In last week’s post, I was adamant that all writers—who want to be taken seriously—should have a website. I’m not talking about free author listing sites or blogs that come with goofy (and lengthy) URLs and are riddled with pop-up ads and other page items you cannot control. These will lose you a potential client or editor faster than a flashing sign on your forehead that says, “Amateur.” I am talking about having a REAL site with your own domain and hosting service that will cost you, gee, about $10.00US to buy a domain name for a year, and $6.00-$10.00US for ongoing hosting services. If that’s too much money to invest in your writing career, then you are simply not very serious about becoming a professional. Are there exceptions to that rule? I suppose there are, but I can’t think of any at the moment.
If you are an author and have a book to promote, you need a website to showcase both your book and you. If you are a freelance writer, you need to show-and-tell your talents for prospective clients. If you are a poet, a fiction writer, a ghostwriter, a proofreader, a script writer… whatever kind of writer you are… you need to have a website to show off your talents to buyers, editors, publishers, producers, and whomever else might be in a position to buy your products or hire your services. Since I am the one insisting that you have a website, and several of you emailed me this past week asking for additional information, I have broken down the process for creating a writer’s website into 5 easy steps: Read the rest of this entry