They raise my interest in the book itself. I have been known to go to Amazon after viewing the book trailer to download the book. So, I say book trailers do help. I’m going to make a book trailer! In fact, I’ve tried making one for my yet – to – be – published book in the past few months.
Since I don’t have any book cover or illustrations from my book, I’m just using a few photos from the pictures folder in my computer. These pictures really don’t have anything to do with children’s books at all. They’re three or four pictures from my visit to Gettysburg Battlefield a few years ago.
I’ve found one thing out about making one. The book trailer should be entertaining. I’ll be the first to admit this: my mad attempt to make a trailer with my battlefield pictures isn’t entertaining at all. Except to me. Right now, it’s all I have to work with.
I decided to make this with Animoto and put some music behind it. Since I used the free, thirty – second version, I didn’t have access to their full library of music. You pay for that service but I hope this music does fit in with the battlefield pictures.
I will try this over and over with different programs including Clipchamp that’s built into my computer. I’m scouring the internet for some free music that I can download to use for the video I make with Clipchamp. I mean, why pay a fee when you can do it for free or next to nothing?
Now, here’s a blog that looks at book trailers by Picture Book Den. This blog is from 2017, but it’s still revelent. It also has several book trailers in the blog! http://picturebookden.blogspot.com/2017/10/is-it-worth-making-picture-book-trailer.html
I also found this article from 2022 telling why book trailers still work. It’s from Elite Authors. https://eliteauthors.com/blog/marketing-with-book-trailers/#:~:text=Creating%20an%20effective%20book%20trailer,text%20or%20still%20images%20alone.
Last of all here's a YouTube video by children's author, Eevie Jones, explaining why they still work, what should go in them, and what mistakes to avoid.
So yes, book trailers are still worth it.