How to get on podcast interviews

 

One of the most useful tools for publicity and marketing are interviews, and podcasts, in particular are one of the interview mediums that is useful because it provides the author a chance to interact with the host of the podcast, and sometimes listeners. Podcasts have evolved over the years from being radio interviews to now including Google plus hangouts with video. Typically you’ll find that the podcasts are focused on specific topics or interview experts about topics. I’ve hosted podcasts as well as being interviewed on them. You can do both, though it is a time investment in the case of hosting your own and scheduling people to be on the show. The focus of this article is how to get on podcast shows, so if you want to do that the following steps can be helpful in getting interviewed.

1. Know your niche. Podcasts focus on specific niches so you want to be interviewed by people who will be focused on your topic matter and in touch with your target audience. Knowing your niche will help you do some research on podcasts that might want to interview you.

2. Follow other authors. I make it a habit to follow other authors and see what shows they got on. I don’t know every podcast out there, but by following other authors, I’ve been able to find out about other podcasts I haven’t been on, but would like to be interviewed by.

3. Keep a database with contact information. It’s a good idea to keep a database of shows you’ve been on and/or would like to be on with the name of the host, contact information, website, and the last date you were on the air. You can then follow-up with shows you’ve been on and you have their contact information in one place.

4. When contacting a show be prepared. Depending on the show, you may be contacting the host directly or staff. When you contact the show, you’ll usually do it by email. Be polite and indicate interest in being on the show. Share your website and tell them why they should interview you. If they respond favorably, send them a pdf of your latest book and suggest questions the host could ask, if s/he wants question suggestions.

5. Be professional on the show. When you go onto the show, be professional. The host will usually be friendly, but don’t assume that. Answer questions and remember that how you say what you say can make as much of a story as what you say.

6. Share the show on your social media and blog. When the show airs, and after it airs, share it on your social media and blog. Help the host out to spread the word. Also make sure you put the podcast on your media page.

Following these steps will help you get onto podcasts, and help you get your name and books out to your target market.

Para Animalia – New Wraeththu Anthology Call for Submissions

Storm Constantine’s Wraeththu Mythos

Para Animalia: Creatures of Wraeththu

Following on from the previous anthologies of Wraeththu Mythos stories, this new collection will focus upon the Wraeththu’s relationship with the animal kingdom – creatures both existing and imaginary.

We are calling for submissions to this anthology, of stories between 3,000 and 10,000 words. As with the former anthologies, we are mainly looking for pieces that do not involve characters from the original Wraeththu books, although such characters may have ‘cameo appearances’ if it suits the story. Writers who were included in the previous collections may also expand upon characters (or their descendants or ancestors) who they created for their earlier stories, if they so wish.

Contributors can explore how various Wraeththu tribes interact with animals, have spiritual or working relationships with them, or even encounter zoological mysteries out in the world. Stories may also include Wraeththu shape-shifting, or their relationship with the sedim. As long as the story focuses around some kind of animal, your imagination is otherwise given no restriction. The stories can also be set in any time period of Wraeththu history.

Please let us know if you are interested in contributing and provide a short synopsis of your idea, by mailing Storm at the above email address. The deadline for completed submissions is 31st March 2015.  As before, there will be a one off payment of $25 per story. Contributors are welcome to submit more than one.

If you know of anyone who might like to contribute, please feel free to pass this information to them.

Why its important to blog

 

It sometimes surprises me when I come across an author who doesn’t have a blog. Blogs have been around for a while now and not having one is missing out on an opportunity to connect with people, while also practicing your writing. Truth to tell if you’re going to be a published author you can’t afford NOT to have a blog. A blog allows your readers to connect with you, with your writing, and stay up to date on the news about your appearances and writing. Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, having a blog works. On my author site, I post two blog entries a week. Those blog entries provide fresh content that keeps your website relevant in Google and other search engines, and give your readers something to enjoy while waiting for your next book.

When you have a blog it is important to consistently update it. I recommend updating it at least once a week, if not more. With that said, you don’t need to write five articles a week either. In fact, you’ll burn out if you do that. But you need to do some writing and keep it consistent, week after week. You also need to make sure you share it on your social media sites.

When you write blog articles keep them short and concise. A most they should be around 1000 words, and at least around 300 words. If they are too short, they won’t keep people on your site, but if they are too long, you’ll lose people, both t the eye strain of looking at a screen and the simple fact that people like to scan and skim online entries. Make sure you have a space between paragraphs and don’t be afraid to use bullet points or numbered lists.

