Indie Epublished Authors: To Reach Readers, Consider Blog Talk Radio and Skype Too!

Happy Monday, WG2E-Land!

Today, I’ve got an exciting question for you…that might just land you a brand new reader base or two…

Have you ever considered participating in or actually participated in Blog Talk Radio Programs and Skype Sessions too?!

Recently, I was asked and was over the moon to accept two multi-media gigs, one via Blog Talk Radio and another via Skype.

Mark your calendars to join me on the following dates:

Thursday, November 15th (8:45 PM-10 PM ET) on Elaine Raco Chase’s Blog Talk Radio Show, Authors Corner

Thursday, December 6th (7:30 PM ET) on Skype with The Fayetteville Free Library (New York)

Booking these fabulous gigs got me to thinking “What if I created a Blog Talk Radio Show for The RG2E and/or scheduled Skype Sessions throughout the year?! How much fun would it be to chat and get to know our readers and fellow RG2E Featured Authors in those terrific multi-media formats too?!

I’ve been developing a Muse Therapy Blog Talk Radio Show for awhile now, but I never thought of one to simply chat with readers! Duh! :-)

Take a look at what our RG2E Readers have said about this idea:

So, what do y’all think, WG2E-Land?! What kinds of topics could you envision chatting with your readers about? What Blog Talk Radio Shows do you listen to or have you participated in? Let us know below!

The Best of Reaching Readers Wishes — D. D. Scott

D. D. Scott is an Amazon and Barnes and Noble Top 100 Bestselling Romantic Comedy and Humorous Mystery Author. She’s also a Writer’s Go-To-Gal for Muse Therapy and Indie Epublishing, the Co-Founder of The WG2E- The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing, and the Founder of The RG2E – The Reader’s Guide to E-publishing.  You can get all the scoop on her, her books, her Online Classes and Live Workshops, plus juicy tidbits too from her new cyber home…D. D. Scott-ville.

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  1. Jeanne says:

    Sounds great!

  2. Sibel Hodge says:

    How fantastic! Go DD!

    I was on London Turkish Radio a couple of years ago, talking about my books, which was very exciting! But I have to say I do prefer online interviews where I can think about my answers in advance. :)

    • D.D. Scott says:

      Oooo…London Turkish Radio sounds superfab fun, Sibel!!!

      I do love the thrill of live programs and presentations, probably from my theater days. :-) I love to work a room…or cyber room!

  3. Alison Pensy says:

    I had an interview on a local radio show earlier this year but the DJ sent me her questions in advance. I specifically asked if she would because I am as tactful as a brick and worry about offending people, especially with the culture difference between Brits and Americans. It went well but I was so nervous.

    My husband listens to book radio on Sirius all the time and he loves to listen to the author interviews. Quite often, when I tell him how I come up with a story, or that my characters ramble on in my head, he gets excited and says “oh that’s exactly what (insert famous author) says happens to her” etc etc.

    I think putting an actual voice to an author is a great idea. Readers love to “hear” what an author sounds like, I guess it makes us more ‘human’. :-)

    Yet another great idea you are scheming, D.D. Good luck!

    • D.D. Scott says:

      That’s so cool that your husband listens to author programs, Alison! How fun when he can tell you other authors’ methods too!

      It is that “putting an actual voice to an author” element that I think will be great fun and connect with readers in an entirely new way!

  4. I have not participated in any broadcasts, but they sound like a fun and great idea. However, this past Friday, I was invited to lunch by a local book club that selected my book to read in October. I have a reader’s guide in the back of the book, and it was such fun to hear them answer the questions and have them ask where I came up with some of the things that happened in the book. We were laughing so much, the owner of the restaurant asked what we were doing. Needless to say I gave him a copy of my book. It’s great to be able to interact with your readers in whatever manner available.

    • D.D. Scott says:

      Fabulous anecdote, Janice! I’ve added “creating a Reader’s Guide” to my To Do List! So, thanks bunches for the reminder!

      Nothin’ beats hangin’ with your readers either in the flesh or via a cyber event!!!

      U Go, Girl!!!

  5. Ruth Harris says:

    This reminds me of an anecdote I’d forgotten until just now thanks to DD’s post. Back in the TradPub days a friend was on a book tour. Book Tours if you’ve never done one are totally exhausting–after a few days you don’t know what city you’re in, your panty hose are hanging in the shower in another town etc etc. God knows how politicians campaign. No wonder they make gaffes all the time.

    In any case, this friend (a bestselling author) was completely exhausted & booked on a late night call in show where people (women) asked for advice. For an energy boost, my friend had a few drinks as she dished out advice that had the phones humming. To a woman who asked what to do with her deadbeat boy friend, she advised: “Throw the bum out” & the nitty-gritty girl talk went from there.

