How to Make a Book Trailer (The Easy Way)

Every time one of my novels come out, I create a book trailer that releases about a week or so before the book comes out. The book trailer helps create a ton of hype for the novels and also tells people where to go to buy the book. I have a YouTube video that I’ve made in the past that goes into detail about how I create my book trailers, but today I want to talk about how anyone can create a book trailer. No experience in video editing or filming necessary.

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What I Regret About My Debut Novel (Collab with Mari Suggs)

Today I’m teaming up with Mari Suggs, fellow author and YouTuber, to talk about some things we regret about our debut novels. Mari is the author of two novels and one non-fiction novel, so once you read my blog post or watch my video, be sure to check out her video as well! Our goal today is to be completely raw and open with you to know what we feel we could have done better so you can learn from our mistakes. Debut novels are tough. It’s our first novel! We didn’t know what we were doing! I think it’s safe to say almost all authors see things they could have fixed about their debut novel, so today we’re going to sit down and talk about it.

Regret #1: Writing So Young

This first regret isn’t so much a regret as something I question a lot. For those who didn’t know, my debut novel, Essence, was published when I was seventeen. For a novel I wrote when I was so young, I think it’s really good. Essence is a novel that’s full of a lot of emotion and sometimes that can be something that’s hard to write when you’re young. While I think I did a good job, there are times I question if maybe I should have waited. I question if maybe I had spent another year editing that maybe some things could have been better.  But then again, every writer is their own worst critique and it’s hard to say if our novel is good or not.

Regret #2: Publishing So Young

I also question that even was Essence is amazing, if I should have waited to publish until I was better prepared for the publishing process. There were a lot of things I could have done better to publish my book to help boost sales, but I wasn’t in that mindset when I published Essence. I just wanted to publish it. I didn’t have long terms goals in mind. I work in marketing, so looking back on how I published Essence, part of me is really proud of how much I accomplished at such a young age and the other part of me cringes because I know I could have done so much more.

At the same time, while these are things I think about, I still don’t think I would change publishing Essence when I did, because I fear I may have missed some lessons that I needed to learn if I hadn’t published so young.

Regret #3: Not Cutting Some “Stuff”

This last regret is really my biggest regret. While the first two were things that just pop into my mind, this last one really bothers me. It shouldn’t bother me because it’s just something that someone wrote in one of the reviews of Essence, but it stuck with me. There is one scene in my book where I say “this box is labeled” this and “this box is label” that. It’s a stupid scene and it’s a short scene, but it’s a scene that someone pointed out in a review and ever since I’ve read that review it’s a scene that I really wish I didn’t include in the book. So yes, authors do take your criticism when they read reviews.

And those are my three biggest regrets. If you’ve published a novel, let me know in the comments below what your biggest regret is.

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How to Start an AuthorTube Channel – Marketing for Authors

So you wanna be an AuthorTuber. If you saw last week’s blog post, then you know I talked about why you should join AuthorTube. Since you now know why you should join the AuthorTube Community, it’s time to talk about what you need to do to grow a following. Being an author on YouTube is really fun, not to mention it’s a great way to find a community of people who will support you and your books, and inspire you to keep writing. Let’s jump into it!

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Why Should Authors be on YouTube? – Marketing for Authors

So what’s up with all these authors that are on YouTube?  As one of these crazy authors, I thought I would take the time today to talk about why YouTube now has a community called AuthorTube. This community is what allowed me to create the author platform I have today and to continue growing my platform while selling my novels. In this blog post I’m going to explain what AuthorTube is, why you should join in on the fun and maybe give you a few ideas as to what types of video you could make as an AuthorTuber.

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Mistakes Every Writer Makes

We’ve all been new writers at some point. Or maybe you’re a new writer now. If that’s the case then start taking notes, because today I’m going to talk about the things you shouldn’t be doing and what you’re going to do to avoid making that mistake again. Even if you’re a writing pro, there’s always more to learn. And if you’ve already learned your lessons, well then today you’re just going to look back and cringe at all the mistakes you may have made when you were a budding writer.

