The journo/blogger/hacker wouldn’t have read any of your books (probably), is not interested in your work (probably), and is only interested in your personal life (very probably). But none of this matters, because you, the author, are so happy (GRATEFUL, YAH?), that someone from the MEDIA (the ME-DI-AAAA!!!) has expressed an interest in your work. Even if said person is from Badgers Weekly. Here’s the no-holds-barred truth about author interviews.
Disclaimer: This is not a fluffy, writing-makes-me-all-poetic-and-goey-inside kind of post. It’s a ‘truth post’. So if you’re a ‘sensitive’ sort, or the type of person that’s likely to get offended about a post written by an ‘upstart writer who thinks too highly of herself’, best walk away now.
I wrote short stories as a child and spent much of my university days firing off proposals to publishers. I came close to getting a book deal a few times, but never quite managed it.
When I start working on a new project, there are some routines that I absolutely must follow, one of which is going for aimless walks. It does wonders for my creativity and my characters thank me for it, because it means I don’t kill them off.
Traditional publishing is a strange business model. It’s probably the only industry that gets 95% of its sales from 5% of its workers. And yet, it keeps on pouring money into discovering new work (that’s you, fellow writer), hoping to find the one author that will make the bestseller lists and keep their staff in jobs for at least another year.