It's a win/win situation, and my favorite activity is to interview authors on my blogs: Anne K. Albert, Piedmont Island Trilogy, and Muriel Reeves Mysteries and talk about their latest release.
As with every relationship, however, there is always one or two people who think it is their God given right to screw up the works.
I may be insecure, people, but I'm not a door mat.
Posting your author interview takes time away from my own writing. I don't mind, I really don't, but is it too much to ask that you:
(1) supply the necessary info in a timely fashion?
If you've requested an interview on my one of my blogs, make note of it on your calendar. A deadline is a deadline is a deadline. I'm always surprised when an author fails to return their info and lets a promotional opportunity pass by. Not only does it leave a gaping hole in my schedule, it's unprofessional.
(2) follow my guidelines?
I provide authors with a choice of 25 interview questions and ask for 7-10 answers. I've had people respond to all 25. I've had others ignore the questions and provide a 4000-word essay. (My word limit is 750!) As authors we deal with guidelines on a daily basis. Give me what I want!
(3) be polite?
A simple thank you comment on your post shows you've at least taken the time to drop by. Play nice!
(4) help with promotion?
I email authors the morning their post goes live, and provide the exact url, not a generic one. If you're uncertain what that is, here's an example. My generic url is http://anne-k-albert.blogspot.com. That will get you to this site. However, to view a specific post, let's say February's Insecure Writers post, this link is the ticket: http://anne-k-albert.blogspot.com/2012/02/insecure-writers-support-group-what-are.html. I also include a smaller version: http://tinyurl.com/7mujjvc
I provide this info to (A) remind the author they're up and (B) hope they will spread the word to their readers. Again, it may just be me, but if an author doesn't help promote themselves and their guest post on my blog, why should I?
(5) Reply to reader comments?
It saddens me when a reader leaves a comment for an author and it goes unanswered. Making an effort to check in numerous times throughout the day and week when and where your being featured online makes for happy readers.
Okay. I've ranted and raved and bared my soul. As with everything else, it only takes one rotten apple to ruin the basket and I want to stress that 99% of the authors I meet are wonderful, amazing and gracious people who not only follow the rules and play nice, they do it with panache.
Now, a final word about my insecurities. As you're reading this I'm terrified I've crossed a line and said stuff I shouldn't have. But sometimes these things need to be said. That's why I'm grateful to Alex Cavanaugh and the Insecure Writers Support Group for the opportunity to vent.
Happy writing and happy reading.
Btw, if you follow me, I'll follow back. Just mention it with a comment and include a link to your blog. Thanks!
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