|"I thoroughly enjoyed my experience on The Writing Show. Paula Berinstein gets it. She cares about the process, much more than the hype. Paula, you're a true friend to writers."|
|Scott Fivelson, Author of Tuxes|
|"Paula has the ability to ask pertinent questions that truly take the listener on a voyage of discovery. I had many wonderful responses to my interview... 'behind the scenes at a marketing agency.' Thank you Paula."|
|Naomi Finkel, Owner Say It With Words|
If you'd like to be a guest on The Writing Show, please email us . DO NOT SIMPLY SEND A PRESS RELEASE! That's the lazy way to pitch and we ignore them. TELL US WHAT YOU HAVE TO CONTRIBUTE THAT WILL HELP OUR LISTENERS!
When you write to us, please tell us how your appearance on the show will benefit our listeners. For example, “I can talk about the fundamentals of writing fantasy, including world-building, the quest, heroes and villains, and magic.” Or “I can talk about writing blank verse, poetic meter, and imagery.” With about 50 slots per year to fill, daily listener requests for a variety of topics, and hundreds of guest pitches, you need to stand out and make us say, “Wow! We’ve got to get that person on the show!”
Please do not say, “I want to come on the show because I have a new book to pitch” or “My publisher wants me to market my book.” This is not a compelling pitch. For one thing, it doesn’t make you unique. For another, you are focusing on what we can do for you rather than what you can do for our listeners, which should be to offer the best information and inspiration around.
Check our archives under "Podcasts" to see what topics we've already covered. Just because we've done something doesn't mean we can't or won't do it again, but we do prefer to break fresh ground whenever possible. That can mean a new angle on a topic we've already addressed or a completely new subject. (By the way, doing this is great practice for pitching your work to agents, editors, and film production companies.)
Information for prospective guests
- Our favorite times to record are mornings California time. We prefer not to record during evenings and weekends, but we know that sometimes there's no other option.
- Let us know if you have Skype. It isn't necessary, but the audio quality is usually better than that of a phone.
- Please don't use a speaker phone. The audio quality is awful. We learned this the hard way.
- We spend from 30 to 60 minutes on the phone or Skype with you. Let us know what's the best length for you.
- We record all shows and edit them before posting. Don't worry if you say "um" a lot, pause for long periods, or make bloopers. We can fix all that.
- We like to publish pictures with each show. Please think about what you might be able to give us: a portrait, logo, candid, etc. If you'd rather not, no biggie.
- We will also ask for a short bio, which we'll abbreviate for the audio. We'll publish (almost) the whole thing on our Web site.
- Once the show is up, we'd love it if you'd link to us. We'll give you the permalink.
- Most guests hate the way they sound. Cringing at the sound of your own voice is completely normal. No one else is as critical of you as you are.
- Your show will stay in our archive as long as we exist. We're planning to be around for decades, if you want to know.