Many people find it hard to know what to say when they’re put on the spot – and an author’s interview is certainly one of those situations. If you have never done one before, here are some simple tips to help you through this sometimes daunting process.
- Believe in yourself. If you appear as self-deprecating or under-confident, people will not take you seriously.
- Be polite and pleasant.
- Talk about yourself – but keep it relevant. Don’t go off on tangents.
- Be slightly mysterious. Don’t give your whole life story away up front; a bit enigmatic makes you more intriguing.
- Be pretentious or say something about your writing process that isn’t entirely true because it sounds good. You will come across as insincere.
- Be self-conscious. You’ll look more silly if you’re constantly watching and judging yourself for fear of saying something stupid.
- Talk badly about other writers, even if they are rivals of yours. Be honest, but do it tactfully. Being critical or spiteful about other people does not look good in an interview, especially if you’re just starting out.
- Be arrogant. Be confident, sure – but don’t big yourself up too much or come across as your own biggest fan.
- Tell people useless information about yourself. No one cares what colour your lounge is painted.
The most important thing is to try and enjoy the moment.