How YouTube Can Help Self-Published Authors

shutterstock_173368031New York writer Teymour Shahabi wanted to self-publish his novel. But how would he do so without the necessary push, judgment and intimidation that an editor from a traditional publisher might give him?

As Shahabi writes, “Enter YouTube.”

Shahabi, an admitted self-publishing novice, turned to the video-sharing platform and spoke into the camera about his process.

“The words that came out formed a plan that I hadn’t fully thought out in my head,” Shahabi writes. “Every week I would shoot a quick update on my self-publishing adventure, and I would post it on YouTube.

The endeavor changed the way Shahabi looked at his writing, as people began reaching out and following his progress.

“I used to think that perseverance and irrational confidence were everything I needed,” Shahabi writes. “What YouTube gives a writer is someone to write for.”


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