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7 Tips for Television Interviews for Writers

Whether you’re a writer preparing to do a television interview or still visualizing the day it happens, you can’t miss these seven tips for TV from freelance writer and blogger Susan Johnston! She recently appeared on ABC, discussing an article she wrote about job interviews.

Before her tips, a quip:

“To me, every interview, even if you love the artist, needs to be somewhat adversarial,” says journalist Chuck Klosterman. “Which doesn’t mean you need to attack the person, but you do need to look at it like you’re trying to get information that has not been written about before.”

Here’s television interview tip number one: be prepared to answer questions you might not expect! As writers, we know how important it is to share exciting new information — and we might be asked to cough it up unexpectedly. For more tips on radio and television interviews, click on Media Training 101: A Guide to Meeting the Press by Sally Stewart. And, read on for Johnston’s seven tips for television interviews for writers…Read More »7 Tips for Television Interviews for Writers

Writing Tips From Published Author and Radio Producer, Lillian Brummet

Here, published author and radio producer Lillian Brummet shares the highlights of her experience as a professional freelance writer for the past decade. She’s written three books, produces two radio programs, and manages both a blog and newsletter. Phew! Her husband Dave is a musician and photographer; he’s also the behind-the-scenes editor, graphic and website guy.

First, one of Lillian’s favorite writing quips:

“We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.” ~ Marian Write Edelman

In the same vein, Lillian says, “The main focus of every single thing we do in life is to inspire hope in individuals, helping them realize the value of their efforts, and encouraging them to become more positive, proactive in life. We truly believe in the power of the individual and do everything we can in our lives to make a difference.”

Wow! That’s an incredibly noble purpose in life. For more of Lillian’s inspiration click her book cover — Towards Understanding. And, for her writing tips and quips, read on…Read More »Writing Tips From Published Author and Radio Producer, Lillian Brummet

Radio Interview, Freelance Writer Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

In this radio interview with full-time freelance writer Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen (me!), you’ll get tips for aspiring writers, info about different types of articles, and the best and worst parts of a freelance writing career.

First, a quip from A. A. Milne:

“Almost anyone can become an author; the business is to collect money and fame from this state of being,” he said.

Ah, that’s the ticket…collecting money and fame from writing! To delve deeper into the writing and publishing business, click on the excellent Writing Life: Celebrated Canadian and International Authors on Writing and Life, edited by Constance Rooke.

Recently, I was a guest on an hour-long radio program called “Writers’ Voices with Monica and Caroline,” on KRUU FM 100.1 (The Voice of Fairfield, IA).  Here is what I said about my fulltime freelance writer’s life…Read More »Radio Interview, Freelance Writer Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

Interviewing Sources and Experts for Articles – Tips for Freelance Writers

For freelance writers, experts and sources can make or break a magazine article — or even a query letter to editors! These tips for freelancers will improve your chances of getting published…

But first, a quip:

“A fact is like a sack – it won’t stand up if it’s empty. To make it stand up, first you have to put in  all the reasons and feelings that caused it in the first place.”  ~ Italian dramatist Luigi Pirandello.

To bring your articles to life, you have to add spice…and your spice comes from your experts’ opinions and sources’ stories! To be a better freelance writer, read Writer’s Digest Handbook of Magazine Article Writing. And remember: anecdotes — real people’s stories — are crucial to writing a gripping article.

And, here are a few tips on interviewing experts and other sources by phone, in person, or via email for that juicy feature article.Read More »Interviewing Sources and Experts for Articles – Tips for Freelance Writers