A few weeks back I was invited by the makers of a new web presence called "Ask Me Anything" (or AMAFeed.com). They were trying to get professionals in different industries to participate, including authors. I looked over their concept and decided it would be a great way to interact with fans and followers, and that perhaps people would ask questions they wouldn't otherwise ask on Facebook, LinkedIn or via email.
From the AMA website:
"From all walks of life and nearly every continent on the planet, we came together to build a community of passionate knowledge seekers... With a shared mission and a passion for questions, we're driven to build tools that empower our community to openly share their thoughts and experiences through AMA, the greatest interview format on earth."
I think it's a great idea and I have set up 2 Ask Me Anything events so far, one about my writing mystery novels and another about writing on the road, and both have kept me busy. You can find them at authorsama.amafeed.com/user/47451 and click on one of the AMA session headings listed. You will need to register for a free account to read anything on the site, but it's quick and easy.
I answered nearly all the questions on the day they were posted, though questions posted before the actual event starts aren't viewable until the time arrives. The second event is ongoing now and I have answered 27 questions so far.
My publicist is in process of sending out a press kit for radio stations or other media that might like to interview me while I'm on the road. It quickly occurred to me that many of the questions I'm being asked are great sample questions for DJ's and interviewers. Obviously someone wanted to know what was asked and they cover a wide gamut of ideas.
I'll be posting other AMA event after the current one closes, though I'm open for the next subject. Let me know if there is something that sounds good to you. In the meantime, if there's something on the current subject you'd like to ask, feel free to post it there. After all, you can ask me anything.
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