MARTIN CROSBIE-RADIO STAR!
I’ve had quite a month. I’m not sure why, but I’ve been presented with numerous promotional opportunities during March. It’s been three months since I released my new book, “My Name Is Hardly” and, along with my first book, “My Temporary Life”, they’re both selling great and new readers are downloading both books every day. So, maybe the folks who have promotional sites took notice. I’m not sure, but I’m certainly not complaining either. During March, I was interviewed by Stephanie Moore from Layered Pages, I had a really nice newspaper article written about me because of my involvement with Indie Authors for Hurricane Sandy Library Recovery, I had some other online interview opportunities, and I spoke on the radio four times. Yep, four times. I don’t know how many times you have to be on the radio to be considered a radio guy, but internet radio, and podcasts are really popular, so, I’m going to take my four times and call myself a radio personality.
I’ve been interviewed on the radio before. In fact, when “My Temporary Life” hit top ten on Amazon’s overall bestseller rankings last year I did a couple of radio shows within the same month but those were just practice runs. Those were interviews where I said “um” and paused a whole lot. Now, I’m a pro. And, if you don’t believe me, you can listen to them, I mean to me, right here. Here’s your own personal backstage pass to my radio performances.
First off, I was interviewed by Pam Stack for her “Authors on the Air” radio program. Pam is a Facebook friend and she has a very popular show. I got to know her a little bit before she interviewed me and I like her, and that really helps. She’s warm and funny and has opinions. Yes, she does, and that’s really important when it comes to having a good conversation because then you’re really talking, not just answering questions. One of the bonuses of appearing on Pam’s show was that the second guest was Elle Lothlorien, the author of the bestselling novels “The Frog Prince” and “Sleeping Beauty”. Elle has had a great deal of success and is one of the pioneer Indie authors, so it was a great thrill to be on the same program as her, and when my interview was over and it was her turn, I didn’t want to leave. I was talking to the lovely Pam Stack and the mega-talented Elle Lothlorien and there was no way I was going to get off the radio. So, my time went a little long. It was tons of fun. You can listen to it here.
Next, I was interviewed by Carolyn Steele for her “Trucking” radio show. That one isn’t out yet, she pre-taped it for an upcoming broadcast. Carolyn is a fellow member of the Indies Unlimited writing team, so she’s a buddy, and she has a killer English accent. We had some fun talking about whether, folks like her and I, who immigrate to different countries, different cultures, are more inclined to become observers, and in turn, writers. It was an interesting discussion and I think the two of us could have talked far longer on the topic. You can find the interview, at some point in the future, as well as some other interesting talks with other authors right here.
Next up, was the Cyrus Webb show. Cyrus hosts “Conversations” and it’s actually live on the radio in Mississippi as well as broadcast over the internet, and he has his own “Conversations” magazine too, and on one of the covers he had a picture of Oprah. Plus, during March, he had over two hundred thousand listeners tuned into his show. So, I was totally impressed, and honoured to be invited. I didn’t know Cyrus before the show, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. He gave me a brief rundown five minutes before air-time (that’s what us radio personalities call it), and I knew right away I was going to enjoy talking to him. Cyrus is a very intelligent man and he’s interested in talking about dreams and achieving them, and he said something that I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. He said he wanted to concentrate on what you can do as opposed to what you can’t do. So, Cyrus and I talked about what it feels like when you get reviews from readers all over the world and how it feels when you receive some degree of recognition for your work after being declined (that’s my polite word), by the traditional publishing industry. Yes, Cyrus’ show was very cool, too. It’s always nice to talk about positive energy and what you can achieve with it. So, if you are really digging my voice and want to hear even more of it, you can listen to Cyrus and I right here.
And, lastly, I got to speak about myself for fifteen minutes and send the tape to my friend, Ann White. Ann doesn’t just have a radio show, she has a whole network. It’s called the “Creating Calm” network. Isn’t that a great name? It’s right here. My segment will be a filler (more radio talk from me, the established radio presence guy). It should be on Ann’s network sometime in the near future.
So, that’s the highlights of my radio career so far. In the interviews above I talk about being an Indie author, answering reviews, good and bad ones, running, eating chocolate, living in Scotland, and crying when you receive emails from readers. Yep, it’s all there, and I hardly ever say “um” or have an uncomfortable pause. Almost not at all in fact, because, with four radio shots in one month, I am now an established radio personality. Really, I am.