Author Videos

10 Author Videos That Merge Cinema and Books

By April 4, 2017April 27th, 2020No Comments
Book trailers have been a thing for a while now. Consequently, some are good, some are meh, some are amazing. That said, trailers aren’t the only way authors can promote books with video. Right now 71% of all online activity involves watching video. Creatives in the publishing and film industries are inventing new ways to reach out to readers. Author videos are just one example. Here’s a look at some of the best author videos online. From bestselling established authors like James Patterson and Anthony Swofford to successful self-published authors, and even legendary rock icons!

HOTELS HOSPITALS AND JAILS by Anthony Swofford

Sometimes authors are also terrific actors. Jarhead scribe Anthony Swofford appeared in one of the first cinematic book trailers ever filmed!

JAMES PATTERSON – MasterClass Promo

A trailer for James Patterson’s 22-video writing class. The insanely popular MasterClass produces promo videos for each guest speaker. Seems like this one could be the new benchmark for author videos as far as image quality.

SPAM NATION by Brian Krebs

Former Washington Post reporter and cybercrime expert Brian Krebs appears in this interview-style trailer that uses branded graphics and creepy music. We think it sounds like an episode of True Detective.

HOW TO HANG A WITCH by Adriana Mather

This super-meta-author video uses clips from the full-length cinematic book trailer for How to Hang a Witch, merging the author interview with behind-the-scenes clips.

DAYS OF RAIN AND BLOOD by Rod Hewitt

An emotionally engaging interview footage mixed with cinematic B-roll and gorgeous, haunting music. Days of Rain and Blood is Hewitt’s forthcoming first novel.

FACE THE MUSIC by Paul Stanley

KISS legend Paul Stanley jams out on his acoustic as he tells readers about his new memoir and what inspired him to tell his story.

STRANGE AS IT SEEMS by Chip Jacobs

Because sometimes a minute just isn’t enough! This video for Chip Jacobs‘ bio of his uncle, the great Gordon Zahler is probably more of a short documentary.

YOU HAD ME AT WOOF by Julie Klam

Author Julie Klam appears with Oscar-winner Timothy Hutton in her hilarious mockumentary-style book video.

MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN by Ransom Riggs

Extremely well-produced book trailer with over a million Youtube views. Certainly a reminder to authors who hope to have their books adapted into movies. This book went on to become a Tim Burton film. Hmm, maybe he liked the book trailer 🙂

FOREVER by J Channing

A completely new approach to book trailers. Start-up production company Book Trailer Ninjas made this one for J Channing’s historical fiction novel using free vintage footage from archive.org.
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