Make a jaw-dropping book trailer

How to make a book trailer in a few clicks

  1. Log in to Biteable (or start your free trial!)
  2. Choose a book trailer video template, or start from scratch.
  3. Begin editing your book trailer. Use our guide below if you get stuck.
  4. Download your book trailer or share it on any platform with a single, trackable link.
Hailey shows you how to create a book trailer with Biteable.

Getting started

Attract new readers like bees to pollen

First – congrats! Writing a book is no walk in the park. But now there’s another hurdle ahead. How do you get people to read this book you’ve spent months (or years) toiling away at? A book trailer is a great place to start.

Video content rules

It does. Video marketing statistics tell us that 78% of internet users watch videos online weekly, and that YouTube is the second most trafficked site after Google. Text media isn’t dead. But it’ll go a lot further with video content to promote it.

According to Comscore, readers are 64% more likely to purchase a book if they’ve seen advertising for it. (Like a book trailer. Hint, hint.)

Small cost, big results

Studio-quality videos cost a lot of money, time, and resources to produce. Not even the biggest book publishers in the world see them as a necessity, instead opting for simple trailers that are effective in getting their point across.

Jump on YouTube and search a trailer for any recent bestselling novel – chances are they’ll have a book trailer with thousands of views.

And you can make a book trailer that looks equally professional for a fraction of the budget. Biteable’s video maker has over 24 million stock videos, images, animations, and music tracks to make your book trailer a resounding success.

Add your own videos, pictures and music if you like. Customize your trailer much or as little as you need. It’s up to you. Either way, you can create your book trailer in the time it’d take to proofread a single page.

Create videos that drive action

Activate your audience with impactful, on-brand videos. Create them simply and collaboratively with Biteable.

Making promotional videos was so easy with Biteable! We received great feedback on our creations.

Cee, video making master

Biteable's software is intuitive, seamless, and I had a video ready to go before the lunch hour was up. Can't get easier than that.

Sean, also a video making master

The basics

How to make a book trailer without the stress

You’ve put in tens (or hundreds, or thousands) of hours writing a book. Thankfully, Biteable’s readymade book trailer video templates are designed to get the ball rolling, quick and easy. Any video template can be switched out with millions of scenes, clips, and images from our library to make it fit your book.

Throw in your assets

By this point, your book probably has a cover. It’d be a good idea to add this into our editor. Display it at the end of your trailer so people know exactly what they’re looking for when buying. (Or even better, use Biteable’s CTA tool to add a clickable link taking people directly to a purchase link.)

Maybe you have some marketing shots up your sleeve that you can include as well, or a special piece of music you want to accompany it. It’s easy. Biteable’s intuitive video editor makes your book trailer look clean and professional.

Fit your theme

Fiction or nonfiction, every book has a theme. Biteable’s video editor has a whole range of color templates and fonts to fine-tune your book trailer so it feels like a cohesive whole. It’s a good idea to put the logo of bookstores/online marketplace logos (Amazon and the like) where readers can pick up your book after checking out the trailer.

Create a book trailer in minutes

Pro tips

Make a book trailer as captivating as the book itself

If you’ve written a book, you probably know a thing or two about structure. Same thing applies to your book trailer. It’ll need a beginning, middle and end. Keep it simple – don’t jump around with a web of concepts that will turn readers away in confusion.

Have a simple through-line that easily explains the key ideas behind your story. For instance, an intriguing setup for your fiction book or an easily digestible summary of your non-fiction book.

A short and sweet book trailer rules the day

It’s not easy condensing an entire book into a one-minute summary – believe us, we know – but the main goal of a book trailer is to say more with less. Just like this paragraph.

Eye candy matters

Some people judge books by their covers, and others believe food is more delicious when it’s presented well. Similarly, people will trawl the aisles of bookstores searching for a cover that catches their eye. Consider this when you create a book trailer.

It’s incredibly important to keep your book trailer eye-catching and visually consistent. Basically, don’t make it look like a slapdash of styles.

Create a book trailer with Biteable

You’ve written the book, now it’s time to create the book trailer. With Biteable on your side, anything is possible!

Biteable has hundreds of video templates to choose from. Fully customize your template or start from scratch. Drag and drop to add your own footage, pictures, and music, or peruse Biteable’s library of over 24 million stock clips, images, animations, and background tracks.

Include animated text, voiceover, character animations, and more to create a captivating book trailer — even if you’ve never made a video before in your life. With Biteable, you’ll make your first book trailer before they can say, “When does the sequel drop?”

Create videos that drive action

Activate your audience with impactful, on-brand videos. Create them simply and collaboratively with Biteable.

Further reading

Extra polish can go a long way

Creating a book trailer takes time and effort, but we want to make it as easy as possible. More questions? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Check out these links to the Biteable blog below.

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