WRITERS – 5 tips to be interview-ready!
As a freelance entertainment writer, I have experience being on the other side of the interview table. I’ve done phone interviews, in person interviews and even graced the red carpet with many popular celebrities. I’d like to share some interview tips for new writers or veteran writers looking to spruce up their interview appeal.
Let’s face it, as writers we need book publicity! Here are my top five tips for being interview ready:
5.) Have a great bio! Your bio provides many of the talking points for your interview. Share interesting tidbits that can carry a conversation. The interviewer uses the bio to formulate questions, so the more interesting your bio the better your interview will be, the more publicity you’ll receive for your book. Remember, if you don’t want to talk about it, don’t put it in your bio!
4.) Send a review copy of your title! With a review copy, the interviewer will be able to have a more in depth conversation about your book and not just ask the obvious questions.
3.) Know your book AND your bio! Have a 30 second elevator pitch on your title. Sell your book! And don’t forget, people want to know about you! What else do you do besides write?
2.) Say no to one word answers. Unless absolutely necessary. Be conversational and allow the discussion to flow. Want to end an interview? Be curt.
1.) Be gracious. Let’s face it, as writers we absolutely need the exposure and book publicity. If you enjoyed the interview, let the hosts know. Who knows they may have you back on the show!
Have you been interviewed? How was it? What were your challenges? If you haven’t been interviewed, what would you like to know? Please share in the comment section below.