At the Pontiac & Ottawa Valley Writers’ Circle (POVWC) meeting this week, we had a great discussion about the expectation that agents want writers to have websites and active social media accounts. This expectation can seem like a lot of work when you’re trying to balance work, family, actual social activities and writing a book. But it is important to consider it as an option for a few different reasons.
- Agents Say They Want It
This is pretty self-explanatory. Agents say they want it, and they want to see that you are blogging at least a few times a week (for the most part). And as a writer, you want to impress agents. This would be the most important reason to have a writing website if you’re writing a book that you hope to query to agents. And don’t worry if you’re not perfect at writing on your blog several times a week. At least if you show that you’re writing on it, and you’re actively trying – they will see that and they will likely appreciate it.
- Writing Practice
Taking the time to write blog posts about the writing process or your experience or your opinions is crucial. For one, it allows you to stretch your writing muscles that you may not be exercising in the writing of your novel. The tone of your blog might be different, or the subject, etc. Writing a few times a week for your blog allows you to keep your mind fresh with at least those small projects per week.
- A Good Way to Promote Yourself & Your Writing
Having a writing website allows you to shamelessly promote your writing, your dreams as a writer, your professional services as a writer and basically anything related to you and your writing. It’s not always good to inundate your Facebook feed with posts about you and your projects, so having a website that you can write to allows your friends a break from having you force yourself down their newsfeed. Those who are interested will come to your website. And when you write a really great post that you think would be interesting, you can share that on Facebook.
But you may ask yourself: What is considered blog-worthy? What do I write about?
The answer to that is simple: anything you want to. It is your space. You can write whatever you want about whatever you want. Enjoy the freedom of the open-ended topics and try your hand at writing whatever you want. Beware though: you may not want to post short stories that you are hoping to submit to literary magazines because they must not have been published even on a website in most cases.
Do you have any other important reasons to have a writing website? Share them in the comments.