I was tilling my garden yesterday, pondering how I could make my blog more interesting, when an idea hit me. I can interview other authors. At first I almost brushed it off, because there are lots of great blogs out there already with very good author interviews.
I've personally learned a lot from them. Writers have this basic urge to reveal their secrets of success to the competition. Writers enjoy helping writers.
But what about readers? I don't think I've ever seen a "reader" interview. As an author, now that other writers have helped me through the self-publishing process, I want to know more about readers. Not just my readers, but readers in general. I want to know how to make them my readers.
What about the people who operate indie bookstores? Wouldn't it be helpful to know what they think? How they select books?
I was beginning to think I was onto something. All sorts of industry-related fields came to mind. Very soon I was coming up with questions, imagined responses, and, of course, a list of people I would like to interview first.
I pitched my idea to two fellow authors whom I have a lot of respect for. Ashley Barron and Suzan Tisdale. Both have successful blogs. Both do author interviews. Both are really good writers. More importantly, I knew I could trust them to give me good advice.
They did not disappoint. Ashley, in fact, made my head hurt with all the things she gave me to think about.
Do you have a question you'd like me to ask an author? Do you know someone interesting who might agree to an interview (possibly yourself)? I would really, really, like to interview an accountant who has specific knowledge of the things authors need to do to keep on the good side of the IRS. Do you know an agent who represents self-published authors? Do you know a reader who might be interested in answering a few questions.
10 Questions. That's the name I've chosen for this little experiment.
I've created an email account dedicated to this venture. Please feel free to contact me with ideas and suggestions. If you would like to be interviewed, tell me why.
The email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org