I just did a podcast interview with Vanessa Frank who is based in California, which I can honestly say was really fun! I feel like I have come a long way since I started doing interviews and I wanted to write about what I thought I have started doing right. Here’s a link to my interview and you can see if I took my own advice
- Be current My book is on film and story structure so I always refresh my memory of some recent films that are relevant to my book (I jot them down on a paper to have in front of me during the interview because my mind goes blank sometimes!). I also look up the interviewer and find out what their interest is right now and how my book will overlap with their interest. If there is something in the news or on people’s minds these days that relates to my book it is a great way connect people to what you are saying.
- Ask for some Sample Questions Upfront Nobody wants you to blank on what’s your best advice? or tell us your best story of writing the book. Sometimes you just have to ask.
- Listen to your Interviewer Like a Friend Assume that s/he likes you and you have nothing to prove. I find this mindset helps me to really listen and gives the interview a lot more flow. I was so interested in Vanessa’s perspective it was easy to respond.
- Take Care of the Business I dropped the ball here. Who will benefit from you giving them a shout out? Be generous. Who do you need to thank? What upcoming events do you have? Unfortunately I blanked on all this.
- Nobody’s Perfect There is no perfect interview. Be human and forgive yourself when you make a mistake.