NaNoWriMo inspiration, plucky Canadian humour, and a huge fall book haul: a Q&A with booktuber Sarah Sunbeemz

Recently we got the chance to put a few questions to booktuber Sarah (of Sarah Sunbeemz) and find out ALL the answers to what life is like on YouTube, how she got started, and being ‘the geekiest geek of all things geek’.

What first attracted you to booktube and made you begin posting your own videos? I first learned of booktube from looking up NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) videos and after following a few users like Katytastic, I saw that they posted book content. This was extremely exciting for me and it opened of a world of glorious books.I started posting videos almost 2 years ago after I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and had more time to spare because I stopped working as much, and wanted something fun to distract myself and I became obsessed.

How long have you been an active member of the community? I have been watching booktube videos for about 2.5-3 years now but started posting regular content since August 2014.

What equipment do you use to film your videos? I use a Canon T2i, With the kit lens “EFS 18-55mm IS 11 Zoom Lens”, as well as the “Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens”. I also have a “Rode VideoMic Pro” microphone and a camera remote (Insignia Remote Wireless Shutter). My soft boxes were purchased from Amazon and are “Canadian Studio 1600 W Studio”. For voice overs I use my  Silver “Yeti Blue Microphone” and a “Neewer Studio Pop Filter”

For anyone unfamiliar, can you describe your channel and content in only one sentence? My channel is a mix of humour and book / writing nerdiness with a side of cinematography and skits.

Booktube has become a massive online influencer in its own right, growing and growing each day. What sets your channel apart from the mass? My channel is different because I like to bring in some plucky Canadian humour as well as the occasional skit filmed in cinematic styles. I also bring in my general geekiness for all things geek which results in a hodgepodge of shenanigans.

‘Huge Fall Book Haul’ is one of your most popular videos. Can you tell us about what went into making it and what it’s reception from your viewers was like? The haul was probably my biggest to date and all I did was go crazy on as well as my local book stores to get a somewhat sizeable collection. These types of videos are the easiest to film and make, and the most fun (in my opinion) to watch. The video itself was well received because of the sheer size of the haul and many people love to see piles and piles of amazing books.

Thanks so much to Sarah for chatting to us! If you’re interested in her videos you can watch them here, or tweet your own questions to her @SarahSunbeemz.

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