Book trailers come in many forms. Authors may sit and talk about their book. They may discuss the book on location as a favorite author of mine Michael Connelly does quite frequently. They also summarize a story like a TV show promo or a movie preview. Trailers vary in style. Some use photographs, animation, video clips, stock footage, and for the more ambitious projects, actors. They also vary in length. Some clock in for several minutes and others register at ten to fifteen seconds. Audience attention spans and convoluted plots can determine the length. Another factor to consider, of course, is cost. I've managed to spend very little on my trailers due to special offers, good deals, and some creative common license images.
In a few weeks, I'll release my next trailer in the Atlanta X-Men Homicide Squad series. My fourth overall, I believe the quality in each one improves due to more familiarity with the craft and the challenge to do something a bit different each time out. A combination of Windows Live Movie Maker, which I used exclusively to create the Kremlin Tide, Cold Lick, and S.Y.P.H.E.N. trailers, and VSDC Video Editor, did the job for me this time.
The first trailer I want to highlight comes from a thriller novel by one of my preferred authors, Lee Child. His Gone Tomorrow's not only an exciting read but the book trailer hooks you as well. In fact, it was the book that provided key information in my science fiction/thriller, S.Y.P.H.E.N. Here's my book review for Gone Tomorrow:
Lee Child's 13th Jack Reacher Gone Tomorrow is a white-knuckler of a thriller full of action, suspense and nearly unbearable tension from page one. Once he diagnoses that a certain passenger on the New York subway has all the earmarks of a suicide bomber, his superior analytical skills kick into full effect. Jack is man of action and probably a bit too nosy. More nosy than the rest of us would be. But man, eventhough there's some implausibility in the little fat on the bones of a complex plot, this nomad of justice shows no fear taking on a group of terrorists and the various alphabet soup of domestic and international authorities indigenous to the U.S. like the FBI, Homeland Security, Department of Defense and the NYPD.
This is a super intense thriller with plenty of villains or at least unexpected conflict per the above paragraph and strong graphic violence. There are twists and turns as Reacher's incessant meddling into this labyrinth leads to a heart-pounding showdown in let's just say rather confined spaces that brought to mind another pulse quickening thriller from a different medium by the name of Die Hard. I flipped pages so fast they should have cascaded to the floor like the bodies Reacher's Heckler & Koch MP5SD dropped, well, everywhere. There are a lot of literary and cinematic heroes people would choose to fight in the trenches with, but I'm sure like myself a great many of them would start with Mr. Jack Reacher. Bravo, bravo, bravo, Lee Child.
Okay, here's the Gone Tomorrow book trailer. There's one for forty-five seconds and another for four minutes. I've got the longer one here and I rate it four out of five stars. Enjoy!