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Vlogging for Authors

on June 4, 2013

Authors today have to be really techy — creating a successful platform demands it. Not only should we be blogging and connecting with our readers and fellow writers via Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and Google+, we should also be posting videos on YouTube and doing video blogs, aka vlogs.

Vlogs are a great way to connect with your audience. People love videos, especially ones that are quick, useful, and fun to watch.

Luckily, shooting videos can be super fun if you’re prepared. To make sure you have an enjoyable experience shooting your video, it’s as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Prep Your Environment: Your background should be uncluttered, so viewers focus on you, not the pile of dirty socks or random oddities behind you. Online video expert Gideon Shalwick has a helpful video on how to create the ultimate clean, white, Apple-style background…in a garage! Watch his video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZP0qKVJOlc And don’t limit yourself to an indoor environment — parks or other picturesque outdoor venues work well too. Want an interesting change? Try shooting the video in a library with a bookshelf as your backdrop — very studious. 🙂
  2. Write Your Speech: Okay, so you’re not making a real speech, but you still want to know what you’re going to say, so you don’t freeze, deer-in-headlights-style, as soon as the “record” light goes on. I prefer to make a brief outline before shooting a video so I will remember the most essential points.
  3. Rehearse: Don’t expect a perfect video the first time. Do a few trial runs. If you rehearse your video two to three times with the camera on, you’ll find that you don’t even need to refer to your outline anymore. The words will flow out of your mouth naturally. Rehearsing will allow you to be more spontaneous and confident when you shoot the actual video.

Here’s my first-ever vlog. It’s an author introduction video I made with the generous help of my business partner and fiance Antonio. In it, you’ll learn a little about me and my mission to help other writers achieve their dreams.

Hope you enjoy it! 🙂

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