Matthew 17:20, my favorite verse. "... If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you."

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Preparing for an Interview

What do you do when you finally get an interview?

Prepare yourself! What do you want the paper to say? Really, it's up to you. You have the power to guide the editor's direction. They want to interview someone they don't have to pry answers from. So prepare what questions you'd like to cover. Such as, do you have another book coming out? How about book signings? Do you have family ties in the area that might bring about more interest or some other link to that paper's community? Are you covering a particular topic and can you weave that into something current? Do you want to encourage other writers?

Here are some other topics to consider preparing answers for. Type them into a word document and print them out so they're handy. The more prepared you are, the less likely you'll have any regrets.

Family life


Organizations you've joined

Where you see yourself five years from now

Why you chose a traditional publisher or self-pubbed

How readers can contact you, via blog, website, etc

Your next project

Did you always want to write

How past careers led you to where you are now

If I've missed any questions that would be helpful, please share them through the comments section and I'll be sure to add them to the list.

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