The Writer's Block FAQ's

1)  What is the deadline to complete my interview or blog post?

Please submit all interviews and requested photos, links, etc. within 7 days, or no later than 72 hours before your live date. I would rather have a really good interview returned in 2 weeks, than a poorly-written one back in 2 days. Make sure you spell check your interview and edit for grammatical errors. Interviews are generally published  the way you write them, but I do have editorial discretion. That being said, I realize that we are all busy. If additional time is required, please keep me posted.

2)  I have a book release coming up soon. May I pick my run date?

If you notify me at the beginning of the process, I will do my best to accommodate you.

3) How long should my interview be?

1000-1200 words should suffice, but you should focus on good content presented in a concise manner. Say what you need to say, but remember that someone may be reading your interview on a smaller mobile device like a cell phone or tablet as opposed to a desktop/laptop computer. Keep the main thing, the main thing.

4)  How can I maximize traffic and feedback on my interview?

There are many factors that lead to high blog traffic. The link to your interview/blog is posted on Twitter, Facebook, my website, LinkedIn, Goodreads, my blog subscribers, and email contacts. Connect with me on as many of these sites as possible, so we may cross-promote. Here are some additional strategies to consider:

  • Promote your run date early. Start telling your publisher, Facebook friends, family, peers, Twitter followers, blog followers, email contacts, etc. that you will appear on Raychelle Writes or The Writer's Block as soon as you are notified.
  • Create your own media outlets. If you don't already have a blog, start one and post something new at least once a week. If you don't already have a website, create one and keep the content fresh. Join Facebook and create a fan page for your work. Join Twitter and start following people you already know and work with. Connect your Facebook page to your Twitter account so that if you post to one, you will simultaneously post to the other. You should also consider sending out press releases when you launch a new project. Don't forget about LinkedIn, Goodreads, and Google+.
  • Do interviews and guest blogger posts in conjunction with your book releases. You have a very short window of opportunity to make a splash with your new title. Concentrate your efforts in the form of a marketing plan. Have a strategy.
  • Provide a good interview. The amount of time spent on your interview is evident in the final product. Readers are looking for best practices, encouragement, and any helpful insights you are willing to offer. If you choose to do an interview only for the sake of promoting yourself, you will get out of it what you put into it. Give something back to the writing community and you will reap those benefits tenfold.

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