Should Writers Use Video?

I’ve recently been doing a lot of work on creating a mini-course for writers. It involved a bit of work and a lot of thinking, but I finally got it finished. I recently completed the video that tells about three different offers, actually a three-in-one offer, of which the mini-course is the ultimate gift. It is now on YouTube.

The inspiration for this course came once again from my own experience and from what I have learned over the years. The hardest part, believe it or not, was putting my face out there on video for all to see. I am not a person who in the beginning liked to stand in front of people, let alone a camera, and talk.

But the Lord has enabled me. Over the years He has used me as a Sunday School teacher, which really broke the ice. But He has also taught me how to use video to express ideas. And one of the truths He taught me is that it is not all about me, but about the idea I am promoting or talking about.

In the title I asked a question, “Should writers use video? Now I am not going to say that using videos in marketing your book will make you a great success, since I have only recently started using it. However, others do say so.

Among other things you can create videos for book trailers, YouTube ads, Facebook ads, and much more.

Actually I am increasingly using videos. Both in marketing and in the Authors Academy. I have found that it is an effective way of communicating.

If you have doubts just check my video out. As you will see I don’t have a fancy studio, I actually filmed it in my home office. Nor did I use fancy equipment. And that is the real beauty of it, you can create an interesting video without spending hundreds and thousands of dollars. As I said, watch the video. You will probably end up saying, “If he can do it, then so can I.”

It’s worth investigating!


As mentioned above I use my home office. And I recommend you do the same. Even if you don’t really have an office, you can film it in your living room or wherever you feel most comfortable. That is important.

Standing up is also important. I have both stood and sat. Both can be effective, but I have rediscovered a truth that someone told me years ago, “you think better on your feet.” It is true. I’m no doctor so I can’t explain why, but standing seems to help your focus.


How about your computer’s camera? Or do you own a tablet, etc? These may not be the best cameras in the world, but they certainly seem capable to me. I have both a laptop and a cell phone. Haven’t used the cell phone much, but I have been real pleased with the laptop camera.

If you watched the video above, then you can see the quality. I am sure that if you spend hundreds of dollars you can do better, but I suggest you try your camera on either the laptop, tablet, or cell phone first.


The video above is on YouTube. It is a free service unless you start promoting the video on AdWords or elsewhere. Again, I encourage you to check it out.

This is not an in-depth look at videos, but it just might get the wheels spinning in your head. Explore ideas and do some research. I think you will be at least intrigued.



Writing is not a hobby

Writing is not a hobby

Writing is not a hobby.

Some people talk about writing as though it is a hobby. Some day they may write a book. Some day that story they know exists within will come out. Some day.

Actually, writing a book takes time, effort, and knowledge. A hobby requires all three and can be intense. But that is the wrong approach to writing.

I understand that there are authors who have a full-time job or maybe they are full-time mothers (a job) and only have a little time to write. So they consider what they do a hobby.

I don’t mean to disparage hobbies at all. It has been my experience that hobbies are very demanding. Yes, I have had hobbies over the years. One hobby I had involved working with Styrofoam, plywood, and a train set. For years I worked on this hobby of building a small village with a train going through it. I enjoyed it immensely.

I poured a lot hours, sweat, and money into that hobby, but in the end it was still a hobby. And the day came when I walked away.

Which brings me to writing.

If you are writing as a hobby you are in effect denying yourself any chance of success. I don’t know of any author who wrote as a hobby and suddenly produced a best seller. In fact, I don’t know of any writer who made good with writing being simply a hobby.

Writing demands more. Yes, it demands lots of hours, plenty of sweat, and significant money, just like a hobby. But it goes beyond that! It requires learning the craft, hours of research, and much trial and error.

I think that what separates hobbyists from authors is the desire factor. A hobbyist is primarily seeking to please herself, while a businessman is trying to make money. Both have a desire to succeed. But the desire to succeed as a writer goes beyond the norm.

What I am trying to say is that when you commit yourself to becoming a writer, you are declaring yourself to be a businessperson. You may not know all that is involved but you are willing to do whatever it takes to succeed.

Some hobbyists may disagree with me, but the fact is that you can walk away from a hobby fulfilled (I did), but walking away from writing isn’t so easy. You see, writing is a career.

It doesn’t matter how much money you make although you want to make money. Writing gets in the blood. You want to write no matter what. Quitting doesn’t seem like an option.

When you complete that book chances are you have already begun thinking or maybe writing another book. And you turn your energies in that direction.

Again, a hobbyist may say, we are the same. But a hobbyist can stop at any time whereas an author finds it very difficult to pull away for even a brief break. There is a commitment that drives the writer beyond the hobby stage.

I’ve written all this to say that if you are going to write think of it as a career not a hobby.

Feel free to comment on this blog. Or if you want to learn more about the business of writing go to my website RFrederickRiddle and watch video with a special offer.

Can I Write?

Can I Write?

That is a question that people are asking themselves all the time. We’ve all seen the rich and famous authors, but we forget that once they were unknown. Once they may have entertained doubts about whether they can write.

But now they are authors!

How did this happen? Did they attend a college, a seminar, or some other educational institution. Or did they just start writing?

The truth is that authors travel many roads to reach the pinnacle. And there may exist roads not yet traveled. What does that mean to you? Well, for one thing it should mean that there isn’t one road for everyone. Secondly, it should cause you to look at what may be the common denominator.

Is it motivation? There are plenty of motivating factors out there. Motivation is important, but it varies from person to person.

 Is it know how? Well, know how can make the difference in a well crafted story or a flop, but not always.

Is it education? We have already pointed out that there are differing educational routes you can take.

So what is the common factor?

It is really simple. If you want to be a writer you must start. Whatever route you are going to take must have a beginning.

That’s why we started the Authors Academy. The beauty of it is that it allows you to learn, apply, and start writing now. You are in charge and apply the lessons as they best suit you.

Why not go to Authors Academy and learn what TR Authors Academy is all about?



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