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March 04, 2005

The Secret Radio Interviews No One Knows About

I thought I had a radio interview today (for Book of the Dumb 2); turns out I had three. They came at one hour intervals, not unlike Scrooge's three ghostly visitors, although at the end of the third interview, I was not imbued with the Christmas spirit, nor did I throw open the window to toss coins down to the clever boy in the street so that he could purchase the fattest goose in London for Bob Cratchit. Although I suppose it would have been interesting if I had.

The one I was waiting for was the one in the middle, which was for a station in Connecticut. But after fielding an interview from San Antonio (which unless plate tectonics have done something truly remarkable, is not in Connecticut), I decided that I should probably check the schedule my publicity person had sent me. It didn't list the Connecticut interview, but did list the San Antonio one and one in Quebec. And yet, at the appointed time, the ghost of Connecticut radio stations did indeed appear. Truly an exciting and talkative day here in the Scalzi home.

I didn't mind. I don't think it comes as any surprise to anyone who reads this site that I wouldn't have a problem cheerfully blathering on about one of my books, and as far as publicity goes, radio is dead easy, especially when you do it on the phone. The people you're talking to are trained to eat up dead air, so they're ready to jump in and cover your ass even if you're flailing about. Also, they tend to ask the same sort of questions no matter who they are; after you've done a couple, you tend to be ready with some set patter, so it goes better for everyone. And of course, since it's radio, and you're on the phone, it's not like you have to get dolled up or anything. You could do the interview in your bathrobe -- or less -- and I have. In all, a congenial way to shill your wares.

I have noticed that radio interviews come in two sizes: Bite-sized and economy-sized, and a good rule of thumb for radio interviews is that the later in they day they come, the longer they will be. All my morning interviews are short lil' things -- I'm meant to be a five-minute curiosity for the Morning Zoo or whatever they call themselves in that market. My afternoon and evening interviews, on the other hand, go on and on -- my final interview today, done at 7:30pm, went for a half-hour. Naturally, the author that complains about having a half hour to discuss his book on the radio is an author that needs to be taken over to the East River and pushed right in. Be that as it may, in cases like that it helps that there's more than one book in the series; there's more to talk about.

My schedule has me doing six more radio interviews through St. Patrick's Day, which if today is any indication, means I may have as many as eighteen interviews between now and then. Bring 'em on.

Posted by john at March 4, 2005 10:35 PM

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Luciano Pimentel | March 5, 2005 04:07 AM

I must say that Quebec stood out like a sore thumb there, amidst the three friendly ghosts... and I am allowed to make such blunt statements, since I am a Quebec resident and resistant! But I digress...

Which radio station was it then, pray tell...? I am so sorry I missed it - but then, I always listen to the same two stations when I have it on at all - CKOI and CHOM... I don't expect you to know them at all...!

PiscusFiche | March 5, 2005 08:30 AM

Wait....you mean....if you get published, people might actually want you to talk lots at them for minutes on end????

Holy god!

*skibbles off to finish stories*

(This makes more sense if you know me in real life. I am one of those people who doesn't shut up. I am the proverbial girl who could talk the hind legs off a donkey. I am at least capable of shutting up--I practise, so as not to offend or annoy people. But the idea of getting able to babble at people about things which excite me is....not an aspect of the writerly life which had occured to me. Don't worry, I'll categorise it with the six-figure advancees: something to be devoutly hoped for but not really expected.)

Bill the Splut | March 5, 2005 07:10 PM

I'm in Connecticut, so I'll echo Luciano's question: which radio stations? You might as well answer before someone from San Antone finds out.

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