There are choices for videos for non-fiction books:
A video interview is a nice way to connect with an audience. They get to see what you look like, learn about you and your motivation for writing your book, and best of all if they like you, they will buy your book. There are several ways to do this:
- You can use a web cam on your computer and have a friend ask you questions in the background:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gk_ncHMU1e4 This was fairly easy to do. Julie was interviewed and then sent me the footage and
I edited it and put in transitions and graphics to make it more interesting. You will need an editing program to do this. I use Cyberlink Power Director because it is relatively easy to use and comes with a great deal of graphics and other tools to make the video standout. You also can uses Movie Maker that comes with your PC.
- You can have a friend interview you on Skype and video record the interview. This link will take you to a video tutorial on how to use Skype for an Interview: http://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1CHMZ_enUS342US342&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=video+interview+using+skype. In the article they talked about I Show U to record the video interview, but that software is only for the MAC. If you have a a PC, try this free software: http://www.nchsoftware.com/capture/index.html. It is free and works on the MAC as well.
- Make sure your video interview is not shaky. Here is an easy way to to do this: http://www.labnol.org/internet/fix-shaky-videos/18956.
Another way to to use video to showcase Non-Fiction is a tutorial. This can brand you as an expert in your field. If your book is a “How To,” this is perfect for you. Here are a couple of tutorials on how to create a video tutorial:
- How to Make a Great Video Tutorial (chris.pirillo.com)