Authors, Writers, Publishers, and Book Readers
Good news! As a special feature for Authors.com members, we at Authors.com would like to give all you authors the chance to be interviewed. It will be a simple process and the questions are provided below. We created the SpotlightInterviews handle for this. Here's how it works:
We'll do our very best to feature you all in rotation on the front page of the site as time allows. Your interview Q & A will be included permanently on the Spotlight Interviews blog where we'll build a series of interviews. You can always promote it from that link.
It's easy! Simply copy/paste the questions into the PM and respond to them below each one as clearly and as in as much detail as you like. Take your time. Remember, the more interesting you make it, the more readers and comments you'll get. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to promote yourself and your book(s) free! All we ask is that you monitor your interview thread for any questions or comments and respond if necessary.
All of them can be found on the Spotlight Interview Blog here.
It's your responsibility to check the blog regularly for updates. We don't always have time to notify each and every one of you individually. And it's nice to read and comment on others. The more you do so, the more likely they will return the favor when yours is published.
DO NOT ADD YOUR COMPLETED Q & A TO THIS THREAD OR POST IT ANYWHERE ELSE ON THE SITE. This thread is for any general questions or feedback about the interview process only. We are using the private messaging system to gather interviews together in a structured fashion and to ensure that it's first come, first served. Please comply with that. Responses to the interview questions in this thread will be deleted. Send a PM only. Publicly displayed ones that have not been posted by a staff member on the Spotlight Interviews Blog will be removed. We do not want duplicate content nor queue jumping.
Here are the interview questions. Copy them, answer them and return them by PM.
Q1: Thanks for participating in our Authors.com Spotlight Interview series! Please introduce yourself and your book to help our readers get to know you.
Q2: Please explain how you came to be a writer, what inspired you to write your book(s) and how long it took.
Q3: What did you enjoy most about creating this book?
Q4: What facets of your life, both personal and professional, are woven into your book, if any?
Q5. How did you get published?
Q6: Did you have any surprises or hiccups along the way during the book writing and/or publishing process?
Q7: What one thing did you wish you'd known before you started this project?
Q8: You're a fly on the wall when readers are discussing your book. What would you hope to hear them say about it?
Q9: Tell us one thing about you that most people don't know or would surprise them.
Q10: What single piece of advice would you give new authors?
Q11: Share a short summary of a typical day in your life with us please.
Q12: Describe where you do most of your writing. What would I see if I was sitting beside you?
Q13: What's your motto or favorite quote you like to live by?
Q14: Is there anything else you'd like to share with us in closing such as your website, an imminent book launch or what you're working on presently?
Thanks for your time! Please share this Authors.com Spotlight Interview with friends and fans by linking to it, Tweeting it, Digging it, sharing it on Facebook and generally shouting about it anywhere you can. We'd ask fellow members to support you by doing the same.
Members, want to be interviewed too? It's free! Instructions are here: http://www.authors.com/forum/topics/be-interviewed-for-the-new
Hope that's all clear! We look forward to helping you all shine a spotlight on your books. :)
IMPORTANT: PLEASE KEEP YOUR CHARACTER COUNT, INCLUSIVE OF THE FINAL PARAGRAPH WE ADD, UNDER 10,000 CHARACTERS. ANYTHING LARGER WON'T FIT IN A TEXT BOX.
ANY INTERVIEWS THAT DO NOT FOLLOW ALL THE ABOVE GUIDELINES WILL NOT BE PUBLISHED. THAT INCLUDES FORMATTING ISSUES CAUSED BY YOUR LAYOUT AND TYPO-RIDDEN CONTENT. WE DO NOT HAVE THE TIME TO PROOFREAD AND CORRECT YOUR INTERVIEW! COPY THE QUESTIONS INTO A SIMPLE PROGRAM LIKE NOTEPAD WHEN ANSWERING THEM AND DOUBLE CHECK IT PRIOR TO SUBMISSION. PUBLICATION DATES WILL VARY. INTERVIEWS ARE PUBLISHED ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION.
Apologies. I must have replied via google mail which has my permanent url at the base of every outgoing message. Nothing sneaky was intended.
No problem, Jack.
This is Great!!
Thanks for this opportunity! Will spread the word. Tracy
News is that all the Spotlight Interviews are now back on track. Please give your fellow scribes a boost by reading some and/or commenting at your leisure. You can find the Spotlight Interviews tab under the Authors.com header on any page or just go here:
Thank you for your community spirit! :)
Please take advantage of this opportunity if you haven't already, folks. Main thing to remember: FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS TO THE LETTER!! It's all there in the very first post in this thread. They are not optional and any responses that don't will be disregarded.
Our time is just as precious as yours, so make it easy for us to give you free publicity. :) Thank you.