How To Make An Author Video

By Ben Wallace

Last month I was here talking about how to stage a comeback and I plan on updating everyone on how that’s going in a few weeks. In the meantime I want to talk about videos.

Phase 4 of the comeback was to make an ass of myself. To do this I started a video series called How to Author and the results have been amazing. It has driven traffic to my blog, garnered a surprising amount of blog subscriptions and added many newsletter subscribers as well.

Since it has been so successful for me, Molly invited me back to share with you how to make and post a video to your site. Thanks, Molly.

So I put together a video showing everyone how to put together a video and post it on your site. Check it out.

Obviously this video is a little longer than I normally recommend. But I wanted to share the entire process.

Thanks again for having me back, Molly.

KnightsoftheApocalypse_WALLACEBenjamin Wallace is a professional author and has written several best-selling novels professionally. You should visit his website, join his newsletter and buy his books. You can also find him on Twitter and Facebook.

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34 Responses to How To Make An Author Video

  1. Belinda Pollard March 2, 2015 at 1:52 pm #

    Haha, love it! Thanks Ben.

    Now, Molly, when are we seeing YOU on camera????

    This is the year I’m determined to do it. I’ve been meaning to get on with it for about two years, but this year it will Actually Happen.

    By the way, I discovered a course a year or two ago called iVideo Hero by a British television guy, showing how to make great quality videos using iPhones, iPads and iPods. So, lots of people have a suitable camera in their hand and don’t realise it.

    • Benjamin Wallace March 2, 2015 at 2:40 pm #

      Thanks, Belinda.

    • Molly Greene March 2, 2015 at 2:50 pm #

      Ha! Belinda, probably never – or filmed in a very dark room.

      • Benjamin Wallace March 2, 2015 at 2:54 pm #

        The secret is courage, Molly. The other secret is fill the coffee mug with whiskey.

  2. Kathryn Goldman March 2, 2015 at 3:15 pm #


    That was great! I’m getting ready to start making videos myself. Thanks for the tips.

    Molly, remember Jane Jetson and her “morning mask”? This is how I’m gonna do it!


    • Molly Greene March 2, 2015 at 3:32 pm #

      HA! I loved the Jetsons … still laughing

  3. Debra Dockter March 2, 2015 at 6:39 pm #

    Thanks Molly and Ben. Love this idea and I have two eyebrows so I’m practically good to go!

    • Benjamin Wallace March 2, 2015 at 7:43 pm #

      It’s pretty much just the brows and a camera. Good luck Debra.

    • Molly Greene March 3, 2015 at 7:33 am #


  4. MM Jaye March 3, 2015 at 2:28 am #

    Great advice there! I remember one thing you, Molly, had written in a post or a comment–I can’t remember. That it’s flattering look up to the camera (no double chin or wrinkly neck). That was one golden rule 🙂

    • Molly Greene March 3, 2015 at 7:34 am #

      Darn it Maria I’d forgotten all about that post – I should have linked it in. Thanks for reminding me!!

  5. Sue Coletta March 3, 2015 at 4:47 am #

    I was hoping I’d see you again, Ben. A while back you did a guest post with a video that was absolutely hysterical. I wish I could remember the name of it, something like “Ben Wallace, professional author.” And now, I can’t even look at you without smiling. Okay, being honest, chuckling not smiling. But it’s only because I find you so funny! I’m following your website via RSS now so I never miss a post. Hopefully, with time, I can schmooze you enough to guest post on my blog. 🙂 Get ready for the wooing!

    • Molly Greene March 3, 2015 at 7:36 am #

      Hey Sue, I feel the same way – just seeing him there in that sweater with the coffee mug makes me laugh. You and Ben are both great guests, good luck!

    • Benjamin Wallace March 3, 2015 at 8:10 am #

      Thank you, Sue.
      I am easily wooed.
      I’ll even bring the cardigan.

      • Sue Coletta March 4, 2015 at 9:24 am #

        Ha! Good to hear, Ben. The cardigan is a must or the deal’s off.

  6. D. Bryant Simmons March 4, 2015 at 4:15 pm #

    I have to say this. I really enjoyed this video. Ben didn’t say anything I didn’t already know but still, I enjoyed it. Might have something to do with the fact that I kept looking at him and thinking “Damn, he looks like Russell Crowe.”

    • Benjamin Wallace March 4, 2015 at 4:39 pm #

      I’ve got to figure out a way to make a buck off this Russell guy.

  7. Jennifer March 6, 2015 at 5:58 pm #

    Thanks, Ben, for making a five-minute video about how to make a video interesting. How to Author: Rebranding—hilarious. Sue is correct; it must be watched.

    Thanks, Molly, for another great post!

    • Molly Greene March 7, 2015 at 8:20 am #

      Ha! Jennifer, it’s my pleasure to host Ben. He makes me laugh before he even opens his mouth.

    • Ben Wallace March 9, 2015 at 2:14 pm #

      Thanks, Jennifer. I wanted it to be shorter but it takes a while to explain how to make a short video. Which is odd.

  8. Cat Michaels March 8, 2015 at 6:19 am #

    Thanks, Ben and Molly, for sharing the video tips. I have two eyebrows, yet I still do not like seeing myself on camera. I use stills, photographs and voice-over to get around that but can see the value of a live clip.

    • Benjamin Wallace March 9, 2015 at 12:44 pm #

      I does take some getting use to. I find the hardest part is editing myself to look like an idiot without feeling like I look like an idiot.

  9. Caimn March 9, 2015 at 11:07 am #

    What if I put a paper bag on my head but pencil in some eyebrows?

    Would that work for videos? I find it doesn’t go over so well at job interviews.

    • Benjamin Wallace March 9, 2015 at 12:45 pm #

      As long as you’ve got the mic in the bag with you, it should work fine.

  10. Kate Tilton March 18, 2015 at 6:14 am #

    Loved this! Video is something I’d love to get into. These are great tips for starting.

    • Molly Greene March 18, 2015 at 9:18 am #

      Hi Kate, thanks so much! Ben is uniquely wacky and I love hosting him – and best to you on your podcasting career!

  11. Leslie March 20, 2015 at 8:11 am #

    Wait a minute…how did you know about the dance recitals on my camera, Ben?

    Thanks for the great tips!

    • Ben March 20, 2015 at 4:46 pm #

      I’ve seen them, Leslie. You did good.

  12. Kristen Steele March 31, 2015 at 7:53 am #

    What’s great about video is that not everybody is doing it. It’s a way to stand out and create your “author brand”. It also showcases your personality, which might not come across as easily in your writing.

    • Benjamin Wallace April 5, 2015 at 8:45 pm #

      I agree, Kristen.

      I think this is especially true compared to traditionally published authors. I’m not even sure it’s something they would consider. And, I’ll take any edge I can get.

  13. Petrea Burchard April 8, 2015 at 8:26 pm #

    Wonderful, terrific, fabulous. Thank you both.