Got A Book Coming Out? Ten Questions All For You.

Casual reminder:

Every Thursday, I run ten questions with an author regarding that author’s book.

I tend to run one or two per day. I don’t think I’ll do more than two.

How you get a slot: email me at terribleminds at gmail dot com.

Use the subject header: [Author] [Book Title] [Release Date] [10 Questions]

(Meaning, fill in those bracketed topics with relevant data, please.)

You can solicit me as early as you like, up to a month before your release date.

I will favor traditionally-published books. I know, this isn’t very nice or very fair but if I don’t say that, then I assure you, speaking from past experience, I will get a whole lot of Very Bad Self-Published Fiction Interview Requests.

I will not do 10-Qs for books that are already out. I prefer to keep them in and around the weeks surrounding the actual release. So: new upcoming releases only, please.

I do accept pitches for graphic novels or other forms of storytelling. Books, games, video games, comics, graphic novels, films, television, novellas — as long as it’s professionally produced, I’m happy to hear the pitch and consider the idea (though, again, no guarantees).

If you email me, I will try very hard to email you back.

Once I say yes, I will want your answers two weeks before your interview posts.

I like those answers in a separate file — .doc, .rtf, HTML, something that makes it easy for me to copy into WordPress without wonky formatting. Pulling it from the body of an email can be a Sisphyean task, and I’m totally lazy, so don’t make me do that.

In that file I also want:

Any and all relevant links to your book.

That means: your website, your Twitter, and any Buy Links you want included.

Please also give me or (preferably) link me to a full-sized graphic image of your cover.

Final request:

I get a copy of the book. Preferably physical (and I’ll give you my mailing address if that works). If that fails, a digital copy will do just fine. I prefer to have it before the interview posts.

(I don’t really do guest posts from people by request. Those are only from me soliciting authors who I consider friends or compadres of the website in some way.)

The questions are:

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF: WHO THE HELL ARE YOU?

GIVE US THE 140-CHARACTER STORY PITCH:

WHERE DOES THIS STORY COME FROM?

HOW IS THIS A STORY ONLY YOU COULD’VE WRITTEN?

WHAT WAS THE HARDEST THING ABOUT WRITING [story name]?

WHAT DID YOU LEARN WRITING [story name]?

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT [story name]?

WHAT WOULD YOU DO DIFFERENTLY NEXT TIME?

GIVE US YOUR FAVORITE PARAGRAPH FROM THE STORY:

WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU AS A STORYTELLER?

12 comments

  • I have a new book on the horizon but definitely more than a month away. I also understand the madness of toddlers – I do not currently own one since he is now five although he still seems to be pretty mad. I’m guessing, somewhat hopefully, that you’re happy for people to send stuff in a few months time, right?

    You can tell me to piss off if I’m wrong.

    Cheers

    MTM

  • Even though my book is not in the position to be published just yet, I am very excited because with information from you that I find so fascinated, it does help me a lot. Even asking myself these questions at this point, gives me something more to think about my writing.

  • Hooray! Another golden carrot to dangle in front of myself as part of my get-this-bloody-thing-finished pledge for my current w-i-p. Al i have to do now is hope that happens BEFORE the world as we know it is swallowed up by some Hollywood-B-movie-stylee disaster from which (it always seems) only Will Smith can save us…

  • [Note: This is me with my publisher hat, not me with my author hat.]

    I’m publishing a poet’s book, and this didn’t cross my radar until well within the time frame. Le sigh. There’s no way I can get her to answer the questions and back to you before the book’s out.

    That said – what about poetry? This will be the second book of genre-ish poetry that I’ll have published, and I’m hoping to do more, as I’ve recently been cured of the illness of not liking it. And I also primarily publish anthologies; would you be interested in hearing from the editors/anthologists about those?

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