You know, I think I may have an overdeveloped case of not wanting to waste my time. Of not wanting to have a writer’s site that looks like every other writer’s site. If I’m going to do this, I have to make it useful to both readers and myself and not waste too much time figuring it out. I have been thinking about writer’s blogs quite a bit lately – because of my own experiences and those of at least one other writer I’ve been talking to. (Hi there!)
So in my usual fashion, I went searching for a few writer’s sites and they’re easy to find. A quick search for “best writers sites” pulls up all manner of lists of writer’s sites but when you look further, you’ll find most of the “top” writer’s sites are intended to teach you how to write or how to have a writer’s site. They aren’t the sites of writers themselves or if they are writers, they’re making money in other ways as well. (no problem with that, but it’s not what I’m looking for) It’s like a bunch of cookies that all look the same, talk the same and do the same.
Quick Search Results
The number one selling ebook on Amazon was The Sky Unwashed by Irene Zabytko. I went looking for her author site. The closest thing I could find one the first page of results was her publishers with a single paragraph blurb and her Facebook page with 114 friends. Nothing on the second page of the search either. Same for pages 3,4,5.
Number 2 on Amazon’s best seller list was from some obscure writer named Robert Galbraith. 🙂 Oh wait, she’s not obscure any more having written about some young chap named Harry something or something.
Number 3 was Ryan Winfield’s Jane’s Melody and he does indeed have a website. It’s one page with big shiny pictures of his books and a big suggestion to join him on Facebook. I didn’t.
Getting my drift?
At this point, I thought about Cory Doctorow, the best-seliling science-fiction writer. He’s a co-editor of Boing-Boing and a champion of the Internet and new publishing models.
He’s pushed the limits for some time now and has developed a full career doing so. An interesting model indeed. And yes, he has a website but the there are no stories of writerly angst or attempts to seduce readers. It’s an interesting model however of what a successful fiction author might do in order to get their brand established to increase sales.
And now, I find myself asking the perennial question, what am I doing with this one? What direction should I take it now that I’m working on other areas of interest. Good questions all indeed. 🙂 I’ll get back to you when I have some answers, in the meantime, you now know what I’m thinking.