It’s true! AmWritingFantasy now has its own YouTube Channel.
There is nothing like starting the year with some big news and changes, and we have bunches coming your way already at only 8 days in. I’ll do my best to hold back on my new year and brand new project enthusiasm, but it will be hard.
Because 2019 is going to be AMAZING!
And part of that is a big thanks to Jesper. If you don’t know the backstory about how Jesper and I teamed up, I can sum it up as a series of very fortunate events. 😉
See, I started the AmWritingFantasy website back in 2016, June of 2016 actually. I was hiking the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania, thinking about the direction of my life, writing, and how to help other authors and thought “man, AmWritingFantasy would be such a cool domain to use as my platform. But it has to be owned already. Doesn’t it?” Remember, I was HIKING the Appalachian Trail. We aren’t talking cell phone reception and a quick wifi stop here.
That idea rattled around in my brain for days, miles, and several blisters… but when my husband and I got off the section of trail, I immediately checked into the domain. It was available. I bought it. That is how AmWritingFantasy started. And, oddly, it was another hike six months later after the website had been created and grown to the point where I needed help that I pondered who I could ask to join me.
I’m really starting to notice a trend about hiking and ideas!
Somewhere in my 10 mile day hike, I thought of Jesper. I’d met him because of his Fantasy Map Making book. We both love worldbuilding. We both write fantasy. Maybe we could help each other?
There is something so unnerving about emailing someone you barely know and asking them if they want to join you on a crazy endeavor. But I did. Jesper came back by upping the ante in crazy big ideas a few degrees and from there we’ve just kept going.
And this December, he turned the tables on me!
See, he has been publishing weekly worldbuilding tip oriented YouTube videos under his Fane of Fantasy channel for TWO YEARS. Weekly! Despite vacations, family, holidays… Did I mention weekly?!? He kept the YouTube channel separate as we grew AmWritingFantasy, but then thought of how great a partnership is… someone to share the work, the marketing, the work… and asked me what I thought of rolling Fane of Fantasy under AmWritingFantasy. I loved the idea. Because we are just that kind of inspired crazy!
So, as of Jan 7, Fane of Fantasy has been rebranded and now I get to help with videos occasionally! I already had my introduction and premiere in late December. And now that the first Monday new video release has rolled around, the channel is officially AmWritingFantasy. It is just so amazingly awesome.
And not just because it is another new project I get to work with Jesper on, but because we are going to be bringing some fantastic content to help fantasy writers! Jesper’s already started out with key tips on marketing for 2019.
You can catch up on all Jespers videos (they are great!) here on AmWritingFantasy or stay up to date and subscribe to the AmWritingFantasy Channel to get the videos as they are released. And, if you want early access (and so much more), check out how on our AmWritingFantasy Patreon page!
Here is hoping your entry to 2019 has been as inspired and full of work as ours! What are your goals for this year? Let us know in the comments!
Thank you for giving us a potted history, very inspiring. I look forward to your podcasts and all your other content. It is always read and digested. Carolyn Wyrsch – would be author of fantasy tales for upper middle grade.
Thank you, Carolyn! And good luck with your writing. Make this the year you get the first one done!