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The most important part of being a writer is writing, but if you want a career as a self-published author, you need to do a whole lot more than just write: you have to learn the business and market yourself so you're on the same playing field as mainstream authors with big publishing houses behind them.
It’s a question that thousands of potential authors are asking themselves everyday: Should I try self publishing? Or should I chase the dream of traditional publishing. One answer is: do both! You’ll be hearing and reading a lot more from BookBaby about authors who do both traditional and self publishing. They’re called “hybrid authors” and they’re some of the most successful authors around today! Hybrid authors walk the line between traditional and self publishing by doing both. But if you’re just starting your publishing journey, you have to start with one or the other. It turns out I’m going to be speaking to a lot of writers trying to make this decision at the Storytellers Conference and Expo in Santa Rosa, CA. I’ve been searching for the easiest and best way to get my point across. And I think I’ve got it.
A book trailer is a short video teaser for your book. The video can consist of live action, animation, scrolling text on a black background, or pretty much anything else you think will capture the imagination of the viewer. But are book trailers really necessary for promotion? I mean, you're an author, not a filmmaker, and a book is a book — NOT a movie! Well, click HERE to read one writer's opinion on the necessity of book trailers. "Necessary" may be a strong word, but in our socially-connected, video-frenzied world, a professional book trailer can be a super helpful tool in your promotional bag of tricks. They're short, sharable, exciting (when done well), and show that you're serious about your writing, so readers will take you seriously too. OK. Wanna create one? Check out our top 5 book trailer tips for authors. Still stumped on what'd make a good trailer for your book? Get some inspiration from these fantastic book trailers. Now, you've filmed and edited your book trailer and you're ready to wow the world with it. What do you do? Where do you begin?
Here's a list of ways to promote your book with your book trailer
Your book metadata includes your book description, categories, keywords, and your author bio. Delivering this information is where many independent authors fall short.