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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Wanda Luthman Shares Her Process for Producing Videos to Promote Reviews

Guest Post by Wanda Luthman

If you’re like me, creating graphics for your Blog, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc feels overwhelming. I usually wind up putting this task off and then, at the last minute, I think, ‘Oh, I should create a graphic and promote that (like for a new release or upcoming event).’

I use Canva, the free version, and it is pretty user friendly. I have made some graphics that I’m fairly proud of, but I know a professional would probably have something to say about them. LOL

Anyway, recently, on Canva, I created a graphic about a Midwest Book Review I had received. I was super happy and grateful for it and I wanted to thank my reviewer. Once I had created the graphic, I saw a new button up on the left side that said, “animate.” So, I clicked on it and it made the words and picture fly in from the side. I thought it was super cool!

So, I asked my friend, who is a professional video producer to take a look at it to let me know what he thought. I was so proud and thought he was going to love it!

He told me that it was great, but that the words flew in and didn’t stay on the screen long enough to read them.

“Uh oh!” I didn’t know that. They appeared to fly onto the screen and stay there when I watched it on Canva, but when I posted it to Facebook, they did indeed fly off too quickly.

But, he came to the rescue and said he would do something even better. And boy did he!

He actually created me a short video with my picture, my book cover, the review, my thank you, etc. coming in at different times and moving across the screen, plus he added some awesome background music! And guess what? The words stayed on the page long enough to be read.

I was blown away at his talent!!

I’m sure my reviewer appreciated having such an awesome video too saying his name and title and being thanked for his review. 

That’s the beauty of the author community. We share on social media and it helps not just the author get exposure, but the reviewer. By the way, Gary is awesome. He loves to read and review books, so get in touch with me, if you’re interested in reaching out to him or check him out right here on #TheNewBookReview where contributor Carolyn Wilhelm posted her interview of him!  See below for the link.

But, today, it’s not so much about exposure for me so much as I’d like to highlight my friend’s video business. It’s a win, win, win!! Together, if we all are sharing a beautifully done professional video, everyone gets exposure!

If you are interested in having a video made for promotion, he’s your man. He is so easy to work with and does a great job at reasonable prices. Take a look at the video he made me and I think you’ll agree, it’s awesome! Here it is: 

You can email him, Blaise Carafello, at

And you can read Carolyn Wilhelm’s interview of Gary S. Roen at this blog. Yes! The same prolific reviewer who gave my “Frankie” such a beautiful writeup! 

Wanda Luthman Shares Her Process for Producing Videos to Promote Reviews

Wanda Luthman Shares Her Process for Producing Videos to Promote Reviews

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