    She was a big hit as she dished out real-life no-BS advice to the lovelorn.

    No way am I suggesting anyone follow her path. Just that DD’s post reminded me of how great live radio can be.

    • D.D. Scott says:

      Ohhh yeahhh, Ruth!!! How fun would that be…a cyber Happy Hour on live radio!!! Now that would be entertaining!!! Your friend got it just right!!! LOL!!!

      I actually started radio at an early age, singing jingles for a local tire company. I then went on to do a lot of live radio – including call-in shows (which are just as fun as they are terrifying…LOL!) – for all of the philanthropic groups I served on boards for. Radio rocks!!!

      You haven’t lived – or had the need for a therapist – till you’ve gone through the highs and lows of live radio! :-)

  6. Sounds exciting and fun! I’ve done some radio interviews for my nonfiction books and have an interview scheduled in November to feature the fiction trio. :)

  7. Stacy Green says:

    I may be doing a spot on Webb Weavers Blog Talk Radio. Will probably just be a reading. RE: radio, should I also send press releases to radio stations to notify them of my release? I just don’t think of them as having much influence anymore.

    Great post!

    • D.D. Scott says:

      I’ll have to check out Webb Weavers, Stacy! Enjoy your spot there!

      I have done a couple local radio shows, and it certainly doesn’t hurt, although I’ve never seen any huge sales spikes. But, they’re still really fun clips to add to your website for peeps to tune in even after the show.

      I don’t do press releases anymore. I just feel they’re impersonal and get lost in the stacks of stuff peeps want coverage for. And that comes from my days being a reporter when I was the one having to wade through all of ‘em. LOL!

      What works for me is calling the station or stopping by with my First One is On Me postcards. Treat the peeps running the station, and you’ll be more likely to get on the air! :-)

  8. Joe Bruno says:

    I was a guest on a NY City radio show last year hosted by a criminal lawyer, Mathew Mari. He also wrote the Book Description for my ebook “Mobster etc… Volume 1″ for Amazon. I didn’t notice a bump up in sales after appearing on the show.

    But web radio is a different ballgame. Skype too.

    PS I have a great face for radio. Not so for Skype.

    • D.D. Scott says:

      Sounds like superfab fun, Joe!!! Excellent!!!

      LOL!!! You always have the best one-liners, my friend, which would make you awesome for radio the world over!!! :-)

  9. Skype sounds interesting. What will you be talking about? Did they contact you or vice versa? Fayetteville is a suburb of my hometown. If you were going to appear there *live*, I’d come visit! Sounds like a lot of fun!
    I love the idea of a Happy Hour on the radio…Hmm.

    • D.D. Scott says:

      I’m thinkin’ Happy Hour on the Radio sounds totally fun, Marcia! Cheers to that!!!

      I have no clue what I’ll be talking about on the Skype event with Fayetteville, as the attendees will get to throw questions at me. I do think, overall, the topics will be based on my Indie Epublishing experiences. Please tune-in with your local peeps! That would be great fun to hang with you too that evening!

      And Fayetteville contacted me via email.

  10. Julie Day says:

    Web radio sounds more my ticket than face to face interviews. I don’t know if they do ones for overseas, me being here in the UK.

  11. I can verify that blog talk radio works. I got to talk with Elaine on her show on Thursday and had a nice spike in sales over the weekend.

    I love Ruth’s idea of call in advice! My reluctant sleuth is an etiquette expert who’s always down on her luck. I’d love to do a call in show with The Manners Doctor giving advice! (Maybe I should talk to Elaine about that.)

    But like Joe Bruno, I’m better on the radio than Skype. I have great figure for the radio :-)

    • D.D. Scott says:

      Cool, Anne! I think Elaine’s listener base is something like 20,000 people!!! Terrific, right?!

      I luuuvvv your call-in idea too! It’s perfect for your character!!!

  12. Sounds intriguing! There are no limits, it seems, to ways to market to our readers. Something for everyone – and who wouldn’t want to expand their reader base?

  13. Fantastic! A great way to reach readers!

  14. Got caught up with Halloween, so chiming in late. Is blog radio like an online radio show? If so, then I just had my first blog radio interview last month. I had a blast! My nephew-in-law is one of the hosts of this show which focuses on relationships. They wanted to step outside the box and came up with topic,”From Dream to Reality,” a 3 part series which featured mainly musicians. Then they decided to invite a few authors including myself. On the air, he stated that they weren’t so sure what to expect with author, but they were so glad they took that leap of faith and had us on as guests. And I’ve been invited back when my book is released in the Spring. Oh… And what was really cool, that night they had listeners from S. Korea and Japan. Pretty cool!

    So, I say GO FOR IT!!! It sounds exciting! :-) Skyping sounds like fun, too!!!