Alice’s Restaurant

July 28, 2007

Building a Web Site

Filed under: writing, Writing Craft, Writing Life — aliceaudrey @ 12:50 am

As an unpublished author, what do you put on your web site?  I feel so silly pushing myself this way, but want to do something.  Everyone says it’s important to have an Internet presence, and it’s never too soon to get started, but really, I’m not so sure.  If editors and agents don’t bother to look at a writer’s web site, then it seems like a lot of work.

On the other hand, I think it helps other writers see where I’m coming from when I say some of the things I say about writing process.  I’m not a flash in the pan.  I have completed several books.  You can even see whether or not one of them is any good because I put a link to the first chapter on the web site.

Yet I have run into a lot of technical problems, and each time a link fails to work no matter what I do, I have to ask the question, is this really necessary?  Do I really need to set up an individual link to each Suzie’s House episode?  Do I really need the link to the first chapter of Zackly Right?  Do I want to hide the fact I’ve write so many books, or that Zackly Right hasn’t won a contest since 2005.  Actually, it wasn’t official until 2006, but how can I say that when the name of the contest includes the 2005 date?  Should I bother to say I’ve only entered it in two contests since that win, and one of them was the Golden Heart?

I love blogging.  Do I highlight it?  Should I make that the second page, or leave it the last one listed?  Does it matter?

So many questions.

Do you have a web site?  What’s the URL?  What do you recommend to someone who isn’t published yet?



  1. Don’t worry about blogging unless you really enjoy it.
    Here’s what I can recommend. Send the manuscript you think is the best to a good book editor. I recommend Dave King, who wrote a book on editing. Google his address and get the info. He is very reasonable, did my editing, and was not too expensive.
    Then after editing and rewriting send to and they will work on getting it published at no cost to you, as they are lit agents but only accept manuscripts that have been edited by recognized editors.
    I have no financial interests in either of the above or do I receive commissions, but this is a possible avenue for you.
    You have an interesting blog and I love the jokes!

    Comment by suppose — July 28, 2007 @ 4:11 pm

  2. I’m an editor for an e-zine (Mysterical-E) and *I* do check to see if an author has a website when I get a submission. Why, because I’m nosy. Also, it tells me a little about the author and *who* they are. Do they write as a hobby, is this the start of their career, are they established.

    I know Deanna Lee at Cobblestone Press says highly recommends authors having websites. If I remember correctly, she said that it tells her if they are serious or not about their writing.

    Comment by Ericka Scott — July 28, 2007 @ 6:30 pm

  3. Oh man. The scammers have found your blog, Alice… my sympathies!

    I got here from your main site — URL must be fixed!

    Comment by Chris — July 28, 2007 @ 7:22 pm

  4. It’s still all the old site.


    ps, you think I should delete him? But what if he’s legit?

    Comment by aliceaudrey — July 28, 2007 @ 8:43 pm

  5. Ericka, thank you so much for saying it’s worth while. I read something on a link about how industry people are too busy to bother with our feeble efforts. Now I know otherwise.


    Comment by aliceaudrey — July 28, 2007 @ 8:45 pm

  6. I asked this question to a panel of agents and editors at Nationals and the answer for unpubs was “IT DEPENDS” This is what they saidL
    1. It MUST be professionally done or don’t bother.
    2. Make sure the readers have a reason to come back to your site. Keep it current and updated.

    For those 2 reasons I’m not going to do one until I get published. I’ll try to blog, but right now with everything going on in my life, that’s a lot.

    Comment by Bev — July 29, 2007 @ 1:52 pm

  7. I do have a website – it’s pretty simple, but it has the relevant info. And I know for a fact that agents and editors have looked at it and my blog when considering my manuscript.

    I think it’s definitely worth having.

    Comment by TessaD — July 30, 2007 @ 11:18 pm

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