Each year in December the San Diego chapter of the SCBWI opens the floor to the recently published authors to share their experiences, they call this segment “Lessons Learned.” This year my Super Blog Buddy Sarah and I are going to speak about a subject near and dear to our hearts- blogs.
Many authors run into the dilemma Blog or Website? Which one to choose? One? Both?
This topic was recently discussed with a group from the Los Angeles SCBWI and the best answer came from Greg Pincus social networking genius, here are some of the highlights from his response:
Website Pros and Cons-
- Establishes a web presence
- You control the content
- Doesn’t require constant updating
- Your site will only be found if people are actively looking for you
Blog Pros and Cons-
- Gives the author a chance to showcase talent
- Opportunity to connect with others in the industry
- Can help you establish a following even before your first writing deal
- Gives editors/agents the opportunity to view your work and see that you are involved in the writing community
- Requires consistent updates (this is my own tip)
I think every author published or not should have a website. For those who are willing to put in the work for a blog it is a valuable tool that can help writers establish themselves.
Here is an important point to remember whether you decide to do a blog or website, it is your manuscript that will gain you the representation or the sale and NOT your presence on the internet.
I will be posting the notes for our talk tomorrow which goes into a little more detail about blogs.
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