Thursday, February 4, 2016

Connecting with Readers through Video

**Warning-this is a post full of questions….
and hopefully answers.

Can we talk video clips? You know, the ones that circulate Facebook and YouTube that make you laugh, cry, and shout out in anger? Yeah, those ones.

Do you like them or hate them?

Did you know that it is predicted that videos will be THE medium that people share in 2016 and
pictures will go by the wayside? Can you imagine your feed filled with only videos?
What does this mean for authors and readers?

It means readers are going to reap the benefit. 

You readers are going to get to see your favorite author doing all kinds of things that otherwise you’d never see or hear. Stuff like what they do in a typical day, what they love, what inspired them to set a book in a particular place, why they chose that particular character, their triumphs, their failures, and possibly even watch their process for brainstorming a book. The possibilities are endless. An author could even read a snippet of a book or a whole chapter to you. Author interviews will never be the same.

There are benefits to the author as well. You will be able to reach your audience in a very personal way if you so choose. It doesn’t have to be complex or even well thought out. Just turn on the camera and talk to your readers for 30 seconds to two minutes. Short and sweet. Give your readers what you couldn’t through your books.

Here’s a link to my very first live video. It felt weird doing it, but it was fast and easy and well, ME. I have other cool videos on my YouTube channel (YouTube here) too that you can check out. Have fun.

Goodbye to the book trailer and hello real author.

Is this something that excites you or freaks you out as a reader or as an author? Why?

Cindy M. Hogan

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Donna K. Weaver said...

Yeah. Totally freaks me out. lol

Carolyn Twede Frank said...

I don't think I'd like it. I don't even know how to take a video with my phone.

Ann Hunter said...

I've been wanting to do a vlog (video log), but I have no idea what to talk about. I want to do crazy stuff to make my readers laugh and know the real me, but I'm kind of topic-less