I've been floating around some author websites lately for something new. There's a part of me that wants to move past the agent blogs I've been stuck in. Just because I'm stuck on the agenting thing doesn't mean my computer needs to be!
So I've been wandering about looking at where I hope to be someday: out there, with a biography and a books tab and a contact page. I'm interested in what those websites look like because I don't want to be a total boob when I set my own up. I mean, I can be all scrapbooky and flighty here on the blog, but I want my someday website to be sleek and minimalist, with clean lines and great photography.
It's been really fun to see how so many of the websites reflect the author's personalities. Take Audrey Niffenegger's website. It hardly needs to load to recognize that she's equal parts writer and artist. It's as unique and creative as her book is.
Some authors' sites are created more about them than by them, an impersonal place to find out who they are and what they've written. But more often than not, they are like letters from the author to the reader. They are the kind of websites that, when you have finished perusing, you feel like you know the author. They are a friend. A kindred spirit. A mentor.
So today, I am leaving you with the encouraging words of Jodi Picoult. While I have a tidy pile of rejections slip, a few manuscripts still out with agents, and the beginnings of several new books I am doubting, I needed to hear this. Even if I've heard it all before.
Keep sending out your work and don't get discouraged when it comes back from an agent - just send it out to a different one. Attend signings/lectures by authors, and in your free time, read read read. All of this will make you a better writer. And – here’s a critical part – when you finally start to write something, do not let yourself stop…even when you are convinced it’s the worst garbage ever. This is the biggest caveat for beginning writers. Instead, force yourself to finish what you began, and THEN go back and edit it. If you keep scrapping your beginnings, however, you’ll never know if you can reach an end.
Have a great Friday all, and a good weekend!