What to Create on YouTube/Blogs – Marketing for Authors

As promised in past week’s video, this week I wanted to talk what types of things you should be posting on your blog or YouTube channel. You can use your blogs and vlogs to make yourself present online and promote yourself; this is called content marketing. It develops trust and marks you as an expert in your field, which helps promote sales.

Choose Your Format:        

The first decisions you’ll need to make when you peruse content marketing is deciding what format you’d like to use. Here are some popular options:

YouTube Videos- This is becoming more and more popular. The BookTube community is highly popular, but also on the rise is the AuthorTube community! That wasn’t even a term when I started making YouTube videos!

Blog Posts- Writer’s love to read, so most of the time writers will enjoy reading a blog post, rather than watching it. If you notice, I make all my YouTube videos into blog posts so you can enjoy whichever format you prefer!

Podcasts- Podcasts have been around for a while but they’ve just started to really catch wind now. People are busier and busier and Podcasts are great because you can listen to them while you’re on the go. The tricky thing with Podcasts is that they’re usually longer and more in-depth, so it takes longer to produce them. Like I said in my last video, when it comes to content marketing, it’s a good rule of thumb to produce something to push out at least once a week, so doing this with a podcast may be a little hard.

What Content to Create:

To choose what you’ll be talking about in your videos/blog posts, you’ll need to keep your audience in mind. What genre is your book? What would the type of people reading your book be interested in learning? My first novel, Essence, was a young adult fantasy, so I did videos on writing and publishing for young authors like myself. Another example if if you create a non-fiction book about how to start-up a business, then your videos or blog posts should be based around that. If you become stuck, just join the BookTube community. Create videos all about books! Do book hauls, review books, and give updates of your book as it comes together!

Content Marketing:

This is the basic premise of creating content to use towards marketing. The next step in this process would be to share it online and interact with other creators like yourself to help build your following, and that’s what we’ll be talking about next week!

 

I’ve Failed as an Author

I hope every author out there knows what I’m talking about. Writing and supporting yourself as an author is something that is very hard to do. For myself, I have doubts every day. Am I doing the right thing? Should I give up now and find something else to do? To put it simply, I’m terrified. It’s hard to keep up with everything. Heck, I have no idea when I’m going to finish writing book number three. I also don’t know when I’m going to sell those hundred copies of books in my car. With college and a job, it’s a lot. I just hope if you feel the same way, that this video makes you feel less alone. We just have to keep moving forward!

 

How Many Books Did I Read in 2016?

Nominate your favorite writing blog! http://positivewriter.com/nominate-your-favorite-writing-blog-for-2017/

How do you do it? Simply go to the comment section of the above link, paste this fancy URL:  https://mandilynn.com/

And tell the world why you love my blog/website! –I have awesome writing videos 😉

My reaction to reading Harry Potter for the first time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErrWv4FoyU8

One year, 62 books, 20,998 pages. 2017, here I come!

One Page a Day Keeps a Writer at Bay—Balancing College and Writing

It’s not a secret that college is just a little bit over-whelming right now, but I’ve still managed to write just a little but every day. And when I say a little, I mean a little. As of right now, even with the semester over, I’m only writing about a page a day. It may not sound like much, but I’m hoping as I get more time to write, I’ll be able to extend that one page farther and farther.

8 Tips to Survive College “Somewhat Gracefully”

A year from now I will be a college graduate. It’s hasn’t hit me yet—I’m not ready to be an adult! But today I’m going to put all that to the side and remember all the little things I’ve learned that have allowed me to no completely loose it. Well…I “lost it” a few times, but that’s why you guys should learn from my mistakes.

8 Tips to Survive College “Somewhat Gracefully”

-Worship your syllabus

-Go to events!

-Find your study spot

-Get sound proof headphones

-Advil. Lots of lots of Advil.

-Get a Planner and write everything down! Here’s what I use! http://bit.ly/2i7LZSt

-Workout! Trust me on this one

-Be a good roommate.

BookCase Club Unboxing || December 2016

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In this week’s box:
A Matter of Heart by Amy Fellner Dominy
Diamond Boy by Michael Williams

Don’t Tell My Professors!

The semester is almost over! Twenty-one credits later and I’m almost done! I’ve dragged myself through two internships, four classes, a job (at one point two jobs though one of them was my internship) and one independent study. And I’m so happy it’s almost over! I feel bad for you all. I feel like all I ever talk about is school, but I promise more entertaining videos are on their way! But today I’m here to talk about speed reading. It’s a blessing and a curse. No, you can’t absorb all the material you hope to, but how else are you supposed to read everything for classes? Don’t tell anyone I said that…

Hard Work Pays Off!

I’m so happy to say the semester is almost over. I can see the finish line! And this is the video where you get to hear me rant about my life! Yes, I was crazy enough to take 21 credits in one semester. And I’m going to have to keep taking lots of credits to graduate early. Wish me luck!

Will My Writing Get Better?

I really tried not to rant too much in this video…

Listen to my reading of my latest writing! http://bit.ly/2f0tYnS

We all know the more you practice something, the better you get. Same goes for writing. I’ve published two novels, so over the years not only has my writing style changed, but so has the quality of writing. I look back at Essence and realize how far I’ve come as a writer. And Essence not being up to par with my current writing isn’t a bad thing! A little embarrassing maybe, but it shows how hard I’ve worked. And it just makes me that much more excited to publish my new novel!

What am I Writing? || NaNoWriMo 2016

Have you been wondering what I’ve been up to while you’ve all been writing away for NaNoWriMo? While I’m not writing a 50,000 word novel in a month, I am writing a novel. A novel that I’ve talked about only a little bit here on YouTube. So far the writing is going great, so today I’ll share the first few pages with you. Enjoy!