She got me hooked. So of course when I went looking around for places to talk about my book, podcasting came to mind. I did some searching on the itunes universe of podcasts and found quite a few relevant to history. I made the pitch and was graciously invited to be a guest on two podcasts: The Historians and History Author Show.
But I've also looked beyond the obvious genres of author talking about book: I've pitched to podcasts that have appeal to human interest as well because I believe my research journey has been just as exciting as writing the trilogy on the Durant Family. Inspirational podcasts, mystery podcasts, podcasts about women in history, there are all types of podcasts and the hosts are looking for ideas.
The format for podcast interviews is informal and chatty, which I love. The hosts are not looking to nail you with questions that would throw you off somehow. In fact, one of my hosts allowed me to see the scripted questions in advance so I could make sure I could touch on the answers the way I wanted (this is very helpful if you need to recall events and dates, and names). The whole process takes about an hour and in the end it is up to the podcast host to edit things if they did not sound right, but you can always offer suggestions. Being a teacher, I love this idea!! There is no making mistakes you can't fix!
If you have something creative you want to get out into the universe, I highly recommend looking into podcasts. It is fast becoming a form of entertainment that rivals audio books. With podcasts you can enter a new world and learn something within the time of a commute to work or family trip.