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It’s been a quiet week as far as romance eBook trailers go. Never fear. We’re going old school this Sunday with eight trailers for romance novels for the print—and eBook—markets.

The White Queen by Phillipa Gregory

Touchstone

Historical Romance ~ Current New Release

How to Dazzle a Duke by Claudia Dain

Berkley

Historical Romance ~ September 1, 2009

Intertwined by Gena Showalter

Harlequin

YA Paranormal Romance ~September 1, 2009

Queen of His Heart by Adrianne Byrd

Kimani Press

Contemporary Romance ~ September 1, 2009

My Wicked Vampire by Nina Bangs

Leisure Books

Erotic Vampire Romance ~ September 29, 2009

Too Wicked to Kiss by Erica Ridley

Kensington

Paranormal Gothic Historical Romance ~ March 2010

Marianna by Susanna Kearsley

Allison & Busby

Contemporary Paranormal Romance ~ April 15, 2010 (paperback edition)

13 to Life by Shannon Reinbold-Gee

St. Martin’s Press

YA Paranormal Shapeshifter Romance ~ June 2010

Would you like to see your trailer here next Sunday?

Send me the link to your trailer on YouTube or Google Video. In addition to the usual romance subgenres, romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and YA paranormal romance trailers are also welcome!

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For anyone who has written and sold their first novel, what comes next can often be a daunting task. How do you get the reading public to notice you and buy?

Logically, it sounds like this should be the publisher’s job. They’ve bought your book and made it one of their products. You’ve given over your rights to them. Wouldn’t it be in their best interests to market it so that they can make more money?

Apparently not, according to an article by Neely Tucker of the Washington Post, “On Web, a Most Novel Approach.” Publishers do actively push their titles, but increasingly it’s those at the top of the food chain that get fed, while new authors, those in print anyway, who must fend for themselves.

Authors are expected to behave like mini-entrepreneurs, says Kamy Wicoff, founder and CEO of She Writes, a Web site devoted to helping women writers promote their books. She started the site in June. More than 4,000 writers have joined.

“The landscape has altered so fundamentally and irrevocably that almost no one is immune from finding ways to participate in the promotion of their books,” Wicoff says. “Writers with small advances and limited resources are expected to treat their book as a new company, with marketing and promotion and PR.”

Tucker makes this sound like a new development, though it has actually been the case for many years now. The current economic recession and systemic financial difficulties in the publishing industry, however, have accentuated the disparity.

Never Underestimate the Value of a Book Trailer

As an example, the Post tells the story of first time nonfiction author Kelly Corrigan, who in 2008 published a memoir, The Middle Place, about cancer’s effect on the family. True, nonfiction about disease is a long way from romance fiction, but many of the same challenges face fiction and nonfiction authors alike.

When her book came out, Corrigan received no invites to book festivals, was not sent on tour, didn’t even get reviews. What she did in response, however, could serve as an excellent PR blueprint for all authors. She got busy.

She cobbled together a trailer for her book on her home computer, using iMovie software, downloading a free tune off the Web for background music, and stuck it on her Web site. Her agent helped get her on one network television morning show. About 20 friends hosted book parties, which she hit on a self-funded three-week blitz, selling books out of the trunk of her car. A guy shot video of her reading an essay at one of these parties, and she posted it on YouTube when the paperback came out.

A year later, the book has sold about 80,000 copies in hardcover and another 260,000 in paperback, according to Nielsen BookScan data. It sat on the New York Times bestseller list for 20 weeks, peaking at No. 2. That homemade trailer has been viewed more than 100,000 times. The video of her reading has drawn 4.5 million hits.

EBook authors may not find themselves selling copies of their books out of their trunks. Still, the ingenuity behind Corrigan’s story is admirable and inspiring. This is a meaty article, with a single bottom line lesson. If you want to get noticed, it’s your responsibility to do it for yourself.

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Here’s a bumper crop of romance novel trailers for you this Sunday. Arranged in order of release date. Enjoy!

