You have read this (essay, article, rant, post, blog) before: Girls may just wanna have fun, but writers just wanna write. It’s an easy lament to poke holes in, easy as teachers complaining about their jobs (You get summers off! You don’t work all day!!). In the case of writers, we get things like, “You get to work at Starbucks without the apron!” or “I wish I could sit at home all day in my pajamas to do my job.” An author I know recently posted on Facebook that she had just finished her novel. I responded with, “Now the real work begins!” and she knew exactly what I was talking about. It’s not even the editing, although those are some tough times. No, it’s all the marketing and promotion and selling yourself that makes a writer’s toes curl. And one of the hardest components of that, for me anyway, is video.
So, here’s what I’m going to do for you. I’m going to make this month’s column a video just to show you how, um, easy it is. The statistics tell us that video will soon dominate almost 70% of all consumer Internet traffic, so getting comfy with watching yourself read from your work very well could be worth your while, statistically speaking.
Without further ado, here goes.