I’ve posted before about hearing from readers when it comes to learning how they find independently published works of literary fiction. So I have put together a survey with 8 questions (actually 9 questions, but one asks for an email address, which doesn’t count). Its brevity is intentional and will hopefully make readers want to participate. The more you ask of people, the less likely they are to respond and all that. On the other hand, the questions still need to be meaningful, and I think they are.
I’m not ready to release the survey yet to readers because it’s in draft form and I need feedback. As my intent is to develop a mechanism to more easily bring high-quality works of literary fiction to readers’ attention, then I better ask the right questions!
So here is a link to a draft version of the literary fiction reader survey. By way of posting this draft, I am inviting comments. Do you think these are the questions I should propose? Are they the right ones? Am I missing any? Are any extraneous?
Again, I want to keep this simple to increase reader response so although I’m willing to add a few new questions, I’m not looking to create anything like a 15-question survey. If a lot of great questions are proposed during this feedback period, I may simply want them to replace less impactful ones.
So that’s it. Please feel free to propose additional survey questions you would like to see in the comments section. Or email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or send them to me via the comment box on the right side of this blog.
I won’t be posting much more on this topic until I’ve collected feedback and am ready to launch the survey. In the meantime, I’m going to spend time reaching out to other figures in the writing and editing community to gauge their interest in bringing readers to participate in the survey. Finally, per Rohan Quine’s valuable comment in my last post, I expect I’ll also start looking around for surveys like this one to ensure I’m not reinventing the wheel.
Thanks for your assistance. Also, here are a couple related blog posts and pages of possible interest, if you haven’t read them yet.
- A New Model for Marketing Literary Fiction: 2016 Literary Fiction Survey Results
- Next Steps for the 2016 Literary Fiction Survey
- Interview List: LitFic Survey for Writers