Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Thought I'd Pass This Along...10/9/09

Received an informative email this morning, concerning author interviews. Hope this is helpful; I'm going to check it out more thoroughly this afternoon.


The biggest problem I notice with many of the unpublished self-help books I look over is too many examples and stories about the author, and not enough about other people. But if you want literary agents to believe that the problem you’re writing about—and the solution you’re offering—can affect a wide range of people, then you need to fill your writing with lots of anecdotes from OTHER people.So where do you find other people with stories that illustrate the points you make in your book?

Here are seven e-zines or Web sites that let you post your request for interviews for free:
1) Enter as a journalist, and your request will go to thousands of people looking for publicity, and therefore happy to share their tales with you. Just say you are a freelancer and working on an article that will go to publications like the main ones in your subject area.

2)—Peter Shankman has created a list of more than 100,000 people who want to be interviewed. To put your query on his list, fill out the form at

3) Dan Poynter publishes an e-zine called Publishing Poynters that goes to 38,000 subscribers. You can advertise your request for stories there for free.Subscribe at: and send your requests for stories to: (Dan will announce any freebies you have in his newsletter, too.)

4) has 70,000 readers who are writers. You can post interview requests at:

5) LinkedIn ( has a feature where you get to ask questions, either of your network or of people in a particular industry. You can post to more than one group. I would pose two different questions. The obvious one is “Can I interview you about X?” The other question you can post is “Do you know how I could find people to interview about X? Not only would you get suggestions on where to find people to interview, anyone who fits your topic would probably offer to b e interviewed. You can also make a request, once you join, on any of the various discussion groups that relate to your topic.

6) Create a Facebook ( event called “Interviews about X for my new book.” Click on the applications box in the bottom left hand corner of your Facebook page, then click on the word “Events.” (If it isn’t listed, click on “Browse more applications.”) Then when you get to the events page, click on the “Create an Event” button. Then invite all your friends. Make sure you include the sentence, please spread the word about this by inviting your friends.

7) I will happily post your thirty-word request for stories in AuthorSecrets, which currently has 43,432 subscribers and is growing by thousands of subscribers a month. Send your request to you have an y other suggestions for getting interviewsfor your book, leave a comment at www.AuthorsMBAblog.comand there's a chance it will show up, with attribution,in this e-ine and my blog.

Here's to your bestseller,
Mahesh Grossman President The Authors Team

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