Create Your Own Book Video
What you'll learn
- Develop a script with talking points about your book
- Set up and film a professional video
- Edit and add images to your video
- Launch and promote your video
- Basic computer skills with tools such as an iPhone, iPad, or similar products
As the author of over a dozen books, both fiction and nonfiction, I've found that book videos can be useful at every stage of the publishing process, including:
Pre-publication marketing meetings with the publisher
Press kits and media pitches
Marketing to bookstores and libraries
Lining up speaking engagements
Reaching readers and book clubs
Promoting backlist titles years after publication
Fortunately, the technology is so easy that anyone with an iPad or other tablet or smartphone can shoot a high-quality video, add photos or video footage, make simple edits, and publish to online platforms.
This class walks through every step of the process that I use to make videos to promote my books. I'll show you all the equipment and free software I use, and walk you through every step of the process I use.
For those of you who have different equipment and software, I'll suggest alternatives. The basic concepts are the same no matter what you use to make your video.
Finally, we'll talk about what you can do with the video once you've made it, and all the different ways a video can be used to support your book launch.
This class will also work for anyone who wants to make a talking head-style video interspersed with photos and video clips on any subject at all, but my examples are all going to be specific to book videos.
Who this course is for:
- Book authors who wish to make a video to promote their book
I'm the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen books, including The Drunken Botanist, Wicked Plants, and Girl Waits with Gun. I've been a full-time author for twenty years, and in that time my books have sold over a million copies worldwide and been translated into 17 languages.
I love talking to writers and artists, and bonding over the creative process. I started teaching so that I can inspire others to take the leap.
I believe that writing, drawing, and painting are all teachable skills. Forget about talent--it doesn't exist, and you don't need it. With some quality instruction and lots of practice, any of us can make meaningful, honest, and unique art and literature.
When I'm not writing or traveling on book tour, I'm painting and drawing in ink, watercolor, gouache, and oil. Come find me on my website or on Instagram to stay connected.