CompletelyNovel.com is a new site that provides publishing services and an associated reader community for Indie authors. Authors can upload their book for free. Readers can read it online for free, leave a review, suggest it to a friend, and buy a print version. It’s a bit like lulu.com + a reader community.
They have just released a free anthology of short stories in ebook format, which is today’s ebook announcement.
What caught my eye was the video review used to promote the ebook. Despite the terrible production values, it proved to be very entertaining and a great way of promoting the ebook. Here are the things they did well.
- Short – 3 minutes
- Two reviewers make it a conversation rather than a boring monologue
- Quotes from other readers are displayed on cheezy hand-written cards, adding to the charm
- No script or post production editing gives it a genuine, off the cuff feel
- Light and humorous, with real interest and enthusiam shown by the reviewers
As a reader trying to decide whether to read or purchase a book, I’d much rather watch an entertaining and informative video review over some of the cringe-worthy book trailers current doing the rounds.
Here is the video – well worth a look.