I would first and foremost like to apologize for missing last week, HOWEVER, I do have something to make up for it. That’s right folks, I, Meg Sill, have burst out of my comfort zone. I have pushed beyond the bounds of sanity. I have made, my first ever vlog. (0_0 this face perfectly describes how I feel). This vlog is in response to a call for auditions put out by one of my favorite groups of writing vloggers, the YAWordNerds (I’ll rave about them more below). If you want to see my audition, you can check it out here. And as if broadcasting this isn’t crazy enough, I want to know what you think! That’s enough about that. Today, I want to turn your attention to those vloggers who are far more experienced and advanced than me. Watching writing vlogs is one of my favorite ways to gain information and tips on writing. It’s also a great way to get me in the head space to write. I encourage you to give it a try, and to help you get started, here is a list of my favorite writing vlogs. They are the vlogs that keep me coming back week after week, because I just can’t get enough!
The YAWordNerds is a group of 6 ladies – Meghan, Erica, Erin, Calyn, Kellie, and Emma – (linked is either blog or Wattpad profiles if available) that discuss all things young adult writing, reading, and publishing. Every day one of these women posts a video on a selected theme. Additionally, on Sundays at 7:30 EST, they partake in a live chat that covers a variety of topics, write-ins, and monthly book clubs. Some of these ladies have published and others haven’t. No matter what stage of the publishing process you are in, the YAWordNerds have advice that you can use. Their videos are very relaxed and equally helpful. What I love most about this group, is the chemistry they have with each other and the salience of their personalities in every video. They are awesome about interacting with their fans, and it is obvious that their goal is to create a community around YA literature. Join their almost 4,000 subscribers and check ‘em out on YouTube. Also, since this vlogging group is comprised of multiple different women, they all have an array of activities outside of the YAWordNerds channel that they are involved with from running a small press called Patchwork Press, to Wattpad, to blogging, and of course, publishing. I’m going to put links their published work below.
Polaris Awakening (Contributed to by Kellie Sheridan, E. Latimer, Meghan Jashinsky, and Erica Crouch)
The Lost Locket of Lahari Anthology (Contributed to by Kellie Sheridan and Erica Crouch)
Frost (E. Latimer)
Dark Carnival: An Anthology of Horror (Contributed to by Calyn Morgan)
End Dayz (The Hitchhiker Strain) (Kellie Sheridan)
Mortality (The Hitchhiker Strain Book 1) (Kellie Sheridan)
Duality (The Hitchhiker Strain Book 2) (Kellie Sheridan)
Refilling Your Inkwell: Getting Motivated, Finding Inspiration, and Conquering Your Writing Rut! (Kellie Sheridan)
Where We Were (Four of a Kind Book 1) (Kellie Sheridan)
Ignite: The Complete Series (Erica Crouch)
Surviving First Drafts: Motivation & Advice for the Art of Writing (Making Your Masterpiece) (Erica Crouch)
Madly, Deeply (Erica Crouch)
PHEW! That was a mouth full! As you can see, these are some busy women, yet they still manage to produce stellar vlogs each and every week!
Jenna’s vlog has weekly posts about any and all writing topic she feels like discussing that week. Her over 23,000 subscribers provide a very loyal fan base, and it has shown in her book sales. Reviewed by 108 customers on Amazon and coming in at a 4.6, her first published novel is a YA sci-fi titled, Eve: The Awakening, and it has been quite successful. She has made the first few chapters available on her website, and you can read them here. Her current work in progress, called The Saviors Champion, seems equally as promising based on the beta reader comments. Jenna also runs a successful blog called Count Blogula, where she is able to interact with her readers and answer questions. Her personable nature and humor makes her videos that much more enjoyable. This girl will tell it like it is, and give you that extra push when you need it.
Kim Chance is relatively new to the vlogging scene (although not as new as I am!) and already she seems like she has been at it for years. In a short period of time, she’s managed to rack up over 1,200 subscribers, an impressive number for someone new to YouTube. She’s an English teacher and mother of twins who has just finished editing and begun querying her first novel, a YA contemporary fantasy called Keeper. P,personally, I can’t wait until it’s published. If you’re interested in a summary, check out her website! The optimism with which Kim delivers her videos is contagious, and her knowledge is structured in a way that is incredibly easy to follow. Watch her once, and suddenly you’ll find yourself refreshing your YouTube page each Saturday, waiting for her weekly update.
This vlog is hosted by Ava Jae, author of sci-fi novel Beyond the Red which was released earlier this month. Bookish Pixie is pushing 3,000 subscribers, which I have no doubt it will soon surpass. Ava posts a video a week about a ton of different writing related topics. She also has a very good blog called Writeability, which is added to every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Her calm demeanor and to-the-point videos give great advice that you can get quickly. Also, Bookish Pixie has been up and running for quite a while so there is a great store of videos to watch, all organized into helpful categories based on what phase of writing you’re looking for advice on.
So there you have it, my favorite writing vlogs. Keep in mind, this list is not exhaustive! There are tons of other great reading and writing vlogs out there, some that I probably haven’t found yet. If you have any suggestions, or you yourself run a vlog, put it in the comments below. I’d love to check it out. I also want to take this opportunity to encourage anyone who has never vlogged before to give it a try. It’s a whole lot of fun, and it’s a great way to connect with other readers and writers.