One Writer’s Journey

February 1, 2019

World Read Aloud Day: Making My Own Short Video

Wednesday my son helped me make my video for World Read Aloud Day. You can see it above.  For a first video, it isn’t bad.

These are the things I did right.

Background. I picked a quiet place in the house.  I thought the window shade would make an okay background.  I don’t want people looking at my fridge or the laundry I need to fold.

Script. I didn’t write a formal script but I knew where I would start reading (the beginning of the book) and where I would stop (second page).  And I practiced which is important with formal taxonomic names for the various animals.

Camera.  We used a descent camera.  This is actually my son’s phone. I’m not sure why he decided it would be “best ” but it does have a really good camera.

This doesn’t mean that everything was perfect.  There are things I would do differently next time.

Closeup.  I think the camera angle is too wide.  A narrower angle would have used the shade as the background or the light blue dining room wall.  I’ll push for this next time.

Script. There will be an actual script so that the videographer knows when I’m done.

Cue!  He wants a silent way to signal me so that everyone doesn’t hear him at the very beginning saying “go.”

Video description.  I need to remember to tell people that they can click the link in the video description to go to the publisher’s page an order it.

Wrap up.  I want to come up with some clever little line to end with. Something that will encourage reading.

All in all, I think I did a pretty good job for a first effort.  I have a Youtube channel so I had to get that all prettied up. The photo now matches my author photo.  The background is the cover of my book.  And the description tells what kinds of videos I make.

What videos to make next?  My goal is to work up to one a week. If there is something book related you would like to see, let me know in the comments.


December 11, 2013

Platform: What to Do When You Decide to Take the Plunge

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Use every means at your disposal to promote yourself and your work.

I know you’ve heard that advice.  Then people go on to list an number of ways you can take advantage of the electronic world in which we live:  Youtube, pod casts, blogs, web sites, Facebook, Twitter, and more and more.

There are so many different things you can do that you can’t take advantage of them all and hope to do a good job.  This means that you need to pick and choose what works for you.  For illustrators like Phyllis Harris and other people whose work is highly visual, video is a natural choice.  Check out this video and see what a great job Phyllis does.

There are so many things that Phyllis does right.  Her work is visual, so she chooses to use a visual medium.  But video offers more than the visual, including an audio component which Phyllis also uses to it’s fullest including both her soft-spoken commentary and soothing music, both of which are well suited to her work.

No matter which means you chose to promote your work, you have to go above and beyond.  Why?  Because there is so much out there.  People like to know how creative types work and what inspires us and Phyllis gives them that, but that isn’t all.  A portion of the profit from every illustration sold through her web site goes to support Children’s Mercy hospital.

This doesn’t mean that you have to link your work to a charity although if your work is a good fit and it is a cause you believe in, why not?

Consider what form of electronic media best suits you and some aspect of your work and then think about how to make it a little more.  Your viewers will sit up and take notice.



May 5, 2009

LOC on YouTube

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locNot quite a month ago, I posted about plans for the Library of Congress (LOC) to begin putting info up on YouTube. 

For those  of you who haven’t found it yet, click here to visit the LOC YouTube channel.  At this time, the channel includes 13 videos on the 2008 National Book Festival; 21 videos from the Westinghouse Works, 1904; 20 more from the Edison companies; and much more.  

Stop on by and learn a bit more history as well as what this amazing library has to offer.


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