If you’re to be interviewed for an article, we’d love to meet you face-to-face for a coffee but, as we feature authors from all around the world, we’re most likely to have our conversation by email, phone or Skype.
However, it should still be fun and, once we’ve arranged an interview, there are a few things you can do to get the most out of the experience…
Preparing for your interview
- We’ll first be in touch to let you know whether we’ll be using email, Skype or phone for our interview. We’ll also agree a time that works for both of us and we’ll ask for your contact details if I do not have them already.
- If our interview will be by Skype or phone, we’ll send you a few question themes, in advance, to help you prepare. Please take a look through these and check you’re happy with them, consider your responses and let us know if you have any questions or would like us to clarify anything.
- If our interview will be by email, look out for a set of questions nearer to the date we’ll publish the article.
- If for any reason, you need to rearrange, it’s no problem. Please let us know as soon as you can and we’ll sort something out. Likewise, if there are any issues our end, we’ll let you know promptly.
Taking part in the interview
The interview should be an enjoyable opportunity to talk about your story and your approach to writing….
- If we’ll be talking by Skype or phone, we’ll call you at the agreed time, and we’ll work our way through the question themes. Interviews typically take 30 – 45 minutes. we’re very flexible and will tap into your individual passions and expertise. Usually, we spend some time exploring your story, what inspired you, how you approached your work and any tips you’d like to share with other authors. The session won’t be live or recorded; it’s just a great way to connect.
- If we’ll be exchanging questions by email, we’ll send you a full set of questions. Please respond to as many questions as you feel comfortable as thoroughly as you feel is necessary. You’re welcome to add anything extra you feel may be interesting for readers. We’ll then go through your responses and let you know if we have any more questions.
What happens next
- Generally, during an interview, we discuss any links to websites and books as well as photographs that we’ve agreed would be great to include in the feature on Literary Lightbox. Please send these through as soon as you can after the interview and ensure you have full permissions for them to be used.
- We’ll then get to work on the feature and will be in touch if we have any further questions as I write your story.
- We’ll be in touch when the feature’s near completion to give you a planned publication date. If there’s a delay, for any reason, I’ll let you know as soon as we can.
- Once We’ve published the feature, we’ll let you know the link so you can share it will anyone you wish. We will also share it with readers of my newsletter and on social media here:
We’re looking forward to interviewing you and featuring you on Literary Lightbox soon.