Around Crime HQ we’ve been talking about book trailers. If you don’t know what we mean, here are samples of the 6 basic types we’ve seen kicking around the interweebs: Authorial, Informational, Personal, Demonstrational, Comical, and DIY!
This clip by James Patterson for Kill Me If You Can, co-authored with Marshall Karp, was created for book club members. It contains information about his writing approach, working process, and history as an author.
This trailer for The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye explains the historical background and premise of the book with thematic images and music to help set the mood.
Mac Slater Hunts the Cool is for middle-graders, and is not crime fiction per se, but Australian author Tristan Bancks has an upbeat example of this type of book trailer, sharing images of his dog and beaches near his home, among other tidbits.
Avery Aames writes the Cheese Shop mystery series, including Lost and Fondue, for which she made a video (yes, the recipe’s at her website) of a yummy-looking three-cheese version.
If you don’t already know the Gretchen Lowell and Archie Sheridan series, this trailer for Kill You Twice by Chelsea Cain isn’t spilling much. But just like the novels, the plot’s got a heckuva twist.
6) DIY (or something else entirely)
If any of these examples have inspired you . . .
Amazon studios is hosting a contest to create a trailer for Ania Ahlborn’s contemporary gothic horror novel Seed. The filmmaker whose trailer is chosen will win $3,000. Details and deadlines are here.
Have you ever investigated a book or taken one home based on its book trailer? Share, please!