Preparing for my Interview at The Creative Penn

It’s both an exciting and anxious time for me because this is the first time I’ll be interviewed regarding my experience as an author.   The person interviewing me is Joanna Penn at The Creative Penn, and though the interview will be on Wednesday (here in the US), it won’t be posted yet.  I will let you know when it is.  This is a big deal.  The Creative Penn is the winner of the 2011 Top Ten Blogs for Writers, so its scope is much better than what I and other authors manage on the Self-Published Author’s Lounge. 

I actually got my start in marketing from Author 2.0 and by listening to podcasts over at The Creative Penn.  I can’t even remember how I learned about it.  I might have been doing a search for publishing and promotion tips on the Internet or iTunes at the time.  This was back in the late winter of 2009.  I remember listening to a podcast about the launch of Author 2.0 one morning while I was waiting for the bus driver to pick up one of my kids, and I thought, “I have to get this while she has that great sale going on!” LOL  I think it was $99. 

Anyway, I learned about making book trailers, podcasting (which ended up being a huge failure on my end, but at least I tried it), Smashwords, Amazon’s Kindle place, tricks on formatting, publishing trends, making a first draft blog, the benefit of free reads and more from the Author 2.0  and from the guests she had on in her podcasts.  I took the things that best fit my personality and did them.

To be honest, I wasn’t sure what my results were going to be.  All I knew was that I was fascinated to learn all about publishing and marketing (and still am).  I pretty much immersed myself in everything I could find, and The Creative Penn was always the one I went back to.  So to be interviewed by Joanna Penn is a big honor for me.  What makes me nervous is knowing this will go in front of many people.  She has given me the questions ahead of time, and I’ve already spent an hour writing down ideas on how I’ll answer them.  I worry I’ll stumble on my words and end up sounding like a dork (which I think is normal), but at the same time I’m looking forward to it.

What does this mean for Self-Published Author’s Lounge?  Some good, I imagine.  I plan to give the blog a shout-out in the interview.   😀 

I’ll write a post after the interview to tell you how it went.  I expect that I’ll be relieved at that point.  But right now when I think about it, I get nervous.  I feel like I’m back in college and ready to go in front of the classroom to give a speech.  It’s good experience though because eventually, I want to be a speaker at some conferences to educate people on how to self-publishe for cheap.

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Ruth Ann Nordin mainly writes historical western romances and Regencies. From time to time, she branches out to contemporaries romances and other genres (such as science fiction thrillers). For more information, please go to or check out
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10 Responses to Preparing for my Interview at The Creative Penn

  1. Good luck, Ruth. And have fun.

  2. christyandjosh04 says:

    You will be FINE! Just think if you can deal with school teachers you can handle this! 🙂 I promise everything will come out smooth.. If you sound nervous who cares? You have a right to be nervous!!! 🙂 Your doing things that only some self published authors can dream about! 🙂 Love ya!

    • Thankfully, the person giving the interview is really nice. That helps a lot.

      I got to send you a message but am not sure if it’ll be tonight or not. I’m on a roll for tonight’s post and might hit 3,000 words tonight. I’m about 2600 words into the scene right now and Jane is mortified. lol

  3. christyandjosh04 says:

    hmmmmm is that a good thing or a bad thing?! lol and Jane is EASILY mortified! 😉

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    shudders… yes

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