I can’t believe my good fortune. After I released my interview with Dr. Seuss just a couple of days ago, Charles Dickens was eager to also read the Listen Lady and interview me. Here is the transcript of our conversation.
Mr. Dickens: If any one were to ask me what in my opinion was the dullest and most stupid spot on the face of the Earth, I should decidedly say not The Listen Lady.
Ms. Pettit: That’s a real honour to hear coming from you. I worked really hard to make my characters Crystal and Brooke believable and interesting as teacher and student of social media research. Placing the story inside a bakery was fun as well. I think I’ve visited every bakery in Toronto so I know all the delicious and interesting things about research and baking. Writing it all into a story was the hard part.
Mr. Dickens: The difficulty of writing English is most tiresome to me.
Ms. Pettit: You’ve written at least fifteen novels so I can understand that you might be tired of it. Right now, you’re quite overdue for a new book so you must have something really wonderful in the pipeline. Anyways, this is only my first book about social media measurement so I’m certainly not tired of writing yet. .
Mr. Dickens: I am the only child of parents who weighed, measured, and priced everything; for whom what could not be weighed, measured, and priced, had no existence.
Ms. Pettit: That explains why you liked the book! If you grew up with measurement, then this is definitely the book for you. The Listen Lady is all about measurement, particularly the common errors associated with measurement. Once you get into the nitty-gritty of social media research, you can see just how skills-based it is. Like any research method, it looks easy on the outside, but once the measurement is in your hands, you can see just how difficult it is. I suspect you have only a little bit of experience with social media so this application would have been very new to you.
Mr. Dickens: No man can form an adequate idea of the real meaning of the word, without coming here.
Ms. Pettit: That is high praise. Given your experience with social media and the fact that you don’t have a confirmed Twitter account or Facebook page, I feel good knowing that even someone with no background can learn from the book. Business owners, marketers, and even famous authors like yourself can learn about social media research in an easy to understand way.
Mr. Dickens: O let us love our occupations, Bless the squire and his relations, Live upon our daily rations, And always know our proper stations.
Ms. Pettit: That’s for sure. I’m lucky to be in a position where I love the work that I do and have a group of people around who make it possible for me to spend my free time writing and writing and writing. It’s been a true pleasure speaking with you sir.
The Listen Lady is available on Amazon.com, and on Smashwords if you’d like an ebook version. Like TheListenLady fan page on Facebook to get the latest news on availability and stay tuned for more info! (No, I was not REALLY interviewed by Dr. Seuss. Check the facts jack.)
(Yes, I really WAS interviewed by Charles Dickens. And, if you recognize the source of all of his questions without searching them on the internet, I’m very impressed!)
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