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How to Self-Publish a Book on Amazon and Kindle Using Createspace

I’ve been making videos and blog posts about writing and self-publishing for a long time now, yet I’ve never made a video to address how to self-publish a book on Amazon. For today’s blog post and video, I’m going to teach you how to publish a paperback novel using Createspace, upload your manuscript, format your manuscript and make your novel available for purchase on Amazon. As a bonus to those who stick around until the end, I’ll also show you how to make your novel available on Kindle! Let’s keep in mind that before you do any of these steps your novel should be completed, edited and good to go. While you can make changes and to your manuscript after it’s uploaded to Createspace, it’s more of a hassle.

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Keeper Book Tag! Keeper by Kim Chance

It’s time for a book tag! This tag was created by the amazing Kim Chance in celebration of her debut novel, Keeper, which releases January 30, 2018! Check out my YouTube video to see me answer the questions below! And be sure to check out Kim’s channel, because she’s a fellow AuthorTuber!

Find Keeper on Amazon.

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What to Plan When Self-Publishing [Collab with Natalia Leigh]

Today I’m super excited because I’m teaming up with fellow author and YouTuber, Natalia Leigh, to talk to you guys about the different things you should plan for when publishing a book. In my video, I’ll be talking about using advanced reader copies, finding readers, finding your author platform, creating a book trailer, launching your book and marketing your book. Be sure to also check out Natalia’s video because she’ll be talking about formatting your novel, cover design, finding an editor and beta readers!

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Publishing a Book – How to Arrange a Blog Tour

A few weeks ago we talked about how to host a book launch so by popular request, today we’ll be talking about how to arrange a blog tour. By the end of this blog post you’ll know why your book needs a blog tour, how you should arrange it, and how you make sure everyone knows about it.

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I am a Storyteller – 2018 Goals

I wanted to take the time to talk about two things: who I am now and how I’m going to improve myself in 2018.

2017 has been a crazy year for me. It’s been stressful and exciting and I think 2018 is going to be this times ten. For those who have been following me, you’ll know that I just graduated college. Before I was able to actually graduate, I had to figure a few things out, and one of the biggest things I needed to figure out was what I wanted to do after I graduated. I needed a job, but I didn’t know what field I wanted to work in.

As a self-published author, as someone who’s had to wear a lot of different hats over the years, I’ve come across a lot of different hobbies.

  • writing
  • video production
  • graphic design (still working on this one)
  • marketing
  • photography

Most of you don’t know, but for my final semester of college, I’ve been working on a bit of a secret project. For my capstone course of college, I chose to make a documentary film on hiking called Life Above Clouds. This film is actually the reason I had to put writing my third novel on hold. Because I bit off more than I could chew. Making this film was the most stressful things I’ve done to date and tested every skill I’ve been working on, from production to marketing of the film to a brand new audience.

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All these different career interests made figuring out what I wanted to do post-graduation really difficult. It wasn’t until I sat down and really thought about all the things I enjoy doing that I saw what everything had in common. No matter what medium I’m working in, the written word, photos, video and so on, I’ve always been telling a story.

When I finally figured this out, it felt like things had finally been resolved. I knew that when it came to job hunting that I needed to ask myself this one question: will I be telling a story?

My goal will always be to make it as a full-time writer, but I have to be realistic. Success isn’t handed to you, you have to work for it. Like I’ve said in my previous video, success isn’t determined by how lucky you are, it’s determined by how badly you want it.

In 2018 I’ve set a few goals for myself:

  • Find a full-time job I love
  • Continue to grow my online presence as an author
  • Finish my third novel

I feel big things coming in 2018 and I’m not afraid to say this: 2018 is going to be my year. College beat me mentally and physically. I want to re-discover myself, be a happier person, a better person than I am today. I want to be the best writer I can be.

I am a storyteller. Who are you? Tell me in the comments down below! How are you improving yourself in 2018?