The other day, I further stepped into the 21st century by using another facet of digital marketing for my books. I had joined Twitter, obtained an author website and regularly blog through Word Press but I had not figured out how to use the popular site You Tube.
So, I finally did a little research on how to make a video with my limited equipment. I saw that I could use the camera and microphone on my Smartphone or tablet. Then, I sat up a display showing the cover of the book. I propped it up and used some fabric as a backdrop.
The biggest challenge was holding the phone or tablet focusing on the cover and speaking into the microphone. Then, I had to use the other hand to hold the book from which I was reading.
I felt like The Cat in the Hat when he was riding a bike, balancing a fish bowl and an umbrella. He finally fell but I was fortunate enough to balance it all as I made seven audio readings.
They are not perfect but life is not either. So, I accept the imperfections and it is a start in the use of You Tube. It is the beginning of my use of another form of media that is wildly popular today. Baby steps, baby steps, I reminded myself.
After recording, there was the task of uploading. I looked up a how-to video and my teacher was probably about ten, but she gave good instructions. Even though each reading is about two minutes, it took about two hours to upload one video.
Yet, each was well worth the wait. It was rewarding to hear myself read my own works. Only the author knows exactly how certain conversations were intended to sound.
There are no perfections, shortcuts nor pat answers in life. It’s just one brush stroke at a time like a painter takes until there is a finished product.
Push play and listen to my reading from A Golden Leaf in Time Revised– the first in a series of five about Tyre and Phoenix.
Lynn M. April 8, 2017