The Future of My YouTube Channel

I’ve been struggling to figure out what to do with my YouTube channel after we’ve moved to Canada. At the moment, I’m using it to do Japan videos (I know, I know, I need to actually upload some). However, after we’ve moved to Canada, I won’t be able to take more Japan videos until we go on holiday in Japan.

Here’s what I do have planned:

  • A Taste of Japan series
  • Life in Japan series
  • Adjusting to life in Canada series

After that, what do I do? Well, I finally figured out what I could do. It’s not absolutely for sure, but I think I may do it. Originally, I was going to have it as a channel about books and writing. Well, I found it kind of difficult to make many videos about that. So, as I was watching some videos this past weekend, I realised what I have to do.

I’m writing science fiction, and I will write fantasy. I read science fiction and fantasy. I enjoy science fiction and fantasy movies and TV series, as well as superhero movies. I also enjoy astronomy and space exploration. Not only that, I love science in general. So, why not make all things geeky the focus of my channel? I’m pretty much a geek, so it makes sense, right?

What do you think?

99 Cent or Free eBooks? I Won’t

When someone goes to work, they expect to be paid a fair amount for their work. When an artist creates a work of art, they expect to be paid for the work they have done. So why would an author work for months on a book only to sell it for 99 cents or just give it away for free? I won’t do that.

Sure, I’ll do the occasional promotion where I’ll drop the price to 99 cents, but never free. I want to be paid for the work I did. I’ll never keep a book at 99 cents, either. That is unless it’s one of my first books in a series and I’m comfortable with reducing it to that price. But I can’t guarantee it.

So why won’t I do this? It turns out, from what I’ve heard, that offering free books may get more downloads, but they’re unlikely to be read much. When people buy books, they will read them. A freebie is just that. Something they’ll put on their Kindle and forget about it. Low priority.

With that said, I do download free books, but I want to give back to that author in the form of a review. If I really liked the book, I may buy a print copy. I like physical books, because I’m a bit of a collector.

So, permanently low price or free book? No. I want to be paid for my work. Low price promotional copies? Yes. It’ll boost my visibility and hopefully drive regular price sales. I will have to experiment, though.

How do you feel about free or 99 cent books? Let me know in the comments.