Mary Jaksch

Email Interviews: 3 Tips to Make Sure They Don’t Suck

Email Interviews Don't Have to Suck. Makealivingwriting.com

Let me say this up front: Email interviews are not really interviews, from a journalistic point of view. I’ve shared my view on that repeatedly.

But writers are increasingly relying on this method of extracting quick quotes from experts.

Often, they’re either scrambling for blog-post fodder.Or they’re simply scared to call people and conduct real interviews.

I see posts on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Help a Reporter Out, and other places, nearly every day for sources to “send your best tip on email for inclusion” in roundup posts for blogs large and small. Sigh.

In a typical week, I dozens of requests asking me to participate in email interviews of 6-10 questions. They’re usually idiotic.

And it doesn’t have to be that way. I’m always going to choose picking up the phone over email interviews. But if that’s your only option to connect with a source, here’ how to make sure it doesn’t suck.

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A Simple System to Turn Your Blog into a Cash Machine

By Mary Jaksch Can you make money blogging? The answer is: Yes! But when you first start blogging, earning from a blog seems impossible. But the good news is that you – yes, you who are reading this article – …

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The 10 Best Articles for Writers (and Bloggers!) – November 2011

I’m apparently in a practical mood this month — large number of “how-to” posts here for freelance writers and bloggers looking to learn more about their craft. Our winners this month are a tasty mix of well-known masters and fresh …

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How One Writer’s Blog Hit the Top 10

Some of you may have heard that this blog was chosen as one of the Top 10 Blogs for Writers yesterday. Here is the crazy, unlikely story of all the people who helped me get there. The short version: I …

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Top 10 Blogs for Writers Contest – Vote for Me!

There’s a contest for writing blogs that used to run on Michael Stelzner’s site called the Top 10 Blogs for Writers. Now, my A-List Blogger Club leaders Mary Jaksch and Leo Babauta have taken the contest over. This year’s contest …

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15 Small Changes to Turbocharge Your Blog

Have you noticed some changes to this blog? They’re all a result of what I’ve learned in the A-List Blogger Club. I joined a month ago, and promised to report on whether I thought it was worthwhile. For the uninitiated, …

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