It seems a writer’s presence is important when it comes to the writing world. A writer who has already established a following can produce more advertising for their published work. Advertising equals sales in the publishing industry.
How do you set up a writer’s presence? The internet supplies a web of sources: Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, Websites, and Newsletters. I’m sure there are more out there. Feel free to comment on other avenues.
I recently decided to set up my own Writer’s Website. My blog has shown growth over the last couple of years. With three publications under my belt and a novel in progress, I felt it may be time.
Do you have to be published to start a writer’s website? Not at all, but I felt that having sample work to offer was important, so I waited.
What do you include on your website? I’ve spent a few days dancing around the web, and it seems the following things are important:
• Biography – a section about you will establish a personal connection with the public.
• Contact Information – supply a way for the public and editors to reach out.
• Photo- a photo is not necessary, but it gives the public a face to put with the name.
• Testimonials – comments from readers of your work gives you credibility.
• Sample Work – giving the public a taste of what you write builds a following of readers.
• Personality – let your website show the public you as a person.
Again, I’m sure there’s more content that can be included and possibly should be included. Feel free to make suggestion in the comments.
Another issue may be how to set up a website. Weebly, for me, was a good starting point. The site makes it easy to produce your site and provides many options. You will also have the opportunity to remove ‘weebly’ from your address by purchasing your own domain.
I chose to keep the ‘weebly’ address for now, but it is important to look professional. So when I feel more confident in my format, I will purchase my own domain.
My website link: http://chergreen.weebly.com/ .
I welcome comments on my website and any suggestions for improvements. Also, feel free to post your own website link in the comments. One way to decide a layout for your website is to look at other writers’ websites.