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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

Interview With the Author of Query Letters

In this interview, Wendy Burt-Thomas, author of The Writer’s Digest Guide to Query Letters, shares her tips for writers groups, writer’s block, and what it takes to be a successful freelancer. Her perspective will help you become a better writer – whether you’re a seasoned pro or a newbie…

Before her tips, here’s one of her favorite writing quips:

“I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at nine o’clock every morning.” – Peter De Vries.

I’m not surprised that a writer who is as accomplished as Burt-Thomas likes this quotation! No waiting around for the muse for her…just straight writing, fellow scribes.  Burt-Thomas’ newest book, The Writer’s Digest Guide to Query Letters – click on the book cover for a direct connection to Amazon. Her other books are Oh Solo Mia! The Hip Chick’s Guide to Fun for One and Work It, Girl! 101 Tips for the Hip Working Chick.

And now for Burt-Thomas’ practical and inspiring writing tips…Read More »Interview With the Author of Query Letters

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