Blogs don’t have to be hard to maintain I do suggest turning your blog into a website, where you maintain the blog, but also have static pages, which include a bio page, a services page (if you offer other services) a media page, and any other page that might be relevant to your website and your choice to be an author.

 

 

Shades of Ritual is now Available!

Shades of Ritual

 

Immanion Press is pleased to announce that our latest anthology Shades of Ritual: Minority Voices in Practice is now available!

Although many of the roots of Paganism come from the lands of people of color, much of the color of Paganism is forgotten in the cultural mainstreaming that happens to ethnic cultures. This forces many people of color within Paganism to walk between the worlds of their birth ancestry and culture, and that of their spiritual culture.

Shades of Ritual: Minority Voices in Practice is the second installment of the Shades of Faith series. This anthology is a collection of pieces that challenge traditional perceptions of Eurocentric Paganism, and gives the reflections of people of color within their practice of Pagan spirituality. Its contributors address some of the complexities of practice, for those who are both part of an ethnic minority and also a practitioner of a minority religious path. Shades of Ritual offers insightful, beautiful and genuine reflections of the practices of people of color within our community. The authors practice a variety of traditions, including Wicca, Voodoo, Umbanda, Shaman, and other Pagan paths.

Join us once again while we celebrate the beauty of diversity within Paganism, giving a voice to the practices, writing, poems, and wisdom of Pagans of color in our community. Let us continue to explore the range of experiences and practices of those who add a little color to our Pagan landscape.

Contributors include: Nadirah Adeye, Clio Ajana, Crystal Blanton, Flame Bridhesdottir, Leslie Brooks, Janet Callahan, Alexandra Chauran, Dr. Katharyn Privett-Duren (Seba O’Kiley), Yutaka Furuki, Abel R. Gomez, Olivia Haynes, Yvonne E. Nieves, Luna Pantera, Nathaniel Puckett, Rt. Rev. Anniitra Ravenmoon, Sandra Santiago, Szmeralda Shanel, Rose Skye, Jayde Van Ter Pool, Pablo Vazquez III, Heaven Walker, Cecily Joy Willowe, M.Div., and Alisa Kuumba Zuwena

 

How to Handle Book Reviews

 

Your book is written and published. Finally people can read it and hopefully those people will get the messages you wanted to share in the book. However, it also helps if your target market knows that your book exists. This is where book reviews come into play. Publishers will typically send out review copies to book reviewers, but you may know of some book reviewers that are bloggers that you also want to review your book. You might also send review copies to podcasts that you want to be interviewed on. A review copy can be a pf of your book or a print version of your book. At Immanion Press we typically send out pdf review copies of the book, which we found works well. If you know a reviewer that you want your book sent to, ask your publisher to send a copy of your book to that reviewer and provide contact information to the reviewer.

A book reviewer is someone who will write the review for your book and post it on their website or magazine. They may also share it on websites such as amazon, goodreads, and library thing. The book reviewer will read the book to review it, which means that they’ll share both what they liked or didn’t like about the book. The review will not necessarily be a five or four star review, and could even be a one or two star review. As the author, you have to keep in mind that the reviewer is still promoting your book. You may not like the review, but it will be an honest one.

I’ll admit when I had my first few books reviewed, I didn’t always handle the reviews as graciously as I wish I had. It’s important to realize that the person reviewing isn’t making a personal attack. They are reviewing your book and sharing their opinion. Whether you agree or disagree isn’t relevant and it can actually make you seem controlling if you comment on the reviews that have been offered (unless you are answering a question in the review).

If you, as an author, have a website (you should, if you don’t) I recommend linking the reviews to the page for your book. That way readers can see what others have said about the book. You should also include a link to the amazon, good reads and library thing page for your books so that people can see reviews left on those sites, and offer their own reviews. If you want people to write reviews on those sites, I suggest posting a link to your social media and asking people to write reviews. You might get some reviews, but remember they may or may not be favorable. Book reviews do help with the sales of your books. When people see reviews it helps them decide if they will buy the book.

The most important thing you can do is step back and recognize that whatever reviews you get are the ones you’ve gotten. Some will be good, some will be bad, and yet all of them will speak to what people thought of your book. You can’t control their reactions to your book, but you can accept them with grace and appreciate that someone took the time to review your book.