A Personal Note from Bill Thompson

October 10, 2011
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To you this may be just another website.

For me, The Bookcast represents a significant step in a whole new direction.

I’ve been interviewing authors — marquee-name, Pulitzer- and Nobel-winning, half-million first printing authors — since 1985. I’ve done well over nine thousand such interviews, many of which you can hear at Eye on Books.

But way back in the day, when I was first syndicated via a major American radio network, I was asked by the network bosses to avoid interviewing authors of vanity books. They were mostly bad, I was told, and all but impossible to find in a local bookstore.

For all the years since then I have stuck to a “no-self-published authors” rule. Made some people mad. I even turned down one of my bosses once, refusing to interview him for his self-published book. He took it well, thank goodness, but that’s how high and formidable my wall was.

In the past year, however, thanks to the growing success and visibility of Eye on Books, I was getting a growing number of interview requests from indie authors. I found myself pasting the same boilerplate answer into my emails back to them — “Sorry, I don’t interview the authors of self-published books.”

And then one day over the summer it struck me — why not?

Times, after all, have changed. Lots of authors, good, successful authors, with very good books, now self-publish.

And The Bookcast was born.

Overnight my carefully built and fortified wall came down. (I won’t compare it to fall of the Berlin Wall, because I like to think I’m more humane and hospitable than the East Germans were, but still…)

This represents a whole new paradigm for me, and I’m discovering plenty of indie author talent.

Won’t you join me?

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5 Responses to A Personal Note from Bill Thompson

  1. October 20, 2011 at 11:58 am

    I like your story!
    How do I join you ? ;)

    • October 20, 2011 at 5:52 pm

      hi Joey! Thanks for finding The Bookcast. You’ll be happy to hear that there is nothing you ever need to sign up for, or pay for, to enjoy the interviews here on The Bookcast.

      Now, if YOU are an indie author and would like to request an invitation to be interviewed, go to this page.

      And if you like The Bookcast, be sure and spread the word!

  2. October 31, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Bravo, Bill! Publishing has entered a new era and there are thousands of excellent authors taking the indie route. I’m tweeting to the heavens – with thanks.

  3. November 9, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    I have discovered so many really excellent Indie authors out there that they’re pretty much all I’m reading at the moment (I have a tight budget too) As you say, things have changed and the reasons for going the indie route are no longer because an author has failed to get a publisher. Also if they aren’t at least moderately good, they disappear from the rador pretty quickly. More on the reason why authors go indie here –


  4. February 19, 2013 at 2:53 pm


    Thanks for a great interview, great page, and outstanding exposure. You are a class act, and I hold my experience with The Bookcast as one of the best I have had throughout my efforts to promote CITY OF WOE. Thanks again for your professionalism and generosity. Resources like The Bookcast will help change people’s perception of Indy authors.

    All the best,

    Christopher Ryan

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