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Vlog Like a Boss: How to Kill It Online with Video Blogging Hardcover – January 31, 2017
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"Mastering the art of the 'jab' through vlogging means learning from Amy Schmittauer. I don't consume a lot of video, but Amy knows how to crush it to get attention. She got mine. Take notes." -Gary Vaynerchuk, Four-Time New York Times Best-Selling Author and CEO of Vaynermedia
"If you want to say, "Wow, I love my boss," then Amy Schmittauer is your girl! I'm so happy to call her an internet friend, and now you can too! Amy is charming, witty, smart, and fun as she drops all the vlog knowledge you need in one place. She's the best #VlogBoss ever!" -Justine "iJustine" Ezarik, YouTuber and NYT Best-Selling Author
"Amy Schmittauer is the most authoritative voice in the how-to vlogging space. She is by far one of my favorite thought leaders and educational resources for all things digital and video. Her mentorship has contributed to my growth and success as a social media marketer and video producer." -Tyler Culbertson, Social Media Manager for Tony Robbins
"The art of vlogging looks deceptively simple, but Amy does a masterful job of navigating through the many, many subtleties that turn a decent vlog into a great one." -Austin Evans, YouTuber
"With Vlog Like a Boss, Amy has served up a slice of vlogging reality for both beginners and experienced vloggers that'll help anyone take their online video strategy to the next level. Fun, full of frolics and simply fantastic, this book is one I'll personally refer back to time and time again." -Chris Ducker, Founder of Youpreneur.com
"Amy is brilliant. They say if you can't explain something to a five-year-old, you don't understand it well enough. Amy breaks down topics in marketing, blogging and video well enough to have a five-year-old vlogging like a boss in no time!" -Marques Brownlee, YouTuber
"Only fools will try to start a video series without reading this book first. Vlog Like a Boss is a perfect mix of inspirational and tactical advice. Highly recommended!" -Jay Baer, President of Convince & Convert, and Author of Hug Your Haters
"If you're not doing online video right now then you're missing a serious opportunity for fame, business exposure, storytelling, or plain old-fashioned connection. Kids (and their parents) all over the world are killing it with video. In this book, YouTube sensation Amy Schmittauer unpacks the precise steps she herself followed to conquer online video so that you can do the same. Amy's a double-threat: fantastic on-camera and just as good at telling you why she is and how you can be, too. Buy this book." -Matthew Kimberley, Author of How To Get A Grip
"Amy's authenticity and passion are inspiring. She makes it easy to learn from her, and I have learned a lot." -Michelle Tillis Lederman, Best-Selling Author of The 11 Laws of Likeability
"When I need help vlogging, Amy is the first one I contact. She knows her content and communicates it effectively through her proven process. She recently spoke at my conference and the sold-out crowd gave her a standing ovation at the conclusion of her session. Read this book to save time and money and start vlogging like a boss." -Kary Oberbrunner, Author of Elixir Project, Day Job to Dream Job, The Deeper Path, and Your Secret Name
"Amy combines 9 years of video experience with 30-ish years of being a human into the ultimate resource for anyone looking to start vlogging or any business looking to increase their online presence with video. When it comes to being human in front of a camera, there is no one better than Amy Schmittauer." -Vincenzo Landino, Creative Director for Aftermarq
"Amy's ability to create engaging videos that deliver a polished message while being fun has transformed my video creation process. Beyond the social media and equipment advice, Vlog Like A Boss will be your go-to guide as you overcome your fear of video." -Brian Fanzo, Global Speaker and Founder of iSocialFanz"
From the Author
This is my first book and one of my greatest accomplishments. It's not easy for a girl who makes video to write a book. But it meant a lot to me to give you something you could read and take action on immediately. If you're reading this book and you don't feel the urge to create a video based on all the practical advice available to your here, then this is just not the medium for you. Enjoy this book as much, if not more, as I did writing it.
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This book is AMAZING, filled with tons of tips and knowledge that applies far beyond Video Blogging.
The life lessons and entrepreneurial nuggets are phenomenal and something that should be taught (but aren't) in our schools. I know he'll not only enjoy reading this book, but will walk away with so much more, than just how to be a better video blogger.
I've been an entrepreneur whose had a few successes and more lessons over the last 20+ years, but I can truly say she sums so much up in a truly remarkable book. (think I highlighted something on almost every single page)
If you want to learn how to be a great video blogger, this book will definitely do that for you, no doubt. The true bonus of this book is that you'll also be positioned to be a better entrepreneur and also individual with more confidence. Strongly recommend reading this well written, informative book ~ Mike Kawula
Overall, this book could have been a good pamphlet when you boil it down to the useful information. Some of the information included suggestions that I'd already heard on YouTube from some other providers, so the material in Blog Like a Boss reinforced some concepts for me. I also gathered some new ideas and information.
I particularly liked her suggestions of putting your ideas in Buckets (or Categories) and aligning them with popular post types. She demonstrated that it's easy to come up with a number of topics and headlines based upon this kind of matrix, and that's something I'm starting to use for my own material.
My complaints about the book aren't about the solid material she includes. Instead, it's about the meandering beginning and the incredible amount of fluff in each section. Amy advises her readers to keep their YouTube content short and to the point. I wish she'd taken that advice when creating this book. I'd give it a much higher rating if it weren't such a poor reading experience.
What I like
It's an easy read.
She's open and personable.
There are some great tips and practical advice.
What I don't like:
It's too obviously self-published. I am a huge fan of self-publishing, but I believe the quality should be there. The font is too casual, the layout is too casual...it's just not professional feeling like I would have expected.
She's waaaaaay too general in the chapter on equipment. In fact, it's so general as to be completely useless.
She references videos to watch that have since been renamed on her site, so you win a prize if you can actually find them.
Overall, I would not really recommend it. I like her YouTube channel, and I think I was looking for more.
I'm pleased to say that thanks to Amy's book, I've started making my first sucky videos! And, you know what? I'm getting more comfortable being filmed and seeing myself on film. They are not always going to suck; I believe Amy when she says that. I'm not a boss yet. Maybe more like low-level management. Actually, more like an intern. But I'm finding my voice and dressing the part. No where to go from here but up.
I am male in my 50s who is pretty much self taught on computers and other tech stuff I have. I have a blog and wanted to create a sister to it via video. So while looking for books on vlogging I kept coming back to this one. And I am glad I bought it. This young lady has it going on and even explains it well enough for us older folks to jump right in and join the youtube crowd.
If you are thinking about vlogging, this book needs to be on your shelf.
Amy's book is as personable as her vlogs. She might be the Vlog Boss, but you'll really feel like you have a friend and a cheerleader by the time you read this book.
I am very excited to use the methods Amy has discovered or borrowed and mastered in order to help promote and grow my hobby and my job.