New Vlog: Excerpt from Amish Gossip

by Kristina Ludwig
Apr 6
By: Kristina Ludwig Posted: April 6, 2015 at 10:19 am

I hope everyone had a blessed Easter weekend!

My family and I celebrated Easter with a beautiful sunrise mass at the beach. I am not a morning person, and wasn’t sure how I felt about getting up before the sun like many of my Amish characters do. However, once I was up, ready, and sitting on the beach among the sand and surf, I was glad that I’d decided to go!

The other perk of getting up early was that I felt like I had so much more time than usual. We brunched and napped, and I prepared a banana trifle bowl for dinner with friends that evening. Plus, we shot this video!

So, here I am on Easter, reading an excerpt from my latest eBook, Amish Gossip. Click on the image to watch the YouTube video. My favorite part is when I’m interrupted by a cute surprise guest!

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The book also has a redesigned cover… In honor of the new cover, the book will be free today and tomorrow (April 6th and 7th), so be sure to check it out here: http://goo.gl/9q5LEL

The redesigned cover of Amish Gossip, courtesy of Antonio... What do you think?

The redesigned cover of Amish Gossip, courtesy of Antonio… What do you think?

New Vlog: Reading an Excerpt of Amish Awakening

by Kristina Ludwig
Sep 29
By: Kristina Ludwig Posted: September 29, 2014 at 9:15 am

Is it just me, or are we never truly too old to be read aloud to? Whether it’s listening to Bible readings in church, attending poetry or book readings, or listening to Audible books, the ancient tradition of the storyteller is still alive and well! Here’s a recent blog post I wrote on the topic after doing a public reading of my eBook, Amish Baby.

This weekend, Antonio and I filmed a video of me reading an excerpt from my newest Amish book–and grand finale of my Amish series–Amish Awakening: Rebekah and Braeden’s Book. It’s the last Amish book I will write, at least for a while, so I’m super excited to share it with you. I hope that listening to this reading of Chapter One will bring the characters to life and set the stage for the story of Rebekah’s dramatic summer and re-awakening of her Amish roots.

Click the picture to watch the YouTube video of me reading an excerpt of Amish Awakening!

Click the picture to watch the YouTube video of me reading an excerpt of Amish Awakening!

Readers out there, do you still enjoy being read to? Writers, have you filmed reading videos and/or read your work publicly, and if so, what kind of reactions did you receive? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Business, Publishing, and Life Vlog Episode #9

by Kristina Ludwig
Sep 8
By: Kristina Ludwig Posted: September 8, 2014 at 10:41 am

This past weekend, Antonio and I shot the latest episode of our BPL vlog! In it, we share a business tip specifically for writers about diversification in products and pricing. We also share a publishing tip about DRM versus non-DRM. And finally, in our life tip, we unveil a surprise from our 1-year wedding anniversary. It’s a super-fun episode, so you should definitely check it out!

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Writers, what so you think of the tips? Have you found the business and publishing tips to be true in your own careers? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Business, Publishing, and Life Vlog Episode #7: 3 Essential Tips for Indie Authors

by Kristina Ludwig
Jun 23
By: Kristina Ludwig Posted: June 23, 2014 at 12:32 pm

The “lucky #7″ episode of BPL took place in beautiful Pismo Beach, CA, home of best selling self-published author, blogger, writing coach, and speaker Jason Matthews. We were excited to interview Jason to find out his  tips for success for indie authors! Jason shares awesome tips about platform building and preparing your book for publication. Plus, he gives an amazing life tip from his new book, “Better You, Better Me.” Click the image below to watch the video. Enjoy!

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Business, Publishing, and Life Vlog Episode #5

by Kristina Ludwig
May 19
By: Kristina Ludwig Posted: May 19, 2014 at 9:55 am

Yesterday, Antonio and I shot a brand-new episode of BPL. This is my favorite episode yet since we have our first-ever special guest, international business expert Edward Layoun!

Edward shares 2 awesome business tips that you’ll want to apply no matter what your chosen field, and one life tip that will inspire you to reach new heights. Edward has great energy, and I hope his tips will jump-start your week! Click here to watch. Enjoy!

