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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Humor Break! – Happy Thanksgiving!

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Have a Happy Thanksgiving. . .

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Cartoon by Debbie Ridpath Ohi at Inkygirl.com.

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Copyright © 2011 – Debbie Ridpath Ohi. Debbie is a writer and illustrator. Visit her Website at: Inkygirl.com and http://www.DebbieOhi.com.

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Preparing for Your First Interview as a Published Author

Filed under: Author Tips,Guest Author Articles,Radio Talk Show Tips — Larry James @ 9:00 am
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Preparing for your first interview as a published, or self-published, author is an important step in promoting your book and building your personal brand. It’s an event worth preparing for.

radio-mikeWhen you prepare for your first interview, you’re also making an investment in your long-term personal branding success. As your online visibility and your personal brand grows, it’s likely that you’ll be contacted for more and more interviews.

Preparation is the key to successful interviews; preparation reduces stress and puts you in charge, making it easy to sell your book and communicate your personal branding message.

It’s never too early to begin preparing to be interviewed by the media, experts in your field, your peers, or potential employers.

Preparing for interviews

There are two ways to prepare for interviews—whether they’re scheduled a long time in advance, or you’re contacted at the last minute:

1. Prepare the basic facts. Start by preparing answers for the background questions most likely to be asked. These “softball” questions are often formalities, asked to establish your credentials, create rapport with the interviewer, and set the stage for the more important questions to follow. By anticipating these questions, and being comfortable responding to them, you can get through them faster, increasing the time you can spend on the more important questions to follow.

2. Opinions, perspectives, and promoting your book. Next, plan for the types of opinion and perspective questions the interviewer is likely to ask you. Knowing that that “hardball” questions are likely to follow the set of questions helps you prepare responses that can be used as opportunities to promote your book and your personal brand.

Getting the easy questions out of the way

Start by making a list of the questions you would ask if you were interviewing yourself, and preparing answers that reinforce the key characteristics of your personal brand.

Prepare answers that give you an opportunity to reference your book and relate to your personal brand and the key message, or position, you want callers to remember after the interview.

Don’t attempt to “script,” or memorize, your responses to the basic questions about your education, interests, and employment (or self-employment), history.

Instead, prepare a mind map or fact sheet listing the background questions you’re likely to be asked, along with the key ideas and connections you want to make between your background, your book, and your personal brand. Use a large type size so you can glance at it during the interview.

Never “read” your answers! Instead, review your mind map of fact sheet before the interview, and have it handy for a quick glance during the interview.

I find it’s a good idea to avoid using full sentences when organizing my ideas before an interview. Instead, just jot down the main ideas and phrases you want to include in your answers. Sentences take too much space. They also encourage you to read your responses, rather than responding in a confident and enthusiastic tone.

By the way, if you’re worried about not being able to recall important ideas, try copying your list of anticipated questions and responses in longhand. Writing ideas out by hand often improves enhances you ability to recall the key ideas at a later date.

Anticipating unexpected questions

The best way you can be avoid being surprised by unexpected questions during your interview is to constantly monitor the news and trends effecting your corner of the world, i.e., those who are interested in the area where you’re building your brand. This helps you prepare appropriate responses ahead of time.

RadioInterviewAs you prepare for your interview, ask yourself questions like:

• What are the latest changes, challenges, and trends? What’s happening in my field? What are the implications of these changes? What types of businesses and associations are most effected? What are the political, economic, or social changes you recommend your clients and prospects monitor? Which of these challenges and trends are most important, and what do you recommend your clients and prospects do? How are you preparing to make changes in the way you do business?

• What are the positive changes are taking place in your field? What does the latest research indicate? What progress, or research, shows the most promise? How can others in your field apply and leverage their changes to their businesses and lives?

• How are you helping others in your field? As you discuss positive changes, be sure to reference what you’re doing to improve the overall state of affairs. What are the steps you’re taking, and what steps do you wish others were taking, that would benefit everyone concerned? Look for ways to position yourself as an activist leader in your field, on the cutting edge of solutions.

