Once I landed an agent I really struggled with the decision of when to start an author's website. I had a conversation with my agent about it and he said to go ahead if I wanted to but that many wait until their book is picked up by a publisher. He also said that some of his published client's still don't have websites. It was an individual decision he said based on what the author wants to accomplish with the website. That made me really think hard on what I wanted to accomplish with a website.
I realized I wanted to connect with readers, get to know them, I wanted to help other writers who were on a journey to getting published, and I wanted to support debut authors. A friend advised me to look at a few of my favorite author's websites. That's when I realized I didn't have any. Then I had to ask myself why. The question was pretty simple, though I loved their books their sites didn't offer me anything. Even as a reader I want a more personal connection, the connection you get from reading an author's blog.
Aha! That solved my dilemma for me. I realized a website wasn't what I wanted at all for myself and my writing, I wanted a blog. From that realization Heather's Odyssey was born. I don't just want millions of readers and fans (though that would be really awesome too), I want people who feel connected to me and my stories. While for some a website is the right thing, for me a blog was the right thing. And you know what? After almost a year of blogging I realized I can do just as much with a blog as I could with a website, and it doesn't cost me a thing!
There are a lot of great author websites out there, some who are already published and some who aren't. I've come across many in my social networking. I think author websites are a great idea, just not for me, at least not at this point, perhaps they never will be. One thing I can guarantee though is that even after I'm published you'll still find me blogging! When making this decision for yourself just ask what it is you want to get out of a website. Maybe the answer will help you make your decision like it helped me.