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Wednesday, 6 October 2010

An Invitation to Published Authors for Interview on This Blog.

This is an open invitation to all authors, published traditionally, via self-publishing, or in ebook form, to have an interview on my blog. See previous posts for examples.
Please provide your own questions and answers, to maximise the appeal of your interview, or give answers to all or any of the questions below, in any order you choose. If you provide a book cover picture and/or portrait of yourself, I will try to use them on the blog. Also, please make sure you let me have links to your blog, website and those places where your book can be bought. A short bio, as an introduction, will make the interview flow more easily and give your readers a better view of you as a writer.
Email these as attachments to me using the ‘Contact me’ link underneath the Welcome.
Please use .doc, .docx, or .rtf for text and .jpeg or .jpg for pictures.

Suggested Author Interview Questions:

1.     Tell us about (enter your current book title) in a few sentences.
2.     How did you come to write this particular book?
3.     If you have a favourite character in your novel, why that particular one?
4.     Where and when is your novel set and why did you make these specific choices?
5.     How can people buy your book(s)?
6.     What qualities make a successful writer?
7.     How do you set about writing a piece?
8.     Beginning writers make many mistakes; what do you think is the most harmful?
9.     To what extent are grammar and spelling important to a writer?
10.  How much revision of your MS do you do before you send it off?
11.  To what extent do you think genre is useful in the publishing world?
12.  How do you know where to begin any given story?
13.  What sort of displacement activities keep you from actually writing?
14.  Do you have support, either from family and friends or a writing group?
15.  Is presentation of the MS as important as most agents and publishers suggest?
16.  How long does it normally take you to write a (novel, book, play, poem, story)?
17.  Who or what inspires you?
18.  If there’s a single aspect to writing that really frustrates you, what is it?
19.  Is there any aspect of writing that you really enjoy?
20.  Do you think writing is a natural gift or an acquired skill?
21.  What single piece of advice would you give to writers still hoping to be published?
22.  What are you writing now?
23.  Do you have a website or a blog that readers can visit?
24.  Given unlimited resources, what would be your ideal writing environment?
25.  Where do you actually write?

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