Never thought I would actually be making this move, but after trying (twice) to build a YouTube channel, it appears that's just not in the cards for me. If anything, I've found more opportunities to create fun, short form content on TikTok where I can do more in less time and without wasting all day editing.
The YT algorithm, at this point, actively suppresses all creator content unless the video is topical to popular interests. In the past several months I've only received a total of 10-20-ish views on any given video where I spent at least a few days between shooting the video and editing it. Meanwhile, on TikTok I spent about 1 hour for capturing and clean-up, and within 24 hours I find myself garnering at LEAST 100 views, but often times much more than that.
So, going forward, I'm halting all content on my YT channel. I'm probably not going to delete it, yet. But I'm not seeing any kind of future on that platform in its current state. TikTok is much easier, now that I've figured out the basics, and much more engaging. I'm actually having a lot of fun making content for it, too! Who knew?
I finally begin the Dragon Age series via their novels. There is a five-book pack, and I won't be covering anything beyond those. Here are my thoughts on the first book in the DA collective!
I've now added BookTube content to my YouTube channel: Lah the Game Scribe! Go check it out, and go like, comment, subscribe! Would really love to expand into more content as I go with a broader audience.
I wanted to share an interview from November of 2020 where Key of Arcandus became an ebook feature that year in Rainbow Crate Book Box. The creators of the subscription box were kind enough to put this softly sapphic story of mine into their distribution and then do a live stream interview on YouTube. Rainbow Crate was my first author interview ever, so I was a little nervous. But in the end it turned out to be a great conversation, and I've gotten a little more comfortable speaking through a camera now.
Hello Fellow Scribes,
As the month of April came to a close, I was graciously invited to speak with Pamela, who is the creator of The Picky Bookworm. Not only did we chat about Key of Arcandus, but I got to speak with her about my process when I outline my novels. It was a wonderful opportunity that many self-published authors are rarely afforded. So, I was more than happy to make an appearance and enjoy the conversation!
If you have Spotify, you can catch the episode here as follows:
Happy Springtime Fellow Scribes!
It has been a hot minute since I last posted a blog update. So, let's recap on where I am this April!
OBLIGATION'S UNITY: Work on book 2 is progressing as planned and is "on time" per my schedule. Call-outs for BETA readers will commence on 05/01/22, and the reading process itself will begin in June.
MERCH & OTHER GOODIES: Have been delayed. I was hosting family for a month (and went on vacation), so I focused on creating / scheduling social media content on IG and YouTube back in Feb / Mar. After a general analysis of this 'productivity', I'm going to pull back on social media to create more income-generating material / services this year. Merch will be part of that process.
YOUTUBE: I planned on giving The Writer's Block a year-long 'shot', but after 6 months of no growth or live stream viewers, the content I'm producing clearly garners no interest. Rather than burning away time brainstorming production topics and streaming only to my spouse (love him), I'm going to use my YT channel to only post pre-scripted content I want to make at the time I want to make it. Things like book reviews, AuthorTube topics / interviews, and gaming will be added to the channel, but there will be no set frequency schedule.
I'm not disappointed in these changes because I'm still in the 'experimental' phase of my career as a fulltime author. Writing and completing the Carving Legacies series is always priority #1 over all of these other things. But book sales don't pay the bills (unless you're a legacy author). So, I am trying to expand to other opportunities that I enjoy doing and have the skill set. I have some new ideas and will be adding them to the site soon.
Happy New Year, Fellow Scribes! Welcome to 2022 and the Year of the Tiger all in one post!
I know January was a silent month for me, but that's because it was my Month of Preparation where I outline my goals and objectives this year to help grow the world of Clayne into a recognizable brand. This post is to give a sneak peek at what I have in the works for 2022!
Nothing is planned for release this year, however, Obligation's Unity is currently undergoing its editing phases, and a call for BETA readers will commence in May. While the manuscript is with readers, I will be working on the initial drafts for Book 3 and a standalone supplement novella featuring Sebastian and Niamh. The goal is to complete the Carving Legacies series no later than 2030 so that I can move onto the "next phase" of Clayne's timeline.
I will be expanding my merchandise line-up this year with a new storefront provider. People who liked the Vanis Aer Guild will be able to show off their rank with pins, while those who love the Skivat homeland of The Hive will get to show their pride with varsity tees for their favorite gangs and Shot-Pipe teams.
After years of putting it on the sidelines, I will be working on publishing a tabletop game concept of mine for digital download only. For people who enjoy one-shot tabletop campaigns where the focus is on laughter and shenanigans...this game is made for you!
I am biting the bullet this year and expanding to more platforms. This is the year of experimentation for me, so I'm putting my feelers out to see where the stronger following resides. I've mapped out a social media schedule for all of the platforms listed below. Subscribe, follow, like, comment, and do all of those social engagement things pretty please!
That is 2022's game plan! There are plans to release a few extra tidbits or expansions, but those greatly depend upon the overall responses I receive from the general public. Hopefully I am able to grow my channels so that it warrants further expansion, but for now, keeping all of these constantly updated will keep me plenty occupied.
Have a wonderful February, my dear scribes!
I'm not doing any giveaways for the holidays this year, but I am leaving a little stocking stuffer by the tree so that people can grab a little something to read while they travel. Yes, Key of Arcandus is currently FREE on eBook through a Prolific Works giveaway from 12/15-12/29.
Simply click on the graphic above to go right to the page where mine, and a bunch of other fantasy stories, can be added to your TBRs going into 2022. This offer will not last long, so do not dely. As always, leaving reviews on sites like Amazon and B&N helps me out tremendously with the algorithm.
Have a safe and happy holidays!
the process better.
I'm not ready for BETA readers yet. I will begin phase one of the editing process in January of 2022, and it will take a handful of months to perform a reverse outline, rewrite known issues, merge / cut chapters, smooth out some character arcs, check consistency, etc. My goal is to be ready by April 2022, but we'll see how things come along. I have plans to go on a trip between now and then, plus I have family visiting for a while, too. It might be closer to June 2022.
Either way, if you're interested in becoming a BETA reader for Obligation's Unity, stay tuned to my website, follow me on Instagram and YouTube, and in due time you'll see the official call-out. In the meantime...I'm going to enjoy the rest of what remains of 2021.
Happy holidays, everyone!
IG is that I have up to ten sets I would like to send out in celebration of this one-year milestone. So, if you haven’t had a chance to grab a copy of KoA yet, now is most certainly your chance!
The other surprise I’ve recently rolled out is I now have a YouTube channel called Lah the Game Scribe!
After my first failed attempt in 2018, I’ve come back with better tools and vision to bring content that I want to promote and share with others. This includes promoting my books series, book reviews, conversations on story concepts and characters, as well as one more surprise that I will announce within the week once I clear a troubleshooting issue.
It's exciting to begin rolling out more content that I intended to execute over a year ago, but all things happen in their own time.
I'm an author and avid gamer from the southwest who grew up on all things geek before they became chic.