Remember that online writing conference I brought up a few weeks ago....
I signed up for a 'writer's web page/platform' workshop, and the teacher wants to get an early start at looking at what we have and discussing how to change it to what we need so I sent her this url. (I don't have the energy to keep up another one).
She says I have too many things going on and I should create a writing only page to provide focus.
And she's quite possibly right.
But this is advice I can't take. At least right now. First, I have no idea what to say to fill a writing only site. Hey, here I am writing again? Or more accurately, at least lately, here I am NOT writing again? I'm not writing often enough or getting published often enough to have news to fill a whole site.
How-tos? There are plenty of those out there and I don't have anything original to offer there.
Excerpts from stuff I'm working on? I don't want to fall into any publishing traps where I've accidentally used first rights I should have saved for someone else.
My site is pretty random, I admit, but my favorite author websites are not entirely writing related. Jennifer Crusie talks about her books, but she also does some serious studying. You can listen to her rip apart romantic comedies for the parts that make them work in her Popcorn Dialogues podcasts. But she's more than just a writer. Kim Harrison talks about gardening and restoring her home along with the occasional tour date or new release announcement. MaryJanice Davidson's latest post was about her tour of a potato chip factory. Carrie Vaughn is posting travel pictures. As is Keri Arthur.
I prefer to read about things other than writing. Perhaps I'm just a slacker, but I have books for that. And ... How do I say it? I don't need to see every step used by my favorite authors to get to the books I enjoy. I know, I want to do it too, but I also know everyone will have a different process.
I may not be famous enough for this to work for me, but their websites are what I'm emulating. I asked Hubby how horrible it was that I'm ignoring her first piece of advice, and he says happy agreeable things so do feel free to let me know how wrong I am.
I think her other (related) piece of advice is spot on though.
She said she can't even tell I'm a writer from my page. She asked if I wrote YA. YA! (young adult, for the non-writers here) I can barely read YA.
That I write should be obvious, as is the fact that I write Urban Fantasy. I may have to replace the Fierce but Cuddly tagline with something more writerly. Maybe Fierce but Writerly? There's no fantasy like Urban Fantasy? But I'm sure she's right. Even if I have a life outside writing and do other stuff regularly, people should be able to tell right away that I'm a writer.