While on the subject of interviews, I thought a quick post on writing our own personal ones might prove of benefit. As mentioned, I’m working on my Smashwords interview, but I’m hoping to do a blog tour once “Forever Poi” is completed, so I’ll need at least one [different one] for that.
It’s rather fun putting one together, though it can be a bit challenging, because you have to think of some good, attention-grabbing questions (and answers). You want to:
- prompt people to read the interview
- garner interest in the book / the author (you)
- generate sales.
Basic areas to cover: the book, plot, characters . . . you. When you’re conducting author interviews, you’re selling them, making them come across as distinctive/outstanding writers. You want to accomplish the same re yourself, but you might want to appear more humble if you’re posting on your own site and distribution platform(s). Avoid coming across as arrogant or big-headed. Do sound excited (attract interest), proud of your accomplishment (modestly so), and detailed enough to evoke curiosity (have the reader/listener want to learn more).
Definitely focus on the book, but offer additional insight. Maybe you have a humorous or life-changing anecdote to share? Perhaps you can provide networking/outreach input? Give thought to what might make your personal interview stand out from others.
An interview can be a powerful tool; it provides exposure. Use it to your advantage. In addition to posting it on your site and distribution platform(s), why not ask fellow bloggers or writers if they might be interested in putting your interview on their sites? Maybe you can exchange interviews and/or promotional posts? Writing communities tend to be quite supportive, so don’t be shy.
If you’ve never done a blog tour for your book and are planning one, you’ll likely be asked to write your own interview. Make sure it differs from the one you have on your site and platform(s). Don’t rehash: be fresh and fun. Fuel fascination by providing the “ideal” interview.