Dear Miss Snark
I hope that you are recovering well from the crapometer (passes large bottle of gin through the ether).
The question of writer web sites has popped up a few times on the blog and I was wondering what your ideal writer web site would contain? I'm a copywriter and my clients are nagging me to set up a web site to show my work so that they can pass it on to their mates and hopefully net me more work. I was wondering about combining this with some of my fiction. Bad idea? (ducks clue stick).
If you were googling a potential client and found they had a web site, what would your ideal content be? Bio? Short stories? Book excerpts? Family pix? George Clooney pix? Blog? What would you like to know?!
Do not not not combine your fiction site with your copywriting/looking for clients site. They are two entirely different animals and your target audience is different. Your copywriting site needs a "sign up for my email newsletter" button on every page, and you need to send out a regular helpful hint every month that keeps your name in front of potential clients. (example on this is Marcia Yudkin the master of internet marketing).
Your fiction site is to showcase your fiction, and you. When I google an author I look for published books, blurbs, first paragraphs, something about the background of the book. Mostly I look for voice. Be funny, charming and witty...yanno, the easy stuff.
It can only help if you have a picture of a horse or a dog of course. Don't put pictures of your children on your site. Or their names. I'm always stunned at the idiocy and naivete of people who do that.
And you want contact info. Email of course.