Hey, everyone! I will be answering the AuthorTube Newbie Tag questions as well as the BookTube Newbie Tag Questions in this video. The whole thing is about introductions, so I’ll just go for it!
How Did You Find Out About AuthorTube?
I found out about BookTube and by association AuthorTube after falling down a clickhole that started with Terrible Writing Advice and ended with #ARCsAreFree. From there I found a few interesting channels, like Shaelin Writes, Read with Cindy, and The Courtney Project.
Why Did You Start This YouTube Channel?
I want to expand my circle of writer and reader friends and maybe trade some experiences and learn new things.
In Which Genres Do You Write?
Dark High Fantasy. If you're looking for specificity, I would describe my work as "neutraldark fantasy fiction that explores the consequences of story actions on individuals and society at large across multiple works and is primarily focused on complex female characters ." My stories also include a healthy smattering of LGBT characters, by which I mean "most of my main characters are lesbian, bisexual, or asexual."
What Kind Of Books Do You Like To Read?
I like speculative fiction, obviously, nonfiction about a variety of topics including history, hobbies, and linguistics, as well as graphic novels and webcomics. I don’t really do lit fic, general or contemporary fiction, YA of any genre, fanfiction, horror, or romance.
What AuthorTube-Related Videos Can We Expect to Find on Your Channel?
Well...that's a good question. Most of my experience is in the realm of (extensive) planning, weaving multi-character storylines together, balancing out dark stories, and really, really intense worldbuilding. Like, probably a bit too much. But, I find that I do my best work when I allow myself to engage equally in writing, artwork, and worldbuilding, which is a hobby I enjoy in itself. I am also heavily invested in being healthy as a creative, so I will likely post videos relating to things like healthy productivity, creative self-care, and the like. As far as book reviews go, I am terrible at analysing from the perspective of a reader and criticising other author’s works as an author can get messy, so...maybe if I find something I can discuss from the angle of what can be learnt from it?
When Did You Start Writing?
I started writing in seventh grade, so I would have been right around thirteen. We were in the middle of taking ISATs (Illinois Standards Achievements Test), which I can only equate to "The ACT/SAT but for determining which schools to defund”, and they were just about as exciting as they sound. I had just acquired a small journal was bored out of my ever-loving mind, so I decided to write a story.
What Was The First Story You Ever Wrote?
“Dji looked scornfully upon her everlasting duty. ‘It’s not fair,’ she whined to her parents. ‘Why do I have to leave school to become a naiaga? I’m barely 3!’
‘Because the Creator chose you, that’s why!’ said her father. ‘Why, if I were you, I’d be proud to be chosen as a naiaga!’
‘But dad, you aren’t even a girl, and you’re nearly 40!’ retaliated Dji.
Dji remembered that night as if it were yesterday. Now 15 she was an official naiaga, or light sister. But since the sedasurec, she was one of the last of her kind. ‘Don’t talk nonsense, now,’ she muttered to herself as she walked. ‘I’m almost 9 years older than I was, and it’s too late to do anything about it now.’ She almost walked into a peasant.”
Yes, you heard that correctly. “She almost walked into a peasant”. That is the action that is tied to this piece of dialogue. So...remember when I said I started writing in seventh grade? Yeah. At the time I was absolutely nutty for Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, and Brave Story by Miyuki Miyabe but was also (painfully) influenced by Legend of the Seeker at the time, which I used to watch with my dad (definitely should not have been watching that at that age...or any age...). Absolutely zero of those things go together, but damn if I didn't try to make it work! I wrote a decent amount of this story, as well; close to 100 pages, all of them handwritten. I actually don’t have an electronic copy of this, which...might be for the better.
I did keep some worldbuilding from this story, but...modified to the point of being unrecognisable. For example, I use the name “Seryll” for one of my main characters and “Atycia” is the name of a continent (not the one in which my current stories take place, but one within the same world).
Do You Type On A Computer, Typewriter, Write Everything Out By Hand, Or Use A Blend Of Those? And Where Do You Read And Write In General?
Anywhere that won’t put me or others in imminent danger, really. I prefer reading physical books but for writing I prefer typing. If I’m using our desktop I write in the living room; the tablet I can take wherever is convenient at the time.