Viking Heat by Sandra Hill

Berkley Sensation

Time Travel Romance ~ Current New Release

Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran

Crown

Historical Romance ~ Current New Release

Demons Are Forever by Wynne Hayworth

Samhain

Paranormal Romance ~ Current New Release

Impossible by Nancy Werlin

Speak

Fantasy Romance Suspense ~ Current New Release

Rev Me Up by Adele Dubois

Ellora’s Cave

Contemporary Erotic Romance with Latin Theme ~ September 25, 2009

Paradise Rules by Beth Kery

Berkley Heat

Contemporary Erotica ~ October 6, 2009

“Consumed” by Darragha Foster

Liquid Silver Books Heart’s Afire Anthology

Paranormal Romance ~ October 2009

Love Finds You in North Pole, Alaska by Loree Lough

Summerside Press

Contemporary Christian Romance ~ October, 2009

Mine by Brenda Huber

The Wild Rose Press

Paranormal Vampire Romance ~ May 2010

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A hot paranormal, fiery tango, and scorching romance with a fireman are all on tap this week in Romance Novel Trailers for a Sunday Afternoon.

Hunter’s Need by Shiloh Walker

Berkley & Pocket

Paranormal Romance ~ December 2009

Rhythm of Love by J. Hali Steele

Ellora’s Cave

Contemporary Erotica ~ February 2010

Safe from the Flames by Sandra Sookoo

Liquid Silver Books

Contemporary Romance ~ 2010

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Two book trailers that don’t fit the usual Romance Novel Trailer parameters, a teen romance and a mystery. So well done, I couldn’t resist!

The Sky Always Hears Me and the Hills Don’t Mind
by Kirstin Cronn Mills

Flux Publishing

Contemporary Teen Romance ~ September 9, 2009

The Language of Bees by Laurie R. Kings

Bantam Dell

Mystery with a Romantic Backdrop ~ Current Release

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Send me the link to your trailer on YouTube or Google Video. In addition to the usual romance subgenres, romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and YA paranormal romance trailers are also welcome!

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In honor of the three day weekend, here’s double the usual screening of romance novel trailers. Enjoy the holiday!

Wild, Tethered, Bound by Stephanie Draven

Harlequin/Silhouette

Paranormal Romance ~ Current New Release

The Immortals Evermore by Alyson Noël

Pan MacMillan

Paranormal Romance ~ September 17, 2009 (U.S. Release)

For a Price by Olivia Brynn

Liquid Silver Books

Contemporary Erotica ~ September 21, 2009

Tempt Me At Twilight by Lisa Kleypas

St. Martin’s

Historical Romance ~ September 22, 2009

Night Moves by V. J. Devereaux

Ellora’s Cave
Contemporary Erotica ~Release Date Not Given

The Border Lord and the Lady by Bertrice Small

NAL

Historical Romance ~ October 6, 2009

Dragon Moon by Rebecca York

Berkley

Paranormal/SciFi Romance ~ October 6, 2009

Verifiable Intelligence by Kaitlin Maitland

Red Rose Publishing

Thriller Romance ~ Release Date Not Given

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You’ll find a little bit of spice and a lot of fantasy in these weekend’s romance novel book trailers!

Feels Like the First Time by Tawny Weber

Harlequin/Harlequin eBookstore

Spicy Contemporary Romance ~ September 1, 2009

Myla by Moonlight by Inez Kelley

Samhain Publishing

Historical Fantasy ~ September 8, 2009

Gareth’s Gambit by Jean Hart Stewart

Cerridwen Press

Fantasy Romance Novel ~ September 17, 2009

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Simon & Schuster

Fantasy Romance Novel ~ October 13, 2009

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Death, the Vamp and His Brother by Lexxie Couper

Samhain Publishing

Paranormal Romance ~ Current New Release

Lucan by Susan Kearney

Forever, Hachette Book Group

SciFi Romance ~ August 25, 2009 (paperback), September 5, 2009 (Kindle)

Batteries Not Required by Anara Bella

Samhain Publishing

Erotic Romance ~ Current New Release

The Ocean Between by Lynda Coker

The Wild Rose Press

Contemporary (Shiek) Romance ~ Current New Release

Heart of the Volcano by Imogen Howson

Samhain Publishing

Paranormal Romance ~ September 15, 2009

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Send me the link to your trailer on YouTube or Google Video. In addition to the usual romance subgenres, romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and YA paranormal romance trailers are also welcome!

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