Back in the very dark ages when it seemed like I was job hunting every other year, there were a few interview questions that always had me stumped.
Yup. That one about Tell us your faults or Give an example of one of your mistakes. In other words, Please take a few moments to humiliate yourself.
But the one that always got to me was -
Why should I hire you instead of xxx?
What makes you any better than xxx?
Just to illustrate a mistake I often make – I answered honestly.
I said Washington was full of terrific writers. They could just as easily hire any one of them. I wasn’t at all sure I was any better but
I have a pretty good sense of humor. And I almost always meet deadlines.
I know. Pretty lame. It’s a wonder I got any jobs.
I was reminded of that ordeal this afternoon when – as part of an exercise for a course I’m taking – I looked at about a dozen websites for other book coaches.
Not only do they have websites that move and dance and pop up with chances to subscribe to newsletters or schedule phone calls – so many of them are award-winning, industry-savvy book coaches with wonderful head shots, and – no guarantees of course – they’ve coached dozens of writers onto the best seller lists.
I’m pretty sure they’re all very good. They can fill up pages and charts and lists of what they can do for an author. Something I can’t do. It’s so much easier to just say – I can help you write your book.
So I’m back to that tiresome question.
Why should you hire me to help you write your book?
The answer is still the same – I’ve got a pretty good sense of humor.
And I almost always meet deadlines.
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