The last question, of course, permits you to reference specific topics in your book as a way you’re serving your market.

How you say versus what you say

It’s not just your message that improves when you anticipate and prepare to be interviewed. The more you prepare, the more comfortable you’ll be during the interview…and your comfort instantly communicate itself to your interviewer as well as those reading, viewing, or listening to your interview.

With anticipation and preparation, your responses to the interview questions you’re asked will not only be on-point and relevant, but your delivery will also communicate your confidence, likability, and enthusiasm for your topic.

With a little anticipation and preparation, you’ll emerge as not only as expert, but as a likeable expert!

The ultimate preparation

I’ve found that the best way to prepare for an interview is to create your own interview questions and submit them ahead of time to the interviewer.

Preparing your own questions is a great confidence helps you rehearse your responses, increasing the likelihood that you’ll be able to insert “hooks” to your book and your personal brand.

There’s a high likelihood that your interviewer will ask some, or all, of the questions you submit in advance. It saves them preparation time and provides a structure for the interview.

It’s never too early to prepare to be interviewed

No matter young or old you are, or where you are in your publishing and personal branding journey, it’s never too early to prepare for your first interview.

Spend a few minutes each day anticipating the questions you’re likely to be asked and want to be asked during upcoming interviews, and jot down the key ideas and points you want to include in your answers. When the time comes to be interviewed, you’ll be able to respond with the words and the attitude that communicates your expertise, sells your book, and enhances your personal brand. How do you prepare to be interviewed? Share your favorite ideas and techniques as comments, below.

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Copyright © 2011 – Roger C. Parker. Roger C. Parker is a book coach whose www.publishedandprofitable.com site shares what he learned writing 40 nonfiction books, including #Book Title Tweet: 140 Bite-sized Ideas for Compelling Article, Book, and Event Titles. Before you start to write your next book, download a free proof copy of his do-it-yourself workbook, 99 Questions to Ask Before You Write or Self-publish a Brand-building Book.

Larry James is a professional speaker and the author of three relationship books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” His newest book is “Ten Commitments of Networking.” Larry James also offers “Author & Speaker” coaching. Contact: AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. CelebrateLove@cox.net – More than 110 articles especially for Authors & Speakers at: www.AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com

Subscribe to Larry’s FREE monthly “LoveNotes for Lovers” eZINE. Contact: CelebrateLove.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. – CelebrateLove.com and CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com

NOTE: All articles and “LoveNotes” listed in this BLOG – written by Larry James – are available for reprint in magazines, periodicals, newsletters, newspapers, eZINEs, on the Internet or on your own Website. Click here for details.

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Scribble, Scribble… Write, Write!

Filed under: How to Write,Writers Block — Larry James @ 9:00 am
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I rarely have writer’s block because I “think” about writing all the time. When an idea comes to me… I write. The photo below shows a recent flash of inspiration that hit me while I was having a snack at a fast food restaurant. It’s not so important that you can see the words I scribbled, it’s important that you can see that I wrote. This is one of my peculiar and unconventional techniques to get my mind going in the right direction.

writerNOTESWhile snacking, I got an idea for my business networking blog. I was catching up on reading some mail and had a magazine nearby. I opened the magazine and began looking for something to write on. I removed the APC tear-out ad and began making some notes. When I had made notes on both sides of the card, I tore out a page and kept writing.

When I returned to my office I began to put all these scribbles together to form a new article. If I had waited until I got back to my office I probably would have lost the inspiration and most of what I jotted in my notes.

TIP: When previewing websites, magazines, billboards, newspapers, etc., look for words that trigger new thoughts (about what you are writing) and new ways to express what you need to say… in your own words, of course.

