Skip to content

AS AN AUTHOR, DO YOU NEED A WEB SITE?

September 22, 2021

            A question that comes up a lot on the forums is that as an author, do you need a web site?

            If you’re going to publish, it behooves you to establish a web site.

            I’ve discussed this several times here at Fred Central, the latest as of 2020.

            Web sites are relatively cheap, considering how much you’ll have to fork out for marketing.

            What takes the time is having something to write about.

EVERY AUTHOR NEEDS A PLATFORM

            The number one question every newbie asks is that if they have a web site, what do they put on it?

            Good question!

            If you bother to put up a web site, it should be more than just a place holder for your books.

            Why?

            Well…it’s going to get boring pretty fast, especially before and in-between books.

            There’s not going to be much to look at except maybe an occasional blurb about the book, the cover, or pretty much the same thing Amazon or Barnes & Noble already post for you. So, why should you go through the hassle to regurgitate that?

            You need a platform, something to attract readers and fans.

WHAT’S A PLATFORM?

            While I’m repeating myself from earlier articles, I don’t mind going over it again.

            A platform is a subject near and dear to your heart to attract readers between books.

            It’s a way to keep them from forgetting you’re out there!

            It’s also a way to engage them and keep them interested.

            A platform is usually but not always writing oriented, or of some subject somehow related to your book or books.

            Say you write romances. Your platform could be something to do with romance.

            Your book series could be fantasy. Your platform could be about medieval armor or fighting.

            Your book or series could be westerns. Your platform could be about old time western recipes.

            My platform, as you can see is about writing.

            I’ve been doing it now since 2012 and post an article every Tuesday. I now have 566 articles out there. Admittedly my following is modest, but I don’t care. I’ll take what I can get. I love writing and will continue to do so. Some of you may have greater or lesser success. It’s up to you.

SUMMARY

            As I like to say, creating a web site isn’t all that hard and there are numerous hosts you can choose. It’s not rocket science.

            Use it wisely, Grasshopper.

            Happy writing!

One Comment leave one →
  1. September 22, 2021 3:09 am

    Oh yeah, there’s really no excuse not to have a site in this day and age. And people who are interested in your work would definitely want a website to explore too. Anyway, thanks for this post!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: