Blogs or Websites for Unpublished Writers

The Southern Lights Conference was a huge success. Mary Buckham and Dianna Love were awesome and I highly recommend their workshop, Break Into Fiction ®. I watched many published authors taking copious amounts of notes right along with the unpublished.

My posse and I discussed a plethora of industry information and one that pertains to blogs and author websites left me conflicted. Sometimes we unpublished writers flounder in a sea of what to do and what not to do.  Many agents and editors want to see writers with an established website presence, but it really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense if you have nothing to “present.”

The first word on the street was agents want to see if you blog and what you’re saying. Now I hear they don’t want you to blog because it means you’re not spending every waking moment writing. They want to see your website–and updated regularly. What on earth would I have to put on a website if I have no published novel to market?

Updating a website isn’t a snap, especially if you have no knowledge of how to write code. Now, I could take time away from writing historical romance to learn code, but would that make any sense? At this juncture, my website would be nothing but fluff and nonsensical musings that have no real value to anyone. It also costs to have a website, and while I’m willing to spend money to attend writing conferences (if I can afford it), workshops, and print and mail submissions, etc. I just can’t throw dollars around willy-nilly.

I can write a blog post in a jiffy that gives more of an inkling of the kind of person/writer I am. I hope to do much more from this blog in the near future, but not so much that it takes away from actually writing my stories. After all, isn’t that the whole point?

Lis’Anne

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6 thoughts on “Blogs or Websites for Unpublished Writers

  1. Putting up a web site these days is pretty easy, and you don’t absolutely have to know any HTML, or XHTML, or anything (although it can be helpful). There are WYSIWYG programs like Front Page, and Dreamweaver that take a little time to learn but aren’t difficult. It’s mostly just learning what options they offer and the toolbars and so on. I took a Dreamweaver class at the local community college years ago, and have had a web site ever since (it was part of the class requirements) through my local ISP which is free if I don’t go over a certain amount of storage on their server. It’s mostly family genealogy stuff, but it’s pretty easy to put up whatever content you want. The artist in me enjoys the designing, playing with backgrounds, loading photos, and so on.

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  2. Hi Dame, I was refering to the cost of operating a website with my own .com, rather than having my name attached to the tail end of my ISP’s web address. I have http://www.lisanneharris.com parked at GoDaddy, but I’m waiting until I must have it for marketing my work. I downloaded SeaMonkey, which is free, but after messing around with it for awhile, I was never happy with the results.

    Working with this blog, MySpace, and Facebook takes enough time away from writing at the moment. I’ll join the website world soon, I hope!

    Thanks for weighing in! I love getting your take on all aspects of our writing world!

    Lis’Anne

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