The Art of the Author Interview: And Interviewing Creative People

The Art of the Author Interview: And Interviewing Creative People

by Sarah Anne Johnson
     
 

A practical guide to one of the most rewarding forms of literary journalism.See more details below

Overview

A practical guide to one of the most rewarding forms of literary journalism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584653974
Publisher:
University Press of New England
Publication date:
02/02/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of 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

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