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Sunday, 5 December 2010

How Not to Approach an Author Interview as a Guest

Along with other blogs, this site has offered authors guest spots for interviews, where they can promote their work for free to a growing readership. It's quickly become clear to me that writers fall into two distinct groups when it comes to approaching such an opportunity. There are those who understand that this is a chance to showcase their work and that it benefits the host very little. And there are those who see it as an easy way to get their name known at the expense of their host's time and expertise.
I initially invited all published authors to take advantage of the opportunity on my blog; especially encouraging independent writers, who would otherwise get little exposure. A short while ago, I posted a question about modern manners and it seems that topic could equally apply to some of the authors I have hosted here.
Let me make it clear, this post is not inspired by anything that has recently happened, but is the culmination of experiences over the months I've been doing this.
There are some writers, and I won't name them, who clearly feel it's fine to leave the bulk of the work involved to the blog owner. Others, those with sense and consideration, go to great lengths to ensure their interviews can be presented with minimum effort by their host.
Stuart Aken


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