My dear followers and bloggers,
Last week I announced that on the 10th of November (This Saturday) I will be hosting a Q & A session as a way to stretch the knowledge of my novel and works to reach a wider audience. But the truth is it’s more than that. The idea came to me long ago after I was invited for a book discussion with the Kuwaity Book club. It was a very productive process and you have no idea how fun it was, to be able to know more about the author and about your readers, firing questions about my book, about my life, about my current relationship, and I talked about how I was able to publish the book and what mistakes have I done along the way.
So, today I want to explain the purpose of the upcoming session to all the avid readers, the curios bloggers and to the fans who already read or still reading my book.
Here are the ten reasons why I decided to host a Q & A session:-
1- Get readers to know more about my fiction thriller.
The obvious is the first to be mentioned… readers would like to know what they are getting involved with before they start asking questions. That simple. I will talk about the book and mention more of it with everyone to help generate questions… after all, that is why I am doing the session.
2- To get to know the author by asking about his personal life.
I’m an avid reader myself, and what every reader share is the curiosity of the man or woman behind the work. Every time I read a book I always go through the biography. The more personal information I learn, the closer I feel to that person and his/her work. It’s a very good way to become connected with the readers and the authors, so it’s something I really look forward too in the session.
3- Share my publishing and marketing experiences.
If there is anything I wished for more often it would be to have someone to tell me what to do. You can never have enough routes to take when it comes to dealing with your writing, publication and marketing. And who knows, I may end up learning something new too, after all, we are here to share our experiences, and mine is only 1 year old.
4- What did I do and what obstacles did I encounter.
I mentioned that the paperback copy of my book became a bestseller in Kuwait, but what I didn’t mention was the biggest mistake I did with that old edition published in April, and most importantly,how did I flipped that into something good?
5- How did I start?
Every author had that moment where she/he realized that this is worth the effort. This Saturday I will share the story of what made me become confident enough to know that my art is something worth fighting for.
6- A chance to know my future in writing.
I write more than one genre, and I also believe that there’s no pure genre for a book because they have to be compatible with all readers if it wants to be held more often. I want to share the future works where I will talk about the second book in the series with my fans and readers and discuss my spiritual and inspirational novel which is based on an event that occurred in South Africa in 1928.
7- A chance to learn what readers want.
An author’s greatest strength is knowing what the audience want. I hope I’d find out directly or indirectly through the questions.
8- Two major events are on the way.
I mentioned that there are two major and crucial reviews are coming on the way, the first is a Kirkus review which as I understand from my publisher would be during this month, the other is from CBC. I’m not sure honestly how well they will work out, but either way, I thought it should be important to make my book familiar before those two reviews are out, so readers would know that the reviews are aimed at the story they heard and asked about.
9- I have been away for too long.
I am in my last term in my university so most of my writing energy is being coursed somewhere else, so it would be nice to talk about the book, especially since I’ll be starting to write the third book in the series which I have not gave a title for… until last month, and you will get to learn the title’s name by Saturday.
10- This is the juicy one…
I plan to place the first 20 readers on my blog on a list, and when the time comes, those lucky 20 will get to be one of the people who own the first edition of ‘The Remnant’, the second book in Psychs series.
So I hope you’ll get excited enough to get involved with my series. We can sit down, have a cup of coffee while we chat in the comment box. You may like what you’ll learn.
To give you a little sip from my novel’s cup here is a pre-publication video of me talking about my thriller, I hope you’ll find it to be your cup of tea:-
Here’s my widget, you’ll find more information and an online sample chapter over there.
Thank you everyone and I hope to see you soon on Saturday.
~ A. H. Amin