damn trailer starts.

 You’ve seen the trailer. Once you’ve seen it once, do you ever want to see it again? I don’t.

So you click on “skip trailer”. The “skip trailer” button NEVER works the first time you hit it, NEVER and now you’re stuck listening to some dumbass music, or a woman screaming or waves crashing (which makes you want to pee). So you hit the blasted button again and your computer hangs for that long second, like there’s some kind of brainwashing going on, like if you’re exposed to just one more second of dumbass music, or screaming, or waves crashing, you’re going to run right out and buy the book.

 I have NEVER bought a book because of its trailer. Have you?



  1. Nope. Trailers don’t do it for me, and to be honest, neither do excerpts, contests or glowing reviews. I buy books a) because I already like the author, b) because the blurb is interesting c) because someone personally tells me the book rocks. That’s it.

    Plus, I’m very jealous of people who have the time to make book trailers. I can’t do it. Don’t know how. Don’t have the skills or the patience.

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — April 5, 2007 @ 6:48 pm

  2. “…waves crashing (which makes you want to pee)…”


    I don’t really pay attention to trailers, but I think in some mediums they might attract readers. Like if I happened to be watching TV (that’s a really big if) and saw one that was interesting, I’d check out the book. But online I’d rather just look at the author’s site because there’s more information.

    I’ve been considering doing a TV spot for my next book. I don’t know. I’m not sure it’ll make a big enough impact at this stage of the game.

    Comment by Kate Perry — April 5, 2007 @ 7:05 pm

  3. Jennifer — I don’t have the skills either (nor do I have the interest)

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — April 6, 2007 @ 9:34 am

  4. Kate — I don’t think I’ve ever bought a book because of a tv ad BUT and I think I’ve told you this before:I bought your book because I like your blog.

    Now if you were to wear a tutu in the tv spot to make it memorable…..

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — April 6, 2007 @ 9:37 am

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