This week was my first radio interview ever! It was a promotional segment for the webinar I’m hosting on May 19, Self-Publishing 101.
I was nervous, of course. I didn’t receive the questions in advance, so I couldn’t prepare. I was also worried I might choke up. You see, the main reason I decided to self-publish was so my mom could read about my adventures. And well, although I know she’s proud of me, there was a chance of tears when I talked about it in the interview.
The interview was set up for 9:30 in the morning. I received a call via my Skype number. The guy on the other end seemed to have difficulty understanding that I was using Skype, not a landline. I’m not sure how the number showed up on his equipment. Anyway, he wanted to know my Skype name, so we could switch to Skype (which we were using) and I clicked away and accidentally hung up on him. We were off to a great start!
He called back and we proceeded, thank goodness. I was transferred to the interviewer, Matt Rainnie, who naturally had the perfect voice for radio broadcasting. He asked for verification on how to pronounce my name, did an intro, and we were off.
I didn’t really have trouble answering most of the questions. That random giggle that sometimes surfaces when I am nervous made an appearance. I cringed internally, but carried on. I also didn’t know how to answer the question about how many people I have reached with my books. I have no idea. I don’t keep track of book sales or stats and that type of metrics. I’ve sold books to be sure. I have followers on both my websites and social media. I haven’t a clue on how many.
Then, the clincher. The interviewer asked if I had advice to give would-be authors. I got a little emotional. I told them not to wait. After all, had I waited for a traditional publisher, my mom would never have seen my books in print.
Fortunately, the interview ended there. It didn’t go as smoothly as I would have liked, but I guess it was ok and I was certainly glad it was over.
If you’d like to listen to the radio broadcast, you can find my 7 minutes of Canadian radio fame here: