My next job is going to be writing for Hallmark. I'm going to launch the "How to torment a writer — any writer" series.
My first card will open to:
When is your book coming out? This is a particularly apt choice for someone whose last book came out more than a decade ago or for someone whose other books have now fallen out of print. For the latter, also: Have I heard of you?
Do you have an agent? might be good selection for an aspiring writer.
Akin to What do you do?
"Nothing," I remember once saying in answer to that question, asked by a bald man across from me at a round table. His wife, wearing pearls, whispered.
My date later explained, "Next time, you could say you work at blah blah blah and you're writing a novel."