Shake the Shakes, Don’t Sweat the Sweats – Preparing for an Interview

You’ve agreed to do it. But now you’ve got the shakes. Maybe you feel like your going to faint. You’re going to do a LIVE interview. What were you thinking? What are you going to say?

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BTR-BTC BadgeIf you’re like most of us, you’ve never been asked for an interview – certainly not one live. But if you are going to publish books then you should get used to being interviewed on the web, internet radio and regular radio.

Don’t let that initial flash of panic scare you. There are ways to prepare for an interview. It’s good for you to start thinking about what you will say. Michael Hyatt has shared some great tips on making just such preparation and it’s not so difficult.

I was recently asked to do my first interview on Rave Waves and found it quite a lot of fun to do. In fact, I wanted to share what my thoughts are on preparation and how I think I can do better in the future.

First, I listened to several of the Beyond the Cover archives and got a sense of what to expect from the host, Beem Weeks. While listening to these, try to imagine how you would answer the questions and why.

Usually hosts like to contact you ahead of time to give you more information. You also are expected to call in early so they can make sure everything is well with you. That’s the time to have some pre-interview discussion and get a feel of who your interviewer is. This is also a time to find common ground and get cozy. I would also advise that you find a comfortable, quiet location where you’re fairly sure you won’t be interrupted.

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Now for what I did wrong and how it can be fixed. I thought that I did a mediocre job of introducing myself and the book. Likewise, I didn’t tell as much as I could about what I like to do.

How will I fix these? Simple, next live interview that I do I’m going to go over my author information and my book blurb and even keep some note cards handy for reference. It’s important not to ramble on but it’s equally important to take your time and say enough. Practice the details that you feel are important.

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RaveWavesSo why is it that I didn’t do as well on these questions but did on others? After all, I know myself and my book, right? Simple, most of us aren’t used to talking about our lives and our books in this kind of format so we don’t say enough. So being thoughtful about the basics as well as other types of questions you are likely to get are equally important in preparation.

But there’s one more important thing to remember when doing an interview: be yourself. Seriously, your author-ness and your book will shine through just by giving yourself permission to be who you are. I found my time on Beyond the Cover incredibly helpful toward developing my public side as a writer. Being a member of Rave Reviews Book Club has been extremely helpful and being privileged to be a guest on one of the Rave Waves shows was important to me for honing a new skill as an author.

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Have you done an interview as an author? How will you prepare for you first (or next) interview? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. Sign up for my Archer’s Aim Digest mailing list to receive the forthcoming edition of my newsletter with announcements about upcoming releases and events (this months volume has already gone out). Want to be listed in The Bow of Destiny credits? Join the Street Team to share upcoming links. Either way, you’ll be the first to have news about my books, especially some free offers this summer related to the upcoming release of The Bow of Destiny, the first novel of The Bow of Hart Saga. Anyone who reserves a copy by 8/7 on Barnes & Noble, Kobo or iBooks (via the iTunes app) and emails me the screen-shot of the order will also receive a free coupon to download my e-book short story, The Black Bag containing a sample chapter of The Bow of Destiny. Additionally, August’s free e-book: Trading Knives is now available on Wattpad until the final version goes to retailers (remaining free).

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