How do authors get online interviews?

Posted on November 21, 2007


I am a children’s author and illustrator. My first book was published this year but I’m having a hard time finding book reviewers and author interviews. I have read dozens of interviews with children’s authors online. I’m wondering how I can get interviewed – or just get my book reviewed. Do you have any suggestions?

Do your research and ask for reviews and interviews.

I have compiled a list of more than twenty-five Children’s Book Reviewers, which is posted at Writing World. (Please note, Readers Room is not currently publishing new reviews.)

If you’re a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI), go to their web site and download the free “Guide to Children’s Book Reviewers.” The guide lists individuals and publications that review children’s books, along with information on how and what to submit.

Author interviews are more difficult to obtain and will require more research on your part. You can start by doing a Google search for “children’s author interviews”. Look for web sites that publish interviews with children’s authors and send an email requesting an interview.

For example, Absolute Write and author Cynthia Leitich Smith have published several author interviews. Members of SCBWI have access to online discussion boards where they can post requests for interviews.

Many bloggers, myself included, do author interviews. There again, you need to surf the internet searching for author interviews on blogs, then email the blogger and request an interview. Search for blogs that feature interviews with authors who write books similar to yours, or in your genre.

Better yet, start your own blog. Begin with an interview with yourself – just for practice. You probably have friends with blogs, offer to do an interview exchange, or a guest blog. The possibilities are endless!

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