BookBanter is Three Years Old

This week is BookBanter’s third birthday!  I debuted my first podcast episode back on October 13th, 2008, which you can listen to here.  And as of today, BookBanter has 40 audio episodes (most of them exclusive interviews), 24 written interviews, and 596 book reviews.  2011 saw the debut of the BookBanter Column, with four articles published, and I’m currently working on the fifth on the subject of NaNoWriMo.  This year I also added links on the writing projects I’m currently working on and their respective statuses, which can be found on the Writing page; and there’s the Librivox page, covering my audio recordings for Librivox.

For 2012, I will continue putting up new interviews twice a month, and the big news right now is the first interview of next year, which should go up on January 1st, will be a written one with bestselling author Richard Dawkins!  I’m also planning on running a series of interviews with various people in publishing, including publicists, agents, and hopefully a few editors, just to get their side of the book world and what their lives are like.

So here’s to many more years with BookBanter!

Part 1 of Interviewing: Techniques and the Interviewees

As we encroach upon the one year anniversary of BookBanter, which technically falls on Tuesday, October 13th, but I’m commemorating this with the new episode on Thursday, October 15th (or between 11PM and midnight the night before for you BookBanter Readers waiting for the new episode), I’m going to talk a little about interviewing on BookBanter.

With the eighteenth episode going up next week and sixteen successful interviews under my belt covering a wide range of authors on numerous subjects, including fiction and nonfiction; I’ve realized an interesting facet to interviewing: with each interview I undertake, they fall into two categories.  Now bare in mind these categories are on equal standing, and no one is better or worse than the other, they’re just different, and both just as enjoyable to do.

There is the interview where I feel like I’m always running the show.  Obviously I’m pretty much always in this position, being the interviewer, but there are some authors who either have some preset answers or are just good at responding to questions and know where I want them to go with it and what information I’m looking for.  These are the situations where I feel like I’m “mostly” running the show.  It’s almost like they are running the interview and I’m simply shooting out the questions every once in a while when they’re done answering the previous question.  These are fun as the listener gets a lot of information about the author, as well as personal anecdotes and some interesting stories that I never would’ve expected to hear and never thought to ask as a question.  These are usually with authors who have been writing and published for some time and have a number of books under their belts; though this is certainly not always the case.  These also tend to be longer interviews.

The other type is where I give the question and the author answers specifically to the question, occasionally giving extra information, but for the most part sticking to the question.  In this situations I feel like I’m completely running the interview, as the author is reacting and responding to me and not the other way round (as is the case in the first type discussed above).  What makes these interviews just as fun and interesting is it forces me to improvise more and make up new questions that will probe a little more into the author’s life.  The result again is some new and interesting information that I’d never planned on asking and yet leads to a fun and unique interview.  These authors are usually relatively new authors (again, not in all cases) and tend to be shorter interviews.

I want to once again stress the point that I thoroughly enjoy these two types of interviews equally, as the result each time is a very entertaining and enjoyable interview that I know is special and unlike any other.  This guarantees for me — which is a big part of why I love doing BookBanter — that each interview I do will be a totally different experience to any one I’ve done before and will therefore, I think, make it all the more interesting and entertaining for the BookBanter Reader and Listener.

A General Shoutout to the World!

Just wanted to thank anyone and everyone who’s ever checked out, listened to, subscribed, continues to listen to, checks daily, and any author, editor, writer, reader, or publicist who’s shown any interest in BookBanter. With each interview and episode I do and record, and each book I review, I enjoy this job more and more, and just want to thank you all for your support and hope to continue to entertain you for many years to come.

The next episode of BookBanter, Episode 18 with Joe Schreiber, will go up October 15th and will mark the one-year anniversary for BookBanter. It’s come a long way from a short podcast of me reading my reviews. I’m sure I’ll make a more nostalgic and tear-jerking post when the anniversary arrives.

But for now I just wanted to say thank you. And I look forward to what BookBanter will be continue to become for the BookBanter Readers and Listeners, as well as for me.