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.
Earlier this year, I launched a literary fiction survey to get feedback from independent authors about the kinds of books they had written. The survey was made up of only a few questions, the most intriguing of which asked each author about which category they believed their stories belonged in. For example, was the literary story they had written about family? Was it about abuse? Or was it about the nature of meaning, etc.? The survey was short and directed.
I then offered authors who had participated in the survey the chance to expand on their views by responding to a series of more open-ended questions about literary fiction. The result was 17 author interviews out of 27 survey responses.
Read on for the survey responses as well as my argument about what I think a logical next step is to make these results valuable.
This post will provide an update on the literary fiction survey and the question & answer series I launched earlier this year. I received a surge of interest over the late spring and summer, but the final interview in the queue, with M Pepper Langlinais, is scheduled to publish later this month. She will be the 17th author to participate.
My original intent for the survey was to get the participation of 75 authors. However, I’m beginning to see value from taking this ongoing survey and interview series in a different direction. Before I tell participants about that (and solicit your feedback), I have a favor to ask.
by J.S. Watts, author of A Darker Moon and Witchlight
Having recently been interviewed by author Jay Lemming on the subject of literary fiction (link to interview follows this post), I rashly agreed to write a longer piece on how I came to find the indie publisher who published my work of literary fiction (and subsequent novel), Vagabondage Press. So that’s what I’m doing, but where to start and what to say?
I should like to say that going with an indie publisher was a literary and philosophical choice, that I always intended to go indie, but I’d be fibbing.