1: Do you have a completed manuscript?
a. Yes. Three published, two drafts and four notebooks of ideas and outlines.
b. One. Edited and professionally covered, uploaded and on sale.
c. Several. None are really as good as I hoped, and sales are miniscule, but I keep trying.
d. No. But I have a great idea for a book. How about I tell you what it is and YOU do the writing, then we can split the money fifty-fifty?
2: Have you paid anyone else to produce any aspect of your book?
a. Yes, I used a professional editor and cover artists for all of my books. I also have an SEO and marketing consultant to help me co-ordinate my sales plan.
b. Yes, editor and cover artist. I’m managing publicity and promotions myself, though, through my blog and other social media.
c. No. I got a friend to read through the draft and I did the cover myself. I think it’s pretty good.
d. I’ll just use some photos from the internet when I need a cover. I mean, once they’re online, they’re free to use, right?
3. Have you considered book signings and public readings to promote your work?
a. Of course. I’ve done many of each, and these days I get requests to do guest blog spots too.
b. I’ve done a couple of local readings, but no signings because my book is an e-book. I did do a blog tour though, and that really helped sales.
c. No. I don’t feel my books are good enough yet. Maybe for my next one I’ll talk to the local library about doing a reading. Perhaps.
d. Are you kidding? The press are going to come to ME. How are you getting on with the writing, by the way? Because I could really use the money sometime soon…
4: Do you have a plan for your next publication and sales strategy?
a. Yes. I have plans in place for my next two publications, and one already has a chapter included at the end of my last published book to act as a trailer. The e-book versions all have hyperlinks to my Amazon author page, so readers can quickly find my full list of books and order without putting down their e-reader.
b. I’m still working on my second book, but I’ve been blogging about it and sharing the process with a number of friends and other blogs online. There’s already a lot of people asking about it, so I’m hoping that will result in good sales and reviews.
c. No. I keep meaning to work things out in advance, but then I get wrapped up in writing the book, and once it’s done I just rush to throw it out there. I don’t really have the time or patience for a big orchestrated “event”. That’s for real authors.
d. What? Oh, books. Man, I’m done with books, there’s too much, you know….words! I’m writing a screenplay now. Well, I say I’m writing it, I’ve emailed Joe Cornish because I saw one of his movies and thought it was rubbish, so I’ve sent him a great idea for a new one and told him he can send me the money… You don’t think he’ll steal my idea, do you?
Mostly “A” : You’re an established author who’s likely to do reasonably well, treating writing as a business and keeping your eye on the future, not just the end of the sentence. Good job.
Mostly “B”: You’ve got a good grasp of the essentials, but it sounds like you lack confidence. Push yourself forward a bit, make some more noise about what you’ve done, and don’t get discouraged. Slow and steady may win the race in the fable, but you can do better than that if you look at the “A” authors and do what they’re doing.
Mostly “C”: Gee, I really hope this is just your hobby. Writing to please yourself is the best place to start, but if you’re planning to have writing as a career or a decent second income, you need to pay more attention to the business side of things. Your books may start out as your babies, but when you publish them, they’re your product, and how they look and sound is how other people see you. Be the best you can be.
Mostly “D”: I wish you the best with the next crackpot money-making scheme you latch on to. And the one after that, and the one after that. Because you’re not even reading this anymore, are you? You lost interest around question number 2….
75 or over: You are the Dowager Duchess of Downton Abbey! And you’ve been doing the wrong quiz!