I admit it, the vlog yesterday was HORRIBLE! It was rushed. I had no idea what to say. I probably should have skipped it, but I didn’t want to start doing that so early in my vlogging adventures.
My biggest challenge right now is finding the time to do something interesting for the vlog. It is something I thought about a lot last night, once I had stopped writing for the day.
If you haven’t watched the vlog from yesterday… [warning, it is bad]
Did you fall asleep? I wouldn’t blame you if you did!
I Had An Epiphany
This morning, as I read some articles on writing and marketing a book, I had an epiphany. Perhaps I was being a little hasty in my jokes about you guys not wanting to watch me write a guidebook on Québec City. Hear me out.
First, I am not talking about setting up a webcam where you literally watch me pound away on my laptop as I move my research from pieces of paper to my hard drive. I’m thinking in terms of a “behind the scenes” view of researching and writing this guidebook which has taken over my life.
This is not a guidebook like Lonely Planet, although there are some traditional guidebook features. There is more to it than that. This is my love letter to Québec City. It’s about sharing the stories and voices of locals who, to be honest, are the heart of this magnificent historic city. It’s about food and culture. It’s about young fashion designers and musicians and artists. It’s about getting to know Québec City and developing a deeply intimate relationship with the city.
Since my life revolves around writing the guidebook, as well as running Urban Guide Québec, the vlog will be a sort of “behind the scenes” look at everything from interviews with locals, some of my favourite restaurants or cafés, places I love to take people when they visit, etc. And, of course, there will be the odd vlog about trying to speak French (I struggle with pronunciation) and life as an anglophone.
What I am trying to say is that the vlog will hopefully get better, quickly! (I have no desire to be a YouTube star, so I am not stressing about this too much).
I NEED Your Help!
Writing a guidebook (un-guidebook?), or any book for that matter, is a lot of work. As a perfectionist, I spend way too much time worry about whether or not I am writing it in a way that will resonate with readers, whether people will find it helpful, etc.
I need BETA readers, and I am hoping some of you will agree to be a BETA reader. I have created a private facebook group just for BETA readers where I’ll post things about the book. When the time comes, I will also ask the BETA readers in the Facebook group if they would like a copy of the guidebook manuscript to read and give feedback.
As a thank you for being a BETA reader, I will be giving everyone who signs up a FREE COPY OF THE GUIDEBOOK when it is published. Yay!
If you’d like to be a BETA reader, simply fill in the form below. If you don’t, no worries, I’ll be writing about the guidebook here on Savoir Faire Abroad and sharing some of the chapters and stories/interviews.