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The Art of the Author Interview
And Interviewing Creative People
Sarah Anne Johnson

University Press of New England



Contents

• Building a Literary Life
• Who Is This Book For?

• GETTING STARTED - KNOW YOURSELF - Where Do You Want to Publish Your Interviews?
• How and to What Degree Are You Engaged in the Literary Arts?
• Why Do You Want to Interview an Author?
• What Has Kept You From Interviewing an Author before Now?
• CHOOSING THE AUTHOR - Your First Interview
• Use Your Connections
• Use Your Credentials
• MAKING CONTACT WITH THE AUTHOR - Through the Publicist or Agent
• The Query Letter
• Deconstructing The Query Letter
• Developing a Query Letter Template

• THE REAL WORK BEGINS - CONDUCTING THE RESEARCH - Researching the Author
• Ongoing Research
• COMPOSING THE QUESTIONS - The Role of the Interview Questions
• Remember Your Audience
• Types of Questions and Suggestions
• GETTING IT ALL ON PAPER - Step One: Brainstorm
• Step Two: Flesh Out Your Raw Material
• Step Three: Put the Questions in Order
• Step Four: Make Sure You've Covered Everything
• Step Five: Get Feedback
• Composing the Questions: Generative Exercise
• Composing the Questions: Checklist
• Interview Question Dos and Don'ts

• LET'S LOOK AT THE PROS

• TIME FOR THE INTERVIEW - CONDUCTING THE INTERVIEW - How to Present Yourself
• In Person, Phone, Email
• Equipment and Other Technical Issues
• Your Role as Interviewer
• Using Your Road Map - TRANSCRIBING THE INTERVIEW

• REFINING THE INTERVIEW - EDITING THE INTERVIEW - Staying True to the Author's Voice
• Use of Slang or Curse Words
• Including the Author in Revision
• Working with the Editor - THE AUTHOR'S BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE - The Straightforward Author's Biographical Note
• The Narrative Author's Biographical Note
• The Narrative First-Person Bio
• Deciding for Yourself - THE INTERVIEWER'S BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE - MULTITASKING: HOW MANY INTERVIEWS IN THE FIRE AT ONCE?

• PUBLISHING THE INTERVIEW
• FINDING THE RIGHT PUBLICATION - Create Your Submission Hit List
• Where to Find Publications
• To Multiply Submit or Not to Multiply Submit
• Offer an Exclusive Look
• Why Query First?
• The Writer's Guidelines
• Getting the Query Right
• Deconstructing the Query Letter
• Query Letter Dos and Don'ts
• The Fine Art of Patience
• The Inevitable Rejections
• Working with the Editor -
• COPYRIGHT ISSUES

• KEEP YOUR INTERVIEW WORKING - FOLLOW-UP - FINDING NEW USES FOR YOUR INTERVIEW - Reprint Rights
• The Art of the Author Profile

• INTERVIEWING OTHER CREATIVE PEOPLE - Putting These Principles to Use with Other Artists
• Example: Inside the Actor's Studio
• Example: Writer A. M. Homes Interviews Painter Eric Fischl
• Example: Interview with Screenwriter Max Adams

• THE AUTHOR INTERVIEW IN OTHER MEDIA
• TELEVISION BROADCASTING - Format
• Target Audience
• Commercial, Public, and Cable Television
• Television is Visual--How Will You Look?
• Improving Your Interview Skills by Watching TV Interviews - RADIO BROADCASTING

• THE ART OF THE AUTHOR INTERVIEW IN THE WRITING PROGRAM - THE M. F. A. PROGRAM
• Program Models
• Program Ideas – THE UNDERGRADUATE WRITING PROGRAM - Beginner Program Ideas

• FINAL THOUGHTS AND INTERVIEW TIPS - REJECTION AS INFORMATION - COMMON PROBLEMS - Lack of Preparation
• Disorganization
• Inarticulate Questions
• Inappropriate Questions
• Interview Is Too Faithful to Spoken Event
• Too Much Analysis
• Self-Promotion by Interviewer
• Too Muc Commitment to the List of Questions - WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU'RE OUT OF TIME
• APPENDIX: THE HISTORY OF THE AUTHOR INTERVIEW
• George Plimpton and the Paris Review
• The Interview as an Evolving Form
• The Future is Now

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:58:56 -0500