Aug 20 2011
- Six Questions Authors Hate to Be Asked strikes me as mostly spot-on, but “What are you writing?” definitely should not make authors feel uncomfortable. I would highly recommend rehearsing a 1-2 sentence answer. “I’m writing The Taxman Must Die. It’s a national security comedy about an IRS accountant and a mutant alligator whose detective skills make Scooby Doo look like Batman.” If you have a two-sentence synopsis, this is a great time to bust it out. If it looks like the listener is interested in your story, please give him/her a business card with a link to your writing website, if you have one.
- P.W. Creighton wrote Cliched Plot Contrivances. I found the section on walking encyclopedias especially helpful. Hat-tip: Nancy at Author Chronicles.
- Romance author Roni Loren wrote Six Important Components to an Author Bio, a sharp set of ideas about how to introduce yourself effectively to readers. I’m not sure about relatability, though. Which would interest you more: an author with a dog named Max or an author with an alligator named Chompy?
- Author Paul Dorset wrote a guide to self-publishing e-books (novels, not comics). If you’re going down that path, it looks helpful.