So, you're being interviewed?Here's a few tips and pointers to help get the most out of your experience.
Promote your interview:This sounds like a no-brainer, yet it is very important. What sounds more credible? You talking about your product or someone else talking about your product? (Hint: It's not you.)
Yes, you are the expert at what you do. No one can do it like you can. But, you aren't impartial and people will just assume bias if you are touting your own work. And, yes, it needs to be touted. That's why I'm here.
Promote others interviews:Face it, no one likes a broken record. If all you do on facebook, g+, twitter, triberr, your blog...etc is talk about your latest and greatest non-stop, you are no different than the guy on the street corner holding up a sign that says REPENT OR ELSE. Change up the message. Become a source of cool things. How do you do this? By promoting other authors. Even the ones that are outside of your genre.
Just because someone writes one genre it doesn't mean that people will only read one genre. If you write YA Fantasy, it doesn't mean that your fanbase doesn't also like Thrillers or Mysteries. And if you turn them onto a good book, they'll remember you for it. Also, if other authors did it, then, they would be promoting YOUR book or short story or whatever. Remember: other authors are not competition. We are all in the same boat and as the imminent Zig Ziglar once said, "If you help enough people get what they want, you'll get what you want."
Use your Interview like a virtual Meet -N- Greet:People are going to read the interviews. They are going to read the excerpts. They are going to want to know more about you. Stop by and converse. Reply to comments on your interview. Let people know that you actually care that they came by and spent their time trying to get to know you better. If you want them to support you, it's really the least you can do.
So, you're an author and want to be interviewed?
Send me an email at theewritersblock(at)gmail(dot)com.
Put your name and book title in the subject line. This makes it easier to track than "interview stuff" or something like that.
Here are some basic criteria:
- You must have a book out or coming out soon.
- You must have the ability to give me permission to print an excerpt from your book.
- I will need a Bio from you. It needs to be written in 3rd person.
- Also, a short description of your book will help. Give me the same elevator speech that you'd give your agent.