*all channels and videos mentioned will be linked at the end of the article
I love Youtube and I attribute most of my success to it. From design tutorials to calming music, it just somehow makes my day better. But it was only recently that I came to know about the Authortube community. I knew Booktube existed, but I had never heard about an exclusive community for authors. And I am so glad I found out about them. They have been a tremendous help ever since I got back to writing after taking so much time off for business and studies. Below are the five Authortubers I absolutely love. They have provided so much guidance, be it in form of writing tips or just sharing their own struggles as writers. This list is a mix of both traditional and indie published authors and I hope their videos help you as much as they helped me.
She is my absolute favourite Authortuber and I love how consistently she puts up professional grade videos. Alexa’s videos are entertaining to watch and extremely useful. Personally, my favourite video of hers is the one in which she gives harsh writing advice. That was the first ever video I saw of hers and I immediately hit the subscribe button. If you are a new author, she is one person whose channel you should definitely subscribe too.
She has such an engaging personality. She is one of the few Youtubers I never skip through and watch in full. She is a self published author and has made very useful videos centred around self-publishing. My favourite video of hers is “How to write a Strong First Chapter”. A lot of times I give up on a book when reading the first chapter; whether it be while I am reading the sample on Amazon or browsing through a store. If the first chapter doesn’t pull me in, then I will hardly give that book another chance. Now that I am writing my own novel, this is a fear that is plaguing me. Is my first chapter engaging enough? Will the reader give up after reading it? Hopefully with a zillion revisions it will be. Seeing this video gave me a better idea of where I should start my novel; in media res and not at the start of the story as I had written it the first time.
As a designer, I know that many of my clients struggle with writing faster and publishing more books. In this world of cut throat publishing where you have to compete against writers like Bella Forrest, the quantity of the books you put out counts. With the explosion of e-book market, readers have a million plus titles to choose from, and having more books out there will increase the chance of being discovered by more readers. But then, if you want to publish more books then you need to write faster. Meg has a video dedicated to this topic and it is one I relate to because all the tips she talks about have helped me write much faster first drafts. If you like to-the-point style of speaking and advice, she is definitely someone you should subscribe too.
Jessi’s “Writing is hard #REALTALK” was a video that hit me hard. I am also someone who takes on so much workload that I end up burning out and I tend to ignore my burn out in some stupid chase for perfection. Seeing this video was really comforting. I have improved a lot in terms of balancing my work and life and not chase perfection in my first drafts; be it for my story or my cover designs. But some days are just bad, so it was really nice seeing this video. Also check out her plotting hacks video. I found it really effective.
Sidenote: As a designer, I appreciate how her thumbnails have a consistent style so it’s really easy to recognize her videos when they appear on my related list.
I have been a subscriber to Chris’s newsletter for a long time. His last email was one titled “Raise your Standards” and, oh my god, it has been life changing. I even printed it out and stuck it on my wall. I make it a point to read it at least once a day and it just gives me so much inspiration. I was someone who kept very ambitious goals because I believed that if you reach for the stars you will at least reach the moon, and that is definitely better than where you are now. Reading his email gives me belief that I can aim for the stars and reach them too. He has a video on raising your standards. I really recommend that you watch it and read through its comment section. It’s so incredibly motivating.
I have watched a few of his videos and I am hooked. Once I send this to article over to my editor, I am going to sit and binge-watch the rest of his videos.
Who are your favourite Youtubers? Is this the first time you have heard of Authortubers?
About the Author
Amala Benny is an avid reader and professional book cover designer who has designed for multiple award winning and bestselling authors. She spends her free time Fangirling over Ilona Andrews and Leigh Bardugo.