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Friday, April 18, 2008

Yesterday, my lovely Harper editor sent me a finished copy of Stealing Heaven -- and it's so pretty! Now granted, it's my first hardcover, so I might be a tiny bit biased, but still. I love the cover! I love the spine! (I know --who loves a book spine? But Stealing Heaven's has this bright, super modern looking thing going on, and I adore it)

Anyway, it's lovely and it's Friday and I feel like giving away some books, so I'm going to. All you have to do is tell me what you think of book trailers. Do you watch them? If you do, have you ever seen one that's made you think "I HAVE to own this book!"?

You can talk to me about book trailers here, or you can email me at elizabeth at elizabethwrites dot com

I'll take comments/emails through this Sunday, the 20th, and then I'll pick four people at random to win a book. The books I'll be giving away are: The Opposite of Invisible by Liz Gallagher, The Heartbreakers by Pamela Wells, The Fortunes of Indigo Skye by Deb Caletti and Something to Blog About by Shana Norris. Though you can only reply once, you can reply no matter where you live (I will ship books overseas), or if you've won something from me in the past.

Also! Don't forget that there's still time to enter the Perfect You contest...


Blogger Brianna said...

I've never seen a book trailer. I didn't know they existed. Although once I finished Looking For Alaska I searched for it on youtube and found a fake movie trailer that some boys did for it. That was pretty funny.

April 18, 2008 4:52 PM  
Blogger k said...

oh, deb caletti!

I've never seen a book trailer, but I'm dial up at home and for some reason, I can never bring myself to watch vids of any kind at work on the dsl. I've seen extensive discussion of them on Dear Author and Smart Bitches, Trashy Books.

April 18, 2008 5:07 PM  
OpenID trudeau1031 said...

I think there cool. One was Stealing Harvard ( I think . . .) I still haven't read it, but I will one day.


April 18, 2008 5:53 PM  
OpenID reesesaremyfave said...

I like book trailers, and sometimes they help me find books that are really fantastic.

April 18, 2008 7:05 PM  
Blogger paperxxflowers said...

I actually didn't know that book trailers even existed. IDK how they'd be though, that's an interesting idea...

April 18, 2008 8:32 PM  
Blogger bamabelle said...

I have watched some book trailers, but I don't know that I've bought a book based solely on the trailer. Usually I only watch a trailer of a book that I was already interested in. I still think excerpts and reviews are the main things that make me want to read a new-to-me author. My favorite authors are auto buys. :)

Hugs, Zara zarache@aol.com

April 18, 2008 9:18 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

I didn't know about book trailers until you mentioned them! I'll have to check them out now.. thank you for mentioning them!

April 18, 2008 9:34 PM  
Blogger Shattering_Illusions said...

Huh...I've never heard of a book trailer until this blog! I'll have to go look them up on google though!

April 18, 2008 10:28 PM  
Blogger Sherry said...

I didn't know people actually made book trailers really. It never occurred to me, but I don't think I'd prefer watching them. For me, reading is wholly different than watching a movie, and there are different aspects to each medium that I like. Combining the two just doesn't work for me I guess.

FORTUNES OF INDIGO SKYE!!!!!!!!!!!! I swear, if I win, I am going to be happiest person on this earth. Thanks for the opportunity!

April 18, 2008 10:54 PM  
Blogger Liviania said...

I'm somewhat indifferent to book trailers. To find new books, I rely more on buzz from people whose taste I approve of and the draw of the finished product when I see it in a store.

April 18, 2008 11:44 PM  
Blogger Pretty said...

I have seen book trailers, but I have never watched them. I like reading books better though.

April 19, 2008 11:44 AM  
Blogger Juanita said...

I've never seen a book trailer either, but they don't sound so great to me. Kinda pointless even. The way to find new books is either by browsing in a bookstore or library or through word of mouth (from friends, Amazon, or my favorite authors' blogs).

April 19, 2008 2:26 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

I love book trailers!

I made a book trailer with my friend last fall: http://misserinmarie.blogspot.com/2007/10/miss-erin-presents.html

I'd really like to make more, eventually. :)

April 20, 2008 12:03 AM  
Blogger Justine said...

I have only watched one book trailer so far. I think a book trailer would definitely entice a reader if it is catchy and promises a good read. At least that was what the book trailer did to me and the book was actually a stupendous read -just the way I like it. I am looking forward to watching more book trailers and I honestly hope you'd do one for Stealing Heaven.

April 20, 2008 10:16 AM  
Blogger Lenore said...

The only book trailers I've seen are the kind where someone is reading an excerpt of the book and there are some funky graphics in Flash running. These aren't effective with me because I do not like audio books. I like to read at my own pace and always find my mind wandering when I try to listen to one. But if I were to see one which was more creative, maybe even done in a movie trailer style (I know, who has the budget for that?) then I might see some hope for the book trailer.

Congrats on your book being sold in Germany!

April 20, 2008 1:07 PM  
OpenID alatarielsun said...

I had never even heard of book trailers until I just read about it here on your blog!! Though I'm more apt to go for a book if someone who I share book tastes with recommends it. I'm not sure watching a trailer would do much for me.

April 20, 2008 9:49 PM  
OpenID kourtnay325 said...

I've only watched a few book trailers before. The only book trailer I liked was "A Sweet Far Thing" by libba bray.It looked like an actual movie and I loved all the people they cast as the characters. Book trailers are normally something I just stumble across and watch though, they don't interest me as much as the actual book.

April 20, 2008 11:03 PM  
Blogger literally[lauren] said...

I think that, done right, book trailers can be amazing. I know a lot of people make them for fan fiction, and I've even seen quite a few for published books - many of them fantastic.

Of course, reading the book jackets are still my favorite thing to do. :)

April 20, 2008 11:03 PM  
Blogger softindierocker said...

Lol, I'm not sure if i'm too late for this but, oh well! I haven't seen any official tv trailers or anything but I once saw a trailer on youtube for 'The Book Thief' by Markus Zusak. I thought it looked awesome so I got it out from the library the next week! It was a 2006 Teen Book Video Award Winner.


Lol, I have a thing for dominoes! =)

~Lucy D

April 21, 2008 12:55 AM  
Blogger The Book Muncher said...

i've seen a couple, but some of them were just bad. some of them are good tho.... :D

April 21, 2008 6:51 PM  
Blogger S F said...

Better late than never.

You can see a LOT of book trailers here-

Book trailers have been around for years. Booksellers started using them in 2003.

I love them! A lot of young people are attracted to them because they are visual and it uses new technology. And I'm all for anything that gets young people to check out books!

April 21, 2008 10:08 PM  

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