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Donna Fletcher Crow (US) is the author of forty-some books, mostly novels dealing with the history of British Christianity. She is the author of The Monastery Murders series; The Lord Danvers Victorian True-Crime series; The Elizabeth & Richard literary mysteries, GLASTONBURY,A Novel of the Holy Grail and more. www.donnafletchercrow.com

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Blogtalk Radio, Podcasting, Skype Interviews: An expert Helps sort out the Confusion

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ January 31, 2011

Of late I've become aware of an even newer, more immediate method of reaching readers than the virtual blog touring, which I enoy so much and had thought was cutting edge.  In recent weeks I've been interviewed over Skype twice, once as a video interview and once audio only, but including a Second Life connection, and I'm booked to do a podcast interview over the telephone.

It's all a lot of fun and I'm up for anything that helps me connect with readers, but I'm also very confused.  What's the difference between these various formats?  Is one better than another?  Will this media soon replace blogs?  In this hold-onto-your-hat rapidly changing world, I've asked expert C. J. West who had his own Blog Talk Radio show to help me sort it out.

Donna:  Welcome, C. J. Thank you so much for joining us on "Deeds of Darkness; Deeds of Light" to answer my questions.  First, are blog radio and podcasting the same thing?

C. J.: Blog Talk Radio (www.blogtalkradio.com) is a platform that allows broadcasters to connect with guests and listeners via telephone or chat. The company has created a platform that makes it easy to host a show and to make it widely available. They consider themselves a provider of podcasting technology and services.

 Donna:  So if I have it right then, podcasting is a gerneral term for radio programs via computer and that Blog Talk is a specific technology for producing podcasts.  How effective is this for reaching readers? Do people listen to blogtalk?  They must or serious people like you wouldn't be doing it--I'm just so amazed that people have time to follow things like this.

C.J.:  Like any other media, promotion is required to find an audience. I have found that listeners enjoy hearing from authors on a more personal level. My take on interviewing is to examine the thinking behind the book and my listeners and guest authors have really responded to that.  One of the great things about this medium is that it can be live AND recorded so listeners can enjoy the show even if they miss the live airing.  My shows are normally heard by 100 - 400 listeners depending upon the author.

Donna: Do I have it right, then, that podcasting is a gerneral term for radio programs via computer and that Blog Talk is a specific technology for producing podcasts?  

 

 

 

C.J.:  I believe that is correct. Podcast is generic. Blog Talk Radio is a product.

Donna:  Do you see this as the next big thing or am I just slow to catch on?

I think that most podcasts are simply recordings made and then posted. These can be edited before they are shared. Blog Talk Radio is a product that offers many more features than a typical podcast. One of the more important features is the call-in functionality. The chatroom is also a big plus.  

C. J.:  I've been hosting my show for almost two years and have great fun with it.  This year I have created a companion book group that discusses books online. Last week we had over 80 readers discussing The End of Marking Time. I'd say that is a great turnout for a book group.  

Donna:  One of my interviews is over the telephone, another over Skype (audio only).  Does that make any difference?

C. J.:   I prefer a landline because the quality is clearer. I have had some connections that have ruined shows and sometimes it is difficult to know as the show is being broadcast that the quality isn't up to snuff.

Donna:  This should be fun, but it's all new to me.  I would be glad for any success tips you have.

C.J.:   The most important thing is to relax and communicate. I started hosting my show because I wanted to be more comfortable with all the interviews I'm asked to do. After hosting the show, I am very comfortable on air with anyone and it is actually much easier than conducting a show. Once I understood that listeners are interested more in what I have to say than how I say it, I began to perform better on air.

Donna:  Thank you C. J.. If any of our readers want to leave questions in the comment box, I hope you'll drop back by to answer them.  And before you go, tell us about your books. 

 

C.J.:   My latest thriller, The End of Marking Time, pits a gifted housebreaker against a futuristic prison system then asks you to decide his fate. Sin and Vengeance, the first book in my Randy Black series, is currently in development for film with Beantown Productions, LLC (screenplay by Marla Cukor).

Donna:   That's Great, C. J., so you're hitting all the media fronts with an up-coming movie, too.  Congratulations!

C.J. hosts a Blog Talk Radio show which features interviews of contemporary thriller and suspense writers. CJ also hosts creative book tour events. Past events include an advanced driving course, firearms training for women, winery tours, and murder mystery events both online and in person. Find C.J. at www.22wb.com.

THE END OF MARKING TIME

Michael O’Connor is trapped in a Plexiglass cube facing a darkened window. He speaks to you as if you know him because he believes you’ve been watching him for months and are tasked with deciding his fate. The mystery of this book is not only who Michael thinks you are, but who is behind the window and what fate they will choose for Michael.

 My Blog Talk Radio show can be found at http://www.22wb.com/multi.htm?page=3

I am giving The End of Marking Time away free as an e-book to anyone who emails authors@22wb.com. Readers should specify .mobi, .epub, .pdf, .lrf.

 

Donna Fletcher Crow (US) is the author of forty-some books, mostly novels dealing with the history of British Christianity. She is the author of The Monastery Murders series; The Lord Danvers Victorian True-Crime series; The Elizabeth & Richard literary mysteries, GLASTONBURY,A Novel of the Holy Grail and more. www.donnafletchercrow.com

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Thanks for hosting me Donnna. It was a pleasure visiting with you.
-CJ, January 31, 2011

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