Book Trailer Contest!

30 Dec

Hey Everyone!

After reading June’s fantastic tips for making a book trailer, we decided that it would be awesome to HOST OUR VERY FIRST CONTEST in connection with her article!

The Basics:

Make a one-minute (60 second) book trailer to promote your novel, one of the LTWF contributors’ FictionPress books, or any published novel that you love.

The Goods:

The winner will receive an ARC of SING ME TO SLEEP by Angela Morrison, a bag of confectionary goodies (i.e. candy), and a query letter and/or first 3 chapters critique of your work by the LTWF contributors! If you don’t want the query letter critique—or if you’re not at that stage yet—you can opt to receive a signed copy of PRADA AND PREJUDICE from LTWF’s own Mandy Hubbard!

The Fine Print:

The contest will begin on January 1st and end on January 22nd. We will not accept any late entries, so be sure to submit your entry (via a link to your trailer posted on youtube) to by then! Winners will be selected by the LTWF contributors, and announced on Monday, January 25th!

Limit one trailer per contestant—no multiple submissions!

You may use clips from films and songs, but be sure to give proper citation for the works used!

So, that’s it! Again—entries are due to us by January 22nd! We can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!

-The LTWF Team


21 Responses to “Book Trailer Contest!”

  1. sara December 31, 2009 at 1:46 PM #

    oooooh SO FUN! I will get started asap 🙂

  2. Landon January 1, 2010 at 8:03 PM #

    Great idea! I’m hard at work on mine already, but I can’t help but wonder: what, exactly, will you be judging on? How well it presents the mood of the novel? How intriguing it is? How complex it is?

    Just wondering…Want to make it the best it can be!

  3. junebugger January 2, 2010 at 8:10 AM #

    I would say we’d judge it on–which trailer will make us go “OH I WANT TO READ THAT BOOK” the best 🙂

  4. Kim January 2, 2010 at 4:20 PM #

    Can I submit an old one for a story that’s on hiatus right now? (It also is bad quality, because silly me I didn’t know how to download videos back then).

    If not, I will make a new one!

  5. Samantha January 2, 2010 at 8:08 PM #

    Hey, is it okay if the trailer is slightly longer than 1 minute? like an extra fifteen minutes

  6. Samantha January 2, 2010 at 8:08 PM #

    whoops. I mean seconds 😀

    • Sarah J. Maas January 5, 2010 at 12:52 PM #

      Unfortunately, we can’t make exceptions…We won’t disqualify you for having it be 15 seconds longer, but we could penalize you for it. (Wow, I sound so mean and scary right now)! Basically, we’ll be thrilled if you submit a video, even it’s a bit longer, but to be fair to other people, we will be forced to keep the extra length in mind while deciding.

      • Samantha January 10, 2010 at 10:54 AM #

        Okay, thanks alot : ) Never counted on winning though. Just thought it’d be really cool to try. It’s never crossed my mind so thanks for the advice! Anyway, it’s be awesome to win.


  7. Julie E January 5, 2010 at 5:55 AM #

    would i be allowed to shoot some original video for this contest, instead of just using clips of movies?

    • Sarah J. Maas January 5, 2010 at 12:52 PM #

      Definitely! That’d actually be AWESOME!!! 😀

  8. Rika Ashton January 13, 2010 at 4:08 PM #

    Wow, this sounds so exciting! I’ll get started on mine right away. (Oh, and is the trailer allowed to be under 60 seconds?)

  9. Laura Manivong January 14, 2010 at 9:44 AM #

    Uh-oh, I think there’s a problem with your e-mail address. Some nice girl has let me know that she’s getting entries for a trailer contest but that she’s not conducting one. Can you check please?

    • Alexandra January 14, 2010 at 11:04 AM #

      Our e-mail is “”–If it doesn’t have the word “blog” as a part of the address, then it isn’t our e-mail address. Perhaps people are just emailing to–which is someone else’s e-mail, I would wager. Thanks for the heads up, though. We’ll see what we can do about that.

  10. Maribeth January 17, 2010 at 11:02 PM #

    Hi, I am just about finished with my trailer and will be entering it. I was wondering where I would properly thank the people.

    Does this info have to be put at the end of your trailer? I used music videos, movies, drama’s etc.

    Any info would help.



    • Sarah J. Maas January 17, 2010 at 11:04 PM #

      You can credit them in the text sidebar/description box. Thanks so much, and good luck!

  11. Maribeth January 19, 2010 at 12:42 PM #

    Here is my link to my book trailer. Am I officially entered into the contest?

    If you can’t open it that way, you will find it on youtube at the cult wmv

  12. Kym McNabney January 21, 2010 at 10:52 AM #

    I’m new to your blog but like what I’m reading. Loved this book by Angela Morrison, SING ME TO SLEEP. If you haven’t had the chance to read her other book, TAKEN BY STORM, don’t miss out. Check out my review for both books on my blog at,


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