Booktrailers gone

You may have noticed that the “Videos and Booktrailers” page is gone. I deleted the page, since xtranormal, the 3D animation service I used to make the trailers, has suspended operations as of July 31.

I only noticed this because the “videos” page suddenly got an abnormal number of hits, so I checked what was up and saw that all four trailers were gone. xtranormal itself never notified me that they were closing down, which is IMO not exactly good business practice. Ah well, it’s not as if I spent a whole lot of money to make those trailers, but I kind of liked them. Two of them survive on my harddrive, because I downloaded them at some point, the other two are gone for good.

I’ll see if I can upload the two surviving trailers to YouTube and/or this site directly. I’m not sure if there will be more booktrailers, because the truth is that booktrailers are not really great tools for selling books, at least not for me. I may make another booktrailer or author video one day, if the filmmaking bug bites me again. I was quite active as an amateur filmmaker in my early 20s and shot documentaries with a local film club (whose website has been hacked, so no link). I got out of filmmaking when the chemistry at my local film club changed and my writing started to take up more and more time. Not sure if I’ll ever get into filmmaking again, especially since it takes a lot of time.

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