“If a publishing house is not interested in publishing your book, there has got to be a reason,” she said, speaking on a panel at the Publishers Marketing Association University today.
But if you’re one of three or four other self-published authors, she might be willing to interview you on why you chose to self-publish, what the process was like, and what you learned from it.
Other tips Diane shared:
- Of the 150 books she receives each week, she chooses only 3 or 4 authors to interview.
- She loves receiving question-and-answer sheets from authors as part of their media kits because they include questions she wouldn’t think to ask.
- She frowns on interviewing authors who have written fiction because “it’s harder and harder for me to justify light pieces of fiction simply because our world is in such turmoil.”
- Regarding topics she covers on her show: “What it comes down to, I am embarrassed to tell you, is what topics I’m most interested in. It might be dogs, or food, or spies.”