My First Radio Interview: A Learning Experience
I’m an introvert, and that’s probably why writing is so appealing. I’m alone in my office, sitting at my desk, and creating an imaginary world. I’m in control. Safe.
As a published author, I need to be extroverted to promote my book. Even though I’m uncomfortable, I force myself to do one new thing every day. This week I established a GoodReads page, applied to BookBub (and was rejected; I knew it was too soon but applied anyway); and took a Webinar on How to Market Your Book. There are many avenues to pursue, and each costs money.
Page Publishing, the company that published Busted, offered a deal: $295 for a radio interview that reached an audience of four million people. Whoa! That sounded like a great opportunity: a lot of people for a (relatively) small investment. I signed up, and a couple of weeks ago, I did the phone interview.
Full disclosure: I’m accustomed to public speaking. For twenty-one years I had my own business teaching technology companies around the world how to sell in weeklong seminars. Before that I worked with Apple Computer, and spoke at conferences with John Scully and Bill Campbell. My biggest audience was at an annual sales meeting, where I presented to a thousand people for two days.
When the call came for the interview, I was a nervous wreck. I’d requested to see the list of questions, but was told I didn’t need to prepare. I figured I could “wing-it”; after all, I’m the author. During the interview, my thoughts were chaotic, I spoke in run-on sentences; and my favorite word was “and.” While talking, I kept thinking there will be FOUR MILLION people listening and I sound terrible. Ten minutes later, the interview ended.
Fast forward to last Saturday evening, August 12th, when the interview was aired on Page Publishing’s Radio Station at 6:30 p.m. EST, which would have been 3:30 p.m. PST. Preoccupied with the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, I focused on the news and forgot to listen. (I suspect that was the case with Page’s audience as well.)
Tuesday morning I received a link to the interview. As I listened, I was impressed with how the conversation had been edited, and the interviewer’s questions sounded enthusiastic (probably because they’d been recorded separately and then edited in). My responses sounded as bad as I’d feared. Oh well; it was a learning experience.
If you’re interested, here’s the link: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/47-Page-Publishing-28233125/episode/page-publishing-8-12-17-28381595/
Warmest Regards, Michele Author, Busted www.michelekhoury.com