Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Webbed Foot


I had the shock of my life yesterday. Well, perhaps I exaggerate---I write fiction, that's what I do. I visited my agent's website to look over the list of her authors. I wanted to check out their websites. Despite an aborted effort trying to build my own (can anyone say decisive, diffinitive disaster at least 10 times?), I'm still curious about more of a web presence than this blog. I clicked under 'Our Authors.' There I was, Maggie Robinson, listed alphabetically by first name, with a link to this blog! So you could go there, and get right back here! It made my whole writing journey feel more real somehow. Thank you, Laura Bradford!

So once I get domain name issues straightened out (there are other Maggie Robinsons out there), I'd like to become a www. What makes a good writer's website? Any advice appreciated.

13 comments:

Tiffany Kenzie said...

No advice. All I know is I own tiffanykenzie.com... I just haven't done anything with it!

Maggie, you have great web presence!

AND YAY on being in that wonderful list of authors.

J.K. Coi said...

From my own limited experiece, I think that a good website is easy to manouver. I've heard that you should have a lot of "extras" like a free reads page, games, contests, etc. But I honestly think that simple is best. Unless you're Rowling or Roberts the people coming to your website aren't looking for gimmicks, they're just looking for information about you and your work.

skirbo said...

I'm excited on your behalf. Squee!!

I'm still working on mine (sigh) but may I highly recommend afmu dot com? It's a hosting company and you have to buy your domain, but you can host a big, flashy website there for free with no ads and no popups. Which is a plus.

It also has lots of bells and whistles there for you. Remember Holly9000? That's the company she uses for some commercial stuff she runs and she sent me there.

Nice tutorials. I'm just not dedicating a whole lot of time to it atm.

Congrats again!
Sarah

Stephanie J said...

So exciting to have your name listed!

I can't wait to see what your website finally looks like. :) I like simplicity but with some pizzazz. What I really don't like is having to go through a bagillion pages to get to the section I'm looking for. I like them to be in tabs or easy links.

And definitely no pop-ups or adds.

I keep picturing you with something like Lauren Willig's site but then again I'm not sure how much you intend to keep with your current look.

Janga said...

I checked out the list, Maggie, and cheered to see your name there. Hurrah!

I am another who hates all the bells and whistles on websites that seem to make it difficult to get to basic information. I want easy access to info on backlist, series order, and release date. I also like websites that seem individual and appropriate to the author rather than generic. Candice Hern, Jo Beverley, EJ, and JQ all have terrific sites. Among newer authors, Monica McCart's is excellent, and Sherry Thomas's, although less elaborate, works for me too.

Janga said...

Argh! That should be Monica McCarty. Sorry!

terrio said...

How exciting! You're on THE LIST. LOL! I got excited when I realized as registrar for our conference my name is going to appear in RWR. It's a sneaky way to get in but I'm in! LOL!

I'm with everyone else, simple is good. User friendly with plenty of info about your writing. And keeping it updated is uber important.

I love the artwork you use in these blogs so something that reflects that would be perfect.

Maggie Robinson said...

Thanks, Terri! I am a frustrated artist---never took art history in college but wish I had. I am very fond of my wistful lady up top on the banner, too.

Tiff, I think I own maggierobinson.net but I dropped the contract w/ the provider...must figure out the ins and outs.

J.K., your website is cutting-edge beautiful and I love how all tour stuff dovetails together, from your MySpace page to your blog.

Janga, I'm going to check out your recs!I don't quite feel in that league, LOL.

Steph, I love Lauren Willig---one of my favorite authors. Off to check her site...

Sara, thanks for the name. I'm going to check out their templates. I had registered w/ Web.com thinking I could navigate it, but alas...I did not like anything they had. I know they could still host me, but basically I chickened out of the whole thing. For someone who claims to be a writer, I had trouble describing stuff, LOL. I suck at pitching myself.

Elyssa Papa said...

You do have a great web presence! A website is so hard to decide and come up with---a definite time-consuming process.

Congrats on being on your agent's website!!! It's so exciting!!!!

I love your lady on the banner, too and the background to this blog. You'll find a template that's perfect for you.

irisheyes said...

Well, you're doing something right because I love this site! And I'm pretty sure the thing that keeps bringing me back is YOU!

I agree with simple. I go to author's websites to get backlist info, connected stories info and what's coming next info. Sometimes I like to browse the little extra tidbits about the books they've written. EJ and JQ have great formats where when you pull up any of their published books you can find out trivia about them - why they chose a certain name, how they came up with a certain location, what music they listed to when they were writing, etc. Stuff like that is fun.

I'm not big on contests, but I think I may be in the minority.:)

Good luck on this next step in your journey, Maggie! I predict your website will be awesome!

Maggie Robinson said...

Oops, that's Sarah with an H! I should know that (I've got one of those at home.*g*)

Irish, awww. You're sweet. And I love your visits! You always have something good to say, even if you're not complimenting me.

Ely,I think when I finally bite the bullet I'll get a pro to help me. I like what you did w/ yours.

Cynthia Eden said...

Hi, Maggie! I just saw you name on Laura's client list :-) and I thought I'd come by and say hello! I'm repped by Laura, too, and I think she is a great lady.

Maggie Robinson said...

Thanks, Cynthia! I'm really excited about having Laura for an agent! Whew!