Prompt #6 – YouTube

Making Movies

It’s Day 6 of the Author Blog Challenge. Today’s prompt is:

With more than 800 million unique visitors a month, YouTube is one of the most popular search engines. Do you have a YouTube channel? Have you made a book trailer for your book? If not, what kind of book trailer would you like to make for your book? Do you have a video camera? If you do and you’re not posting short videos, you’re missing out on a huge marketing opportunity. It’s especially useful if you’re trying to reach a global audience, as 70 percent of YouTube viewers are in countries other than the U.S. If regular video posts are still on your To-Do list, what are some of the most clever video posts you’ve seen, and how might you do something similar to promote your books or yourself as an author? Be sure to give us the link to your YouTube channel.

I haven’t used YouTube as a promotional tool as yet.  I can see using it for book trailers – the trailer will depend on what the book is about. I can also see myself using it with some of my non-fiction pieces to explain more on the topic as well as possibly answer readers questions.

Thankfully I have an extremely talented brother who is able to make movies. He made an awesome movie for my other brother when he did Tough Mudder last year. You can see the movie here. When I have a book trailer to be created, I know exactly who to call.

I’m looking forward to reading posts from published authors to get some tips on using YouTube…

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  1. Good luck! My post is about like your post. I have little experience with YouTube as a marketing venue for books. I’m struggling to find the value of my time. WRITE ON!

  2. As an award winning videographer I know how important video is. I created two videos for my soon to be released book. One was mentioning the book the second one was the book trailer. They are both on my website. When I set up my Amazon author page I put the video up on it. The video isn’t just for youtube. I have it on several video sites. Your book trailer needs to be on your site as well. People love video and if they see it and click on it that could be the difference between them purchasing the book or not.

  3. I’ve done a couple of interviews on YouTube, but I always feel awkward. And I do think book trailers are an awesome marketing tool, but I haven’t tried that yet either. I need to hop around and get some YouTube tips, too. 😉

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