I have completed my first novel, done two rounds of edits with a freelancer and embarked on the agent querying process. I've received twelve rejections in the past month, which I've read, is nothing. (I'll admit that it does sting a bit.) One problem is that I have no publishing credits and very few connections. Now I'm wondering if I should I start a blog about writing or my life... or perhaps both. It seems rather self-indulgent because I'm unpublished and have zero followers. Do any of you first timers have blogs or web pages?
Moving forward is the only way to build momentum. I've followed your blog--looking forward to reading more of your lovely prose. :)
Well, I'm live (and alive, both conditions ideal).
I have to say the folks at GoDaddy are wonderful. I received a phone call not long after I registered, to make certain I knew what I was doing (I hadn't a clue) and if I had any questions.
The plan is to let this sit until I am ready to launch - however many months in the future that may be, I don't know. At that point I can register with GoDaddy to host my site and then hire a professional to design the blog (that's the "ideal world" plan).
For now, it's empty space. But it's my empty space The Refuge of Doves
Thank you Edith and Melanie for the wonderful words of encouragement. If only the writing process were this easy!
This week I'm taking my blog to the next level with my first-ever GIVEAWAY! I participate in Marvelous Middle Grade Monday book reviews, and this week I'm giving away a copy of Suzanne Collins' MG novel--which I totally loved!
Leave a comment and you'll be in the drawing--which my 6yo son is just dying to do old-school, with paper slips and a hat :)
I have a blog on wordpress. My blog is not strictly about writing, though I just recently posted the introduction to the book I'm working on for feedback. I write about other interests in my life, but I'm hoping that as I get more followers I may have more interest generated when I get ready to publish my book. I also look at the blog as a way to refine my writing skills. The writing I do here is different than what I do in my book, but I still feel that it helps. I don't have a lot of followers at this time, since I really just started, but it is slowly growing.
Another writer has also advised that I should get a dedicated website for when it comes time to promote my book. She told me it would show possible publishers that I have a plan in mind as to how I will promote. I hope this helps.
I have a website, a FB author page and a Twitter account. I use it to get my name out there as I am trying to find a home for my first novel. Take a look if you like: karolinebarrett.com. From there you can look at my author's page and follow me on Twitter. My author page does not have a lot of "likes" as my book is not published yet, but I do post on there. I have 400 plus Twitter followers already. Have you had short stories published? There are also free websites out there, like Weebly. Hope that helps and good luck with the agents! My novel has been rejected by 121 agents -- although it has been accepted by She Writes Press! And the last agent I queried asked for my full ms. today! So I am off to do that!
I started blogging before I published my first book. It seems to be a good idea. I also built a website shortly after I published my book (self-published, but doing okay). If you choose to build a website, I suggest looking into one of the free sites, like Weebly, where you can build a nice site for free. As for blogging, I've no idea where to suggest you start. Lots of people have blogs on Wordpress and the Blogger site that seem to be getting a good amount of traffic. I'm trying to commit more time to my blogs, too. My hope is to soon build a following that will share some interests and possibly support my writing projects.
Good luck to you. Happy writing!
I know about that stinging feeling, I have submitted to some publishers, who will ask for your web address. I got one recently.Tell me if you like it and it is temporarily free. www.arielrosetti.org
Hi Ariel. I like your website - the only thing I would change is the "Contact Us" - since the website is featuring just you, maybe use "Contact Ariel" or "Contact Me". Just a thought :) Was going to follow you on Twitter but didn't see a way to do that.
Hello, I am unpublished and have started a writing blog, and I put share it on facebook and twitter. It's been fun and am getting a few followers
Give it a go, you have nothing to lose. I googled how to build an online presence and studied a few good writing blogs
I am good -- congratulations on being so busy!!
I'm waiting to hear back from the agent I gave my revisions to. No news is good news??!