3 steps for an author’s successful radio interview!

As an author, I have been asked several times to be interviewed regarding the topic of my book.  Successful interviews can make or break your popularity in a particular town or city.  Who wants to have a bad interview?  I don’t, and neither should you.  The better you interview, the better response to your work and sales.  Here are 3 vital steps that I have found most helpful to have a successful interview: Continue reading

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Embrace your voice!

There is so much to be said when it becomes your time to be in the spotlight.  For some, being in the spotlight is something feared; for others it is something embraced.  Whichever side of the fence you find yourself on, just remember to be you.  Last night, I was interviewed about my book and, though my nerves were worked up to the max prior to the interview, I realized that I just needed to be me and let people know why I wrote what I wrote.  It was easier than expected and the night was fun and went off without embarrassment.

Someone once told me that if you have something to say than you need to say it and say it loud!  It is not that my book is better than other books.  However, I felt that I had something to say and wrote a book about it.  That is why most of us write, right?  When it comes time to defend why you felt you had something to say, dont’ be afraid to speak up and stand up for your own voice.  I am no better than anyone else and that is something that keeps me in check and humble.  I am most grateful for any opportunity that I have to speak up about the things that I believe to be true.  You should too!  We are each unique with many ideas different and the same, and if we speak up, we fill in the gaps that may be missing in the world!  If you would like to listen to my interview, click on: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/jblairbrown/2011/02/03/livin-the-dream-with-author-jaymes-ian-woode !  Please feel free to give me your feedback.  Let me know what you think, what you like/dislike, and more importantly, let me know if I spoke loud enough about what I believe!  Thanks!

Is creationg an eBook right for you?

>Okay, I did it!  For months, I have been encouraged to publish an eBook but I put it off for just as many months.  Why?  Well, as many of you know, there comes a time in life when your brain just doesn’t want to learn how to do something new, especially when you feel that you are just perfecting something you’ve been working at for a while.  Well, unfortunately, the publishing world doesn’t wait around for writers to perfect their craft these days.  Instead, as a writer, we are expected to keep up with the pace of how fast books and eBooks are hitting the market.  What is a writer, who just wants to write books of their speciality, to do? Continue reading

From writer to marketer!

I have never been much of a marketer but as a writer, in the modern world, marketing is a key element to the success of any book reaching the audiences intended.  With the help of my assistant and some other wonderful people, interviews are starting to come in.  My first interview will be on WED Feb. 2, 2011 on www.blogtalkradio.com/jblairbrown and I have to admit, I’m nervous.  It is much easier to write a book, knowing exactly what you are intending to write than it is to try to explain why you wrote what you did.  However, the bread comes with the basket!  Okay, it’s an old saying but it still applies.  In order to earn an income from writing, you must participate in the basket (interviews, articles, signing, etc.) that will carry you there.  Interviews are a great basket to help spread the word about your book and create the buzz needed to get people to buy it. 

Many people have told me that I have written a book that is in demand.  When I wrote 101 Behaviors a Guy Needs to Understand about His Woman! I believed that as well.  Now, as my work begins materializing in the marketing world, I am excited to talk about it but it took me a while to get there!  So, how do you alter your mind so that you are prepared for interviews?  Glad you asked! 

First, travel back to the beginning, before you wrote the book, and ask yourself Continue reading

Is planning everything…best?

>In the creative world it has always been said that planning out your year is what helps you reach your goals and be successful.  What we don’t hear a lot of is that planning out your year may interfere with your creative process.  So, how do you know which plan of action is the best for you?  There are a few simple steps that you can analyze (I love using this term when talking about creativity) to learn more about you and just how full you need to make your calendar:

1. What type of personality do you have?  For me, I am a thinker and a feeler who makes tons of mental notes and every now and again jots things down in my spiral, just so I don’t forget.  I am someone who needs to feel ready to do something and not forced to do something just to keep with a calendar.  However, I have set a few goals for the year that are vague and can certainly be interrupted if other things take precedence.  For others, you may need to follow a more strict path, and by strict I mean laying out a step-by-step plan of action.  Many great creators do this.  They will write down just how much they need to “write to complete a book” within a particular time period.  Some go as far as creating start and stop points all year-long, regardless of their talent.  What you need to ask yourself is, “How am I effectively creative?”  “Am I more motivated by Continue reading

