If you’re an author—aspiring or otherwise—who loves the BookTube community, then AuthorTube may be your next obsession. But what is AuthorTube?

What is AuthorTube, and Why Should I Care?

This small but tight-knit community is an off-shoot of the BookTube community. It focuses on topics close to the heart of authors: writing tips, prompts, ways to overcome writers block, and insights to the writing/publishing process.

If you’re a first-time author or aspiring author, having author friends is so important. A fellow author who you’ve befriended is infinitely more likely to read and blurb your book than someone you send the email equivalent of a cold-call to. The AuthorTube community is incredibly supportive, and actively engaging is a great way to connect with other authors!

Who Should I Watch?

Since AuthorTube is still such a niche community, there aren’t as many channels with hundreds of thousands of followers. However, here are some of the biggest AuthorTube channels to get you started:

Terrible Writing Advice

  • 246k subscribers
  • Posts irregularly
  • Animated

Writing with Jenna Moreci

  • 158k subscribers
  • Posts once a week
  • Vlog-style

Ellen Brock

  • 85k subscribers
  • Posts irregularly
  • Vlog-style

Vivien Reis

  • 67k subscribers
  • Posts once a week
  • Vlog-style

ShaelinWrites

  • 39k subscribers
  • Posts 2-3 times a month
  • Vlog-style

Kristen Martin

  • 35k subscribers
  • Posts every Monday
  • Vlog-style

Travis McBee

  • 31k subscribers
  • Posts irregularly
  • Mostly vlog-style, sometimes just audio

Chris Fox

  • 29k subscribers
  • Posts most Fridays
  • Vlog-style

The Creative Penn

  • 27k subscribers
  • Posts every Sunday
  • Mostly skype interviews, sometimes vlog-style

Bookishpixie

  • 27k subscribers
  • Posts irregularly
  • Vlog-style

Alexa Donne

  • 26k subscribers
  • Posts 2-3 times a week
  • Vlog-style

Kim Chance

  • 25k subscribers
  • Posts about once a week
  • Vlog-style

Francina Simone

  • 24k subscribers
  • Posts twice a week
  • Vlog-style

FAST Screenplay

  • 21k subscribers
  • Posts daily
  • Vlog-style

If you click on the home button under the profile picture on any of these channels, you may notice that on the right are a list of other channels. These lists are curated by the AuthorTuber, and are related channels: their favorite AuthorTubers, people they collaborate with, and other channels they own. If you find someone you like, that list on their channel is a great place to start if you’re looking for more.

How Can I Get Involved?

Subscribe. Find AuthorTubers that you like and follow their channels. You’re sure to learn a thing or two about writing or the publishing process.

Leave Comments. There’s no better way to participate than leaving a comment. Whether you agree or disagree, express your opinion! Get a discussion going in the comments.

Move to Other Platforms. Many AuthorTubers have their other social media platforms listed somewhere on their channel—in their bio, in the description, and in the bottom right corner of their channel banner are the most common places. Also, if you hit it off with anyone in the comments, search for them on twitter or Instagram. Find ways to continue to connect.

Start a Channel. If you’re just looking to promote your book, this is probably not the option for you. However, if you think you have something interesting to say about writing or publishing, then this can be an amazing platform.

Who is your favorite AuthorTuber? Let us know in the comments!