This is a wonderful concept, but is it true?
First, let me tell you that when I heard about these. I bought into it hook, line, and sinker. I researched royalty free photo's and music. Figured out how to use my Windows movie maker and then proceeded to spend hours on my first one. I never read directions and I always have to learn by myself with trial and error. Now I have cut it down to making a trailer in a relative short time, if I can find the pictures I want to use and the music. Those two things still take the most time.
I made a Trailer about me for my web site, and it's still on YouTube but not my web site. Here is my first trailer. (I no longer have my my.space LOL)
Now back to my original question, do readers watch book trailers? I went to YouTube to check out my view numbers. Before I go further, just let me say, I have no idea if YouTube counts the viewers from views via an author website and/or blog. So for this let's say it doesn't. You want readers to find you and come to your web site. If they're viewing it from your web site or blog, then they're already there and hopefully interested.
I wanted to see how my numbers were. I put up my first trailer in 2007, this was for 'Mary's Stories' and since then I've had 1,602 views. I put up a wine tasting trailer for our wine group in 2007 and I've had 104 views. My relay for life in 2007 has had 2,122 views. I have 6 various ghost ones and they are from 96 to 475 views and they were all posted in 2008.
Now for my Book Trailers, now some of these I had to re-downloaded because of revamping, etc. Meet Me In Fantasyland was posted 12/15/11 with a, drum roll here, 35 views. Watching Jenny 12/16/11 with only 20 views. Mr. Romance 12/16/11, 32 views. Romance and Misconceptions 12/16/11, 23 views and Chick Magnet 12/18/11, 30 views. This must have been when I did an upgrade and I didn't keep track of what the view numbers were prior to that date.
With my Beckett Series I did one trailer for the series instead of individual books and so it was downloaded 7/24/12 and has 60 views. Here is my last venture into trailerdom.
I'm very interested in other authors success or lack of success if they're like me, when it comes to book trailers. Please share your story.
If you have had the desired effect, please, please, please tell us what you do. Do you use certain tag words? What do you do to attract readers on YouTube to your book trailer? Thanks for any thoughts and words of wisdom you'd like to share!