Monday, September 14, 2015

A Face In The Crowd

One of the things I’m going to do in the next couple of months is re-vamp my author website, so I can highlight my book’s release. When I first signed with my agent two years ago, she was very pro “platform,” insisting that I start to build some sort of social media and Web presence, even though we hadn’t yet sold a book. I dutifully got on Twitter and Good Reads and pulled together a WordPress blog, and then sat around basically talking to myself for a year.

Now, things have gotten better. I’ve expanded my wings on Twitter, tossed in a Facebook author page, and (of course) started writing posts here on Pub Hub. But unlike other writers (Chuck Wendig, for instance), who are true blogging machines and social media stars, I’m not a blogger in the strictest since of the word, and don’t necessarily have a desire to be a real social media “presence.” Occasionally, I (think) I have interesting things to say, but more often than not I want to use Twitter and even my own website to draw attention to other writers (and albums and movies) that I’ve come to enjoy. All of that stuff is as much a platform for others, as it is for myself.

That being said, I think every author owes it to themselves  and their work to find some way to stand out from the crowd when it comes to promotion, so I'm going to take the leap and hire a company to do that for my website -- not that you need to hire someone, it's not just my skill set and not where I want to spend my time.

So, here are some authors, in no particular order, who I think have done some cool and interesting things with their web platforms:

Urban Waite

James Ellroy

Gretchen McNeil

Kameron Hurley

Donald Ray Pollock

Ace Atkins

As always, keep writing - JTS

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this. I really need to create a website for my books that come out next year. Don't think my blogger blog will cut it. Just weeding through some of the best website choices, and trying to figure if Blue host, using wordpress is best, or Wix. This post was a helpful reminder --to get moving. :)