Terrifying news, friends!*
I’ll be setting up my own AuthorTube channel!
My college has forever burned ‘Fail to prepare, prepare to fail’ into my brain (which is fine, because they’re wise words indeed), so I’ve been checking out various YouTube channels for writers by writers over the last few weeks.
For some reason, YouTube hasn’t appealed to me until recently, so I’m really late to the game, but if you’re like me and you’d like to start watching videos on writing and marketing but don’t know where to start, then this post is for you!
* (well, terrifying for me, anyway)
This lady wrote my favourite ever books on writing, so of course she’s at the top of this list.
Her YouTube channel is just like her books on writing–super motivational and inspiring af.
Most of her videos are shorter than five minutes, so I easily fit in one or two with my first cuppa in the morning.
Her energy is infectious. There’s so much honesty on her channel, you don’t need to worry about her sugar-coating anything.
I feel like we’ve connected on a deep, sweary level.
If you want to learn about writing and laugh while you’re at it, then this is the one for you.
If you’ve seen Mark Dawson’s self-publishing course but can’t afford to enroll, then this is a fantastic starting point!
It’s a combination of longer videos and shorter ones, so you can learn in the time you have and in the way you prefer.
You’ll also find interviews with indie authors, which will make you realise that this is possible.
The channel is a little less about how to write and more about how to sell and get your books in front of readers, so if you struggle with that aspect, you’ll want to check this out.
The Creative Penn is the first YouTube channel I followed, I just didn’t start watching it until months later.
Why did it take me so long?
I don’t know *shrugs*
I think it’s equal parts being busy and just not having been that much into YouTube, but now that I’ve started, I love it. There’s so much useful advice (which won’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s read her books!), and her positivity is infectious.
Her channel is very open and honest (her Coffee Talks are unscripted, which terrifies the hell out of me), and she’s so endearing that it’s easy to listen to her.
There are writing tips, and there’s also a lot of encouragement. She gives great pep talks, and will make you feel like going on when you want to throw your laptop out of the window and shove your manuscript through the shredder.
I saved the best for last 😉 Brandon Sanderson teaches writing at BYU, and because he’s a star he’s recorded his lectures so we can learn from him.
I may have stared at my screen for a while when I found out.
Not only are his books on my Forever Shelf, but he’s also an excellent teacher. Every video is regular uni lecture length, but that hour goes by like that *snaps fingers*
While it’s very much up in the air whether I’ll set up my own channel, I feel that these channels have shown me the way.
If you’d like to start listening to some AuthorTube channels with your first cuppa in the morning, I hope I’ve given you a good place to start. If you’re already watching a few–
What are your favourite YouTube channels for writers? Make a tea and tell me all about them! <3
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