I sent the following email to one of my favorite authors, asking for an interview opportunity:
I have been a fan of your work for many years now. I was wondering if I could do a short email interview with you regarding the current economy and how people can cope with facing a layoff. If I sent you several questions, would you be able to answer them so that I could post them on my blog, AllFinancialMatters.com? I have done similar interviews with Larry Winget and other book authors. I would appreciate your help.
AllFinancialMatters.com â€“ a personal finance blog
This was the response I got back (a week later):
Thank you, Jeffrey,
I donâ€™t do interviews like this. They are not a good use of time for me.
Why donâ€™t you read my latest book, â€œ____________â€ and use that material for your blog.
I was disappointed. Not from the “no” answer but from the thought that such an interview on my blog is not a good use of his time. How could he possibly know that? I don’t have a huge readership but I’m not small either. What if just one reader read the interview, bought his book(s), became a fan, and told his friends about this guy? Would that be a “good use” of his time? Obviously he doesn’t understand the world of blogging and the power of word-of-mouth.
I would have much rather him responded with a simple, “Thanks for your interest but I don’t do interviews.” To me, that would have been the appropriate thing to do.
What do you guys think? Am I being too touchy? I asked my brother (who is also a big fan of this guy) his thoughts and he agreed with me.