I'd never heard of Airicka Phoenix until she showed up on CleverFiction.com. I read one of her short stories and fell in love with her style. One of her books is now on my Kindle for PC simply because she gave away a sample of her work! If you're having trouble giving away your time, then may I offer this perspective: If you don't generate word-of-mouth excitement about your writing, you're not going to have much of a writing career. Writing short stories is one of the quickest, most cost effective ways to get your stories in front of people. If they like them, they'll probably like your other writings and will be more willing to pay for them. And they'll tell their friends! The other option is to spend lots of dough on traditional advertising and hope people will open their wallets for a writer they've never heard of.
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Another creative way to spread the word about your books is to make a video book trailer. Book Trailers, like movie trailers, offer a glimpse into your story without telling the story. A well made trailer will engage the senses and build interest.
Watch the two book trailers below that were custom made for Linda Boulanger's romantic fiction novel Dance With The Enemy. Do they pique your interest? Want to know more about the author and her book after watching? Give us your opinion in the comments and please cast a vote for your favorite of the two book trailers.
Video Book Trailer #1
Video Book Trailer #2
Linda is a talented writer and graphic artist, but rather then make her own trailer, she contacted the Arizona Video Company. After discussing her goals, it was determined that a two-video approach would work best. The first video was more of an "epic" approach. The second video has more of a "romantic" flavor.
But just having a video book trailer isn't enough. We're working with Linda to share the video all over the internet. The goal is to get people to either visit her website or check out Amazon.com where they can read reviews and get more information about her book. Linda has also given away samples of her work by writing many short stories. Check her out on CleverFiction.com.