So, you send out your press kit, what if you get a call for an interview?
Everything you say is on the record
Anticipate questions and have the answers prepared
Commonly asked questions:
i.When did you know that you wanted to be a writer?
ii.What books have influenced your writing?
iii.How did your childhood influence your writing?
iv.Who is your favorite author?
v.What do you do for fun?
vi.Why do you write?
vii.What is your professional background?
viii.Have you won any awards?
ix.Where has your writing been published?
x.Is there another person to speak to about your writing? – make sure to get that person’s permission!
xi.How did you get the idea for this book?
xiii.Have you considered how your life may change if the book makes it big?
Leave out the negative; be professional
Present yourself as an interesting, talented, and professional writer
Think of some anecdotes you can use that relate to your writing life.
If you are being interviewed in person, on TV, or on radio, your clothes and setting project the image you want to portray.
If you’re being interviewed in person, try to memorize your answers and have only a few notes on cards to help you stay on track
If the interview is over the telephone you can use all the notes you want, keep your resume in front of you, they can’t see it.
Spell out anything that can be misconstrued.
If you’ve been offered an opportunity to be interviewed on radio or TV, you might be able to get a list of questions ahead of time to prepare, just ask!
TIP – always send a thank you to the interviewer. ALWAYS