YouTube

October 16, 2016 at 10:50 am

onceconfrontedlaunch-9websiteHow many authors do you know who have YouTube Channels? I know quite a few, although it still seems to be a rarity in some author circles.
I’ve had my own channel for some time now, and every new book of mine that comes out provide the opportunity to upload more videos, as I have created book trailers for each of my books. I hear varying opinions on whether creating a book trailer is a worthwhile thing or not. Some people seem to think they’re a waste of time, others think they’re extremely useful. If nothing else, mine have been fun to make, and a visual tool like that can really appeal to many readers.
When I had my book launch last week, I asked my husband to video me talking about the real-life armed robbery that inspired the story of Once Confronted. Although I blogged about the story a few weeks ago, I thought some people might prefer a video version of it, and as I was planning to tell the story at the book launch, it seemed like a good idea to film it and put it up. If you haven’t seen it yet, the link is below.
I’m not sure if this kind of content will have a lot of appeal. Certainly, the video is a little on the long side, which might put some people off, but I think hearing me tell the story like this might have more appeal for some than just reading about it. After all, my video performance is a ‘warts and all’ one, not a carefully edited one, like my blog post. Perhaps this realism may hold a greater appeal to some. What do you think?

 
Here is the link to my talk about the real-life event that inspired me to write Once Confronted.