Author Tips

Marketing

Publishing: 

  • Softcover – is a new publishing platform. Using Softcover, authors can build multi-format ebooks (HTML, EPUB, MOBI, and PDF) from common source files, optionally bundle them with media like screencast videos, and publish them to Softcover’s integrated sales platform with a single command. 
  • Calibre – is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books. It has a cornucopia of features divided into the following main categories:Library Management, E-book conversion, Syncing to e-book reader devices, Downloading news from the web and converting it into e-book form, Comprehensive e-book viewer, Content server for online access to your book collection, E-book editor for the major e-book formats

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Example Guest Post Topics:

Your book is a movie! Who’s in your dream cast?
  • What irritates you when writing?
  • What are your writing quirks?
  • What happened on your strangest day?
  • What’s on your bucket list?
  • How do you keep your written world from encroaching on your life?
  • How would you describe your best day ever?

Example Interview Questions:

  • What is the best thing you’ve ever eaten?
  • What is the worst thing you’ve ever eaten?
  • Which of your characters do you dislike the most and why?
  • Which of your character is the hardest to write and why?
  • What made you almost quit?
  • What do you love the most about writing?
  • What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned through writing?
  • Who has impacted your life the most and in what way?
  • What are your addictions?
  • What is most important to you?
  • What is your biggest fear?
  • Do you ever write about your fears in books?
  • What is your biggest daily challenge?
  • What has been your biggest challenge to your writing career? 
  • What inspired you to write your first book? 
  • Do you have a specific writing style? 
  • How did you come up with the title? 
  • Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? 
  • How much of the book is realistic? 
  • Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? 
  • What books have most influenced your life most? 
  • If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? 
  • What book are you reading now? 
  • Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? 
  • What are your current projects? 
  • Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. 
  • Do you see writing as a career? 
  • If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? 
  • Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? 
  • Can you share a little of your current work with us? 
  • Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? 
  • Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? 
  • Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? 
  • Who designed the covers? 
  • What was the hardest part of writing your book? 
  • Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? 
  • Do you have any advice for other writers? 
  • Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? 
  • What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life?
  • What books/authors have influenced your writing? 
  • What genre do you consider your book(s)? 
  • Do you ever experience writer’s block? 
  • Do you write an outline before every book you write? 
  • Have you ever hated something you wrote? 
  • What is your favourite theme/genre to write about? 
  • While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters?
  • What are your expectations for the book?
  • How are you the same/different from your main character?
  • When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
  • How long does it take you to write a book?
  • What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
  • What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
  • How do books get published?
  • Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
  • When did you write your first book and how old were you?
  • What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
  • What does your family think of your writing?
  • What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
  • How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
  • Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
  • Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
  • Do you like to create books for adults?
  • What do you think makes a good story?
  • As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
  • Where are you from?
  • Tell us your latest news?
  • When and why did you begin writing?
  • When did you first consider yourself a writer?
  • What inspired you to write your first book?
  • Do you have a specific writing style?
  • How did you come up with the title?
  • Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
  • How much of the book is realistic?
  • Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
  • What books have most influenced your life most?
  • If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
  • What book are you reading now?
  • Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
  • What are your current projects?
  • Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
  • Do you see writing as a career?
  • If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
  • Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
  • Can you share a little of your current work with us?
  • Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
  • Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
  • Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
  • Who designed the covers?
  • What was the hardest part of writing your book?
  • Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
  • Do you have any advice for other writers?
  • Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
  • Quickly, give us the title and genre of your book and a 30-word or less tagline:
  • Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
  • How did you come up with the title of your book or series?
  • Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?
  • Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
  • How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
  • If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be? Why?
  • Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:
  • What other books are similar to your own? What makes them alike?
  • Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
  • How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
  • What can we expect from you in the future?
  • What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
  • Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?
  • Is there anything else you’d like to say?
  • And now, before you go, how about a snippet from your book that is meant to intrigue and tantalize us:
  • Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
  • What were you like at school?
  • Were you good at English?
  • What are your ambitions for your writing career?
  • Which writers inspire you?
  • So, what have you written? (*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)
  • Where can we buy or see them? (* include American, European and any other relevant links. Free, free promotions or prices can be included)
  • Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
  • What are you working on at the minute?
  • What’s it about? (*if relevant)
  • What genre are your books?
  • What draws you to this genre?
  • Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
  • How much research do you do?
  • Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?
  • Why did you do decide to collaborate and did that affect your sales?
  • When did you decide to become a writer?
  • Why do you write?
  • What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
  • Do you write full-time or part-time?
  • Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
  • Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?
  • Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
  • Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
  • Where do the your ideas come from?
  • Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
  • How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
  • What is the hardest thing about writing?
  • What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
  • What is the easiest thing about writing?
  • How long on average does it take you to write a book?
  • Do you ever get writer’s Block?
  • Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
  • If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it?
  • What are your thoughts on writing a book series.
  • Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors.
  • For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
  • What book/s are you reading at present?
  • Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
  • Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?
  • Who edited your book and how did you select him/her?
  • Tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about.
  • Who designed your book cover/s?
  • Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
  • How are you publishing this book and why? (*e.g. Indie, traditional or both)
  • What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?
  • How do you market your books?
  • Why did you choose this route?
  • Would you or do you use a PR agency?
  • Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?
  • What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book?
  • What do you do to get book reviews?
  • How successful has your quest for reviews been so far?
  • Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?
  • What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
  • Any amusing story about marketing books that happened to you?
  • What’s your views on social media for marketing?
  • Which social network worked best for you?
  • Any tips on what to do and what not to do?
  • Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work?
  • Did you get interviewed by local press/radio for your book launch?
  • Is there any marketing technique you used that had an immediate impact on your sales figures?
  • Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future?
  • Why do you think that other well written books just don’t sell?
  • What do you think of “trailers” for books?
  • Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s? (* please provide a link to trailer if you have one)
  • Do you think that giving books away free works and why?
  • Did you format your own book?
  • In what formats is your book available?
  • If formatted by someone else, how did you select them and what was your experience?
  • How do you relax?
  • What is your favourite motivational phrase.
  • What is your favourite positive saying?
  • What is your favourite book and why?
  • What is your favourite quote?
  • What is your favourite film and why?
  • Where can you see yourself in 5 years time?
  • What is your favourite movie and why?
  • What advice would you give to your younger self?
  • Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
  • If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
  • What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
  • Where do you see publishing going in the future?
  • Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
  • How can readers discover more about you and you work?
  • What, in your opinion, is the hardest step in creating a masterpiece?