Why connect video to my book?
Adding video to your Sumbola publications can have many benefits including:
- Increase findability. Videos are easily shared, and when well constructed, can capture the attention of most users quicker than a written, image-less synopsis.
- Paint a mental picture. There’s no substitute for the story itself, but you can enhance your written content with a short film, footage, or a trailer that gives readers a glimpse of how the story looks to you.
- Add background information. If your book was research intensive or touches on complex subject matter, a video can give valuable context.
- Add intrigue and excitement. How do you decide whether you want to watch a movie? Among other reasons: a good trailer.
Do we have you hooked? If so, here are four practical ways to add video to your story:
- Develop a trailer for suspense or drama filled books. It can be action packed, hilarious, include review tag lines, book launch date, etc. Go ahead and watch some trailers for ideas.
- Add interviews. They can be interviews held as part of your research, interviews with your book as the focus, or entirely made up interviews with one on your characters. Whatever you think will spark the interest of your readers is fair game.
- Use animation. Short cartoons are a great addition not only for children’s books, but can compliment a story for any ages when done properly.
- If there is a particularly compelling passage that you connect with, post a video of you reading it.
- Even if your book is knee-slapping hilarious, take your videos as seriously as you take your writing. Make it look professional.
- Reach out to the talent on Sumbola. More than just a platform for writers, its a communtity for writers, readers, illustrators, editors, agents, publishers, etc. There are so many people at your fingertips that can help you produce engaging and complementary videos.
- If your using someone else’s video content, know the rules . Know if there is copyright, ask permission to use it, and give credit where credit is due.