Roll out the red carpet!
Strap on the high heels and rhinestones.
It’s time for a theatrical debut!
OK, maybe that’s going a bit overboard, but my heart was pitter-pattering with opening night jitters when my publisher sent me the link to my first book trailer. Would I like it? Would it capture the essence of my book? Would it generate reader interest?
I’m thrilled to report that it surpassed all my expectations! I’ll let you watch it, then I’ll give you the behind-the-scenes scoop.
The man at the beginning is the cover model from when the design team shot the cover. However, the live action section in the middle of the video was shot much later. So did they bring the cover model back? Nope. Four random men on staff at Bethany House snuck off when no one was watching and filmed it themselves. How cool is that! They arranged to have the same costume from the photo shoot and one of them dressed up as my hero, Travis Archer, and took on the straws. They even found the original straws from the shoot, too. Such attention to detail. Love it! Then the three other men, wearing plaid shirts, of course, played the roles of the other Archer brothers, and each took their turns drawing straws. My project manager swore me to secrecy about their identities. They are too shy for the Hollywood spotlight, so I can’t reveal their names, but how ’bout those acting skills! I’ve never seen a better betrayal of arms. Ha!
I am so blessed to have a publisher who is willing to go the extra mile for its authors.
And did you notice the final scene where Travis pulls a little something from up his sleeve? Hmm…something tells me there is more to this story than meets the eye.
Short-Straw Bride releases later this month. You can pre-order by clicking on the cover to the right.
So what do you think about book trailers? Are they fun? Boring? Do they whet your appetite for a book or leave you unmoved? This is a new experience for me, so I’d love to get your feedback.