Amy R, Magical Musings’s reviewer blogger, has posted the results of her survey on her So Many Reads blog in two posts: Part 1 and Part 2. As an author and a reader, they’re both fascinating to me. But in Part 2, the replies to this double-loaded question made me wince: Do you go to authors’ websites, and if so, what do you want to see on those sites?
I do the most important thing that the readers say: “Have lists of books, with buy links.” The readers also go to sites to see what the authors are up to. I have to admit, I usually forget to post on my personal blog. If I do think about it, I’m often too busy.
And for that same question, Amy says: “They like it when authors have blogs. Readers like to go to an author’s website to see extras such as pictures of characters, games related to the books, character interviews, deleted scenes, scenes from another characters point of view, family trees in a series, and monthly contests or giveaways.”
This is my response: Ack! Ack! Ack!
I do get great ideas, and I’ve tried different things. But then I fizzle out. And this is where I’m going to demonstrate “Why I’m Not a Heroine.” My heroines don’t whine – unlike me. I just can’t do it all. I’m writing, editing, formatting and, once in a while, promoting. I’m not a super-fast writer or a super-slow one. I think of myself as average. Though I don’t have kids at home (of the human variety), I have an emotionally needy cat who needs a lot of petting. My husband needs attention sometimes, too.
I’ve learned to focus on what’s most important, letting the many other things I should do go. Most important is writing and publishing the book. Also, Dale Mayer and I are putting together a boxed set that will help us find new readers and boost our sales. For a while, that will be most important, too.
But I actually have a lot of deleted “bits” from my books. Now that I know people like to read them, I might look through for some interesting “outtakes” and post them on my personal blog.
What are the “extra” author things that you like most?