Thursdays with Amanda: Free Video Critique

February 27, 2014 | Written by Amanda Luedeke


Amanda Luedeke is a literary agent with MacGregor Literary. Every Thursday, she posts about growing your author platform. You can follow her on Twitter @amandaluedeke or join her Facebook group to stay current with her wheelings and dealings as an agent. Her author marketing book, The Extroverted Writer, is available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Here’s where the rubber meets the road. Here’s where your author, promo, or book video gets put to the test.

We’ve been talking a lot about book trailers and videos lately. We started on this journey by looking at the different types of viral videos. Then, I compared two book trailers, showing how a great, viral-type trailer can increase awareness. Then we looked at the components of a viral video, and lastly, I shared some ideas that would make creating a viral video easier.

Yet, all of this is just speculation. It’s just information.

So let’s look at YOUR videos. I promise to be nice. But I also promise to be honest.

Post the YouTube link to your book trailer/author video/video promo below, and I’ll share my thoughts. What I think was done right, what I think needs work, and maybe even some ideas of how you could recraft it to hit that viral potential that is so droolworthy.

Any takers? Anyone? This is your chance to get my opinion on something for absolutely free!


LIKE MY MARKETING ADVICE? My book, The Extroverted Writer is now available in print!

FRONT Business_Card_Vertical


Posted in Marketing and Platforms, Uncategorized

  • Writing Sisters

    two authors / one video
    would love to hear your thoughts

    • Amanda Luedeke

      Thanks! Is it okay if I cover this in a blog post?

      • writing sisters


  • Elizabeth Ludwig

    Yeah…that’s scary.

    Then again, I’m a freak for scary things, so here you go! My series trailer for Edge of Freedom:

    • Amanda Luedeke

      Is it okay if I cover this in a blog post, Lisa?

      • Elizabeth Ludwig

        Absolutely! Feel free.

  • Rajdeep Paulus

    And this is what I get for loving the game of Truth or Dare. I dared to make a video. Now I hold my breath while I wait for you to tell me the truth! :) Thanks for the challenge, Amanda. Defintely made me try something new. -raj

    • Amanda Luedeke

      Hey, Raj, is it okay if I talk about this in a blog post??

      • Rajdeep Paulus

        Yes! Bracing myself for the Amanda critique!! :)

  • Jessica Edgerton

    Here’s the (ridiculously basic) author video that I made after reading The Extraverted Writer. I’d love any feedback!

    • Jessica Edgerton

      (And if this is not at all the type of video you’re looking to evaluate, please feel free to delete it! :)