The other day, out of the blue, I received an email asking if I wanted to take part in a radio programme to talk about my recent book and, maybe, read an excerpt from it.
Gulp! I have tended to avoid such invitations. I may have the face for radio, but not necessarily the voice.
However I realise that it is a valuable addition to the opportunities writers have to promote their work, and maybe I should take the plunge. So, after a mild panic attack, I emailed back to say ‘yes.’ Then settled down for a more serious panic session.
More constructively, I started to think about what to do in preparation.
Here’s what I’ve thought about so far. I would welcome other suggestions – bearing in mind I’m slotted in for an interview this Sunday.
- Clarify what is expected. E.g. Who else will be there? How long will the interview last? What will the format be – question and answer? readings?
- Which book / books will the interview cover?
- Does the interviewer want to know more about my work in advance? And more about me?
- Where is the studio? Is there parking? How soon before I am on air will I need to arrive?
So far I know what time I will be on air, what book we will talk about mostly, and which excerpt the interviewer would like me to read. The interviewer is particularly interested in Cast Off, my collection of Shakespeare themed stories. This isn’t surprising as he has a new programme on Stratford’s community radio. He will also give me a chance to promote my book event (with readings done by professionally trained readers) which will take place at a community theatre in Coventry later in the month.
And now I must go and practice reading my excerpt aloud. (But why is it my tongue suddenly feels too big for my mouth, making the words hard to come out?)
Cast Off: myBook.to/CastOff