Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Using a Video to Promote Your Book

If you are an author and want to find another avenue to promote your book, consider producing a video trailer. 

A popular video site is YouTube, a video channel that started in February 2005. In November 2006, YouTube was purchased by Google. Now, YouTube has 1 billion user visits each month, and 100 hours of video are uploaded to the channel every minute, according to statistics provided by YouTube.

Another popular site is Vimeo, described as "video-centric social networking site," owned by IAC/InterActive Corp. Vimeo was founded in November 2004.

A recent study shows that videos are 100% more powerful in capturing user's attention, according to, a data visualization and infographic company.

Creating a video
Before creating a video account, you should first develop ideas for your video. This is considered the "pre-production" stage. Among the questions you will need to ask yourself are:

• How do I plan to feature my book in the video?  
• Where will I shoot the video? 
• Will I have actors or my friend in the video? 
• Do I need a script or a storyboard?
• What type of sound will I add? Music, sound effects?

Once those questions are answered, you will move into the "production" stage, which is when the video actually comes together. This is the time when the cameras "roll" and you (or your producer) yells, "action!"

Friday, June 21, 2013

Authors Discuss Writing and Their Books on Writers' Workshop Podcast

MANA recently sponsored a Writers' Workshop that featured a panel of three authors:

Jeff Wheeler 
Jeff Wheeler is the author of Where's Adam? Understanding a Father's Role. This book is about the important role father's play in their families and what happens when father's are absent from the home. Many of Mr. Wheeler's story featured in the book come from his time of serving as a police officer with  the Flint (MI) Police Department. This book is not only for parents, but also for those who work with young people and families. 

Jessyca Mathews

Jessyca Mathews is the author of  Simply: A Collection of Poetry. Ms. Mathews is the 2013 MANA Passion for Poetry Winner. She is also a high school teacher and an athletic coach. Ms. Mathews describes how publishing her first book has changed her life.

Gregory Shafer
Gregory Shafer is the author of Process and Voice in the Writing Workshop. An English professor, Dr. Shafer initially wrote this book to help his students who were overwhelmed with books and instruction on the writing process. Dr. Shafer shares solid advice that heps all writers. Dr. Shafer is also the author of  Linguistics For College Freshmen and Sophomores, and the upcoming Propaganda—American Style.

Listen to the podcast as the authors discuss why they decided to write their books and the process of writing.