There is no doubt we are in a Digital Age. It seems everyone and their dog has a website. But what if you are not as webpage savvy as the Millennials? Are you doomed to never be published?
For Writers: The Importance of an Author Website
Building an online author platform is a good idea. Editors and agents who are interested in you will probably google your name to see if you have a robust online presence. And it's true that an author with a huge following is probably lower risk than one without. But for most agents and editors, it comes down to one thing –
"Can I sell this book?"
No matter how much or how little online presence you have, if an editor or agent believes he or she can sell your book - if she or he believes in your book - then they will offer a contract.
So if creating a website makes you shudder
If the thought of blogging makes you want to run away terrified
Then you may simply need a publisher with a larger online marketing team.
Because if you can write something an editor will fall in love with – your online skills are nonessential.
For Readers: Website Databases of Children's Books
Let's say you want to find a book for a young reader. Let's pretend this reader has read Artemis Fowl and Harry Potter, but needs a new series to sink his teeth in. What can you do?
If after trying these three steps you still don't know what to recommend, then your reader has read too many books.
Just kidding. That's impossible.
But it may be time for your reader to branch out into other genres.
In some cases, writers do need a website even before they are published. Here's a link to inspire you:
Here are the Website Databases I mentioned:
And here is the A to Z Challenge Link:
I write about, with, for, and around kids all day. (Well, maybe I do the dishes too. Sometimes.)