The Interview – Part 1

Here are two good things to remember during interviews. First, the interviewer is not your audience; he’s the gateway to your audience. You’re using him to talk to them. Be polite, be friendly, but remember that this is a chance to reach your readers, or better yet, the readers you hope to attract. Second, if you’ve got your core messages down, you can field any question, and then pivot to the point you really want to stress. As in, Yes, of course Sean Connery was the best Bond. And by the way, his countrymen in Scotland will now be able to read my novel because we just launched a Kindle version!

Third, don’t lose your sense of humor on the road to literary success. Yes, you spent years filling those blank pages with love, mystery, and adventure. Know up front that not everyone cares, or shares your passion. Don’t take it personally. Enjoy the journey and have some fun. And hey, if you get the chance, go on Brett Clancy’s American Dream, a student-run show at American University in Washington, D.C. When I met Brett five minutes before air-time, he said:

“I try to do this a little like Stephen Colbert; I hope you don’t mind.”

Click here to watch Part 1.

6 Comments so far »

  1. Kate Evangelista said,

    Wrote on February 14, 2011 @ 11:08 am

    Well done with the interview! Best of luck with Bella and other novels you will release in the future.

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  2. Harris Rosenblatt said,

    Wrote on February 14, 2011 @ 4:49 pm

    A brilliant piece of work. As an aging ex athlete I can’t tell you how much I identified with the protagonist….learning from his struggle has made a huge difference in how I approach my own!

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    stevepiacente Reply:

    Harris, you are the ageless athlete and we all know it, but thanks.

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  3. Mike Long said,

    Wrote on February 14, 2011 @ 6:43 pm

    Steve asks what’s important when getting interviewed. Here’s one big, huge thing: SMILE. It puts the audience at ease and makes them more receptive to what you have to say, it makes you seem more collected than you might be, and it suggests confidence. When I’m doing any coaching or advising about what to do in front of a camera, this is the first thing I say, Smile.

    By the way, nice interview, Steve! Congrats on the book.

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    stevepiacente Reply:

    Thanks, Mike, and that’s a very good and often overlooked tip. The camera likes smiles, and so does the audience.

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  4. maryanne beatty said,

    Wrote on February 21, 2011 @ 9:39 pm

    I thought the interview was good, spoke to anyone who aspires to publish a piece of work that it can happen. Nice job to both of you.

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