“You don’t always need to be a professional with a degree to write. All you need to start is a book of blank paper and a pen, mixed with a little emotion, inspiration and motivation anyone can use writing as a therapeutic release.” ~ Ally Hart

I have 4 blogs and something new goes up on each blog every forth day. That’s a commitment I made when I began blogging. Fresh content is king! I write every day! I have a passion for writing. I love to write. So… I write.

It takes discipline to be a writer. Commitment to being a writer makes you a writer. Stop using energy thinking about it. It takes a lot of energy to remain confused! Redirect your energy into doing it. Just do it. Walk into your office; open your computer and begin. When the ideas come you must be prepare to write them down.

“The important thing is that there should be a space of time, say four hours a day at least, when a professional writer doesn’t do anything else but write. He doesn’t have to write, and if he doesn’t feel like it he shouldn’t try. He can look out of the window or stand on his head or writhe on the floor, but he is not to do any other positive thing, not read, not write letters, glance at magazines, or write checks. Either write or nothing.” ~ Raymond Chandler, creator of Philip Marlowe and author of novels and screenplays, writing about how he gets himself to do things.

To me writing is an art form of the imagination. It’s a writers duty is to express that art form in words. Embrace the words you write, but – editorially speaking – don’t get to attached to them. I’ve often said that the teacher teaches what the teacher needs to learn. Writing is an adventure! In the research stage an author learns more about the topic and then expresses what he learns in his own words. Sometimes when I go back and read something that I have written 5 or more years ago, I am surprised by the words. It’s a great feeling to know that hopefully others have learned from what I have written.

“The biggest takeaway for anyone seeking to write is this: don’t go looking for the way other authors do their work. You won’t find many who are consistent enough to copy, and there are enough variations in approach that it’s obvious that it’s not like hitting home runs or swinging a golf club. There isn’t a standard approach, there’s only what works for you (and what doesn’t).” ~ Seth Godin

Don’t wait for inspiration. Just write. Take your time. You cannot rush the creative process.

“Stop using energy thinking about writing. Redirect energy into doing it. Just do it! Walk into your office; open your computer and start.” ~ Jane Northcote, author of “Making Change Happen

BONUS Article: It Takes “Discipline” to Be a Writer… and More!
36 Writing Tips from Successful Authors
The Sin of Originality (and the Truth about Building a Popular Blog)
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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Neil Gaiman on Author Copyright Piracy

Filed under: Content Theft,Copyright,Plagiarism,Video — Larry James @ 7:00 am

Neil Gaiman talks to the Open Rights Group about how the internet affects the books and publishing industry. People often ask me about piracy issues and digital rights management (DRM) concerns. I can’t say it any better than Neil has.

It has been long theorized that piracy does not hurt sales. It actually helps sales because it increases visibility. Tim O’Reilly said, “Obscurity is a far greater threat to authors and creative artists than piracy” in a piece written in 2002. He has turned O’Reilly Media into a $100 million publishing powerhouse by correctly forecasting the tech industry’s movements. Tim O’Reilly has removed anti-piracy measures from his e-books. “We’re delighted when people who can’t afford our books don’t pay us for them, if they go out and do something useful with that information,” he says.

This video should give you something to think about. Regardless of your opinion, it’s worth considering. Below are a few articles that support the protection of copyright.

BONUS Articles: Digital Rights Management (DRM) Defined
Authors: Protect Your Articles From Content Theft
Is Someone Stealing Your Copyrighted Articles?

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Larry James is a professional speaker and the author of three relationship books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” His newest book is “Ten Commitments of Networking.” Larry James also offers “Author & Speaker” coaching. Contact: AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. CelebrateLove@cox.net – More than 110 articles especially for Authors & Speakers at: www.AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com

Subscribe to Larry’s FREE monthly “LoveNotes for Lovers” eZINE. Contact: CelebrateLove.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. – CelebrateLove.com and CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com

NOTE: All articles and “LoveNotes” listed in this BLOG – written by Larry James – are available for reprint in magazines, periodicals, newsletters, newspapers, eZINEs, on the Internet or on your own Website. Click here for details.

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