Prepping for a Video Interview

Prepping for a Video Interview
August 8, 2018 No Comments » For Authors, Networking Advice Nancy E Miller

The book is published. You’ve done primary marketing. Now it is time for the interviews. Whether it is a blog, video log, or print media, there are a few things to consider.

Do Your Homework:

  • Keep track of your scheduling. You don’t want to double book interviews. Make sure that when one is approaching, you publicize it.
  • Find out what your host wants. Some will expect you to appear on camera; others will expect you to just be online. Some will send you a list of questions so you are prepared and may even create the print ‘interview’ from the answers you return.
  • Provide promo information. Don’t hold back here. Send the whole press package so that the interviewer has current and complete info on you and your book.
  • Have current stats. Yes, check your sales stats so that, if you have any milestones to celebrate, they are in there.
  • Research your interviewer and their style. Most are pretty straight forward but if one is known for throwing curve balls, you know.

Dress for Success

  • No jammies…at least from the waist up. We all know how authors tend to have a ‘relaxed’ way of dressing when creating our masterpieces. Now is not the time for uber casual. Settle on a simple yet professional outfit, comb your hair, and, if you like, slather on a bit of makeup. A little bit of paint and spackle never hurt.
  • Remove distractions…cats, dogs, kids. We’ve seen the viral video of the man giving an interview and his kid comes in and climbs the desk. Our animals are just kids with four legs and are great at photo-bombing. Doors have locks for a reason.
  • Rehearse in mirror or with a friend…or both. Stage fright isn’t just for actors. If this is a full interview with video, it’s a good thing to practice so you don’t end up with that pained smile you make when Aunt Jenny wants to know how you liked her casserole.

The Interview

  • Be aware that the interviewer may not have read your book. Hopefully, they read the press package.
  • The interviewer is the star; you are the guest. Like any good guest, let the host/ess take the lead.
  • Be genuine. I learned early in life that if you tell a lie then you have to remember that lie so that next time you tell the same lie. It is so much easier to just be yourself than to try to create a false persona.
  • Be concise. Viewers have a limited attention span so the interviewer will want to keep things moving. Skip the anecdotes. Stay on target.
  • Promote the book, not yourself. Like I said…Stay on target. You are trying to increase your readership and boost sales. Yes, you can mention your other books if time allows. And make sure to slip in your website address. An interview should be a mixture of information, entertainment, and selling your book. Emphasis on the selling.
  • I am a BIG fan of post-it notes. In fact, the viewer has no idea that my computer monitor is encircled with post-its containing bits of information and reminders like SMILE.I’m sure my eyes are darting around like a sixteen year old at her first driving test. (Remember to adjust your mirrors.)

So there it is. Among all the many tips, these are the biggies. I hope all of you succeed and get to experience being interviewed.

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Nancy E Miller Nancy E. Miller, romantic suspense author of Shark Bait and Crystal Unicorns, lives near St. Louis with her husband and three dogs, pygmy goats, chickens and a cranky rooster named Ketchup. Her degree is in Psychology and Sociology. She has worked in education and mental health as a case manager and crisis counselor.

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