I have “discovered,” after about a year of hearing about it, an interesting, engaging, and useful blogsite called BookTalk Nation. On it you can hear half-hour interviews with authors of fiction and non-fiction books. You access the interview by computer at booktalknation.com or by phone (212/563-5904). This is a fairly new enterprise sponsored jointly by The Authors Guild and the independent bookstores who join. Hearing/seeing the interview is free, while profits from book sales resulting from each interview are shared, half by the “home” indie bookstore conducting the interview and half divided among the bookstores that have joined BookTalk Nation. (Full disclosure: I get a huge pile of nothing for telling you about all this.)
It’s a very cool idea, allowing writers to escape our lonely, harsh lives—You know, “sit down and open a vein”—to hear how other writers do it, what their lives are like, where their inspiration and characters come from, etc.-squared. So, go to booktalknation.com and see if it’s good for you. Hit the “HELP” key in the upper right corner of their home page for answers to most of the questions you may already have.
The next interview is with Will Schwalbe, author of The End of Your Life Book Club (non-fiction), Thursday, March 7 at 3:00pm Pacific Time. The next fiction tallk is Tuesday April 2, 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST with Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train.
Oh, almost forgot. If you have a book already published, you can click on a button at the lower left of BookTalk Nation’s home page to offer yourself for an interview spot, along with an indie bookstore you’d like to conduct it. Which is a nice switch, the author getting to select the interviewer.