Authors, What’s Up With Your Websites?

November 5, 2012
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For many generations a business card or calling card was the basic medium of introduction in western society.

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A century or so ago a telephone number became a necessary addition, and in the last fifteen years, a website.

Today, if you’re a writer, a business card, a phone number, and a website are not enough. Not even a pretty website with an “About Me” page, a pic of your dogs, and a link to your book on Amazon.

where is your blog?

Where are the short pieces you write just for fun, or the poems you dash off in the morning before you get back to work on your next book? Where is the essay you wrote last year about the environment/

For that matter, where is the early unedited sample of that book, the little tidbit you tantalize us with? The half-page you can’t wait to share with us, so you don’t wait.

where is your character guide? Links to the research you did for your last book (travel websites, YouTube videos, a NYT article)? A map of the world you created in your last YA fantasy?

Why do we know nothing about who you are, how you’ve changed, how you write, how you live, what you eat?

As Dr. Evil put it so eloquently, throw us a frickin’ bone here.

Okay, end of rant. But I’m making a point. As I go in search of additional author material I can include with each interview here on The Bookcast, I am dismayed at how often that search takes hours because I cannot find anything usable on the author’s own website.

Many authors, on the other hand, truly “get it.” Their websites are vibrant, shimmering troves of treasures awaiting eager readers and fans, new and old alike.

I’m not suggesting we judge authors by their websites, but a rich, robust web presence certainly makes me feel closer to an author and their work.

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2 Responses to Authors, What’s Up With Your Websites?

  1. November 18, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Very well said! And I heartily agree…

  2. November 26, 2013 at 3:01 am

    I update my blog about every other week. Less often, well, who would come back? More often and I find I go down the rabbit hole of internet surfing for too long. Must be more disciplined. Was it Stephen King who filled his Ethernet port with superglue at one point so that he could concentrate on writing more? I heard that somewhere.

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