So what is an Author Questionnaire?
To be honest I had never heard of an author questionnaire previously, but it seems when you sign a contract, your publisher wants to know everything they can about you, your novel, and any relevant or connected background information or connections you may have that will help them promote you and your novel.
This includes any interesting stories you may have about the inspiration behind the novel, any personal connections to your story that you’d be willing to share, and of course, do you know anyone important who can help promote the book?
I guess this is an instance where it is very helpful if you have been active in your chosen field, engaging with your community (for me that would be the #LoveOzYA community online and through book clubs / author events etc.). And you know what? The fact that I had met some local authors and knew some people really engaged in the #LoveOzYA community really helped me here.
The one thing I am learning over and over as I take this journey to publication, is how important networking is, and what an advantage you end up having if you’re lucky enough to be in a position to meet and network with others in your community. Of course this may be over the net if you live somewhere regional, and that is fine too, but I am really coming to realise that connections are really important in a lot of ways, both for support, advice and friendship, and also, for those moments your publisher asks if you know anyone who might be willing to read and offer a cover endorsement on your book.
To be honest, it wasn't super easy to fill out my author questionnaire, simply because I hadn't thought of my book in these terms, or myself either, but it was a great learning curve, and an interesting experience.
Author Questionnaire Contents.
So if you are interested I popped down some example topics my publisher wanted to know as follows (please note I haven't ripped these straight from the questionnaire, but this is basically the kind of stuff they wanted to know, just reworded slightly):
And there you go!
So this was a shorter post today, but I have a lot of these coming, and in the leadup to my debut's release on 01 March, I'll be posting them a lot faster and closer together, so if you are enjoying them (yay!) there is a whole lot more to come.
Thank you for reading!
Tell me your thoughts, had you ever heard of an author questionnaire or had experience with one?
I'd love to know!