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Lovely book trailer: A mom explains to her daughter why she left Earth

Check out the book trailer for Phoebe North's new young-adult novel Starglass, which comes out a month from now. It's a great example of using text and images to set up the book's themes, in a way that's actually quite moving.


Here's the official synopsis for Starglass:

Terra has never known anything but life aboard the Asherah, a city-within-a-spaceship that left Earth five hundred years ago in search of refuge. At sixteen, working a job that doesn't interest her, and living with a grieving father who only notices her when he's yelling, Terra is sure that there has to be more to life than what she's got.

But when she inadvertently witnesses the captain's guard murdering an innocent man, Terra is suddenly thrust into the dark world beneath her ship's idyllic surface. As she's drawn into a secret rebellion determined to restore power to the people, Terra discovers that her choices may determine life or death for those she cares most about. With mere months to go before landing on the long-promised planet, Terra has to make the decision of a lifetime—one that will determine the fate of her people.

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I have often thought that I'd like to make book trailers, especially since doing it now would be getting in on the ground floor, but all the authors I know really can't justify the expense, as there's no real evidence that they help sales at all.

I'd have to make a ton of them each year to make a living, too, and there probably isn't enough demand for them for that to happen.