I’m still working with themes to get myself back in the game. This week’s theme is hope. So, I did a search for “fantasy book trailers hope” and the first several I looked at were good trailers, but didn’t really fit the theme.
Take a look to see why this one does…
This is a two-volume series that combines some interesting elements. First, it has a fantasy angle with its fairy realm. Second, it has a sci-fi angle with its alien invasion. Third, it has a religious angle with its gift from God. Admittedly, I’m a bit skeptical that those three angles can be successfully interwoven, but there is this thing we call a triangle that suggests it’s possible. Regardless, there is definitely a message of hope within the books.
Perhaps more importantly for our purposes, this is an attractive, visually stimulating book trailer that manages to look sufficiently professional without going overboard on the expense side of things. So many authors want to promote their work but have very little in the way of resources that it’s always a bit inspiring to see someone pull of an effective trailer on a tight budget.
In this case, the drawings could come across as unprofessional. They look not unlike the drawings I make for my own writing. But that’s also why they work. It offers insight into how the author sees these characters. It personalizes the communication. It’s a quiet, subtle way to say, “Come take a look at what was in my head while I wrote that.” Fans love that sort of thing!
So, even when you don’t have much of a budget, there are ways to create a visually effective, personalized book trailer—without, um, stealing.