AtoZ Blogging Challenge April 2022. B is for @BookClubMom and Book Ends Literary Agency @Bookendslit on @YouTube

YouTube Channels and Youtubers for writers and everyone else!

I’m joining the AtoZ challenge sharing YouTube channels and Youtubers I follow as an independent author, researcher, learner, reader, and someone who is interested in emotional growth and physical wellbeing, as well as entertainment and current affairs.

I’ve enjoyed watching YouTube videos for years, but in 2020, when the pandemic broke out in Europe and the first lockdown was imposed as a security measure in most countries, I decided to go Premium on YouTube and I started watching even more videos on a wide variety of entertaining and informative topics, which I’d like to share with you over the coming month. I hope you enjoy! 

Today, I’d like to introduce you to two channels; the first is Book Club Mom. I started following Barbara Vitelli’s blog ages ago, and I recently started following her YouTube channel. She’s an inspiration for me! I’d love to start a channel myself, but I never seem to find the right time, place, or equipment to film, plus I’m a little shy, but I’m sure I’ll get around to it, eventually. I love the way Barbara films and narrates her videos. She’s so natural and calm and interesting. She has several playlists as you can see below. If you click on the image it will take you to her channel and playlists. I love listening to Barbara talk about everything bookish, and I’m sure you will too!

This is a lovely bookish post about books with dedications, especially written by people we love.

The next blog I’d like to feature today is Book Ends Literary Agency. I actually sent them a contemporary novel I wrote, but although it passed the first hurdle and they asked for the whole book to read, it was then rejected. It’s really hard to get to know or even speak to Literary Agents, but this channel is really useful for writers because we can hear more about their profession and listen to their advice to writers. Click on the image to see their playlists.

I like all their videos, but they have a whole playlist on various aspects of rejection, like this one.

I hope you found these channels interesting or useful, and if you want to check out what other bloggers are writing about this month in the AtoZ Blogging Challenge check them out on Twitter , Facebook, or Instagram.

Meanwhile, I hope you’re enjoying this snowy April! (At least it’s unusually snowy in Europe for this time of year).

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AtoZ Blogging Challenge April 2022. A is for Absolute History and Ali Abdaal on @YouTube

Change of Theme!

Instead of writing mentors books, I’ve decided to take part in this year’s AtoZ sharing YouTube channels and Youtubers I follow as an independent author, researcher, learner, reader, and someone who is interested in emotional growth and physical wellbeing, as well as entertainment and news.

I’ve enjoyed watching YouTube videos for years, but in 2020, when the pandemic broke out in Europe and the first lockdown was imposed as a security measure in most countries, I decided to go Premium and started watching even more YouTube videos.  

Some background information on YouTube

The initial idea was just to share personal videos online. When that didn’t work, the owners changed it to a dating site, which also failed. They then decided to update the technology so that anyone could upload a video easily, and the idea went viral. That was in early 2005. In October 2006, Google acquired YouTube, and the rest is history. At he moment, over 300 hours of video are uploaded every minute!

You can find out about almost anything you are interested in or need to find out in seconds. However, not all channels are the same. As with all social media, you do need to sift through to find what you’re looking for and this may take some time at first.

I spend so much time on YouTube and find it useful and entertaining, so over the following month, I’d like to introduce you to some of the channels I follow and can recommend.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to two channels; the first is Absolute History.

Would you like to know what WWI soldiers ate in the trenches? Or see what the most brutal medieval weapon looks like and how it was used? Or find out about poverty, prisons or disease, and much more, in Victorian England? Perhaps you’re interested in the pioneers who settled in New Zealand, or how the East India Company changed word trade, or hundreds of other interesting historical topics. Browse through their content and you can choose from their over 500 short, instructive and beautifully crafted videos.

I love their playlist on the Victorians and Victorian England, which is the time my novels in The Eyre Hall Series are set.

The second channel I’d like to share with you is Ali Abdal’s. He has videos on productivity, life hacks, YouTube, lots of great non-fiction book recommendations. His videos are useful, clear and concise.

I especially enjoy his Book Club videos, like this one

I hope you found these channels interesting or useful, and if you want to check out what other bloggers are writing about this month in the AtoZ Blogging Challenge check them out on Twitter , Facebook, or Instagram.

Meanwhile, I hope you’re enjoying Spring 2022!

Book Launch Blog Party: Theme BOOKS

Blog Party 28th August
It’s past midnight in Europe, where I live! It’s officially the launch day of my second novel, Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall, and to celebrate, I’ll be hosting my first Blog Party with the help and encouragement of Suzie Speaks!  Thank you Suzie! I would never have been so daring without your example and support!

I have never hosted a Blog Party before. I have looked at at a few, like Suzie’s, and searched on the Internet and I’ve discovered it’s basically a spot for bloggers to share their work on the same day and check out the work of others.

So, visitors post links from their own blogs and interact with other visitors by checking and commenting on their blogs, too. It all takes place on the hosting blog, in this case Rereading Jane Eyre.

The result is that visitors reach an audience they might not normally reach, so traffic and interaction should increase in all participating blogs.

As I’m new to this, I’ll be following Suzie’s layout and rules.

I’ve decided to add a theme: Books

1. Choose your favourite post related to books. It could be a review, a reflection on writing, your experiences as a reader, any aspect of publishing. Anything related to books!

2. You may have more than one favourite post, so you can post up to three different links, but for maximum impact I would suggest that you wait a little while in between posting them rather than in one go.

3. Introduce yourself and your blog briefly and paste the link to your post in the comment section of this post.

4. Enjoy! Relax, pull up a chair, meet other bloggers! Find new blogs, comment on their posts, follow, reblog and share. Let them know that you met them here! This is a really useful way of discovering new blogs, particularly if you have only just joined the blogging world and when I have participated in similar things I have really enjoyed them!

You don’t have to follow me to participate, you don’t have to be an established blogger – you could have written just a single post – and feel free to invite your friends! You don’t have to be a writer. I will leave it open all weekend, so if you can’t join in now you can come back at any time over the next few days!

Feel free to share this post on all of your social media accounts too!

You can find me on Twitter: @LucciaGray
And on Facebook: Luccia Gray, Author of the Eyre Hall Trilogy

I’m looking forward to seeing ‘old’ blogging friends and meeting new ones 🙂

Have a wonderful time!