Even if a mere 1000 listeners, it's worth doing.
Jeff, I've accepted interviews at 2am, where I know that the only people listening were the host, a couple of insomniacs, and a few strippers driving home from work! As a Physical Fitness Expert, even if only one person takes my advice and improves their health, it was worth my time. Who knows, maybe they will also remember me when my book is launched, and buy a copy. On the other hand, as a radio host at busy station, I loved the action of 10 phone-lines blinking at once, with callers waiting to ask questions.
And the strippers will remember you!
Janet, you are quick-witted and funny! You and I are a pair of coconuts!
Yes Janet, they do have good memories!
Ah.. Rico, you are reminding me of my first radio interview--long before internet radio-- on a popular Twin Cities station. I thrilled to be invited as a guest, even though I was scheduled to be on from midnite until 1am. I was so nervous, I had to rush to the studio's bathroom during every commercial break-- at least 10 times! It was a call-in show ( I don't think we heard from any strippers though!) and there was such an interest in the topic, that the host asked me to remain on the air until 3am. I didn't tell anyone that I would be on , thinking it would be good practice without worrying about making a fool of myself. But the next day, I heard from several people who happened to be listening that night. So I agree with you and Jeff: Take advantage of every opportunity to get your name and message out there, regardless of time of day or number of listeners. Even if one person benefits from our message and hopefully buys our books, it's worth the effort. Plus it's fun!
Mary, you are such a classy, professional lady.
This sounds like a great thing, but I think it's more work than people realize. I have been averaging about two radio interviews per week this last month. I'm looking forward to a break, but while my publisher is paying a publicist, I'll take advantage of everything.
When I do interviews, I schedule my whole day around the interview. It's not just sparing 15-minutes (and sometimes a lot more) for the interview. There's prep time involved as well. I like to be home at least 2 hours before the interview so that I can take care of any potential distractions (i.e. leaving a not for a delivery man not to ring the doorbell, etc.) I make sure that I'm ready 30 minutes before the interview as sometimes hosts will call early and then another 30 minutes after the interview in case it runs longer than anticipated. I follow up with hosts by sending them a thank you email, usually immediately after the interview, lest I forget.
In addition to being a writer, I'm a homeschooling mom and special needs advocate. I have a life outside of my writing. If you consider writing your full-time job, taking time out for interviews might be easier, especially if you are talking about 30 interviews in 30 days. I also practice Sabbath rest and would not be willing to give that up for 30 consecutive days of interviews.
Author of Too Much Stuff: Winning the War Against Clutter
Kathryn, one morning I did two consecutive --1 hour interviews -- then attended a three hour publishing seminar, after which, I did two more 1 hour consecutive interviews. You're right, it was too much like real work, and my brain and throat were killing me. That usually doesn't happen, however Jack Canfield of Chicken Soup Soul, said he did 7 or 8 radio interviews a day.
Yeah, well I know people who can do all of that and more while standing on their heads chewing gum and still sound like opera singers. So beat that.