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A while back I posted a series of resources on book trailers. That post included a whole bunch of links for authors who wanted to create their own trailer to raise awareness of their books. There are how-tos for iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, and PhotoStory3, among others.
Recently, Dianne E. Butts, who guest-posted recently about creating an online newspaper from your tweets, found a free online service that allows writers to create professional looking book trailers without having to be knowledgeable about a particular software program.
In her post, Butts explains her experience with the program, and provides the trailers she made with it. Like many online programs, users can pay a fee to access more features. It looks like a great alternative to paying someone else to craft a trailer, and a good option for authors too busy to learn a new skill.
How about you? Would you make a book trailer yourself? Do you think they even make a difference? Has a book trailer ever influenced your decision to read a book, or has it cemented the choice you've already made?