Want to be interviewed (by me)?

You oughtta be in pictures…well, here’s your chance

I’m currently scheduling 30m video author interviews. I’ll start publishing them here in Jan 2018 (update – you can find a list of published and upcoming interviews here). My goal is to cover the entire writing/authoring spectrum: all genres, all forms, all topics.

My desire is for the interviews to be free ranging. I want them to be a give and take, not one sided wherein I ask and the other person answers. I’m looking for an exchange of ideas, anecdotes, experiences good and bad, learnings, methods, … I’m looking for constructive, productive, interesting and rewarding sessions that help other authors improve their craft, meet their goals, learn, grow and laugh. If you remember Steve Allen’s “Meeting of Minds” or Wim Kayzer’s “A Glorious Accident” you get the idea.

What I don’t want is blatant self-promotion, negativity, flaming, arrogance, egotism, vanity (yes, anybody who’s an author has got to have enough ego and vanity to believe they have something to offer that nobody else has, I get that). Definitely reference your own work to make a point (and I’ll be showing your publications on my site) but if yours is the only work you reference, I may decide not to publish the interview.

I’ll also enjoy and entertain controversy; Where is the industry heading? Do you like where it’s heading? What might you change? How would you change it? We may debate the merits of a particular book on a storytelling/storycrafting level but not a particular author on a personal level.

This would also be a forum for sharing warnings and danger signs in the industry (definitely a help/guide to those starting out and again, flaming won’t be tolerated).

I’ll be promoting the interview via my various social feeds 1 week before publication, 1 day before publication, at publication, one day after publication and one week after publication.
You’ll have to do the same. It’s a ground rule, a social contract between me and thee for my doing this.

I use the Zoom platform for recording.
We’ll meet online via Zoom at least one day prior to recording, probably for 5-10m, to make sure everything’s working, get comfortable with each other, make sure we want to move forward, do sound and video checks, et cetera.
We’ll record the session at a scheduled time although the interview may not go live for several weeks. I’m shooting for 30m long videos although we may record for longer if we’re having fun, really onto something, whatever.

Message me directly via Goodreads/Facebook/LinkedIn or here if you’re interested. Please feel free to share this hither and yon.

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42 thoughts on “Want to be interviewed (by me)?”

  1. Hey Joseph, I figured I’d check in and express interest in doing an interview. At the same time, I should come clean and tell you that I probably don’t qualify, so you’ll probably prefer to pass. I don’t have much to say on topics such as the writing industry, trends, where things are going, advice to young writers, how to get published, etc. On the other hand, if you want to talk about the aesthetics of books, radical literature, books we love, etc., and you want to mix things up a bit with a slightly difficult and strongly opinionated interviewee, then I’m your guy.

    I’ve got one novel out about gang warfare, in which the gang is taken as a model for the formation of new cultures, and a second novel about radical psychopathology. My goodreads author page is here: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16854486 and there’s a trailer to introduce my newest book here: https://youtu.be/K87OanOnWrU

    Paul John Adams (paul@optionalbooks.com)

    1. Hello Paul and thanks for commenting.
      Happy to interview you. Your book seems interesting and you probably qualify in the “controversy” department.
      Send me the materials listed in the post and we’ll get something scheduled.
      Thanks again,

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