compiled by: Heather Day Gilbert
As an author, one excellent way you can connect with your readers is via vlog (video blog). Today, I've asked two fearless and effective vloggers to share tips on how to get the best vlog possible. These author/vloggers are Alton Gansky and Jessica R. Patch. I'll also post some summary observations of my own and a vlog from all three of us for you to watch! Thank you all for visiting today, and let's get right down to vloggy basics!
Vlogging Basics Q&A with Alton Gansky:
Alton Gansky is the author of forty-three books, fiction and nonfiction. In addition to writing, co-writing, and editing, he hosts Writer’s Talk, an online program about and for writers (www.youtube.com/altongansky). He is also the director of Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference held each year near Asheville, NC.
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Vlogging Basics Q&A with Jessica R. Patch
Jessica R. Patch writes inspirational contemporary romance with plenty of mystery and suspense. A passion to draw women into intimacy with God keeps her motivated, along with heaping cups of caffeine in the form of coffee. When she's not hunched over her laptop or teaching the new & growing believer's class at her church, you can find her sneaking off to movies with her husband, embarrassing her daughter in unique ways, dominating her son at board games, and collecting recipes she'll probably never cook. She is represented by Rachel Kent at Books & Such Literary Agency.
A Few Final Vloggy Thoughts by Heather Day Gilbert
- Always make sure your camera/laptop is on a stable surface. Yes, I've offered some vlogs where it's moving all around on my lap...not great protocol as the viewer gets dizzy!
- If you live in the country like I do, you may want to shut windows pre-vlog. Otherwise the loud tweets of birds or deep bark of your dog will definitely distract from what you're trying to say. Although I don't mind a little ambient cricket noise in summer...
- Just like Jessica said, pretend you're talking to a friend. If it helps you to use notes, do so. I usually do a couple "practice" posts, but for me I like talking off the top of my head on points I know I need to cover. The vlog I'm posting above was done on the first try, and it actually received the most hits and compliments. I think it's because it was about something I was very passionate about: my choice to self-publish.
- Something I've also learned--a good quality video camera is worth it. I thought my new laptop camera would replace my old one that fit on top of the computer--but it gave very poor quality and even some lag time when I was speaking.
- Finally, I've read somewhere that 5-8 minutes is a good length for a personal vlogpost. Otherwise people lose attention. I know I've gone over that sometimes, and those posts don't get as many hits. I figure people might look at the time and feel they don't have time to watch the whole thing at once.
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