I’ve known Renita for a while now. Originally from America, Renita now lives in Wigtown, which the book town in Scotland, with the most stunning views across the estuary. When I’ve performed at the festival, the children have all been whipped up to a frenzy by Renita, who welcomes them in and “settles them down” [...]
eBooks and the Internet
Millie and Bombassa are on the iTunes Store.
This video is about How to draw Bombassa the loveable rhino that is the hero of my Millie and Bombassa books. You Can watch me tell a Millie and Bombassa story here:
Unless your’e a YouTube geek like I am, you probably won’t know that things have been changing a lot in the background over the last three months. As a YouTube partner, I earn a share of advertising revenue for my videos. The more viewers, the more I earn.
Although, on the face of it, what I do on YouTube is exactly what they want to promote, the new algorithm, that chooses suggested videos that appear alongside the video you’re watching, has not been too kind to me.
I’ve been racking my brains and studying my statistics trying to work out where the problem is and I think I’ve finally got it down to the fact that my drawing videos are far too random and are appealing to a far too diverse audience.
The defeatist voice in me says, “packit all in, don’t waste any more time on it.” Luckily, the positive voice in me has said, “work out what the problem is, work out where to go and move on!”
And that’s what I’m doing. I could probably do quite well just doing explained and military vehicle drawing videos but that’s not really me and I’m only doing it for the money and there are people who do much better than me.
I do believe in following your heart and my heart really lies in children’s books. I know there is a large audience out there who will be interested in stories, others will be interested in the illustrations side and others will be interested in my self publishing journey in the wild West world of acts and e-book’s.
I’m going to make videos following how I plan sketch and make the books and books for online printing and delivery using pencil, paper, watercolour, crayons and a whole gamut of software suites.
It’s going to be a very interesting journey from me and I hope this could be an interesting journey for you. Make sure you are subscribed on you Tube and make sure you are subscribed for my newsletter as well. Here is a video with a bit more explanation of where I stand at the moment. http://youtu.be/ADQ07IA78Xc
if you can’t wait for the Ginger Ninja to come out in the iPad version (I’m can’t wait!) then you can console yourself with a tshirt!
Todays video is about the end of publishing as we know it, now that Amazon has taken over Marshall Cavendish and it has announced the Amazon Library System.
I was so overcome – I couldn’t write so I got Dragon Express To do the job for me. I love it, you have to talk in a slightly strange way but that doesn’t matter as my brain thinks in the same fashion!
Almost a year ago, I wrote an article about Googazon, in which I predicted that Google and Amazon would one begin buying up all the major publishing houses until there were only Google and Amazon left to publish books.
This week we have the news that Amazon has bought Marshall Cavendish, a major publisher. Not only that, Amazon has also announced its library, with which it intends to pay authors a Public lending Right from a fund of $6 million.
This truly is the beginning of the end of publishing as we know it and I feel really quite smug that I predicted this almost exactly a year ago. Expect an orgy of purchasing in the next year or two – I should be buying shares or something!
This last year I have rewired my brain into the video world of YouTube. I find writing my blog really rather old-fashioned. Wanting to write something on this subject I found that I really couldn’t be bothered to type anymore. So I bought Dragon dictation for the Mac and and I’m talking all this text into my computer, pretty much flawlessly, with only a couple of minutes training.
Will I ever type again?