Recently the administrator of the Books go Social Readers Facebook group invited me to submit a video of me reading part or parts of my book Lethal Inheritance. My first thought was, ‘What? Who wants to watch a video of me reading from my book?’ But I followed the link I was given to a video another author had done and listened to her presentation. As I expected, I found it pretty dull. The problem, I realised, wasn’t the author reading, it was the fact that video is a visual medium and without something happening, there’s not a lot to hold you. Had the video been audio only, it would have been a lot easier to focus on the words. That’s why podcasts and audiobooks are a fine medium on which authors can read their books.
But I hadn’t been invited on a podcast. I’d been invited to submit a video, so I decided I’d better have some props – and something more than just a copy of my book. You can see the video I submitted below. It’s about 6 mins long and I’d love to hear what you think of it, so I hope you’ll take a look.
But taking a wider perspective on the topic of authors reading their works, do you ever go to live author readings? I never have. If you have, tell me why you went and what you thought of it. What did you get out of it?
A very accessible way to hear authors read their work these days is podcasts and audiobooks. Since I’m about to launch a podcast, I’ve been listening to some while driving in the car – I suspect that’s when a lot of people listen to them – and I have a friend who listens to audiobooks while driving. Have you ever listened to an author reading their book in a podcast or on an audiobook? If so, what did you like or dislike about getting your stories that way?
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