5 responses to “Why don’t people respond to my requests for email interviews?”

  1. Susan Johnston

    Great question with thoughtful answers! I used to run a series of Q & A’s with successful writers and authors on my blog, and I always kept it to five questions. Often I’d ask to interview authors who had a book coming out so they’d typically be in book promotion mode anyway. Sometimes they’d be swamped and have to decline but other times they’d be delighted to discuss their craft. I’d always mention that I’m willing to link to their website, Twitter feed, etc, and ask what links they’d like to include. You mentioned the downsides of doing email interviews but I’ve found some sources actually prefer email because it means they don’t have to hop on the phone at a set time and they can give more thoughtful answers. I guess it depends on personal preference.

  2. John Soares

    I’ve also been on both sides of the e-mail interview proposition and I agree completely with your points Michelle, especially pointing out the value proposition. If someone is going to spend an hour or more writing answers to your questions, she wants to know that a substantial number of people in her field will read it.

  3. Barbara McDowell Whitt

    Michelle, your commentary regarding Bob’s concern about not getting responses to his requests for interview questions has generated two interesting perspectives. I am also in the camp favoring email rather than phone responses now that that is a viable option. When the person being interviewed can see her or his point of view in writing before sending it, so much the better. I suppose procrastination is par for the course some of the time, thus leading to the frustration that Bob described.