In general to qualify for an interview on the Launch Your Universe podcast or blog, there are generally two things that qualify a person or group.
- You must be a creator—a worldbuilders, storytellers, transmedia makers—whether it's comics, fiction, games, etc, or working closely to support one who is. Alternatively, you may be someone who is dedicated to success and the journey of following one's dreams.
- You must be, in some way, further along your journey, than I am in mine. This could be in any number of ways, but I reserve the right to decide which way it is that actually counts.
Here are a few quick points about interview format themselves.
- Interviews, though they can be casual, should include inoffensive language and deal carefully with sensitive subject matter.
- Generally speaking, at least, for audio interviews—interviews will last an hour and be broken up into two segments to be 'aired' on two different podcasts. Somewhere in the middle of the session, I will break, and then reintroduce you as if a week had passed.
- Written interviews may be anywhere from 300-1000 words in lenght, generally speaking.
- As a rule of thumb, I will steer towards interviews with writers, artists and content creators that are creating content that is not extremely graphic or offensive in some way.
Blog interviews will consist of a series of questions that can be answered by e-mail or other electronic means. Launch Your Universe reserves the right to do some basic editing for style, length and grammar, etc.
Usually conducted over Skype, these interviews will often have a series of questions prepared ahead of time for guests to look over. Sometimes, segments of the interview may be included in the weekly video webshow.
Two things I usually ask guests about, when doing the show:
- A small portion of this interview may be featured on the video webshow—on which I have a robotic co-host named Gruntor XE-88—who is simply a black ball that flies around and pulses—and also emits words. Sometimes he fails to understand things, or can become a bit trollish. Would you like to have one or two interactions with him? I always leave this option open to guests—but, because of the nature of it—when guests choose this option--they get to choose what he says—they come up with it, and I record it!
- I like to record a “Bumper” (“Aircheck”): Do you mind recording the following? “Hi, this is [Your Name], [description—eg. “Creator of”] and you’re listening to Launch Your Universe!” for the podcast—as well as— “Hi, this is [Your Name], [description—eg. “Creator of”] and you’re watching Launch Your Universe!” for the video portion.
Here are a few things I need to make clear ahead of time.
- Having an interview does not constitute a promise to read your book—or your webseries—or your other creative property, much less review it and as such no promises will be made to have read, viewed or played your material prior to interviewing
- Pseudo-legalese: Launch Your Universe reserves the right to decline to do an interview, or to publish one after it has been conducted, for any reason, with or without explanation.
Whether you apply or not—thank you for your understanding.