Friday, July 15, 2011

Christinabean's Friday Finds - July 15th


Welcome back to Christinabean's Friday Finds.  Here are some new titles that are coming out in the future.  Three of them are #2 titles in a book series A Million Suns, The Golden Lily and Perception. The Future of Us is a collaborative effort from Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler.  What's really cool about this cover is it's Matrix-y (yeah, I made that word up) look in binary code.



So let's chat for a minute shall we?  Do any of you like watching book trailers?  I have to say that I love book trailers just like I love movie trailers. They really do influence me as to whether I will read a novel or not.  Yes, yes I admit.  Not only do I judge a book by its cover but also by it's trailer.  Marketing...it really does work on me.  So for all of you authors out there, I think it really is a good idea to invest in a good videographer to promote your title.  One of the best book trailers that I've seen is The Karma Club by Jessica Brody.  This trailer just really worked for her book (for me) and I wanted to read it right away.  Have you seen any outstanding book trailers lately?

Ok, so we've discussed book trailers but let's talk websites, shall we?  When I find a book I enjoy, I often want to find out more about the author.  Working for a library and responsible for outreach, I am also looking to see how to contact the author for author visits, tours and skype interviews.  Please, please (authors) put up some kind of contact information or bio.  Making it easy to reach you means that as fans, teachers and professionals we can promote your material and tell more people about your great reads.  I'm not saying to put up things that are too personal (to encourage stalking) but by all means, make sure you make it easy for us to follow you on Facebook, Twitter or on your personal blog.  Keep your fans engaged too by updating regularly and even offering up short stories or fun things about your characters or series.  Fan love this....now onto something a bit more pressing...

Pottermania!!

So I have to ask, how many of our lovely followers went to the midnight showing of Harry Potter last night?  I would have loved to go but I'm afraid I'm no spring chicken anymore...instead,I looked for videos on Youtube...

First, need a refresher?


Check out this video on Snape...


Another video to make you cry....


Doesn't this just make you want to run to a box office now and watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2??  It's like saying goodbye to an old friend....

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