Saturday, December 6, 2008

Author Websites & Blogs

I'm on sabbatical for google chat and email right now so don't expect to hear back today. Still, I can't get over the fact there's no real post on this blog today when it's supposed to be the biggest day of the week - YA Connection is a huge attraction if my stats are to be trusted - so...

We get poll + discussion question. (Feed readers - a poll is embedded below.)



What're your opinions on author websites and blogs? Also feel free to share any sites you think are exceptional.

9 comments:

Book Chic said...

I don't think it's absolutely necessary for a full website, but have SOMETHING online where you've got your email address so people can contact you easily if need be. That's all I care about personally. As long as your email address is located on a website or blog or myspace profile or facebook profile, I'm happy.

Amee said...

I said no because it's not essential. It's definitely nice for fans to have a little extra, like a supplement to the book(s). It's also beneficial to the author. They can really expand their fanbase with prominence of internet usage for purchasing and searching for stuff to purchase! Haha, it's a win-win but not compulsory thing to have.

Abby said...

In this day and age, I see any author who doesn't have at least a free blog or a MySpace page or SOMETHING as seriously out of touch. Especially YA authors because the internet is such a great tool to get yourself out there and connect with your readers.

Lenore said...

I google a lot of author's names and books and I am way more likely to read their books or feature them on my site if they have at least some sort of web presence. Please post cover pictures of your upcoming novels!!

harmonybookreviews said...

I really think it's important for an author to have a website. Or, if they don't want to go all out with a website, atleast a Myspace or blog they're active on. I think reader's are sometimes more apt to pick up a book when they know something things about the author. (Atleast, that's the way it seems to me)

Alea said...

A few years ago it probably didn't matter but today YES! I guess if most authors didn't have a point of contact online then it wouldn't be an issue but since a good amount of authors do, I think having a website would put them on par with other authors. When I find out about a new author the first thing I do is google them-I want to learn a little bit about them! I think just about anything works, website, blog, facebook, myspace, even twitter or a librarything page!

The Whirlwinds said...

I tend to prefer author blogs to author sites. I just think they're easier to navigate and I'm the kind of reader who likes more to their books than just the book, at times. Blogs are a really interesting way to tap into how they (the authors) think and the process behind their writing. It is almost essential for authors to have some sort of cyber-outreach these days. It's just that extra oomph that might make the difference between the top of the To-Be-Read pile and the back of your mind.

- Aella

Natasha @ Maw Books said...

Absolutely YES. I am utterly disappointment when I can't find an author website or blog. I search 100% of the time after finishing a book. I think not having a website is a serious mistake. They do want us to know they have a book, right?

bamabelle said...

I get 90% of my information on books and authors online. I think it is very beneficial for the author to have some type of website. If I can't read an excerpt, review, or upcoming releases, I'm not nearly as likely to buy that authors' book.

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