Things learned at NY Writer’s Conference

This past weekend was filled with excitement and new learning at the NY Writer’s Conference.  Yes, I did meet a few literary agents and, Yes, they did ask to see two of my books.  I will be sending off manuscripts today and feel rewarded by their response.  There were also a few important things that I picked up in the well instructed workshops that I felt I should pass on to you:

1. Pitch: When pitching your work, much like the opening paragraph of your query letter, keep it simple but to the point.  For example: “My book, (title) is complete at (number) words and is a (describe genre: i.e. YA, Self-help, Women’s Lit…).  Then, in two to three short sentences, explain the storyline, especially the main character and what the main character goes through, why they go through it, and the goal to be accomplished (climax).  Don’t give the ending away.

2. There is a large difference between YA and middle-grade books.  If writing a YA book, it may be beneficial to add the specific age group you are trying to reach (11-14; 15-17, etc.).  A middle-grade book is a younger audience than YA, they are not young adults.  Many people supposedly make this error and when agents see that the author doesn’t know the difference, it doesn’t help them feel confident in your writing.

3. Agents are really nice people.  Believe it or not, until you’ve sat in front of an agent, you may not have the respect for them that they deserve.  Imagine having a job that begins with looking over one piece of paper.  Then, every five seconds someone drops off another piece of paper every day for the rest of your life.  I know, it’s dramatic but quite the realization of agents.  They are people who actually care but they do expect authors to take the time to make their job, and decision on you, easier.

4. Attend a conference.  If you haven’t done so already, attend a writer’s conference and use your time to learn as much as you can.  Sure, you can read about different areas of marketing, publishing, writing, etc., but when you are at a conference, you will also feel the information and let it sink in.  If a thousand authors are attending a class, you can bet that the instructor already knew the importance of the information and the direction that the writing industry is going.  It is nice to see, with your own eyes, that you are not alone in trying to figure out how everything works and trying to learn what is really important.

5. A writer’s conference is a nice refresher to any writer.  It is a time to take a break and be recharged by being surrounded by others like yourself.  You will see that you are not the only person struggling to get ahead and you may discover that what you are doing is appropriate for your goals.  The first class that I attended confirmed that I was doing things right and this confirmation gave me my full money’s worth and I still had the rest of the day to go.  I left that workshop with a huge smile on my face and feeling that I had more sense than I had realized.

Okay, enough, overall, at a conference, you will never know who you will meet and what may occur unless you go.  I assure you, if you are a serious writer that you will benefit in more ways than you probably expected.  Also, I met someone their who develops marketing plans for writers, whom I had spoken with on the phone for several weeks prior to the conference and was now able to put a face to the voice.  With so many things happening online and over the phone, it was reassuring to meet this person.  That meeting added to my excitement and we had a great conversation and I felt like I had made a strong connection that may last a lifetime.

Surfing the marketing process…

As you all know, I am currently working with my assistant who had put together a wonderful marketing campaign for my 101 Behaviors book.  With a few interviews already set up, we are discussing television appearances on a few local and non-local stations.  Along with interviews, reviewers have started commenting on the book and my nerves are beginning to ease.  There are more decisions to be made when marketing a book and I am finding this a fun learning process.  Many questions enter my mind about which avenues are the most properous to follow and which are truly devils in disguise.  Thankfully, I possess, what I like to call, a surfer mentality.  Sure, I have surfed before, never being really great at it, but it is the principles of surfing that have guided me to make important decisions and to learn to accept the outcomes of those decisions whether good or not-so-good. 

You see, in the ocean, waves come and waves go.  The important thing to remember is that the ocean continues to produce waves, some big and others small, on a continual basis.  As a surfer, it is nice to sit on your board in the ocean and watch for the wave that you want to ride.  If you never grab a wave, you haven’t surfed.  More experienced surfers know what waves will provide them with the better ride while less experienced surfers are just happy to catch a wave, regardless of size.  Well, in the book world, I am a less experienced surfer who is glad to ride small waves so that I can understand how they influence my process.  With each wave that I catch, I learn more and become more skilled.  The more that I develop my skills and understanding, the choosier I can be about which waves I will ride.  However, as any surfer knows, on flat days, a small wave might just be the giant you’ve been waiting for!  Surf’s up!