Most of my Monday blog posts are a few hundred words long. Sometimes that’s because I’m just plain long-winded (hey, I’m a novelist!), but usually it’s for SEO purposes. The Google machine tells you that your “content” should always be at least 300 words long.

In a world where everyone’s attention spans seem to be getting shorter and shorter, I struggle. In fact, I keep hearing that video is the way to go. Video is supposedly going to comprise 80% of online content by 2020 – though, admittedly, I heard that figure a couple years ago, and it didn’t happen by 2018 like it was supposed to happen.

Whatever, as the kids say.

This Monday blog post, however, is going to be shorter than usual. The reason is that I’d like to call your attention to a new video series by fellow author and ace marketer Jay Lemming. I met Jay online a few years back, and we have read and reviewed each other’s work.

Now, I haven’t told Jay this, but I’d like to clone him. Well, maybe not exactly clone him, but I’d definitely like to meet and network with other writers who do something like what he does!

Because we admire each other’s work, we have learned to cross-promote each other, and for good reason: Jay has written some terrific, compelling stuff, and it deserves a wider audience. I feel the same could arguably be said for my own books.

So when Jay invited me to be the first guest author in his new long-form video series, I was happy to join him. In the interview, we talk in some detail about my first three books, my current WIP, and a few other things. It’s 45+ minutes, but for me, it flew by.

You can find the video here. And when you’ve finished watching it, check out Jay’s work here. Thanks again, Jay! If you’re a fellow author and you’d like to cross-promote with me as I have with Jay, let me know via email or in the comments below.

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