Growing Pains

When you are a start-up business with nothing real to show people, how do you do business? You make it sound good. Or as good as you can when you have no product to share, but are hoping the person you are writing might be willing to be your first interview.

My name is Adam Christiansen. I am the host of the new podcast, Book Chats. Our goal at Book Chats is to take away the fear and mystery that writers’ face as they go through the writing/publishing process. We are currently in pre-production with a launch date of July 9, 2019.

Adam Christiansen – My opening paragraph for interview requests

I tried to make it sound like I knew what I was doing, but I really didn’t. I had a lot of ideas of what might work.

I have been listening to podcasts for 10 years. I have listened to podcasts that lasted a couple of weeks, and then died. Others go on year after year. In that time I learned what I thought might work.

First, the best podcasts had two or more people interacting. Interviews worked, commentators talking about current events (politics or sports) worked. They had variety and structure.

Second, segments work. The podcast needs rhythm to it. Introduction. Main Show. Side feature. Mail bag. Close.

Third, a podcast needs to be 25 – 40 minutes. There are several reasons for this. It is a good match for a commute, a workout at the gym, or walking the dog.

I love talking to people. That is the easy part. Most people want to talk about themselves. I help them do it. I love reading and looking for the next interview. This part is exciting.

For me, the hard parts are editing the audio files, recording the audio branding, and writing the blog posts. These are boring. Almost everything else is more fun, even yard work. The weather has been great, so I can always work in the garden or mow.

But I am not that far behind. If we would get two days of steady rain, I would quickly catch up and get ahead.

Launch is 7 weeks away. We are going to make it.


Author: Adam Christiansen

Adam is the host of Book Chats. He is also a husband, father, dog owner, baker, gardener, writer, and Red Cross Blood Ambassador. He is a keen observer of humanity and can often been seen taking notes on the interesting things that people do, like bringing a sailboat into a slip.