Using video for promoting online fiction (YouTUBE collab anyone?)

9 years ago | Kyt Dotson (Member)

I’ve been mulling this idea over for a while so I figured that I’d present it here.

How many people here have used video media to promote their work? I am interesting in looking at some of it, and perhaps promoting it on my YouTUBE channel. However, this is really only part of that.

I am wondering how many people might be interesting in getting together to produce a short, collaborative work where people simply talk briefly about their work. Something that could be presented as a sort of video-collage essay to get some video viewers interested in the weblit community.

I don’t have much to do now because I’m between projects and editing work for my next one. So I’ve got lots of time on my hands to cut something together. (Also, I don’t see this needing to be studio-perfect.)
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  1. Miladysa (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    "How many people here have used video media to promote their work?"

    Story trailers? I have:


    They were great fun to make! I also enjoy watching other web fiction trailers just as much as I do making my own.

    I like the idea of getting involved with your project BUT I'm a bit of a shrinking Violet when it comes down to it. Most likely I would stumble and stutter my way through rather than give a good impression. Plus I have a thick Lancashire accent and sound like Lisa Stansfield :)

  2. Sarratum (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    I've recently made a promotional trailer as well:

    The Antithesis - Heaven, Hell, and their true intentions.
  3. Kyt Dotson (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    Since I forgot to put it there, this one is mine (from eons ago now.)

    I know the feeling about stumbling through things. I do this with every video I make so far. You would be more than welcome to partake if I get this project off the ground, Miladysa -- especially because I've really enjoyed reading RoYds. If thou don't aim for this one, perhaps when I do part II (and part I goes well) I will be more encouraging to people who might be shy about it.
    BLACK HAT MAGICK vol 2: TANGO & CACHE - Not your ordinary detective agency
  4. Miladysa (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    @Sarratum Great trailer, fantastic artwork. The story is on my *TBR* list :)

    @Kyt "Burning rubber where angels fear to tread." - Always LOVED that line! You know I am a fan of Vex and BHM but if you did not have me hooked already the video would have been a grand introduction.

    Fingers crossed you get the project off the ground. It's bound to be a success.

  5. Sarratum (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago


    I did the artwork myself. After never really trying before, I realized I could draw if given the right stock to look at.

    And I like the idea of a video concerning a conglomerate of writers. But who are you going to send it to? Is it going to be a documentary type thing?

    The Antithesis - Heaven, Hell, and their true intentions.
  6. Kyt Dotson (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    I am thinking it should be a documentary type verbal essay. Probably just a series of different authors talking about the main character of one of their stories. Since most YouTube videos < 10 mins, it would be short but could introduce potential readers who watch videos about the stuff that can be read on the web and some of the people who write it. I am open to suggestions on format.

    Getting back into making videos again (I do mostly talking head stuff) and I started talking about my writing work. I really love to engage other people and build foundations for communities, so this seemed ideal.

    I don't really intend to send it to anyone straight-up. I am thinking more of a YouTUBE video for people to put on their channels with appropriate information leading viewers to the stories and into the web fiction community.
    BLACK HAT MAGICK vol 2: TANGO & CACHE - Not your ordinary detective agency
  7. Ryan A. Span (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    I wo uldn't mind contributing a short spiel, but I can't do any of the fancy graphics stuff, so I'm sure it would just look crap.


  8. irk (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    I could harass Char into doing one with me (that way you get both Peacock King authors). We just need access to video. All I have is an Eee PC webcam!

    The Peacock King - Is a mere servant a match for the ruler of half the known world? Probably not.
  9. eikasia (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    Here's my story trailer:

    I managed to get the permission of a really cool music artist for it, so I was really stoked. iMovie may be very basic, but it can still produce really nice looking trailers.

    Were you all still thinking of doing a group video? If so, I'd like to participate. I can try and help out in any way.

  10. Kyt Dotson (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    Heya eikasia, I am definitely still interested in doing a group video with anyone who would. I have done two videos so far -- my voicing is terrible, so I really just need to sit down and play through how to speak more naturally.

    I am thinking that we might as well just choose a subject (I am thinking main character) and then talk about them for 45 seconds, and then have a very short: "I'm Kyt Dotson, author of Mill Avenue Vexations" as an introduction clip. Then we could just flip between the different people talking about their characters. Viola, instant promotional group video.

    And we all get to look like adorable idiots on webcamera.
    BLACK HAT MAGICK vol 2: TANGO & CACHE - Not your ordinary detective agency
  11. A. M. Harte (Moderator)

    Posted 9 years ago

    I'd love to do something!

    I'm not the greatest at things... I've made a few trailer vids like

    And I've recently set up a youtube account for Ergofiction, too:

    Qazyfiction: fantasy fiction with a sinister edge.
  12. eikasia (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    Great!! I suppose we'd just need to come up with a structure (as Kyt suggested: introduce ourselves, then maybe 45 secs talking about our MCs--but the subject matter can be different. Let's brainstorm a few things!) Then we'll agree on who'll put together the final piece. Once we do that, we can each record our parts, send it in for final edit, then we can either post it to one specific channel or our individual channels (or both!) Sound good?

    I'll try and come up with a few things for us to chew on as far as direction goes. Anyone else interested, feel free to chime in.

    If you guys would prefer resuming this discussion privately, my website email is: illise (at) eighthcirclestudios (dot) com

  13. eikasia (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    Here are some of my ideas, as promised:

    1) Okay, this isn't actually my idea. It's Kyt's, but it's a really good one. Talking about our MCs. I like it because it highlights the stars of our respective stories. We can talk about how we were inspired to create them, who they are, and the struggles they face. It's a more personal look at our weblits and it gives viewers someone to rally behind.

    2) We can also try a more generalized approach by talking about our respective genres (for example, "horror" and how it is a continuing presence in the story, why we chose the genre, etc.) and settings (the world the characters go through--probably only good for sci-fi/fantasy stories). It could give viewers a sense of the depth of our work, and I for one know many people who would become interested through the mention of setting and genre alone. (Roleplayers and the like--it seems alot of weblit readers are gamers one way or another)

    3) Talk about the major themes of our stories. We can provide examples from our work to support what we talk about. For instance, my story often deals with overcoming prejudices and how internal struggles are often much more dangerous than external struggles.

    Let me know what you guys think!

  14. vjchambers (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    Here are my trailers:

    I might be interested in doing something like this too, if you'll have me. I'm going to be making a few promo videos for my newest book. This might be fun!

    Breathless: Sex, Satanists, Secret Societies, and (just a hint of the) Supernatural

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