Have you heard of Authors.me? It’s a website for submissions where writers, agents, editors, publishers and new media can meet. I used it for the first time today and one of the first things I had to do was fill out a personal profile.
I started a new project yesterday that I’m really excited about. I’ll go more into depth about it at a later date. One of the agents I want to pitch my idea to, asks writers to submit their project through Authors.me website. It’s touted as “Your Story’s Future” and a “Smart, effective submissions and acquisitions management.”
I’m super energized about my new project, but filling out the profile surprised me. Here are some of the questions they asked:
Your writing is influenced by experience and personality. Tell your audience what you are made of.
Biography Write your bio as if you are a character in a book. Your life experiences are what make you and interesting person.
Writing Style Show some flare and tell us about your unique writing style.
What makes you special as a writer? More than just style, what makes you unique as a writer could be a lot of factors. Tell us.
Who or what inspires you to write? Show us you can not only inspire others, but that you can be inspired yourself.
What constitutes a great novel? There is no wrong answer, just something that moves you. Tell us.
What is your favorite part about the writing process?
I had fun with the first one–writing my bio as if I were a character in a book. (However I noticed a typo on their first question. Can you find it?) The most important things in my life, whether it’s people or events, became clear by answering this question. I recommend trying it yourself. The exercise asks you to limit the writing to 2000 characters or less. I managed to do that in less which was about 250 words. Even if you’re not a writer, it’s a fun exercise to try.
As for the second request, “Writing Style–Show some flare and tell us about your unique writing style,” I thought was a little strange. Am I supposed to show off or show some flare in my writing about my writing style? Can’t the people looking at my work get a “feel” for my style? I’m not much of a show off and I don’t know how to “flare” my writing about my writing. Plain weird. Also, the opening statement “Tell your audience what you are made of” seems a little over-the-top.
If you’ve used Author.me, I’d like to know what you think about it. Also, what do you think about these questions?