I’m trying to think of ways to promote my books, and at the moment I am flirting with YouTube. I’m spending time making animations to upload, just short simple ones for now, but maybe something more ambitious a little later. This post introduces my latest animation, a 3D spaceship video.
First, just a short digression to mention that while I was writing the post, I suddenly started worrying about how long it should be. Years ago, when I first started blogging, I considered 250 words per post to be the sweet spot, but I’ve got it into my head lately that Google likes longer posts.
I went looking for tips on what the perfect blog post length might be, but didn’t have much luck. One of the articles I read said there was no such thing.
The perfect blog post length for publishing frequency doesn’t actually exist. “Perfect” isn’t universal - your content’s success depends on tons of personalized factors.
While another article said that size really does matter.
If you can regularly hit 1,000 - 1,500 words, along with occasional 2,500 words posts, I believe your overall results will be better.
This is more in line with the advice I’ve been reading lately, but it is worrying because writing just to hit an inflated word count comes with dangers. The article that recommends trying to hit 2,500 words is an excellent example of these dangers. It makes its point in the first 250 words and then the article is extended with thousands of extra words purely for the purposes of boosting SEO.
Anyway, this little aside has boosted my page count nicely, but we’re here to talk about my latest attempt to promote my eBooks using 3D animations on YouTube. So first, here is the video in all its glory.
I have this conceit where each of the books in the Dark Galaxy trilogy, Galaxy Dog, Iron Dart, and Sun Chaser have a spaceship on the cover, and the book also has the same name as this spaceship. The spaceship in the video is the one from the second book, the book and the spaceship are both called Iron Dart. The render on the book cover is of the spaceship flying low over the desert, but for the video I decided on something a little more cinematic.
I have the Iron Dart speeding through space, defending itself with a couple of laser blasts, pew, pew, and then carrying on its way. I found the laser sound in the video here, and I created the whole thing with Blender. Blender is a free and open source 3D creation suite. You can use it for 3D modeling, animation, and even video editing. Blender is a cool public project, made by hundreds of people from around the world; by studios and individual artists, professionals and hobbyists, scientists, students, VFX experts, animators, game artists, modders, and the list goes on.
I had already created the spaceship and the space background, so the video didn’t take very long to create. A video takes a while to render, but I can write the accompanying blog post while it is doing that. The whole thing is a win-win situation. And, even if neither the video nor the blog post sell a single one of my eBooks, it’s still a lot of fun to play with the virtual spaceship model and make it go pew pew.
It feels to me like this post has come to a natural end, but the word count is only around 500 to 600. I hope all mighty Google doesn’t punish me too severely for my lack of verbosity.
Galaxy Dog (Dark Galaxy)
The fist sci-fi book I ever wrote, and still the one that sells the best, is Galaxy Dog. It is the first book in the Dark Galaxy series and it is a story of adventure, spaceships, and rebellion across a galactic empire. A small group of friends, one woman, one man, and one robot incite a revolt and take on the might of the Tarazet Deep Space Navy. They find an immensely powerful alien spaceship so, even though the rebellion is extremely outnumbered, they still stand a chance. Galaxy Dog combines the action of military sci-fi with the heart of space opera. There are robots, aliens, space battles, and all the good things that make sci-fi so enjoyable. Galaxy Dog is available from Amazon right now, so just click the Amazon link and download a copy.