(This post is Day 6 of 7 in the Your Turn Challenge)
Tomorrow closes out the last day of the Your Turn Challenge. I’ll have blogged seven days in a row, which is perhaps seven times more than I’ve blogged in two months over most of the year. Will I continue? I’ll talk about that tomorrow in my wrap-up.
But for today, I’ll talk about a new challenge I’m giving myself.
Sometime last year, probably November after my latest book launched, I was thinking about marketing. My latest book is young adult (YA sci-fi adventure with some fantasy elements, to be exact). I’ve not written young adult before, and am trying to reach a new audience.
I’ve heard many times that YouTube is one of the web’s biggest search engines. Many times I’ve thought about creating videos of my books and my work and interests, but I’ve never done it.
I don’t have the slightest clue how to make videos, edit them, put text on them, make them look nice. And even if I did, I’m completely uncomfortable in front of the camera. I’m a writer, not an actor.
Regardless, if I want to reach a larger audience, I know I’ll have to try some new methods. And that’s why last year I told myself that by sometime in February 2015, I’d be making videos.
And now, here it is, January 24. One week to February.
I guess that means it’s time to jump in. The only way through is through. Learn by doing. Try, fail, try again. Fail again. Try again.
So here we go.
My interests are vast and varied. Tonight I was sketching out the categories my videos will fall into. I plan to have a series on writing, an interview series, a series about topics from my books, and likely a misc. category for everything else.
At this point, I don’t even know how to figure out my YouTube URL (I have an old one but want to create a new one for professional purposes), so there’s a bit of a learning curve.
But if we’re not learning, we’re not growing, right? Therefore, coming this February: videos. Ready or not. If the magic happens outside the comfort zone, then this will undoubtedly be some pretty amazing magic.
Said one reviewer, “Aliens, infinite universes, ghosts AND time travel … a winning literary combination if ever there was one.”
If that sounds like something you’d enjoy, I’d love for you to read it and leave a review!
Thank you in advance! Now let’s all of us go make magic happen.
Check out Pam’s books!
- The Universes Inside the Lighthouse—YA sci-fi adventure / first in the Balky Point Adventures
- The Wishing Rock series—women’s fiction / wit, wisdom, and recipes
- The Pam on the Map series—travelogues / wit and wanderlust