Are You A Planner, Pantser, Or Plantser?
I am what you might call an *exhaustive* outliner. The outline for one of my works is 12,000 words long. For a shorter and more straightforward work the outline breaks 5k. Arranging my scenes this way allows me to have a workable schema that helps keep me on track and allows me to quickly and easily make drastic changes well in advance—especially when I’m writing stories that follow multiple characters. So I suppose you could say I'm also a plantser in that my outlines are not chiseled in stone. I think these planner/pantser/plantser distinctions are more of a fluid spectrum than a hard definition.
Do You Schedule Your Writing Sessions Or Simply Get To Writing Whenever You Can Find The Time?
I would describe myself as "conscious of the fact that I need to write yet not having a specific time to do so". I write even when my creativity isn't cooperating, but I rarely plan out a dedicated time or place.
What Is Your Preferred Writing Tense, Point-of-view, And Category Of Story?
I prefer close third person limited. However, I am currently working on a story that is written in first person past tense with a shift to first person present tense at the end (trust me, it makes more sense in-context than it sounds like it does). I write for adults and would not say that my stories are at all appropriate for children or young teens.
What Authors Have Inspired Your Writing Most?
I tend to be influenced by individual stories moreso than individual writers, and not all of my inspiration is drawn solely from printed media. I would say my biggest influences are:
What Book Or Series Got You Into Reading?
When I was in second grade, a local community member regularly came in and read to us for storytime. She was very encouraging of reading and writing as a hobby. These sessions are what sparked my love of storytelling at a very young age.
Are You A Self-published, Published, Or Yet-to-be-published Author
Right now I'm an out-of-print author (and that's just as well, since that was a nightmare scenario that probably deserves its own "don’t be like me” video), but I have flash fiction available for free both on my (dead) website and via Worldbuilding Magazine, who I cannot recommend enough as a free resource for speculative fiction writers.
What Publishing Company, Literary Agent, And/Or Printing Company Are You Represented By Or Do You Use? If You're Not Yet Published, What Is Your Dream Publishing House And/Or Literary Agent?
This doesn't quite apply to me. I was originally published in an anthology printed by a small press, who I presume used LuLu or something similar to print their books, but again…nightmare scenario that I never wish to repeat. Worldbuilding Magazine is online-only, so there's no printing to speak of. As for dream literary agents or presses, a year ago I would have told you Orbit, Tor, DAW, Dark Regions Press, and a bunch of agents whose names I have jotted down somewhere. My thoughts on publishing will likely spawn a video unto themselves, so for now I'll leave it at "None of the above."
What Questions Would You Ask Your Favourite BookTubers?
Hmm...you know, I’m not sure. I feel like any question I might think of would already have been answered in one of their videos.
What Are Some Fun And Unique Things You Can Bring To BookTube?
Honestly, I’m not sure, since I’ve never done anything like this before. Once I get my bearings both in the community and in the world of making and editing videos, I’ll probably have a better answer for this. For now, I’ll say “navigating a new format of expressing my creativity”.
What Are You Most Excited For Now That You're A Part Of AuthorTube?
Four words: Magical Lesbian Cat-Elves.
What Challenges Do You Think Will Be Hardest To Overcome In Starting A BookTube Channel?
Writing. That sounds counter-intuitive since time spent making videos is time not spent writing, but I'm hoping that spreading out my creativity a little more will bolster my desire to write. I am most excited for meeting new writers and readers through this channel.
Why are you drawing?
I am extremely uncomfortable in front of cameras and would like to draw more, so this is a win-win. Plus, you can just listen in and not miss facial cues and such if you don’t want to watch a video at the moment.
Do you only draw manga and chibi-style stuff?
No. I just like the way it displays for the character of WriterPunk.
Are you really just going to say "magical lesbian cat elves" and not tell us what that means?
Yes! But don’t worry, you’ll probably find out...next time! Thank you again and I appreciate the time you took to watch my video! For my obligatory social media plug, you can follow me on Twitter and Instagram @TheChromaBooks if you’d like. I’m happy to hear from you in the comments as well. See you next time!
-- Emory Glass