Behind the Scenes: Starting a Video Reading Series

It's...uncomfortable talking to a camera. I'd much rather be writing. But, I need a change and something to focus on. Writing works. I need more projects.

All I hear is how video is so important to marketing. I've given in. I'm experimenting with a video reading series. They'll be short videos of me reading from one of my books.

Starting this new project took longer than expected. For those who work full-time jobs, you know how difficult it is to juggle writing let alone marketing. After work, I just want to go home, relax and read. On the weekends, I only want to sleep, read or watch my favorite show. But, that's not going to get me closer to my dreams.

For this video series, I'll be reading The Unburned Island.


Each video will be about 5 minutes.

I already knew what I'd use as a background. My tall bookshelf.


Fortunately, for Christmas a couple of years ago, I got a professional microphone. So, I set that up to record the audio.


I did a reading video a couple of years ago using the camera on my computer. Given the terrible lightening in my apartment, that wasn't an option. It's such a pain taking photos in my apartment. They always come out too dark and too orange.

Fortunately, I now have a DSLR camera and Adobe Creative Suite to fix the lighting issue. But, I don't have a tripod. I stacked the camera on a table, a chest and a couple of books to get it high enough.


It took me awhile to record a clean video. By the time I finished, my throat was not happy with me. Then, I found a problem while playing back the video. New York, unfortunately, is never quiet. I've gotten so used to the noise I've stopped noticing it. New York made an appearance as background noise.

My train was especially annoying. You can hear it pass by. Now, I'm debating on leaving in the "life" noise or re-recording. We'll see what happen.

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