If you use the internet at all, you’re familiar with YouTube. But what about the AuthorHouse YouTube page? How can you, as a writer, put it to use in your own self-publishing efforts?
Today we’ll look at AuthorHouse’s YouTube site to give you a better idea of the resources available to you there.
YouTube is a video-sharing site started in 2005 by three former PayPal employees. According to the founders, its inspiration came after Janet Jackson’s infamous “wardrobe malfunction” during the 2004 Super Bowl. Jawed Kareem, one of the founders, had difficulty finding a video of the incident online, and conceived of a website where videos could be uploaded and shared.
But how many videos are there? According to statistics posted on YouTube’s home page, over 100 hours of video are uploaded to the site every minute. Each month, over one billion unique users watch over six billion hours of video (a number no doubt boosted by the efforts of this writer).
YouTube is owned by Google, so if you’re a registered Google user you can use the same ID and password to log into YouTube (although logging in isn’t usually necessary).
What’s on AuthorHouse’s YouTube page?
So what can you find at AuthorHouse’s YouTube page? Our content consists of tutorials, author videos, and book videos.
Our tutorials cover such topics as creating indexes or footnotes, book design options, and publication tips. Author videos feature writers talking about their self-publishing experience, their books, and their inspirations. Finally, book videos focus on the story rather than the author, offering a visual preview of what readers can expect.
Tips for Effectively Using YouTube
So how can a writer use YouTube? First, you can use it as an educational tool; search for your favorite authors, both self- and traditionally-published, and there’s a good chance you’ll find everything from interviews to seminars and Q&A sessions. It’s a great way to virtually experience events that you couldn’t attend in person.
But YouTube is also an effective way to promote yourself and your book. Film and upload your own author introduction (see examples on our AuthorHouse YouTube page); it’s a great way for readers to “meet” you and to put a face and personality to that name on the book cover. If you have the necessary resources and skills (or know someone who does), you could also consider a trailer for your book.
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