Book Marketing – How To Prepare For An Author Q & A

By on February 18, 2021

When it comes to book marketing, there are so many different avenues to choose from. If you are asked for an interview or are doing an author Q and A after a book reading or other event, it’s a good idea to be fully prepared. The more you do, the more likely you'll come across as the slick, confident, kickass author we know you are. So, with that in mind, here are some questions you might want to consider before your author Q & A takes place.

Book marketing - Author Q & A questions

When did you  realize you wanted to be a writer?

What's your inspiration? How do you get ideas?

How long does it take you to write a complete novel from start to finish?

Do you work another job while you write?

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

How do you make your characters stand out?

What happens when you’ve finished your book?

Where do you get your information for your books?

When did you write your first book?

How do you find time to write?

What do you like to do if you're not writing?

How do you keep going even when you don’t feel motivated?

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned as a writer?

What was one of the most surprising things you learned while creating your books?

How many books have you written? Do you have a particular favourite

Do you have any suggestions to help improve my writing? If so, what are they?

What are your fans like? What’s the best and worst feedback you’ve had?

How do you build your fictional world?

Do you write from start to finish or do scenes as the come to you?

What do you think makes a good story?

As a child, did you always want to be a writer or something else?

Get prepped and you'll surely succeed!

By preparing answers to the above questions you can feel confident that you will impress your interviewer or your readers and allow them to have insight into your process and writing inspiration. A Q & A that goes well could see you sell more books and gain more fans, so it is well worth taking the time to prepare for all the typical questions you might be asked and show your audience what you are made of. While it can be never wracking, just remember this is a huge opportunity to showcase your skills as a writer, share your experiences and connect with your audience. So don’t take a ‘fly by the seat of your pants,' kind of attitude, and instead, practice your answers to these questions to ensure that your interview or question and answer session goes without a hitch!

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