I sat in my car in a nearly-abandoned parking lot, palms sweaty, windows rolled up despite the heat, phone staring at me ominously from the desk. Two minutes. Maybe I could play a game on my phone? That might help me relax.
But then I might miss my time to call.
The two minutes pass like water torture, ticking by in slow procession as I watch and sweat and something like a centipede is running in circles inside of my belly.
Then I call. Linda answers the phone and we introduce ourselves. Then she asks about my cats. Bless Linda. I feel my nerves relax, my throat opens up, and I can actually find words to string together into semi-coherent sentences. Phew. I can do this. I can give an interview for a radio show. I’ve got this.
The rest of the interview passed in a blink, and I found I was hanging up the phone and thanking Linda profusely for her time. This first (hopefully of many!) interview went far more smoothly than I could have ever hoped for. The good people at The Authors Show were professional, kind, and super fun to work with! Back when I was plugging away at my first novel, dreaming of the day I’d see it in print and a magic angel choir would sing hallelujah and shine down light upon it, I never thought of the promotion aspect. Of going on interviews and doing signings and setting up a table for shows. Writing and getting a publisher – that was the difficult part, right?
The advertising and marketing that follows are just as important. I’m working on getting better at it (and trying to force myself to believe that people actually WANT to hear what I have to say, which is still quite a shock). This first radio interview I hope will lead to many more (I actually have another scheduled for May 9 – more info to follow!). While it was nerve wracking and terrifying to consider, the actual interview was easy and awesome.