I'm posting my trailer here because... well, because I'm so flippin' excited about it! And because I figured ya'll might be curious how it came to be.
This is the live-action book trailer for my paranormal/SF Mindjack series:
It was filmed in NYC with a cast and crew of 20+, including award-winning director Beth Spitalny (who has worked for MTV, and currently is directing a series for the Discovery Channel). The full making-of can be found here
If I had to pay for something like this, it would have cost upwards of tens of thousands of dollars. Instead, my budget was $2000, mostly for production costs, and we pretty much stuck to budget. I lucked into finding a director who was interested in taking on my project, basically for fun and promotion and to add to her reels. I already knew she was talented, based on her previous work, but what astounded me was how many incredibly talented people she pulled in to work on the project, most donating their time and talent for the chance to be a part of it. I can't thank the cast and crew enough for this! But I also learned some very cool things about the movie/film business - there's a whole "indie" side to things that is very much into the art. They totally "got" (and got excited about) working on an "indie book" project. It was an awesome experience in many ways - one I won't soon forget!
The original contact for this came through another writer friend attending a conference and sitting next to a director/producer who had just finished making the
for Tor. One thing led to another, and here my trailer is today.
Moral: you never know where your indie contacts will take you!
Bottom line: will this sell books? I have no idea. Going in, it was impossible to calculate the ROI of the investment, so I just had to take a leap and see what happened. But, because of the high production value (thanks to Beth and everyone involved), it's something that fans and friends are eager to share... and that's what it's all about, methinks.