Business, Publishing, and Life Vlog Episode #4

by Kristina Ludwig
May 5
By: Kristina Ludwig Posted: May 5, 2014 at 10:28 am

It’s that time again… Time for BPL Episode #4. Antonio and I share a business tip with a new perspective on goal-setting to help you get ahead this week. The publishing tip relates to one of my favorite things: blogging. And the life tip is based on a personal experience I had this weekend at the swimming pool, of all places!

Best of all, this episode comes with a very special, life-changing announcement, so be sure to check it out!

BPL Episode #4 comes with a special announcement!

BPL Episode #4 comes with a special announcement!

Business, Publishing, and Life Vlog Episode #3

by Kristina Ludwig
Apr 28
By: Kristina Ludwig Posted: April 28, 2014 at 10:08 am

After a brief hiatus, Antonio and I are back with a brand-new Business, Publishing, and Life vlog, BPL Episode #3! We share three motivational tips for success in business, publishing, and life.

Do you prefer working for a large corporation, or have you always wanted to own your own company? Our business tip applies to both kinds of people, so be sure to check it out. In the publishing tip, I reveal my strategy for writing one novella per month. And our life tip will help you feel more centered and productive today, and all week long.

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Are you interested in being a guest on BPL? If so, feel free to comment below or email me at info@kristinaludwig.com. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

Introducing: Brand-New Vlog About Business, Publishing, and Life

by Kristina Ludwig
Mar 24
By: Kristina Ludwig Posted: March 24, 2014 at 11:27 am

Last week was an exciting one, with the launch of the Amish in College series and a weekend full of early birthday festivities for me! Antonio and I also started the project we’ve been talking about for months: our new YouTube show.

The show is called Business, Publishing, and Life (BPL for short), and we will be filming a short episode every week. We will interview special guests in a variety of fields, and each speaker will offer up his or her best tips on business, publishing, and / or life. BPL is an ideal show for writers because of its publishing flavor, but its heavy business and motivational components will make it a great fit for anyone looking for inspiration!

The idea of BPL came to Antonio and me during one of our reflective sessions in the hot tub. We’ve always found the hot tub to be the perfect place to come up with awesome new ideas, or even just to reset ourselves to conquer the week. We wanted to do a YouTube show that combined our areas of expertise: self-publishing and writing for me, and business and information technology for him. And voila: BPL was born!

Click here to watch Episode 1. In it, Antonio and I share our own tips for business, publishing, and life. I hope you enjoy it! If you’re interested in being a BPL guest, email me at info@kristinaludwig.com.

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Vlogging for Authors

by Kristina Ludwig
Jun 4
By: Kristina Ludwig Posted: June 4, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Authors today have to be really techy — creating a successful platform demands it. Not only should we be blogging and connecting with our readers and fellow writers via Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and Google+, we should also be posting videos on YouTube and doing video blogs, aka vlogs.

Vlogs are a great way to connect with your audience. People love videos, especially ones that are quick, useful, and fun to watch.

Luckily, shooting videos can be super fun if you’re prepared. To make sure you have an enjoyable experience shooting your video, it’s as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Prep Your Environment: Your background should be uncluttered, so viewers focus on you, not the pile of dirty socks or random oddities behind you. Online video expert Gideon Shalwick has a helpful video on how to create the ultimate clean, white, Apple-style background…in a garage! Watch his video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZP0qKVJOlc And don’t limit yourself to an indoor environment — parks or other picturesque outdoor venues work well too. Want an interesting change? Try shooting the video in a library with a bookshelf as your backdrop — very studious. :)
  2. Write Your Speech: Okay, so you’re not making a real speech, but you still want to know what you’re going to say, so you don’t freeze, deer-in-headlights-style, as soon as the “record” light goes on. I prefer to make a brief outline before shooting a video so I will remember the most essential points.
  3. Rehearse: Don’t expect a perfect video the first time. Do a few trial runs. If you rehearse your video two to three times with the camera on, you’ll find that you don’t even need to refer to your outline anymore. The words will flow out of your mouth naturally. Rehearsing will allow you to be more spontaneous and confident when you shoot the actual video.

Here’s my first-ever vlog. It’s an author introduction video I made with the generous help of my business partner and fiance Antonio. In it, you’ll learn a little about me and my mission to help other writers achieve their dreams.

Hope you enjoy it! :)