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Saturday, January 20, 2007

Caught in the Web

Let's talk websites. Do you have one yet? If not, why? They make great promotional tools for writers, or for anyone. It also makes it easier for people to find you and to find out about your writing talents. What good is it to want to be a writer, write a few things in your spare time, and send it off occasionally. No one knows you and you just might remain a nobody until you're ready to do something about it. If you still aren't sure if a website is for you, here are some reasons why you should at least think about one:

  • Interactivity -- You will be able to tailor content to provide for your visitors -- feedback forms, polls, surveys, contests, queries, etc.
  • Promotion -- Had anything published or want to put up something you have written, even if it's just a partial? Then this is the place for it.
  • Articles -- Show off your writing by adding some resourceful articles to your site.
  • Store -- You can sell your books, or anything else you want, right at your website.
  • Information -- Provide your visitors with valuable resources and fun information.
  • Profile -- Let the world know all about you and what it is you do.
  • Writing -- Share your thoughts with your own blog or newsletter.

But I won't lie to you. Having a website can be a lot of work. You can't just slap one online and expect to have a constant flux of visitors or have publishers/editors come tracking you down online. It requires your attention on a regular basis. Even still, I strongly believe that everyone should and could have a site of their own, no matter how small or large it might be.

Feel free to contact me if you want to discuss websites more.

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