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 I watched many published authors taking copious amounts of notes right along with the unpublished.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 Sometimes we unpublished writers flounder in a sea of what to do and what not to do.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?