Is this trailer for a movie?
Nope. But it could be, couldn’t it?
This trailer is really for a book, yet it has actors creating mini-scenes that reveal character and plot quickly and efficiently for the viewers’ pleasure. It gets to the point quickly, but it shares enough information that you want to know more and you want to know more because you care what happens!
Hey, isn’t that what you want your trailer to do!?!
Yes, a production like this would be expensive. But think about what you get for the expense!
Viewers can be intrigued by your characters, your premise, and the previews of your scenes in a very short amount of time with a lot of visual impact!
Now, think of how you might create a similar effect within your budget. Hm. That’s the hard part, right. Budgets vary and publishers can almost always budget more for book trailers than self-publishers can, which is unfortunate because self-publishers need the awareness boost more than most traditionally published books do.
Think about that.
Now think about what you would have to spend to get the book trailer you really want and how you might make it happen. Crowdsourcing, borrowing, and other financial tools may get your trailer within your reach.
But what else can you do to make your vision a reality? Does it really come down to money? Not necessarily. Have you asked for help? Who might you know that could pitch in for less than (or even free) you’d have to pay a traditional professional? What kind of quality would you produce? Would it be worth it? Would the investment in professional help be worth it?
Think about the possibilities and then ask yourself how little you’re really willing to settle for.