Tabatha Pope, The Librarian - Behind the Scenes of the Book Industry
This month we have author interviewer, Tabatha Pope, sharing information on her radio show. The Librarian focuses on romance authors and various sub-genres. So without further ado, let’s learn how the world of radio interviews goes down.
Tabatha, please share a little about yourself with our readers.
Talk Show Host, Librarian, book event organizer/promoter, mommy, music lover, book nerd and closet-Goth. When my nose isn't in a book, or I'm not chasing my kids around, you will find me working on my own writing, and promoting other authors. Interests: reading YA and romance, supernatural/paranormal stuff, zombies, faeries, history/genealogy and BASEBALL.
When did you decide to start a radio show interviewing authors? How did you decide on The Librarian as the name for your show?
I started talking to Pam Stack, executive producer at Authors on the Air Global Radio Network (AOTAGRN for short), last May/June while working on a summer author promotion event. I was originally going to do a show about Young Adult literature, since I was a YA Librarian for seven years. Around the same time, I started writing my own stories...romances. Pam always joked with me about being her "sexy librarian" friend, and one day she just threw out the idea of a romance show, and call it "The Librarian". We found some sexy jazzy intro music and used one of my photos I took as a gift for my husband, and voila! The Librarian was born.
What sort of prep work do you do for your interviews? Do you read a book by an author before the interview or just the blurbs?
I do my very best to read every guest's latest release prior to the show. In reality, it happens a little more than half the time. (I have a very spirited 4 year old at home who sucks the energy out of me and takes up a great deal of my time)
I always spend time looking at the author's website if they have one, Amazon page, and I familiarize myself with their social media presence.
What genres do prefer for your interviews?
For my show, I only interview romance and erotica authors. I've had a few from different genres, but their story had to have an overreaching romance theme to it. With that, I have interviewed all types of romance subgenres: Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, YA, NA, Romantic Suspense, Erotic Romance, and I'm sure I missed a few.
LOL…Thanks. How do authors normally apply to be on your show?
Many different avenues: some come as a direct request from publishers, and publicists; some are email requests from authors; others are authors I have sought out and pitched. But if you were considering it, you could just email me. :-)
When you receive numerous requests, how do you select whom you want to interview?
I'm currently booking about 4 months in advance on my show, so this is a real world problem. I try to get everyone in, if their books line up with my show content and they are getting decent reviews. I almost always try to work in requests from publishers, because of our professional relationship. They keep my show full and I like a full schedule. But I have lots of requests from Indie authors, and I try very hard to get everyone a spot.
Do you have a set day and time for your shows? Where can interested readers listen to your show?
My show is broadcast weekly on blogtalkradio.com (for now). Our network may be moving to a different platform in the future. But for now, all the information about my show is posted on my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/thelibrarianonauthorsontheair. For each show, I create an event with all the information and link to listen to the live show. If you can't listen at the broadcast time, every show is recorded and you can always listen to the podcast later. For now, the show is every Thursday at 9 pm ET.
Is there anything more you’d like to share?
Anyone can call in to my show and talk to me or my guest author. Don't be nervous, I don't bite. The authors nearly always have something to give away on the show, but we rarely get callers, so please, Call in! You might win a book, or some other prize! Authors and publishers are very generous, especially when a book has just released.
Oh and I fangirl, just as much as you do over these authors! Luckily, I'm not on video, just audio, when I get all giddy and do my fangirl dance!
Columnist Lizzie T. Leaf: Award winning author, Lizzie T. Leaf started life in Kansas, sprung to adulthood in North Carolina, and currently shivers through the winters in Colorado.
Since discovering the fun of writing paranormal, she plays with creating vampires, faeries and other immortals. When she needs a touch of reality, her Contemporary Erotic Romances come into play. Her most recent release is Nordic Heat, available at http://amzn.to/1owng5k
If she’s not creating mischief for paranormal beings, or getting under the covers with her erotic heroes, she can be found exploring the other genres she wants to write. She is a member of RWA and has served as President for the Heart of Denver Romance Writers and VP of Programs.
Lizzie loves to read, spend time with her family and travel with her best friend husband.