Wednesday, July 6, 2022

How Authors Can Interview Themselves

  


Authors should seek out interviews in order to promote their book. They can be interviewed on someone’s blog or podcast, radio show, television program, newspapers, magazines, news wires, or newsletters. YouTube channels could also interview authors. You know who else can interview you?  

You.  

That’s right, you should interview yourself -- and post it on your website and social media. Make it available in your press release, too. The interview showcases what you have to say and in the process of creating it, gives you good practice for what others will likely ask you.  

So, what should you ask yourself?  

No hardball questions, right?  

Well, ask whatever you feel you can answer well. In fact, reverse the process. Write down the answers or things you want to say in every interview. Now, build questions around the answers, allowing for prompts to give you a rich opportunity to say the very things you believe will inspire people to take an action step -- and buy your book, or at least visit your website.  

You can cluster the question by topics. For instance, start with general, obvious questions:  

  1. What is your book about?
  2. Who is you targeted reader?
  3. What inspired you to write it?
  4. What is the book’s main message or theme?
  5. How do you hope your book will impact the reader?
  6. Where does your book’s title come from?
  7. What other books have you written? 
  8. What challenges did you overcome to pen your book?  

Then, move on to the writing process:

  1. How did you shape your characters? Are they based on real people?
  2. How did you go about searching content for your book?
  3. What is your approach to writing and your editing process?
  4. Which writers do you like or model yourself after?  

Go back to specifics about what happens in the book:

  1. One of the themes in your book is “X”. Can you explain that? 
  2. Another theme is “Y”. Why is that such a fascinating area to explore?
  3. The pace of your book is “Z”. How does that shape the flow of your story?
  4. There are “X” number of people who have experienced/ suffer from/ desire outcome “Z”. What was it like to write about that?
  5. Your book is set in (location, time, circumstance). Why are we fascinating by that place and time?  

Move on to your personal life:

  1. You have a hobby (say it). Does it help you be a better writer? 
  2. For “X” years you worked as “Z”’. How did that experience inform your writing?
  3. You (name an accomplishment /award). Were you humbled by such recognition? 
  4. You received a great review from (name the outlet). Were you surprised to get such praise?  

Then end with general things: 

  1. What trend do you see in (name your genre)?
  2. What advice would you offer to a wanna-be-author?
  3. What kind of feedback have others shared with you?

 


Brian Feinblum, the founder of this award-winning blog, can be reached at brianfeinblum@gmail.com He is available to help authors promote their story, sell their book, and grow their brand. He has 30 years of experience in successfully helping thousands of authors in all genres.

 

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Tuesday, July 5, 2022

How To Preserve The Books You Cherish

 

 

With the widespread sales of e-books and audiobook downloads, it’s easy to forget about bookcases or printed books, but there are still many more sales of print books than digital ones. Further, people have a tendency to save the printed books that they’ve read. But what is the best way to care for your books so that they last a lifetime? 

In the book, Caring For Your Books, author Michael Dirda, once a writer and editor for The Washington Post Book World, consulted with the Preservation office at the Library of Congress, and The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, and found what works best to make sure the book that you hold in your hands will be around for decades, even centuries to come.  

His formula for preserving books is excerpted from his book: 

“Everyone should be aware of the basic rules for book care. 

“1. Store books away from high humidity, excessive heat or cold, and direct sunlight. Books like the dark, plenty of ventilation, and a steady, unchanging environment with an ideal temperature of 55 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit and a relative humidity of 40 percent to 55 percent. 

“2. Shelve and handle books properly. Books should fit snugly enough on a shelf to support one another and prevent warping, but have enough play so that they can be removed with ease. Never take out a book by pulling down at the top of the spine with your index finger. This can cause the spine to tear. Grasp the book by its sides. Do not open a book more than 180 degrees. 

“A good practice is to protect the dust jacket by removing it while reading. Never leave objects – pens, flowers, photographs, newspaper clippings – inside as bookmarks or mementos. These will deform the binding or stain the pages. Large books should be shelved horizontally to avoid undue strain on their bindings. 

“3. Check your books regularly. Periodic inspection will alert you to any new developing problems, such as the growth of mildew, infestation by silverfish or bookworms, or the fading of the spines. You should also periodically dust your books and bookshelves. Occasional vacuuming with a soft-bristle brush attachment is generally the safest way to keep dust under control. 

“4. That’s it. Follow these guidelines and you won’t go wrong. And neither will your books.”

 

 

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