Monday, April 14, 2014

Utilizing Google Plus Air to Facilitate Author Interviews

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It’s no surprise to any author living in Florida that some of the craziest stories we can write are actually inspired by true events in our sunshine state. Join us in exploring a different side of Florida than the travel bureau promotes with our first Blog Hop sponsored by Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. Read on, click the links below to read another member’s view of crazy Florida, comment, share your favorite stories, and enter the contest to win a Kindle Paperwhite. 



Utilizing Google Plus Air to Facilitate Author Interviews

BY 

JOHNNY RAY

I’m sure many readers have read interviews posted on blogs and they are left still wondering just who exactly is this writer when they finish reading the post. While these interviews do provide many details and answers, it has one major flaw–you don’t get to see and hear the author in person. There is a major belief out there that authors are people who hide in their caves and write all day because they are introverts.  At least in Florida I can say from personal experience that is not the case.

 

As you follow the blog hop today I am participating in you will see just how crazy and fun loving authors in Florida are. One of the purposes of this blog hop is to convince readers that living and writing in Florida is great.

 

So what is different about Google plus air, and perhaps for many people it might be good to explain exactly what it is and how it works. Google plus air is part of Google hangouts, a place where a group of participants can enter a video group meeting and see and hear each other. There is one person in charge of the hangout and they have more controls than others. This is also the person that can has the most responsibility in making sure it runs smoothly.

 

During the hangout the person who is talking is moved to the top where the main screen is. This way all of the participants can see and hear this person. During the hangout everyone also sees the other participants in a thumbnail at the bottom of the page.

 

If this hangout only has the interviewer and the author it affords a great place to highlight the authors personality. This is what makes the author much more real and intriguing to the reader.

 

What makes Google air different is that the hangout is recorded on YouTube automatically. From there the recorded meeting can be embedded on both the interviewer’s blog and the author’s blog. Another great benefit is that it is possible to edit the interview and correct anything that is needed to make the presentation look professional.

 

I hope to have some of these added shortly to show how effective they are. The major key in making them effective is in the editing of the video. While not easy it is something a great author or fantastic interviewer needs to become a master at doing.

 

I have a number of prizes below and one of them will be selecting one of the commentators below the opportunity to do such an interview with me personally. I will also show a few tricks on how to make these look professional, giving that person the chance to benefit from many top professionals I have hired to teach me how to make this look great.

 

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Victoria Allman, Gator Bites, http://www.victoriaallman.com/blog

 

Miriam Auerbach, Bonkers in Boca, http://www.miriamauerbach.com/bonkers-in-boca

 

Gregg E. Brickman, Crazy South Florida—How it got to be home, http://www.GreggEBrickman.com/blog.html

 

Diane Capri, Fishnado!, http://www.dianecapri.com/blog

 

Nancy J. Cohen, Characters Too Weird to Be True, http://nancyjcohen.wordpress.com

 

Joan Lipinsky Cochran, The Million Dollar Squatter: Crazy in the Land of Coconuts and Bagels, http://www.joanlipinskycochran.com/blog.htm?post=952677

 

jd daniels He Did What? http://www.live-from-jd.com

 

Joy Wallace Dickinson, “In Florida, It's Great to Be a Cracker”, http://www.FindingJoyinFlorida.com

 

Dallas Gorhman, http://www.DallasGorham.com

 

Linda Gordon Hengerer Crazy Treasure on the Treasure Coast, http://footballfoodandfiction.blogspot.com/

 

Vicki Landis, Eavesdropping 101, http://www.victorialandis.com

 

Sandy Parks, Keep your eyes to the Florida skies, http://www.sandyparks.wordpress.com

 

Neil Plakcy, Moscow on the Intracoastal http://www.mahubooks.blogspot.com/

 

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4 comments:

Victoria Landis said...

That was most enlightening, Johnny. I will be checking into it. Thanks!

Nancy J. Cohen said...

Thanks for sharing this information, Johnny. I had no idea what these hangouts are, that they are video and recorded on YouTube. Sounds like a great way to get interviewed short of a podcast, and that doesn't include the visual aspect.

Johnny Ray said...

thank you very much, I have invested a lot of time and money hiring experts to teach this to me, and I will soon be launching many ways to use this and featuring many hangouts.

Gregg said...

Interesting comments about Google.