After two busy months of promotion, I can finally get back to blogging here. I learnt a lot and want to share the lessons with you!
Of the ten books I have published, Life’s Little Things: The Quotes has been the easiest and most enjoyable to market. First, it has received excellent reviews, which confirms that art still plays an important role in people’s lives. Second, I met bloggers who believed in my work and helped me spread the word without asking for anything in return. I feel very lucky!
Today, I would like to share the names of nine people with you. They have all featured me on their blogs. I recommend that you check them out, as they are actively looking for authors to interview.
- Kelsey Stone (Tibetan Lemonade) – Kelsey is “a speculative fiction writer known for her dark sense of humor, wildly inappropriate ideas and occasionally foul mouth.” Her blog is full of writing and publishing tips, book reviews, author interviews, a podcast, and more. She wrote one of the best and most constructive reviews of my work I have ever seen. A very approachable and friendly blogger.
- Lynn Burns (Writer’s Block Workshop) – Lynn provides writers with tips, ideas, news, services, and community support. Every month, she features an author on her Indie Author Spotlight page.
- Imani Josey (Introvert Problems) – Imani Josey is a Chicago-based writer / author and former Chicago Bulls cheerleader. McKenna Heintz and she blog about books and writers. The website also has a podcast. Authors interested in being interviewed have two options: a 5-question format or the podcast.
- Rob and Janelle Alex (Authors Talk About It) – These entrepreneurs, marketers and authors feature book contests, author interviews, and resources for writers on their blog. The site also offers services and free promotion options.
- Dave Nevue (Nevue Fine Art Marketing) – Dave is a professional graphite artist and author who provides courses on art marketing. He interviews artists and writes book reviews. Like Kelsey, Dave is very approachable and friendly.
- David Ellis (TooFullToWrite) – David provides readers with writing / creativity tools and advice, interviews, and poems. He is passionate about supporting fellow artists. Another lovely chap.
- Rachel Richey (Literative) – Literative is the place where authors and readers meet. “Our mission is to inspire and motivate writers to explore new ways of of creating a good story by offering challenging witting prompts, skills-based contests, and educational resources for writers of all interests and abilities.” They often interview people.
- Ben Jackson (Indie Publishing Group) – Ben’s company offers book publishing services for self-published authors. The blog also feature advice and authors.
- MD Neu – MD is a LGBTQA fiction writer with a love for writing and travel. He enjoys supporting authors, which shows in the way he responds to queries. We had a lovely exchange of emails.
When you are done checking out the nine blogs above, have a look at my features page. You will find more venues for potential interviews.
Now, before contacting any blogger, make sure that you are fully prepared:
- Create a press kit to attach to your query;
- Spend some time on the blog to understand what the owner is looking for;
- Follow rules on the contact page to a T;
- Send a pitch that is personalized and personable; and
- Most importantly, respect people’s time.
Have you ever been interviewed? If so, what blog(s) would you recommend? Share links in the comment section below.