Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Best in Websites


Missy, here. Trying to be superwoman. Yes, despite having to learn as I go, I've been doing my own website ever since I started writing. So my ears always perk up when a speaker talks about good website content.

Wednesday night, we had a special meeting of our local ACFW chapter, Writers of Remarkable Design. Tiffany Colter, who's in town as one of the keynote speakers at a conference, came to do a program for our group. She's a fantastic speaker. And one of the things she talked about that really got my attention was the content on websites and blogs.

It's really important to offer something on a writer's website besides just "buy my book!" She and others tossed out some ideas, like offering character interviews (that we did before writing our story), photos of places in the story, deleted scenes or scenes that are backstory. Tiffany offers free articles on her blog.

I look forward to possibly adding some of these things to my website. Some others I've heard of doing:
A book list page that's printable (with titles and ISBN numbers).
Recipes from our books.
Excerpts (which I already do).
A Media Kit. (I really need to add this.)

I thought I'd pick your brain today. What websites have you visited that offer a lot to readers--that keep you coming back? What engages you? What brings value to a site?

Thanks for any insight you can offer!
Missy

3 comments:

  1. Missy, I think a sample interview is a good idea; complete with the answers you would give to the questions you pose. Also, if you're a writer who speaks, it's a good idea to outline your speaking topics and ideal audiences.

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  2. Thanks, Linda! I appreciate your input. I need to spend a day updating my website!

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  3. Hi Missy:

    I’ve had web experts speak at real estate conventions and instructor seminars and they all seemed to agree with one point:

    Make your site newsy!
    Change it everyday.
    Keep giving people a reason to check back.

    This is hard to do. It helps to have features that you rotate like, polls on what readers like, funny items, quotes, poems, videos, cartoons, interviews, photos, contests, writing samples, hints, insider insights, etc.

    Idea: Borrow.

    Vince

    P.S. I'm off to your condo complex with my FLIP. (and wife).

    Vince

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