Websites

So, I read the article on websites in the RWR. It’s definitely something I want to have, once I figure out my pseudonym. I will probably hire someone to do it, because I want it to look nice and unless I can have a template to play around with, I won’t have time.

So I’m thinking, what do I want on it?

A bio, yes.

Books and excerpts, yes.

Perhaps articles.

News (but couldn’t this be on the first page?)

Other than that, I don’t see anything that would bring people back, that would make my website stand out. (I’ve been listening to a LOT of conference CDs about getting your name out there, can you tell?) It’s one thing to have a website for people who come looking for you, but don’t you also want people to come to your site, become intrigued, and buy your books (once you’re published, that is.) For example, Mia Zachary has updated lists of unpublished contests. Resources like that would draw people back, right?

Am I wanting too much?

What do you think?

And what do you like on an author’s website?

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13 comments:

Trish Milburn said...

I always enjoy seeing photos on an author site. And you'd want a link to your blog. You might have some standing feature that is updated periodically (the more often the better).

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon said...

I like photos, excerpts, behind the scenes (i.e. what inspired you to write said book, how did you research), a link to your blog, updated regularly. I've seen authors websites that are so out of date it isn't funny. A really well-designed website that doesn't cost alot of money. Waxcreative is great, but unless you're a mult-published author, I'd wait to pay the big bucks.

Joanna K. Moore said...

At my site...I've got a small bio, an excerpt, links to my elist and my author email address, and I post information from the publisher when an event comes up that I am a a part of, like our Halloween Online Bash. But I can't afford anything but a do it yourself site right now.

J

Peggy said...

I like photos, how-to articles, and your writing history. And I mean writing only. Nothing more boring than to read all about the gazillion PhD's or whatever someone has collected over the years. Sounds to braggish. I'm only interested in your writing history. What was it that lured you into writing. Link to blog, definitely. And news updates on your wip's.

Bonnie Ferguson said...

I concur with the excerpts and writing history.

J.F. Cossey said...

To add to what's already been said I like frequent news updates from the author about what's going on with their books.

Kendra Clark said...

I love the excerpts and the overall atmosphere the writer creates :)

I like your blog because you're sweet and I can drool over Gerard

MaryF said...

Elizabeth, I agree on the out of date websites! But just as bad are the badly designed or boring ones. I also like the idea of what inspired a writer to write certain books (maybe you could have links to sites that give more info, or something.)

Writing history sounds like a good idea. I've been keeping a journal since I finalled in the GH in 2003.

Thanks, Kendra! I think it was Diana Duncan who used to have a hunk hunt on her website....that was before blogs, though.

Trish, the standing feature is kind of what I was talking about when I mentioned links to contests, etc, that have me going back to certain people's blogs. I don't know what I'd want, though.

Of course, I need a pen name first.....

Kiki, aka Esri said...

I keep coming back to your site because of all the fun internet stuff you find, and the great articles you write.

Michelle said...

I'd put your blog directly on your website, using Wordpress. That draws the most traffic. Good luck!

MaryF said...

Michelle, I hear Wordpress is tough to use....blogger is soooo easy.

Amie Stuart said...

Mary wordpress is disgustlingly easy to use. It's light and you can run multiple installs off on database which means not only can you blog with it, you can create a website with it (it also creates pages).

MaryF said...

Cece, shame on Fred for telling me stories - he said it was a tough program to use.

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