Okay, here we go.
Almost as Smart as Me question (tie)
What writing books would you recommend? I've heard that some rules of grammar have changed/are changing--how do we keep up? (Rebecca Talley)
What subjects are "off limits" that you would not consider publishing, no matter how well written? (Rebecca Talley)
These are both really smart questions. The answers change from time to time, so it's good to keep asking them.
Obviously Doesn't Have a Clue question
Should I spend a lot of time trying to figure out where best to place chapters or will that all change anyway if my manuscript is accepted? (Rebecca Talley)
Even though Rebecca knows better and intended this question as a joke, the unfortunate reality is I've had people ask me that. Really.
Got to Be Kidding question
Last month I decided to become a best-selling author and ever since then, I've had my eye on a silver Mercedes. Do you think I should buy it when I get my contract or wait and pay cash for it when I get my first royalty check? By the way, I'm planning to have my book written and published within six months. (Rebecca Talley)
Again, Rebecca is joking but some people really believe they can buy a new car with their first royalty check. Not in this market. Not usually in any other market either, although there are the rare exceptions.
Never Heard That One Before question
I have created a soundtrack for my book. Would it be useful to send in a CD of the soundtrack with the book? Should I list the songs and artists at the end of my book as notations for inspiration? (Andi Sherwood)
I honestly have never heard this one before. Answer coming soon.
Made Me Spew My Drink While Laughing question
I'm trying to figure out if it's best to use designer perfume to scent the pages of my manuscript and cover letter or if it's okay to just go with a perfume from Target? (Rebecca Talley)
It was tough picking a winner in this category, but I think this one is it.
My Favorite question
Do you think it's easier to become a brain surgeon than a published author? (Rebecca Talley)
I don't know if this is my favorite because it's such a cool question, or if I like it best because I had so much fun answering it. Either way, it wins.
Are You Sure You're Not a Three-Year-Old? (aka: person who submits the most REAL questions)
Is there anyone here who wonders who is going to win this one? 80% of the questions, serious and tongue-in-cheek, came from Rebecca Talley, who is now my new best friend.
Thanks also to Andi, Melanie, Tristi, Terri, Mindi, Nolan, and a few other anonymous question submitters. I really appreciate your questions and will answer all of them in the coming days.