Saturday, September 01, 2012

Read My Author Interview & More

Several weeks ago on a small writer forum that I regularly read, one of my author friends announced her author interview was on Roads Diverged. She gave the link and mentioned that Kristine Lowder was looking for other authors to interview and gave her email address.

I don't know how others on this forum responded, but I seized the opportunity. I went to Kristine's blog and sent her an email to find out more details about how to be interviewed. She responded right away with a series of interview questions. 

If you follow my writing and life in publishing, I have many things in motion. I didn't craft my answers to her questions right away and ever the professional Kristine sent me a follow-up note wondering how I was doing answering her questions. That gentle prod got me focused on her questions and I returned them several weeks ago.

When I returned the material, she thanked me and told me that she had it scheduled for the first of September—which was four or five weeks away from our correspondence.
I'm writing about this interview so you can read it (follow the link or click on the image on this post). I answer a number of questions about writing and publishing. Notice that I wove a number of links into my responses—which lead to free resources and one or two resources that the reader can purchase. 

When the article came out this week, Kristine promoted the article to her connections and I also promoted the article to my over 40,000 Twitter followers, my almost 4,700 Facebook friends and my over 2,300 LinkedIn connections.

The Internet has an abundance of these types of opportunities. As a book author, are you seizing the day? For this interview to happen, I took action and responded to the questions. You can follow the same steps.

Over and over I see authors who believe they have done their work in simply writing their book and getting it into the marketplace. Yes, it is critical to craft an excellent book and that is foundational. Also the writer has to enter into the marketing and promotion aspects to spread the word about their work. It may not happen overnight.

Recently I read this article about bestselling author Wayne Dwyer. In the early days of his writing life, he sold books out of the trunk of his car. It is a story that I've heard many times about bestselling authors (not selling out of their trunk) but the fact that it took them years in the trenches to become an overnight success. 

What actions are you taking today to spread the word about your writing work? In writing this article, hopefully I've encouraged you with the possibilities. 

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1 Comment:

At 9:19 AM, Blogger Carolyn Howard-Johnson Left a note...

Love this illustration of what networking can do, Terry. I'm sure glad I met you when we were both presenting at the Erma Bombeck conference years ago. You are a treasure.


Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Excited about the new edition (expanded! updated! even more helpful for writers!) of The Frugal Book Promoter, now a USA Book News award-winner in its own right (www.budurl.com/FrugalBkPromo)


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