Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Fequently Asked Questions. Huh?

So...I'm in the process of looking into re-designing my web-site. That translates roughly to...I'm sorta, kinda waffling about it. It needs a new look. It needs new information. Actually, it needs an overhaul, but I'm thinking very carefully about what information to put out there. I want it to be interesting and engaging. I want it to be useful and informative. I want it to look pretty. I want it to make people buy my books! Only kidding on that last part LOL. Really, I'd just like it to be a reflection of me and what I write, so perhaps people could get more of a sense of where I'm coming from. I've seen a lot of author sites include a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) section and I've been thinking about incorporating one of these in the new content. So, I'm fishing for information today :). Authors, what information do you include in your FAQ section if you have one? Readers, what information do you like to see about authors on these thingys that would be of interest to you?

5 comments:

  1. Kaily, I think the FAQ is a grand idea. I've thought about that for my website too. But I did add a lexicon of SF terms, because I do write a kind of techy erotic SFR, and I wanted my stories to be readable in a cross genre way.

    Anyway, coming up with FAQ is not easy. I hope you get some good answers here!

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  2. Dale Ealey/facebook daddydale52/twitterFebruary 16, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    I don't know if this would be a FAQ by anyone but me, but what rev's your engine; what makes you loose control (if you ever loose control. I for one like to know what makes an author tick.

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  3. Kaily, I've been thinking about doing something similar, but on my About page. Is that kinda what you mean?

    I've done a number of interviews, and I thought about using some of the questions (FAQs) on my about page and answering them. Typical stuff like where I'm from, my favorite authors, why I write what I write, advice to other authors, etc.

    Even the ones that are not FAQs might be interesting to readers, such as your favorite foods, favorite color, etc. It lets readers get to know you.

    Good luck!

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  4. Boy, I had to think on this one. I've seen author FAQ pages before and I'd have to say the more 'fun' ones were those with odd, non-interview questions. Technically, many of the writer related questions can be answered in your bio (when you started writing etc...). I liked the FAQs that were a bit funny and gave a peek into the writer's personality...like some of the ones Delaney mentions...color, foods. Maybe something like what you thought you wanted to be when you grew up...most embarrassing moment...favorite holiday...school subject you hated the most...what you think is the sexiest thing about a guy etc...

    Good luck!

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  5. Some great suggestions! The wheels are turning...

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