By Julie Wright
Last night I was up pretty late filling out a writer application. It felt like I was applying to go to Harvard (Not that I've ever filled out an application for Harvard--like they'd ever let *me* in). Who knew there were so many questions a publisher might have for a writer?
I'd actually never filled out any kind of application before when working with a publisher, but I saw the brilliance of the application immediately.
A publisher needs to know what they can expect from their authors. They need to know they aren't going to invest a ton of money in an author who isn't willing to put in some effort too. I thought I'd post the general idea of the questionnaire here. If you want to be an author, you need to know what's expected of you once they slap your name on a book cover.
Some of the questions were in regard to my education and experience in writing. They asked if I was willing to promote my book with booksignings and media interviews. But then they went on to ask if I'd be willing to take a month off for promoting my book if necessary. They wanted to know if I had any experience speaking in front of both large and small groups of people. They wanted to know if I attended writing conferences and regular critique groups so that I was always refining my craft of writing. They wanted to know my writing habits ( I didn't mention that I write in the bathtub surrounded by candles and my radio on loud enough to drown out the kids banging on the door . . . If I ever die from electrocution, you now know the details of how it all happened).
Ultimately the questionnaire wanted to know if I believed in myself enough that I was willing to invest in me the way I wanted them to invest in me.
It's a good question.
If you want to write . . . do you believe in yourself that much?
If you want to write . . . I hope your answer is yes.