Thursday, July 29, 2010
A writer doesn't always have to be working on their manuscript, or searching for new ideas for a new book. But, they must always keep their writing juices flowing, even if its nothing more than a few sentences a day, or a few paragraphs a week. You can always write or talk on any topic or subject that floats your boat. At least you are writing and telling what is on your mind.
This is what is on my mind today: Preparing for an Author's Interview
Now that your book is published and in the bookstores, that's not the end of the road for an author. Now you have to market it and promote it. After all, it's not going to fly off the shelves by itself. You have to put the wings on it. One way of doing that is through author interviews. Get yourself on TV and the radio. Do online author interviews through blog radio networks. They are fabulous!
When you have been booked to do an interview, be prepared! Get ready beforehand, before the big day. Most interview host will ask you for talking points for the discussion about you and your book. What do you want to talk about? Have your questions already prepared and know the answers. You do not want to become tongue-tied. After all, you have to know what you are talking about and sound like it too. Show confidence.
My first radio interview will take place at the end of August, and the same thing that I am telling you...I am doing too.
But, most of all, it doesn't hurt to have a fabulous publisher helping you along the way, showing you the ropes and giving you hot tips and advice as you prepare. I have a fabulous publisher with New Line Press, who is educating me on the process. Catherine, you are remarkable!
Do you have a fabulous, dependable and trustworthy publisher that you are working with?
With my new book already set up on Amazon.com, I have been busy promoting my book. I have two radio interviews booked and I am going to be a guest author for an open house event at a library here in DC. I am marking my calendar of things to do and prepare for.
Being an author is fabulous and it sure does keep you busy after you have written the end to your story.
I’ve been doing a lot of online research too, finding places to list my new book. I have registered and signed up at sites aimed at writers and authors. Boy, to keep track of all this stuff, I am keeping a notebook of all the places that are now bearing my name and book information.
Right now, everything is about the new book, “Broken Voices”, but I can’t forget about my other babies, the oldie but goody titles. They can’t be pushed to the back burner. They have to stay up front too.
Oh, more great news to announce, “A New Home for Her Cubs” is going to be a print book too. It is coming out in paperback. The proof copy is in the mail as I type. I can’t wait to see it. With that said, all of my titles will be in both ebook and paperback form, which gives great options to my readers. The only book that does not come in paperback is Wohali and the Little People. I am going to have to get with the publisher and see if we can remedy that. With such a wonderful book cover, it should be a POD too.
Well, I have a lot of things to do today, I just wanted to touch base and let you know WHAT I HAVE BEEN DOING. I am on a fabulous roller coaster ride.