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Writer YouTube Channels

As a writer, you might want to consider creating a YouTube channel to promote your writing. I’ve considered it myself, but hate the way I look on camera, and when I did a blog-a-day challenge, I learned I didn’t like the editing part. But it does gain viewers and potential fans to your writing.

Here are some writers who have some interesting channels:

Eva Deverell

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This channel shares mostly writer prompts, which include write-alongs where she writes and you watch her process. This is an example where you don’t have to show yourself, or even talk.

Jenna Moreci– author of Eve- the Awakening.

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This channel I find very entertaining with her videos on quarterly goals, her easygoing tone, her openness of her writing process. She shares upcoming novels she will be publishing, and provides many videos on the writing craft.

Vivien Reis– author of the Elysian Prophecy

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This channel includes topics on writing, publishing, goals, and tips. She speaks well, directly, and shares her experiences as an author.

Writer’s Digest- Writer’s Digest Magazine.

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Highly recommended to subscribe! This channel covers many aspects of writing from drafting to publishing and marketing. You can also find interviews with published authors, and lots of topics. Many videos are preview videos, but there is so much information here that is valuable.

Vlogbrothers- John Green, author of Fault in Our Stars, and Hank Green, his brother who  helped created Nerdcon, and works with Crash Course and SciShow.

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This channel isn’t exclusively about the bestselling author, John Green of Fault in Our Stars, but his videos will include his writing process. The channel started between the two brothers vlogging to one another that build an amazingly huge fanbase.

ShaelinWrites- authored 7 novels and shares about her process.

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This channel includes tutorials and her writing process, but also collaboration videos with other vloggers. This is a good example of sharing topics and the process of writing and she shares her process in simple, frank language.

If you decide to start vlogging, remember to include these features:

  • An about page that links back to blog/web sites so visitors can order your book
  • Add videos mentioning your writing you will be publishing.
  • Add playlists to sort your videos into groups such as ‘writing’ and ‘character’ and ‘publishing’.
  • Add tags/keywords when publishing so people can find you through searches.
  • Add your videos to your blog/website.
  • Avoid ‘um’ when you speak. Talk in a firm, direct tone.

Do you have favorite youtubers you follow that are about writing? Share in comments.

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The Blog Writer…thoughts on bloggers

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While exploring the medium of video blogging on Youtube, I’m also exploring what appeals to the viewer in the way of blogs and youtube channels.

For instance, most blogs have a shtick, or specific topic. Here are some examples of vloggers (video bloggers):

Freddiew– Freddie Wong is an American movie maker who focuses his youtube channel on entertaining short films. He also shares the behind-the-scenes movie making videos.

Real Life Mario Kart

Gamer Commute

CGP Grey, on the other hand, focuses informative and educational videos, crammed full of facts. He does this with a wonderful flare of humor as well.

Coffee, The Greatest Addiction

How to Become Pope

Although the medium is video, I find the content entertaining, and even informative.  The channels are, however, specific to something. Viewers go there, subscribe to them, anticipating more of the same.

I found some amazing author vlogs as well;

Vlogbrothers– With bestseller author, John Green, and his brother, Hank Green, vlog back and forth to one another.  You’ll find tons of topics, but their theme touches upon sharing thoughts and information to one another. He shares his experience as a writer on his video A Day in the life of a writer (who has no friends).

JacksonAPearce– This author shares her opinions as well as her experiences as an author. Her video Misconceptions covers author misconceptions people have about writing.

Although the non-writing topics can be interesting, its their experiences with becoming authors that bring me back.

Other blog, not writer related, includes the same gimmick with sticking to a theme.

Some examples include:

The Featured Creature- This blog posts regularly interesting animals, often adding photos or even video. You can find other blogs talking about animals, but this offers stunning photography with amazing animals. You’ll find the exotic, the gorgeous, and even bizarre creatures at this site.

The Bloggess- Although she writes on a many different topics, her gimmick includes a special snarkiness and humor. She is, in fact, the Queen of Snark, and well worth reading her popular post, And here is why you should learn to pick your battles which left me in stitches. Its hilarious.

My youtube channel is a bit too  mix-and-match. I talk about homeschool, my spirituality, my pets, and sometimes tutorials on word processing. I don’t have a shtick. I’m not that entertaining. I’m not sure how informative I am, and doubts continually scream at me to just stop. I have to wonder if other blogger and vlogger feel the same.

What are your thoughts? Are you a fan of a specific vlog/blogger? What keeps you coming back? What’s the appeal? Post in comments.

 

 

 

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An Entertaining Writer Who Vlogs

I wanted to share a video of a writer I’ve been following on youtube. I haven’t read his books yet, but if they reflect anything about his humor, intelligence, and just fascinating dialog he uses in his videos, then I will check them out.

This video is about some funny typos in published books. You’ll be surprised on what on his list;

 

John Green recently published his book, The Fault in Our Stars , and if you watch his videos, you’ll find a humorous take on being an author. For instance, he promises to sign every pre-ordered book,  nearly crippling his hand by signing over 250,000 copies by a certain date.

What I find so interesting is that John is willing to share some inside scoops on the writer’s life. He does so with such vibrant enthusium. Its catching.

He is the half of Vlogbrothers, where  his equally talented brother,  Hank, who vlogs back and forth thoughts, rants, ideas, and just interesting stuff. Just this morning I watched Hank’s video about his dog, Lemon, entitled “My Ridiculous Dog” which is hilarious.

Feel free to share your own links to favorite or appreciated authors/videos you enjoy in comments below.

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