Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

How long should a book trailer be?

30-60 seconds is the industry standard. It’s a good idea to have versions at 15 seconds, 30 seconds, and 60 seconds. 90-second book trailers are also effective.

What do book trailers cost?

The slideshow variety book trailers run anywhere from $99 to $1000. Live-action cinematic book trailers range between $2500 all the way up to $50,000 in some cases.

What is a book trailer definition?

A book trailer is a video that’s similar to a movie trailer but for a book. However any sort of video that promotes a book or an author can be considered a book trailer.

What should a book trailer include?

Images that are connected to the plot and The themes of the book, snippets of scenes in cinematic form, a cinematic interview with the author, short blurb reviews woven into the video. These are just a few of the things to consider when producing a book trailer.

Are book trailers effective?

Book trailers are a visual way to draw readers and build author fanbases. They’re similar to movie trailers except book trailers promote a book throughout its shelf life.

Do book trailers work?

Book trailers are 21st century advertising tools that use video to promote books, similar to movie trailers and music videos. Studies show more than 80% of all online activity involves watching or streaming video.

How do you make a simple book trailer?

Book teasers are graphics and title-based and are a cheaper alternative to live-action cinematic book trailers. All you need is an editor and a music budget.

How do you write a script for a book trailer?

Some authors select an excerpt from the book and have it recorded by a voice-over artist. This becomes the structure of the script.  You then add key images that reflect the themes and characters of the book, without giving away specific plot points.

Where can I post my book trailer?

Youtube, Vimeo, Trailershelf, Facebook, IGTV, Twitter, Reddit, Youtube Playlists, TikTok, Snapchat

How do I make a book trailer?

Take either an excerpt from the book or write a paragraph about as long as a back cover synopsis. Choose 5-6 images you want to capture that reflect the theme and tone of the book. If shooting live-action, hire actors who most resemble the characters and shoot in either practical locations or a studio. Choose compelling music. Keep it short, 60-90 seconds is the norm.

Working with Film 14

Who owns my finished book trailer?

You do! With your permission we’d love to include it on our channels.

How does payment work?

50% to begin, and 50% upon delivery

How does the process work?

We’ll create a visual scripted treatment and casting options. Once approved and production is completed, you’ll get two complimentary revisions in editing.

Can I have input on the design of the trailer?

Yes! In the script phase we want to hear all of your ideas and visions for your book trailer!

Do I get to participate in casting?

Yes! Based on your descriptions we’ll send you up to 10 casting options for each key role.

How long does the process take start to finish?

Typically 2-3 months, rush productions are possible as well if trailers are needed in 30 days or less.

Can I come to set when you're shooting?

For studio portions of the shoot yes.

What if I don't like my book trailer?

If you like the quality of Film 14’s book trailers, chances are you’re going to be pleased with the result. That said, we’re making an interpretation, and by producing a trailer you’re allowing other artists to work on your material. This is why it’s essential for everyone to be on the same page in the script phase.

How do I distribute my book trailer?

Youtube and Vimeo for starters, all social media channels, blog placement, placement on author websites, landing pages, ad buys, and more. We also produce short film adaptations which function as book trailers as well, and while a larger investment, those videos can be distributed worldwide on Amazon, iTunes, and Google Play.

Can I use my book trailer to pitch to producers?

Yes! And you should, because film producers hate to read! Including a link to your cinematic book trailer in your pitch email or query gives producers and agents a taste of your story, and it shows them you understand a thing or two about their world. Check out this article on how to use book trailers to pitch to Netflix and streaming platforms.