“A radio talk show host saw my book and wants to interview me. Should I be leery?”

“A radio talk show host saw my book and wants to interview me. Should I be leery?”

Q – 

Hello Angela,

I hope all is well with y’all in sunny and wet Florida!

My wife received a call today from a gentleman associated with (name of radio show removed). I googled him and he seems legit. They want me to call in, and discuss my books with them. Have you heard of anything like this being of benefit to any of your friends or authors? I’ve always been leery of these types of things…

Sincerely,

Chris


A –

I’ve never heard of the show so I can’t tell you if they will or will not offer you any significant exposure. Unfortunately, these types of phone calls are usually telemarketers trying to get authors to pay to be interviewed on a show. They lure you in with false praise and promises, and then they hit you with bill. Sadly, many authors fall of this scheme. Since anyone with a computer and a microphone can have their own online “radio” show now, I would exercise extreme caution.


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  2. Johnny Townsend  April 25, 2019 at 12:59 am

    Several years ago, I did a 20- or 30-minute interview with KUOW, the local public radio station in Seattle. I got a few emails and phone calls from it but not many sales. What was great was that the interview was taped and edited, so I actually came across sounding halfway intelligent. About a year later, a radio show out of Florida did a phone interview with me. That interview was live and lasted a full hour. God only knows how many stupid things I said, but the good news (?) is that nobody in their right mind would have listened to me for an hour, so probably few people heard me flub. Of course, I doubt I got a single sale out of it. There was no cost to me, though, and it was kind of fun to do.

  3. Linda Rosencrance  April 18, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    I’m a true crime author and I’ve been contacted by radio hosts in the U.S. and Canada to do interviews on their shows on a number of occasions. I’ve never run into any type of scam.

    • Wendy  April 19, 2019 at 11:45 pm

      Same here, Linda. No problems from my end.
      I just never got many sales from a radio spot, though.
      It is a great chance to speak on the air, however.